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Setsuko AOKI

Professor of Keio University Law School
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Since April 2016, Setsuko AOKI has been a professor of law at Keio University Law School where she teaches international law. She has been teaching international space law at the space law master's course, Graduate School of Law, Keio University since April 2012.
She holds Doctor of Civil Law (D.C.L.) (McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1993). She graduated from Faculty of Law, Keio University in 1983 (LL.B.) and Graduate School of Law, Keio University in 1985 (LL.M.). Before joining Keio University Law School, she was assistant professor (1994-1995) and associate professor (1995-1999) of the School of Social Sciences, National Defense Academy of Japan, as well as associate professor (1999-2004) and professor (2004-2016) of the Faculty of Policy Management of Keio University.

◆Fields of Expertise   

• International Law

◆Publications  (only articles published in English since 2009)       

-"II. Practical Background (for the 2013 NatLeg Resolution", in Hobe・Schmidt-Tedd・Schrogl (eds.), Cologne Commentary on Space Law (Carl Heymanns Verlag, 2015), pp.503-535;
-"Analysis of the Legal Instruments Operating the ISS as the Most Complex Space Program Ever Undertaken: from historical perspective", Proceedings of the International Institute of Space Law 2014, pp.367-382;
-"Efficient and Equitable Use of Orbit by Satellite Systems: "Paper Satellite" Issues Revisited", Proceedings of the International Institute of Space Law 2013 (2014), pp. 229-246;
"The Standard of Due Diligence in Operating a Space Object", Proceedings of the International Institute of Space Law 2012 (2013) pp. 392-405;
-"The Function of Soft Law in the Development of International Space Law", in Irmgard Marboe ed., Soft Law in Outer Space, Böhlau (2012), pp.57-85;
-"Japanese Space Activities Act in the Making," Zeitshcrift für Luft-und Weltraumrecht, vol.61, no.1 (2012), pp.111-128;
-"In Search of the Current Legal Status of the Registration of Space Objects", Proceedings of the International Institute of Space Law 2010 (2011), pp. 245-261;
-"Japanese Law and Regulations Concerning Remote Sensing Activities", 36 Journal of Space Law (2010), pp.335-364;
-"The "Necessary Legal Conditions to Promote Space Commerce in Asia", Korean Journal of Air and Space Law, Special Issue (2010), pp.127-150;
-"The First Basic Space Plan of Japan: What Will Be Changed?", Proceedings of the International Space Law 2009 (2010), pp.413-425;
-"Space Arms Control: Challenges and Alternatives", 52 Japanese Yearbook of International Law (2009), 191-230;
-"Current Status and Recent Developments in Japan's National Space Law and its Relevance to Pacific Rim Space Law and Activities" 35 Journal of Space Law,(2009) pp.363-438;
-"Space Traffic Management' for the Prevention of Weaponization in Outer Space" Proceedings of the International Institute of Space Law 2008 (2009) pp.154-170.


Academic Societies
International Institute of Space Law (IISL) (board member);
International Law Association (ILA) (member of Space Law Committee from Japan);
The Japanese Association of World Law (board member);
The Air Law Institute of Japan (board member);
The Japan Association of International Security and Trade (board member).
The Japanese Society of International Law (member of Research Planning Committee).
Present positions in the government include: member of the Committee on National Space Policy (Cabinet Office of Japan) since July 2012; and legal advisor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan to the Legal Subcommittee of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) since March 2002.

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