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Hisashi Owada, LLB Biography

Justice of the International Court of Justice (ICJ)
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"

“It has always been an undisputed premise of the peace in the Middle East that the twin principles of ‘[w]ithdrawal of Israel armed forces from territories occupied in the [1967] conflict’ and ‘[t]ermination of all claims or states of belligerency and respect for and acknowledgement of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every State in the area and their right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force’ have to form the basis of the peace. Security Council resolution 242 (1967) has consecrated these principles in so many words. The ‘Roadmap,’ endorsed by Security Council resolution 1515 (2003), is a blueprint for proceeding on the basis of these principles.”

Separate Opinion of Judge Owada, ICJ Advisory Opinion: Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, July 9, 2004

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Justice, International Court of Justice, 2003-present
  • Professor, New York University Global Law School
  • Senior Adviser to the President of the World Bank, 1999-2003
  • President, Japan Institute of International Affairs, 1999-2003
  • Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, 1998-2003
  • Visiting Professor of International Law, Harvard Law School, 1979-1981, 1987, 1989, 2000-2002
  • Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Japan to the U.N., 1994-1998
  • Member, Institut de Droit International
  • Member, Executive Council of the Japan Branch, International Law Association
  • Member emeritus, Executive Council of the Japanese Association of International Law
  • DPhil, (honorary degree), Keiwa University
  • LLD, (honorary degree), Banaras Hindu University
  • LLD, (honorary degree), Waseda University
  • LLB, Cambridge University
  • BA, University of Tokyo
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