Director
2018–2021

Ai Kihara-Hunt is Associate Professor at the Graduate Program on Human Security and Deputy Director of the Research Center for Sustainable Peace, at the University of Tokyo. She also serves as Deputy Representative of ACUNS Tokyo Liaison Office, and Secretary-General of Global Peacebuilding Association of Japan (GPAJ). Her main area of research is UN Peace Operations, in particular the UN Police, accountability and human rights. She teaches international human rights law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law, human security and peacebuilding. She worked in Nepal, East Timor/Timor-Leste, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Japan with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN-OHCHR), other UN offices and entities, as well as in the academia. She was nominated by Japan and served as a member of the UN Police Doctrinal Development Group, which drafted the doctrinal framework for the UN Police in 2016-2017. Prior to that, she worked with the UN-OHCHR in Nepal for five years, where she managed a UN Peace Fund project on transitional justice, mapped serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, and served as Security Forces Focal Point/Lead Trainer undertaking security sector reform initiatives, security forces’ curriculum reform, transitional justice related work, as well as leading capacity building programmes for different stake holders. Her publications include: Holding UNPOL to Account: Individual Criminal Accountability of United Nations Police Personnel (Brill, 2017), ‘Why does the immunity afforded to UN personnel not appropriately reflect the needs of the Organization?: the case of the UN police’, United Nations Studies, vol.17, 2016, and ‘UN Peace Operations: from National Security to Human Rights and Human Security’ in Takahashi (ed), Human Rights, Human Security, and State Security(Praeger, 2014). She has PhD from the University of Essex with her research on individual criminal accountability of UN police personnel, under the supervision of Prof. Françoise Hampson.