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Hokkaido University Public Policy School Associated Research Division Professor Mari Koyano

Research into ensuring effectiveness of international environmental treaties to drive the formation of sustainable society - Dynamic analysis of the domestic implementation of environmental treaties in Japan -

Research grant

Project Description

The aim of this research is to conduct an interdisciplinary analysis of the dynamics concerning the domestic implementation of environmental treaties in Japan (the theory and execution of laws and ordinances), and by highlighting their current state and the issues they face, find a way to improve the effectiveness of these treaties. These results, in addition to contributing to the research that links environmental regulations on an international and domestic level that has been lacking in prior studies, will also contribute to the problem solving of environmental issues that face a globalized modern era, as well as the building of a sustainable society.

Climate changeEnergy problemPreservation of biodiversity and ecosystem
Grant year
FY2009 Research Grants
Grant term
3 years
April 2010 - March 2013
Grant amount
9,776,090 yen
Activity region
A seminar

Overview of the Organization

Professor Mari Koyano
Professor Mari Koyano
Specialist field
Japan Society of International Law, Japan Association of World Law, Japan Association for Environmental Law & Policy, Society for Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, American Society of International Law (US), Royal Institute of International Affairs (UK)
Graduated in a course of Public Law from the Faculty of Law, University of Tokyo in 1988. Went on to graduate from a Course of Policy from the Faculty of Law, University of Tokyo in 1989. Acquired an LL.M from University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom in 1992. Took a position at the National Institute for Academic Degrees, Ministry of Education, Science & Culture as an Assistant Professor in 1994. Went on to become a Lecturer at the School of International Relations, University of Shizuoka, in 1997. In 2002, took a position at School of International Relations, University of Shizuoka as an Associate Professor. In 2008, became a Professor at the Graduate School of Law, Hokkaido University, until 2010, when a position of Professor at the Public Policy School, Hokkaido University was taken.
Collaborating researchers
Masahito Fukami, Professor, Hokkaido University. Takeo Horiguchi, Associate Professor, Hokkaido University. Masao Sakata, Assistant Professor, Hokkaido University. Yukari Takamura, Professor, Ryukoku University. Ken Shimamura, Associate Professor, Kobe University, Akiko Tooi, Associate Professor, Rakuno Gakuen University. Jun Tsuruta, Associate Professor, Japan Coast Guard Academy. Haruka Kubo, Associate Professor, Konan University, Yoko Masuzawa, Associate Professor, Nagoya University.
Research record
"Research on the process of enforcement of International Environmental Law"
"Research on the Significance of Prior Processes in International Environmental Law"
  • (1) "Prior consultation procedures in International Environmental Law: the evolution as an implementation process of legal institutions", Yushindo, 2006. 354 pages. Awarded the 40th Adachi Mineichi Memorial Prize (2007).
  • (2) "Effective Implementation of International Environmental Agreements: Learning Lessons from the Danube Delta Conflict", in T. Komori & K. Wellens (eds.), Public Interest Rules of International Law: Towards Effective Implementation, Ashgate, 2009, pp. 259-291.
  • (3) "International Environmental Risks - What can our nation do?", Jurist Vol. 1378 (2009), p.34-43.
  • (4) "The Significance of the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention): Examining the Implications of the Danube Delta Case", 26-4 Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal (2008), pp.299-314.
  • (5) "Ensuring Multilaterial Execution of Environmental Treaties and Coordination between Multiple Treaties - Focusing on the 'Danube Delta Incident'", A Fetschrift for Professor ONUMA Yasuaki - New Horizons in the Teaching and Research of International Law, Junji Nakagawa, Koshi Teraya (eds.), Toshindo (2008) p.574-631.