Publications

Academic Writing – Journal Articles

Change It to Save It: Why and How to Amend Article 9, 18 Ritsumeikan J. Peace Studies (2017), published also in Japanese as 憲法9条を再生させるための改正論ーなぜ、どのように9条を改正するのか、立命館平和研究18号(2017)。

The Legitimacy of Informal Constitutional Amendments and the ‘Reinterpretation’ of Japan’s War Powers, 40 Fordham Int’l. L.J. 427 (2017).

A Means-Methods Paradox and the Legality of Drone Strikes in Armed Conflict, 19:2 Int’l J. Human Rights 142 (2015).

Kiobel, Extraterritoriality, and the “Global War on Terrorism”, 28 Maryland J. Int’l L. 146 (2013).

Taking War Seriously: The Case for Constitutional Constraints on the Use of Force, in Compliance with International Law, 76:2  Brooklyn L. Rev. 611 (2011).

Glimmers of Hope: The Evolution of Equality Rights Doctrine In Japanese Courts from a Comparative Perspective, 20(2) Duke J. Comp. & Int’l L. 167 (2010).

Binding the Dogs of War: Japan and the Constitutionalizing of Jus ad Bellum, 30 U. Penn. J. Int’l L. 267 (2008).

Unequal Shadows: Negotiation Theory and Spousal Support Under Canadian Divorce Law, U of T Fac. L. Rev. (1998).

Tolofson and Flames in Cyberspace: The Changing Landscape of Multistate Defamation, UBC L. Rev. (1997).

 

Academic Writing – Book Chapters and Essays

Laws Without Sanctions: Hate Speech Laws and the Balancing Rights in Japan, in The Legal Process in Contemporary Japan: Its Structure and Dynamics (forthcoming, 2017) (a Festschrift for Prof. Setsuo Miyazawa).

A Constitutional Case for Amending Article 9, in Bryce Wakefield, ed.,  Time for a Change? Japan’s Peace Constitution at 65 (Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, 2012) – (entire book available on-line here).

Going Medieval: Targeted Killing, Self-Defense, and the Jus ad Bellum Regime, in Claire Finkelstein et al eds., Targeted Killings: Law and Morality in an Asymmetrical World (Oxford University Press, 2012).

The Japanese Constitution as Law and the Legitimacy of the Supreme Court’s Constitutional Decisions: a Response to Matsui, 88 Wash. U. L. Rev. 1527 (2011).

The Case Against Revising “Interpretations” of Japan’s Constitution, The Asia Pacific Journal: Japan Focus (2007).

Coming of Age: Equality Rights and the Courts in Japan’s Aging Society, in Florian Coulmas et al eds., The Demographic Challenge: A Handbook About Japan, (Brill, 2008).

 

Public Media Writing

Jus ad Bellum Implications of Japan’s New National Security Laws, (Opinio Juris, Apr. 21, 2016)(re-published in The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, Vol. 14, May 15, 2016).

Questioning US Support for Japan’s National Security Moves , (JURIST – Forum, September 2, 2015).

Media Should Stop Legitimizing Abe’s Article 9 ‘Reinterpretation’, (The Japan Times, Jun. 13, 2015).

Time to Kill the Term ‘Officer-Involved Shooting’, (Huffington Post, May 26, 2015).

The Kansas Education Funding Case and Constitutional Democracy, (Huffington Post, Jan. 16, 2015) (with John Rury).

Re-examining ‘Myths’ About Japan’s Collective Self-Defense Change, (Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, Sep. 8, 2014) (with Bryce Wakefield).

‘Reinterpretation’ of Article 9 Endangers Japanese Rule of Law, (The Japan Times, Jun. 28, 2014).

When Should We Violate International Law in Order to Enforce It?, (Huffington Post, Sep. 9, 2013).

International Law and U.S. Military Strikes on Syria, (Huffington Post, Aug. 31, 2013 and in The Truman Doctrine Blog, Sep. 3, 2013).

Boston and the Dangerous Calls for “Enemy Combatant” Status, (Huffington Post, Apr. 30, 2013, and in The Truman Doctrine Blog, Apr. 30, 2013).

Why Japan Should Amend its War-Renouncing Article 9, (The Japan Times, Aug. 4, 2012, and in Comparative Constitutions Blog, Aug. 14, 2012).

The Law and Congressional Red-Lines On Iranian Nuclear Talks, (The Truman Doctrine blog, July 11, 2012)

LDP’s Dangerous Proposals for Amending Anti-war Article, (The Japan Times, June 6, 2012, and in Comparative Constitutions blog, June 11, 2012).

Comments on Jens Ohlin’s ‘Targeting Co-Belligerents’ in Opinio Juris Targeted Killing book symposium (Opinio Juris, June 4, 2012)

Obama Administration Fails to Address Legality of Targeted Killing, (The Truman Doctrine blog, May 30, 2012)

Why We Should Not Support an Israeli Attack on Iran, (The Huffington Post (Canada), March 2, 2012)

Debating Canada’s Role and Objectives in Libya, (The Huffington Post (Canada), June 13, 2011)

The Fallacies of the Torture Debate, (The Huffington Post, May 19, 2011)

The Legal Implications of Military Intervention in Libya, (The Huffington Post, Mar. 2, 2011)

New START is About More Than Russia, (The Huffington Post, Dec. 15, 2010)

Japan’s Leadership Test in Sri Lanka, (The Japan Times, Dec. 2, 2010)

Japan is Failing in Sri Lanka, (Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice Blog, Nov. 10, 2010)

It’s Wrong to Backpedal on Nonnuclear Principles, (The Japan Times, Aug. 18, 2010)

Time to Scrap “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”, (CBSNews.com, Feb. 12, 2010)

The Use of Force and International Law: The Void in American Discourse, (Progressive Fix, Dec. 24, 2009)

Debate Afghan War Goals, Then Select Strategy (with Adnan Zulfiqar, The Japan Times, Nov. 2009)

Climate Insecurity, (The Baltimore Sun, Sept. 10, 2009)

A Turning Point in Japan for the Right to Equality?, (The Japan Times, Jun. 2009 and in J@panInc.com)

Piracy and the Constitution, (The Japan Times, Mar. 2009; and in J@pan Inc., Mar. 2009)

The Fatal Flaw in Trying to Impose a New Interpretation on Article 9, (The Japan Times, Oct. 2008)

Japan Opens the Way for Military Use of Outer Space, (Foreign Policy Digest, Jun. 2008)

Permanent SDF Overseas Deployment Law Endangers Democracy, (The Japan Times, May 2008)

Rule of Law Comes Under Fire: Gov’t Response to High Court Ruling on SDF Ops in Iraq, (The Japan Times, May 2008)

Establish Limits on Naval Support to U.S.: Lessons from Canada, (The Japan Times, Jan. 2008)

Japan’s Antiterrorism Special Measures Law and Confusion Over U.N. Authority, (The Japan Times, Oct. 2007)

Collective self-defense and collective security: what the differences mean for Japan, (The Japan Times, Aug. 2007)

Who Will Defend Japan’s Constitution? (The Japan Times, Apr. 2007)