Associate Professor
University of Tokyo


Areas of Expertise
Human Rights, Human Security, International Human Rights Law,  International Law, International Organizations, Peace and Security, Peacebuilding, Peacekeeping, Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, UN Human Rights System, United Nations, United Nations Reform

Region of Focus
Central and South Asia, East Asia and the Pacific

She worked with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN-OHCHR) in Nepal for   over   four 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 the 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. Part of her work was published in 2006 as   Armed Police Force (APF) Human Rights Handbook and has been incorporated into the mandatory curriculum of the APF.

Recent Publications
Kihara-Hunt, Ai (2017). Holding UNPOL to Account: Individual Criminal Accountability of United Nations Police Personnel. Leiden: Brill

Kihara-Hunt, Ai (2016). 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.

Kihara-Hunt, Ai (2014). UN Peace Operations: from National Security to Human Rights and Human Security. In Saul Takahashi ed. Human Rights, Human Security, and State Security. Westport: Praeger.

Armed Police Force (2009). Armed Police Force Human Rights Handbook. Kathmandu: APF Nepal and UN-OHCHR.

Hampson, Françoise and Kihara-Hunt, Ai. The Accountability of Personnel Associated with Peacekeeping Operations. In Chiyuki Aoi, Cedric de Coning and Ramesh Thakur eds. Unintended Consequences of Peacekeeping Operations. Tokyo: UNU Press.

Recent ACUNS Activity
Presentation at a panel at the Annual Meeting, 2016

Updated January 2017