Japan-Australia relations: human rights and environmental protection

Date & time
6–7.30pm Thursday 4 August 2022

ANU College of Law Moot Court

Building 6

Fellows Road

Acton, ACT 2601

Professor Donald Rothwell
Dr Mai Sato
Andre Kwok


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Presented by LRSJ

Panel discussion
Australia-Japan Reciprocal Access Agreement

Join Law Reform and Social Justice (LRSJ) for this panel discussion exploring Australia-Japan relations with a focus on the death penalty, environmental protection and maritime law. This discussion will centre around the Reciprocal Access Agreement between Australia and Japan, concerning the application of the death penalty, maritime navigation laws, and environmental protection requirements. This agreement has raised a number of international, legal and ethical issues.

The panel includes Professor Donald Rothwell FAAL (ANU College of Law) and Associate Professor Mai Sato (Monash University), two eminent academics in the field as well as Grace Sun and Daniel Marns, students from the LRSJ Research Hub.

This will also be a great opportunity to hear from ANU students themselves about how they have had the chance to be involved in real-world law reform.


  • Dr Mai Sato »

    Dr Mai Sato

    Mai is the inaugural director of Eleos Justice and her academic focus is on the death penalty. She is a social scientist by training and has led and worked on projects on the death penalty in Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, India, Kenya, and Zimbabwe. Mai’s interest in the death penalty is not limited to scholarly understanding of punishment and the criminal justice system. After completing a European Commission funded project, Mai has created and currently co-runs an NGO CrimeInfo which promotes the abolition of the death penalty in Japan.

  • Professor Donald Rothwell »

    Professor Donald Rothwell

    Donald R Rothwell is one of Australia’s leading experts in International Law with specific focus on the law of the sea; law of the polar regions, use of force and implementation of international law within Australia. He is the author of 27 books and over 200 book chapters and articles including, with Tim Stephens, the influential and respected academic text, The International Law of the Sea (2nd ed, 2016).

  • Andre Kwok »

    Andre Kwok

    Andre Kwok is a Bachelor of Asian Studies/Laws (Hons) student at ANU. He is a 2021 Westpac Asian Exchange Scholar (Singapore) and an associate editor at New Mandala, a forum for academic and policy outreach in Southeast Asia.


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