(Last updated : 2024-06-07 18:39:12)
  HIRANO Miharu
   Department   Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University College of Asia Pacific Studies
   Position   Associate Professor
■ Education
1. 2013/04~2018/03 〔Doctorial Course〕, Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability, Kyoto University, Completed, Ph.D Link
2. 2008/04~2013/03 Faculty of Laws, Kyoto University, Graduated, LL.B.
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■ Current research
Specializing in the field of international law, I research rules and institutions that relate to fresh water. Water can be a source of conflict between States as well as among people, and this tendency is becoming stronger. In my opinion, international law could serve as a tool to prevent, mitigate and solve such conflicts. For example, States have recently affirmed the existence of the human right to safe drinking water and their respective international legal duties to take steps to provide water for all (according to the United Nations, at present 844 million people lack access to the basic level of water service in the world). An increasing number of treaties on internationally shared watercourses, a widening scope of environmental conventions such as for the protection of wetlands, and the expanding field of international economic law that regulate foreign investment to water infrastructures or trade in water are other examples of the development of international law relating to water. Looking at them from the perspective of water, are they harmonized and effective in solving water-related problems world-wide? Or do we see overlaps and gaps? Furthermore, these questions also lead to a theoretical inquiry on the institutionalization of international legal order.
■ Current specialized field
International law, New fields of law (Key Word:international law. international water law, international human rights law, global governance and law)  Link
■ Books and theses
1. 2024/05 Article The Silent Victims of War and International Law: In Pursuit of Accountability for the Environmental Destruction Caused by the Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Journal of Environmental Conservation Engineering pp.12-17 (Single) 
2. 2023/12/30 Article Securitization of Water and Trends in International Legal Policy Journal of Water and Environmental Issues pp.137-145 (Single)  Link
3. 2023/12 Article Book Review: Defining Effective Transboundary Water Cooperation (Melissa McCracken) Journal of Water Law 28(1/2),pp.65-66 (Single)  Link
4. 2022/12/07 Article Settling Water Disputes through International Investment Arbitration: When and by What Standards? Chinese Journal of Environmental Law 6(2),pp.200-217 (Single)  Link
5. 2021/04/10 Article Preparation Steps for Operationalizing the SDGs: A Proposal Based on an Initiative by Young Water Professionals in Japan Journal of Japan Society on Water Environment 44 (A)(4),pp.118-122 (Single) 
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■ Academic or professional association memberships
1. 2013~ Japanese Society of International Law
2. 2020~2022 ∟ International relations
3. 2013~ The Japanese Association of World Law
■ Conference presentations
1. 2023/08/04 Bringing Water before Gold: Pathways for Future-proofing Investment Law (IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium 2023)
2. 2022/09/09 Is International Law Water-Wise? ('The Natural' in International Law)
3. 2022/09/01 In/ex-clusiveness of Human Rights Claims in Investment Arbitration (The European Society of International Law (EJIL) Interest Group Workshop)
4. 2020/11/14 Rules on Goal-based Governance: Governing the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (18th Asia Pacific Conference)
5. 2018/09/19 Normative Interactions between SDG 6 and the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation (World Water Congress)
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■ Research topic, funded research and KAKENHI
1. 2021/04~2025/03  Research on the changing functions of international institutions for preventing and resolving water conflicts  (Key Word : )
2. 2019/04~2021/03  Japanese Water Administration Seen through the Lens of the SDGs  (Key Word : )
3. 2019/10~2020/09  The Protection of the Right to Access Water in International Water Law  (Key Word : )
4. 2018/04~2019/09  The Structure of Global Administration and the Function of Law in Promoting Integrated Water Policies  (Key Word : )
5. 2015/04~2018/03  The Legal Analysis of Global Water Governance: Focusing on the Relationship between the Right to Water and Privatization  (Key Word : )
■ Educational ability
● Practice example of education method
1. 2020/06~2021/03 "Designing the Simulation-based Course on International Law" (APU Faculty Initiative Program)
● Evaluation such as universities concerning teacher's concerned educational ability
1. 2022/04/01~2023/03/31 Teaching Award (APU Faculty Assessment) (Assessment of AY2022 Activities)
2. 2020/04~2021/03 Teaching Award (APU Faculty Assessment) (Assessment of AY2020 Activities)
● Special note of person who has experience of business
1. 2016/04~2017/12 International Water Association, Specially Appointed Researcher Link
2. 2012/10~2013/02 United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Tokyo Office, Protection Unit, Intern
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