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Professor Hitoshi Nasu

BA; MA (Aoyama Gakuin); M Int'l L; PhD (Sydney); Grad Cert Mig L & Prac (ANU)

Professor of International Law


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Professor Hitoshi Nasu has joined the Exeter Law School in January 2018. Prior to his current appointment, he held academic posts at the Australian National University, where he was also Co-Director of the Centre for Military and Security Law and the Australian Network for Japanese Law, and was a visiting research fellow at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore.

His expertise extends to a wide range of international security law issues including peacekeeping, the protection of civilians in armed conflict, the responsibility to protect, human security, the protection of state secrets on national security grounds, regional security in the Asia-Pacific, disaster relief and management, security institutions and international rule of law, and new technologies and the law of armed conflict, with over 60 scholarly publications.

He led and completed several major funded projects, including the legal regulation of military and security applications of nanotechnology (Australian Research Council, Project ID: DP110102637) and the legal analysis of regional security institutions in the Asia-Pacific (Australian Research Council, Project ID: DP130103683). He also served as a member of the International Law Association’s Study Group on Cyber Terrorism and International Law (2014- 2016) and is a core expert of the Woomera Manual on International Law Applicable to Conflict in Outer Space.

Research interests

  • The Concept of Security in International Law
  • New Technologies and the Law of Armed Conflict
  • New Technologies and the Law of Weaponry
  • International Law of Peacekeeping
  • Security Institutions and the International Rule of Law
  • Human Security and International Law
  • Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict
  • Legal Aspects of the Responsibility to Protect
  • Protection of State Secrets and Freedom of Information
  • Legal Authority of ASEAN as a Security Institution
  • Managing Territorial and Maritime Disputes
  • Cyber Security and International Law
  • Disaster Relief and Management and International Law
  • Regional Integration and International Law
  • The Principle of Non-Intervention in the Contemporary World

Research supervision

 I am happy to supervise in any area of public international law.