F's Seminar 2021

  • Reona FUKUHARA  (M1)

  • Tomoki YOKOYAMA(M1)


  • Akira KITAGAWA (B4)

  • Sumire KIKUCHI (B4)

  • Ayaka SAKAKIBARA (B4)

  • Atila NASIER (B4)

  • Hitomi SUZUKI(B3)

  • Kakeru KIKUCHI (B3)

  • Ren ARAI (B3)

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  • Hiroshige FUJII

B3 Ayaka Sakakibara

I participated in International Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition National Round 2020 in Japan held by the Red Cross's International Committee (ICRC) on 28th November 2020. It was the first time for me, and I tackled the preparation relying on the other two senior members.

I was very motivated because I have always wanted to participate in the competition since I saw the previous one. Although I expected how the preparation would be hard from how the last members tired, the reality was more challenging. As a prosecutor, we had to suggest evidence from the factsheet to prove the suspect’s crime in the trial. It was not so challenging to find provisions from international laws to apply the facts. Heavy jobs were to interpret how the provisions applied in precedent cases and to imagine various counterarguments. As for the former one, judgments were long and complicated. It was hard to find the core of the decision and which interpretation was used in the case, and I consulted other members again and again. In terms of the latter one, we began to cling to one idea as we strengthened a logic. So, we asked friends out of members to check our argument. Despite the effort, we found faults in our argument in the performance. Besides, to protest my intuition was also difficult for me. The contents of the factsheet were not apparent to prove both guilt and innocence. It confused me, and I discarded some choices which can support us. I was mortified when some opponents good made use of provisions or interpretations, which I ignored.

Regarding the preparation, there are good points like time management or improved our capabilities to understand documents related to international humanitarian law, although I remember issues to be improved more than that. At this time, more people than last year helped us, but I thought that we could not make the most of their assistance.

Therefore, I want to challenge the next moot court competition overcoming our shortcomings this year. It will be more challenging because no member leads me, and I have to lead other members. Besides, it is not long since we began to participate in the competition, so I hope that each year's efforts are built up and make a fruit some time.

  • Hiroshige FUJII



  • Hiroshige FUJII

B3 Attila Nasir

Hello. I am Attila, a member of Fujii’s seminar. On November 14 and 15, 2020, I had an opportunity to make a presentation at the Japan Association of Global Governance. Ms. Sakakibara and I, a member of Fujii’s seminar, made a presentation at a poster session, and finally won the Encouragement Prize. From now on, let me write it up through this essay.

First, I am going to introduce our poster and our preparation process. Our poster title is How Does an International Norm “Putting an End to Culture of Impunity” Work?:The Case Study of the ICC’s Intervention in the Rohingya Crisis. We conducted our research is comparing the situation of Myanmar to the case of the ICC intervention in the 2007-2008 Kenyan post-election violence. For that, we read academic papers, journals, books about the theoretical framework of Global Governance and the ICC, Kenya, Myanmar as many as possible. Since the congress was postponed from May to November due to the influence of COVID-19, we were able to prepare for it enough. The difficulty I faced during the preparation was losing track of the nature of the problem. The more I gained knowledge, the more I got confused. Also, it came to be challenging to choose and adopt information into the poster. However, through the discussion and trial and error, our poster got more sophisticated and I was able to be more confident about our research.

Second, I will describe my experience on the day of the conference. This year, the conference style was different from last year because of the influence of COVID-19. The academic conference was held via Zoom, and before the day of the academic conference, we sent a presentation video. On the day of the conference, we were asked tough questions about our research by judges. I was able to have meaningful discussions with the judges and members of the society who gave me opinions and questions from various perspectives. I think we did our best to answer them. I believe that the discussion was a precious experience that helped me develop my research and career.

Lastly, I would like to show my appreciation for Prof. Fujii, seminar members, as well as UIPJ members. Thanks to seminar members’ and UIPJ members’ questions and comments on our posters in advance, we were able to fully respond to the Q and A session on the day of the conference. Especially, Prof. Fujii gave us a special opportunity to participate in the conference, and he was very generous in guiding us through everything. Our winning the encouragement prize is very fine owing to the great advice from him. I would like to continue researching the case of Myanmar and use this incredible experience in my career.