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Professor Hitoshi Nasu

Professor of Public International Law (commencing in 2018)

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Professor Hitoshi Nasu will join the Exeter Law School in January 2018. He is currently an Associate Professor of Law at the Australian National University and 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, national security, 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 publications.

He completed an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded research project on Developing Australia’s Legal Response to Military and Security Applications of Nanotechnology (Project ID: DP110102637) as the lead investigator. He is currently completing another ARC-funded research project on A Legal Analysis of Australia’s Future Engagement with Asia-Pacific Security Institutions (Project ID: DP130103683). He is also a member of the International Law Association’s Study Group on Cyber Terrorism and International Law (2014- 2016) and a core expert of the Manual on the International Law Applicable to Military Use of Outer Space (MILAMOS: 2016-2019).

Significant research publications

  • Hitoshi Nasu, ‘Human Security and International Law: The Potential Scope for Legal Development within the Analytical Framework of Security’ in Mary E Footer, Julia Schmidt and Nigel D White (eds), Security and International Law (Oxford/Portland OR: Hart Publishing, 2016) 25-42.
  • Hitoshi Nasu, ‘Nanotechnology and the Future of the Law of Weaponry’ (2015) 91 International Law Studies 486-516.
  • Hitoshi Nasu and Kim Rubenstein (eds), Legal Perspectives on Security Institutions (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015) xxviii, 450 pages.
  • Hitoshi Nasu and Robert McLaughlin (eds), New Technologies and the Law of Armed Conflict (The Hague: TMC Asser, 2014) xx, 259 pages.
  • Hitoshi Nasu, ‘State Secrets Law and National Security’ (2015) 64 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 365-404.
  • Hitoshi Nasu, ‘Revisiting the Principle of Non-Intervention: A Structural Principle of International Law or a Political Obstacle to Regional Security in Asia?’ (2013) 3 Asian Journal of International Law 25-50.
  • Hitoshi Nasu, ‘The Place of Human Security in Collective Security’ (2013) 18 Journal of Conflict & Security Law 95-129.
  • Hitoshi Nasu, ‘The Expanded Conception of Security and International Law: Challenges to the UN Collective Security System’ (2011) 3(3) Amsterdam Law Forum 15-33.
  • Hitoshi Nasu, ‘The UN Security Council’s Responsibility and the “Responsibility to Protect”’ (2011) 15 Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law 377-418.
  • Hitoshi Nasu, International Law on Peacekeeping: A Study of Article 40 of the UN Charter (Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2009) xlvii, 322 pages.
  • Hitoshi Nasu, ‘Operationalising the “Responsibility to Protect” and Conflict Prevention: Dilemmas of Civilian Protection in Armed Conflict’ (2009) 14 Journal of Conflict & Security Law 209-241.
  • Hitoshi Nasu, ‘Chapter VII Powers and the Rule of Law: The Jurisdictional Limits’ (2007) 26 Australian Year Book of International Law 87-117.
    • Hitoshi Nasu, ‘Investigation Proprio Motu for the Maintenance of International Peace and Security’ (2004) 23 Australian Year Book of International Law 105-134.