Lecture on Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Tohoku University's Centre for Northeast Asian Studies is hosting a lecture on the topic of asylum seekers and refugees in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2022.

The resulting war has displaced millions of Ukranians within their own borders and caused many to flee, seeking refuge across Europe and countries beyond.

Many people from Russia are also fleeing to other countries in order to escape military service.

In this lecture, a panel of experts in political science, international human rights law, constitutional law and anthropology will discuss the status of asylum seekers fleeing Ukraine and Russia, and whether they can be considered refugees in Japan under the Immigration Control Act.

Date: February 10, 2024
Time: 2 - 5 p.m.
Venue: Tohoku University Katahira Sakura Hall (map)


  • Yukari Ando (Professor, International Human Rights Law, University of Toyama)
  • Taichi Kishimi (Associate Professor, Contemporary Political Theory/Political Philosophy, Fukushima University)
  • Yusuke Bando (Professor, Constitutional Law, Otaru University of Commerce)

Yuko Osakada (Professor, International Human Rights Law, Chuo University) is the commentator and Hiroki Takakura (Professor, Social Anthropology, Tohoku University) will moderate.

To register:

This Japanese language lecture also supported by the Tohoku University Centre for International Law and Policy. It is free and open to all, but early registration is required.

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Centre for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University

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