HSP Seminar (#228) “UN’s Major Issues that Become Apparent from the Research on the Individual Criminal Accountability of UN Police Personnel and the Field Experience of Domestic Police Reform”

Description: This seminar discusses fundamental issues that the UN faces, which became apparent through two different experiences of the lecturer. One is her research on the individual criminal accountability of UN police personnel, and the other is her work experience in the domestic police reform at the UN Office of the High-Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal.


1.United Nations Peace Operations have police components called the UN Police. UN Police personnel are police personnel generally seconded from the UN’s Member States, who operate within UN Peace Operations. They work on establishing the rule of law in the host State, but at times they commit crimes. Are UN’s mechanisms that address criminal accountability effective? An analysis is made through raw data and the examination of its internal mechanisms. Jurisdiction and immunity are often cited as obstacles for addressing accountability, but to what extent do they obstruct prosecutions? The States’ and the UN’s duty to investigate and prosecute is examined under International Human Rights Law.


2.The lecturer worked on police reform, in particular on police curriculum reform at the UN Office of the High-Commissioner for Human Rights. Nepal is a main provider of UN police personnel. In Nepal, which the UN relies on for the provision of police personnel, how are police personnel trained and selected for UN Peace Operations?


These two topics have common issues. The lecturer raises these fundamental issues of the UN that become apparent through her analysis.


Questions and answers and discussion follow after the lecture.


This seminar is open to the public.

Date: April 26, 2017(Wed)18 :45 – 20:15
Venue: Bldg. 18, 4F, Collaboration Room 1, Komaba Campus, University of Tokyo
Lecturer: Ai Kihara-Hunt (Associate Professor, University of Tokyo)
Moderator: Yasunobu Sato (Professor, University of Tokyo)
Language: Japanese
Materials: Available on site
Organizers: Graduate Program on Human Security, University of Tokyo (HSP)
Co-organizers: Research Center for Sustainable Peace, Institute of Advanced Global Studies (IAGS), University of Tokyo

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