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Lecture | Opening of the Owada Chair

Human rights and Global Diversity

Tuesday 16 January 2024 - Wednesday 17 January 2024
Academy Building, Kamerlingh Onnes Building and Wijnhaven Building

Professor Obiora Okafor from Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC will open the third cycle of the Owada Chair with the lecture Global Diversity and the Living International Human Rights Law. Following this, there will be a debate on his lecture. Wednesday 17 January will include a roundtable discussion and a PhD workshop.

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Opening and keynote lecture

10:00 - 12: 00 | Academy Building, Great Auditorium

Word of welcome by Rector Magnificus Hester Bijl and and a video message from Professor Fumitaka Mafune, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tokyo. Introductory remarks by Professor Hisashi Owada, followed by the keynote lecture by Professor Obiora Okafor.
University of Tokyo respondent: Professor Ai Kihara-Hunt
Leiden University respondent: Dr Stacey Links

Debate of the keynote lecture

14:00 - 16:00 | Kamerlingh Onnes Building, room C0.14

Moderator: Professor Hisashi Owada
Respondent: Professor Obiora Chinedu Okafor
Leiden University participants:

  • Lianne Baars
  • Violet Benneker
  • Michael Liu
  • Maria Manuela Marquez Velasquez

University of Tokyo participants:

  • Raymond Andaya
  • Yuki Matsuura
  • Motohide Rokunaga
  • Mizuki Shinozuka

Meeting Professor Okafor over breakfast

09:00 - 10:00 | Wijnhaven Building, 3rd floor in front of room 3.46

Roundtable ‘Human Rights and Global Diversity’

10:00 - 12:00 | Wijnhaven Building, room 3.46

Moderator: Professor Atsuko Kawakita

  • Professor Helen Duffy
  • Dr Isabelle Giraudou
  • Dr Akito Sakasai
  • Professor Daniel Thomas

PhD Workshop

13:00 - 14:45 | Wijnhaven Building, room 3.46

Moderator: Dr Mamadou Hébié

  • Raymond Andaya, University of Tokyo
  • Michael Liu, Leiden University
  • Lianne Baars, Leiden University
  • Maria Manuela Marquez Velasquez, Leiden University

About the Owada Chair 

The universities of Leiden and Tokyo jointly established a chair named after Professor Hisashi Owada in 2021. The chair focuses on the interaction between international law and international relations from an interdisciplinary perspective and takes the shape of a series of lectures by prominent keynote speakers, followed by a symposium in which new generation scholars from both universities participate. The first edition of the Owada Chair took place on 24-25 May 2022 in Leiden, while the second edition took place on 21-22 March 2023 in Tokyo.

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