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Ms 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 processes through the lenses of interaction between legal bindingness and normativity, and interaction between decision making process at domestic and international level. Her current research particularly focus on the decision making process of the Parties to the the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change(UNFCCC) in the light of the Paris Agreement. 

    She also works for DG CONNECT (the European Comission) as a legal analyst on the issue of new techinologies related to digital networks and decentralization. She is seconded from Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry of Japan (METI) where she previously served as a deputy director specialized in international negotiations and legal matters. During her time in METI, she served for COP/CMP processes under the 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 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


    • Meguro, M. (Accepted/In press). Customary International Law and Non-State Actors: Between Anthropomorphism and Artificial Unity. In I. Scobbie, & S. Droubi (Eds.), Non-State Actors and the Formation of Customary International Law (Melland Schill Perspectives on International Law). Manchester: Manchester University Press.


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




    • 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]


    • Meguro, M. (2019). Behind the fiction of opinio juris: the actors that actually create international law. Abstract from First ECTPIL and TRICI-Law Conference The Theory and Philosophy of Customary International Law and its Interpretation, Groningen, Netherlands.
    • Meguro, M. (2019). Going Beyond State vs non-State Dichotomy in International Law: Reconstruction of the doctrines of Sources and States. Abstract from 2019 Annual Conference of Japanese Association of the World Law, Tokyo , Japan.


    • 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.

    Journal editor

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

    Talk / presentation

    • 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, United Kingdom.
    • 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, United States.
    • 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, Sweden.
    • 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, United Kingdom.
    • 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, Switzerland.
    • 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, France.


    • Meguro, M. (chair) (18-5-2018). Japan and International Law, Japan. 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, Netherlands. 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, ...).
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