Date: 08Mar 2016

The 2014 decision by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government to reinterpret Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution and pass security legislation accordingly has been (and continues to be) a source of major controversy in Japanese society and academia. While much of the debate has centered around constitutional issues and democratic political ideals, a key issue is the right of collective self-defense — a concept of public international law.

This lecture will evaluate the content of the 2015 security legislation and its implications from the perspective of international law and international relations.