Special Lecture by Judge Owada of the International Court of Justice on March 27, 2013, in Tokyo
Special Lecture by Judge Owada of the International Court of Justice on March 27, 2013, in Tokyo - What is an Essential Task for Legal Professionals in Today’s World and What is the Best Way for Japanese Lawyers to Play More Active Roles in the International Community?
The Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA) invited Dr. Hisashi Owada, Judge and the immediate past President of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), to host a special lecture by him on features of the ICJ and the best way for Japanese lawyers to become more active in participating in the international community.
Maintenance of the Globalized Rule of Law: Essential Task for Legal Professionals
Judge Owada took up the following topics as themes of the lecture:
- The history of international conflict resolution procedures and features of the ICJ; and
- The best way for Japanese lawyers to become more active in participating in the international
Judge Owada provided concise explanations about the history of international conflict resolution procedures, and the functions and present issues of the ICJ, early in his lecture. Further, the judge pointed out that, in reality, in some cases contents of international law cannot be realized in domestic legal systems without relevant necessary measures such as domestic implementation. He stressed: “There should be no difference, among various countries, of results of application or implementation of international law, including, for example, multilateral conventions on human rights. It is an essential task for legal professionals to maintain the globalized rule of law as one, regardless of whether their field of expertise is international law or domestic law.”