Ai Kihara-Hunt is Associate Professor at the Graduate Program on Human Security, Director of International Law Training and Research Hub, and Deputy Director of the Research Center for Sustainable Peace, at the University of Tokyo. Her main area of research is UN Peace Operations, UN Police, the rule of law, accountability and human rights. She teaches international human rights law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law, human security and peacebuilding. 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, 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. Other positions held include human rights officer in UN peace operations, protection officer at UNHCR, and community outreach officer at the truth commission in Timor-Leste. Her publications include: Holding UNPOL to Account: Individual Criminal Accountability of United Nations Police Personnel (Brill, 2017). She has a PhD from the University of Essex with her research on individual criminal accountability of UN police personnel, under the supervision of Prof. Françoise Hampson.