HSP Seminar (#237) “Network Governance for Refugees: Possible Cooperation between Japan and Korea for Asia”

Description: Korea is now reviewing its Refugee Act 2013 to enhance its quality of refugee determination and protection. Japan shares with Korea the similar issues, in particular, due to the recent rapid increase in the number of application for refugee status. Korea also recently started the third country resettlement of refugees as Japan has done so for last few years. Comparative study of both countries’ legislation and practices would be beneficial for both so that both countries’ cooperation would be desirable for promoting such in Asia as for the purpose of ANRIP (Asian Network on Refugee and International Protection). Also we examine the private sector’s initiatives for durable solution of refugees by providing employment and social business among Japan and Korea. We discuss CRRF (Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework) to be adopted in 2018 by network of these stakeholders of international organization, government, civil society and private sector to complement each other.


17:00 – 17:10: Opening by Prof. Takizawa, UNHCR Japan Association


17:10 -17: 50: Keynote by Mr. Pillkyu Hwang, Attorney-at-law, GongGam:

Korean development on refugee legislation and practice as well as possibility of networking stakeholders in Asia for refugee protection: Collaboration of Government (State and International Organization), Civil Society, Private Sector and Academia


17:50 – 19:10: Panel Discussion (20 min. each) facilitated by Ms. Miki Arima, Project Researcher, RCSP, UTokyo

1. International Organization: UNHCR (Mr. Naoki Tani, Associate Legal Officer)

2. Government: [MOJ (Mr. Yasuhiro Hishida, Deputy Director, Refugee Determination Section, Immigration Bureau, Ministry of Justice)  expected]– [JICA/MoFA expected]

3. Civil Society: Lawyer (Ms. Masako Suzuki, Attorney-at-law, Lawyers’ Network for Foreigners) and other NGOs

4. Private Sector: UNIQLO (Ms. Akari Yuki, Social Innovation Team, Sustainability Department, Fast Retailing Co. Ltd.),


19:10-19:50 Q & A


19:50-20:00 Closing by Prof. Yasunobu Sato, Professor/Director, RCSP, UTokyo

Date: September, 22nd, 2017(Fri.) 17:00 - 20:00
Venue: Bldg.18, 4th floor, ‘ collaboration room 1’ , Komaba Campus, University of Tokyo
Lecturer: Prof. SaburoTakizawa (Chairman of the Board of Directors, Japan for UNHCR)

Mr. Pillkyu Hwang (Attorney-at-law GongGam)

Mr. Naoki Tani (Associate Legal Officer at UNHCR) #Observer

[Mr. Yasuhiro Hishida (Deputy Director, Refugee Determination Section, Immigration Bureau, Ministry of Justice)]

Ms. Masako Suzuki (Attorney-at-law, Lawyers’ Network for Foreigners)

Ms. Akari Yuki (Social Innovation Team, Sustainability Department, Fast Retailing Co. Ltd.)

Ms. Miki Arima (Project Researcher, RCSP, UTokyo)

Moderator: Yasunobu Sato (Professor of the University of Tokyo, Director of the Research Centre for Sustainable Peace (RCSP))
Language: English
Organizers: Research Center for Sustainable Peace (RCSP), Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo (UTokyo),
Co-organizers: Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A) of JSPS, 2016-2021: Network Governance for Access to Justice in East Asia

ANRIP (Asian Network on Refugees and International Protection)

HSF (Human Security Forum)

Supporters: 30th LAWASIA Conference – Tokyo 2017

Japan for UNHCR

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