Acculturation of Hesitant States to the HRC’s Concluding Observations

Welcome to this guest lecture by Akinaga Yoshida on how the Human Rights Committee can address human rights issues and ensure the effective implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in Japan. 

Akinaga Yoshida

About the guest lecture

Welcome to a guest lecture by Akinaga Yoshida on the role of the Human Rights Committee in inducing hesitant States to comply with its concluding observations.

  • Part I sets up a theoretical framework for State compliance with human rights law.
  • Part II shows how domestic mobilization in relation to cases of hate speech and gender equality in Japan successfully has led to the implementation of the concluding observations.
  • Part III evaluates the work of the Human Rights Committee through the theoretical framework and discusses whether the Committee is suitable for the acculturation of States. 
  • Part IV addresses how the Committee can overcome the limits by considering some options, including interaction with the Human Rights Council.

About the speaker

Akinaga Yoshida is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Graduate School of Law, Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. His area of interest is international human rights law. His Ph.D. dissertation, submitted in August, explores the problem of how international human rights institutions address the relationship with States parties in interpreting human rights treaties. The dissertation conducts a comparative case study of the European and Inter-American Courts of Human Rights and the Human Rights Committee. His publication also includes a critical evaluation of the practice of the Human Rights Committee concerning treaty reservation.

Previously Yoshida worked as a research assistant for Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, researching the latest developments of the International Court of Justice and other international courts. Until November 2022, he is a visiting scholar at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights.

Tags: Human Rights, NCHR, SMR
Published Nov. 14, 2022 2:26 PM - Last modified Nov. 14, 2022 4:59 PM