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M. (Maiko) Meguro

Faculty of Law
Public International Law

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
Postal address
  • Postbus 15859
    1001 NJ Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    Maiko Meguro joined the Amsterdam Center for International Law in September 2016. Her research focuses on international law making with a focus on the causal working behind the process where states come to shape their commitment under a legal form of international law. By unpacking the process as well as deconstructing the assumptions pertaining to the states' behaviours on international law-making, she develops an account of legal bindingness that is applicable at international level. The research pursuits application of social science methodology (process-tracing) in legal questions, and aims to feed the finding back to re-construction of doctrinal concepts and theories of international law. 

    Research Fields :

    Legal Theory | Sources of Law | Interdisciplinary Approaches to International Law | Law of International Organizations | Environmental Law | Trade and Investment Law | International Courts and Arbitrations | Transnational Law on Digital Technologies.

    Professional Background: 

    She has been working in international treaty negotiations as well as policy makings of trade, digital technology and environment for Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan and DG CONNECT, the European Commission. She currently works at DG CONNECT on policy making and legal matters on blockchain/DLT technologies. During her time in METI, she served for COP/CMP processes under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Intergovernmental Panels of Climate Change(IPCC), WTO dispute settlement, and several investment related treaties including Trans-Pacific Partnership(TPP) and EU-Japan EPA. 

    She have also worked as a researcher at several institutions including the Energy Charter Treaty, Brussels.  For editorial experiences, she is currently the theme developer on climate change (and other environment, energy resource related topic) of the Oxford database for International Organizations (OXIO).

    Maiko has a LLM in Public International Law from the University of Amsterdam, and a Master's in International Relations(specialized in international law) from the University of Tokyo, Japan.  

  • Publications

    2021

    • Meguro, M. (2021). Tracing influence in international legal studies: Beyond the antagonism between doctrine of law and social science. In R. Deplano , & N. Tsagourias (Eds.), Research Methods in International Law: a handbook (pp. 265-281). (Handbooks of Research Methods in Law). Edward Elgar. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781788972369.00025 [details]

    2020

    • Meguro, M. (2020). Between Anthropomorphism and Artificial Unity: Customary International Law and Non-State Actors. In S. Droubi, & J. d'Aspremont (Eds.), International organisations, non-state actors, and the formation of customary international law (Melland Schill Perspectives on International Law). Manchester University Press. http://ssrn.com/abstract=3071305
    • Meguro, M. (2020). Litigating Climate Change through International Law: Obligations Strategy and Rights Strategy. Leiden Journal of International Law, 33(4), 933-951. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0922156520000473 [details]
    • Meguro, M. (2020). Pitfalls in Reconstructing Theories of International Law and Sources: [国際法・法源論再構築の陷穽]: Thinking through the Lens of ‘Aggregated State’ Concept [思考実験としての「集合体国家(Aggregated State)」理論]. Yearbook of World Law (Sekaiho Nempo), 39.

    2017

    • Meguro, M. (2017). Distinguishing the Legal Bindingness and Normative Content of Customary International Law. ESIL Reflections, 6(11). [details]

    2021

    • Meguro, M. (2021). 赦免の制度と国際刑事法の相克 - 法の支配と平和構築に関する序論的考察 (Conflict of Amnesty and Anti-Impunity under International Criminal Law - How the Rule of Law May or May not Contribute Transitional Justice). Horitsu Jiho (法律時報 Journal of Current Legal Affairs), (1165).

    2020

    • Meguro, M. (2020). AJIL 2020/4. Case note on: Sup. Ct. Neth., 20/12/19, ECLI:NL:HR:2019:2007 (State of the Netherlands v Urgenda Foundation). American Journal of International Law, 114(4), 729-735. [details]
    • Meguro, M. (2020). Litigating Climate Change through International Law: Obligations Strategy and Rights Strategy. Leiden Journal of International Law, 33(4), 933-951. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0922156520000473 [details]
    • Meguro, M. (2020). Pitfalls in Reconstructing Theories of International Law and Sources: [国際法・法源論再構築の陷穽]: Thinking through the Lens of ‘Aggregated State’ Concept [思考実験としての「集合体国家(Aggregated State)」理論]. Yearbook of World Law (Sekaiho Nempo), 39.

    2017

    • Meguro, M. (2017). Distinguishing the Legal Bindingness and Normative Content of Customary International Law. ESIL Reflections, 6(11). [details]

    2021

    • Meguro, M. (2021). Tracing influence in international legal studies: Beyond the antagonism between doctrine of law and social science. In R. Deplano , & N. Tsagourias (Eds.), Research Methods in International Law: a handbook (pp. 265-281). (Handbooks of Research Methods in Law). Edward Elgar. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781788972369.00025 [details]
    • Meguro, M. (Accepted/In press). Appraisal of Diversity in International Law:A Note on Self-Serving Biases and Interdisciplinarity. In P. Westerman, K. Gorobets, & A. Hadjigeorgiou (Eds.), Philosophical (De)Constructions of International Law Edward Elgar. https://ssrn.com/abstract=3871186

    2020

    • Meguro, M. (2020). Between Anthropomorphism and Artificial Unity: Customary International Law and Non-State Actors. In S. Droubi, & J. d'Aspremont (Eds.), International organisations, non-state actors, and the formation of customary international law (Melland Schill Perspectives on International Law). Manchester University Press. http://ssrn.com/abstract=3071305

    2019

    2018

    2017

    • Meguro, M. (2017). Eliminating barriers to the entry and to the establishment of energy investments: Negotiating non-discriminatory pre-investment obligations, market access and facilitating investment in the energy sector. (OCCASIONAL PAPER SERIES). Brussels: Energy Charter Secretariat . [details]

    2019

    • Meguro, M. (2019). Behind the fiction of opinio juris: the actors that actually create international law. Paper presented at First ECTPIL and TRICI-Law Conference The Theory and Philosophy of Customary International Law and its Interpretation, Groningen, Netherlands.
    • Meguro, M. (2019). Changing the narrative in international economic partnership: ‘exception’ and ‘convergence’ in linking different markets and societies. Abstract from TRILATTRADE- On UK-EU-Japan relations in Trade, Regulation & IP, London, United Kingdom.
    • Meguro, M. (2019). Pitfalls in Reconstructing Theories of International Law and Sources: Thinking through the Lens of ‘Aggregated State’ Concept. Paper presented at 2019 Annual Conference of Japanese Association of the World Law, Tokyo , Japan.
    • Meguro, M. (2019). The Perpetual Relation between the Normative and the Empirical in International Legal Scholarship: the Framework of ‘Transplantation’. Paper presented at Special workshop: ’Philosophical Perspectives on International Law’ at IVR World Congress 2019 of Philosophy of Law and social Philosophy, Lucern, Switzerland.

    2018

    • Meguro, M. (2018). A Retreat from Universality in International Environmental Law? Law’s Limbo between Universality and Particularity. Paper presented at 14th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law, Manchester, United Kingdom.
    • Meguro, M. (2018). Programming for a World and Constituted Expertise: The Case of Climate Change. Paper presented at IGLP: The Conference 2018 (Harvard Law School), Cambridge, United States.
    • Meguro, M. (2018). The Inextricability of Methods:Qualitative Causality and Process Tracing in International Law. Paper presented at The neglected methodologies of international law, Leicester, United Kingdom.

    2017

    • Meguro, M. (2017). International and comparative perspective on the implementation of the Paris agreement. Abstract from FORUM SUR LA MISE EN OEUVRE DE L’ACCORD DE PARIS SUR LE CLIMAT , Paris, France.

    Journal editor

    • Meguro, M. (member of editorial board) (2017). Oxford International Organizations (OXIO) (Journal).

    Talk / presentation

    • Meguro, M. (speaker) (30-1-2021). Amnesty and Institutionalisation of "Anti-Impunity Norms - For Whose Peace and Justice?" (赦免と処罰の国際制度化), Workshop Series on 'Peace through Punishment or Peace through
      Reconciliation?'("処罰による平和、和解による平和").
    • Meguro, M. (speaker) (18-9-2019). Changing the narrative in international economic partnership: ‘exception’ and ‘convergence’ in linking different markets and societies, TRILATTRADE- On UK-EU-Japan relations in Trade, Regulation & IP, London.
    • Meguro, M. (speaker) (11-7-2019). The Perpetual Relation between the Normative and the Empirical in International Legal Scholarship: the Framework of ‘Transplantation’, Special workshop: ’Philosophical Perspectives on International Law’ at IVR World Congress 2019 of Philosophy of Law and social Philosophy, Lucern.
    • Meguro, M. (speaker) (25-5-2019). Behind the fiction of opinio juris: the actors that actually create international law, First ECTPIL and TRICI-Law Conference The Theory and Philosophy of Customary International Law and its Interpretation, Groningen.
    • Meguro, M. (speaker) (14-9-2018). A Retreat in International Environmental Law? Law's Limbo between Universality and Particularity (Agora 10: Questioning Universality in International Regimes), 14th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law, Manchester.
    • Meguro, M. (speaker) (2-6-2018). Programming for a World and Constituted Expertise: The Case of Climate Change, IGLP: The Conference 2018 (Harvard Law School), Cambridge.
    • Meguro, M. (invited speaker) (12-5-2018). Going Beyond State vs non-State Dichotomy in International Law, University of Kyoto (International Law Seminar).
    • Meguro, M. (speaker) (11-3-2018). Creation of Bindingness: Whose Voice Matters?, Critical Research in Public International Law, Stockholm Center for International Law and Justice.
    • Meguro, M. (speaker) (30-1-2018). The Inextricability of Methods:Qualitative Causality and Process Tracing in International Law, Workshop: the Neglected Methodologies of International Law.
    • Meguro, M. (speaker) (30-1-2018). The Inextricability of Methods:Qualitative Causality and Process Tracing in International Law, The neglected methodologies of international law, Leicester.
    • Meguro, M. (invited speaker) (26-1-2018). Reporter: Can a source be a tool of critique?, THE SOURCES OF INTERNATIONAL LAW AND THE INTERNATIONAL LAW OF SOURCES by the Oxford Handbook on the Sources of International Law, Fribourg.
    • Meguro, M. (invited speaker) (3-11-2017). Collective State Consent - the Collapse of Democratic Legitimacy Thesis, Manchester International Law Center.
    • Meguro, M. (speaker) (14-6-2017). International law does not arise out of nowhere - the process of law-making and the role of non-state actors, Manchester International Law Center.
    • Meguro, M. (invited speaker) (31-5-2017). Perspectives internationales and comparées sur la mise en œuvre de l’accord de Paris, FORUM SUR LA MISE EN OEUVRE DE L’ACCORD DE PARIS , Paris.

    Others

    • Meguro, M. (visiting researcher) (20-8-2018 - 7-9-2018). The Hague Academy of International Law (visiting an external institution).
    • Meguro, M. (chair) (18-5-2018). Japan and International Law. The present workshop is organized by Maiko Meguro (co-­chair) and Yota Negishi,with co-­chairmanship of Jean d’Aspremont under the auspices of Mari (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Meguro, M. (organiser) (8-5-2018). Closed Workshop-Expert Meeting THE CREATION OF BINDINGNESS IN INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW, Amsterdam. The workshop will be held 8 May 2018 at the University of Amsterdam. Participants include experts of international environmental law making from both (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Meguro, M. (visiting researcher) (11-3-2018 - 13-3-2018). Stockholm Centre for International Law, University of Stockholm (visiting an external institution).
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