Our goal is to utilize a multifaceted and interdisciplinary approach to develop and refine a range of rules to minimize collateral damage from military operations. In doing so, we intend to formulate policies and practices on global security issues which contribute to the enhancement of the rule of law in international society.
To this end, we have launched a new project entitled 'International Law as the Common Language of Diplomacy: What Should We Do with the Cognitive Gaps on the Use of Force and Self-Defense in the Japan-US Alliance?'. This endeavor is subsidized by Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research program from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.
The overall question of the project is as follows: Can international law be a 'common language' for the operation of the Japan-US Alliance?
In this project we examine the extent to which international law as a normative framework is actually employed in both domestic and international levels of the Japan-US alliance relationship. We especially focus on the gap between the two countries on the notion of 'use of force' and the scope of the right of self-defense.