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Kono Toshiyuki Last modified date:2022.10.05

Professor / International Business law
Department of International Legal Studies
Faculty of Law

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Academic Degree
Country of degree conferring institution (Overseas)
Field of Specialization
Private International Law, International Civil Procedure Law, Cross-border IP Law, International Heritage Law
Total Priod of education and research career in the foreign country
Outline Activities
My main reserach fields are private international law and international heritage law. Recent research includes international enforcement of intellectual property right and litigation and economic analysis of conflict of laws. I served also as a member of experts group to draft Convention for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage and of Japanese Delegation and Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression. In 2011, I was elected as a member of Executive Committee of ICOMOS in 2011, as a vice president in 2014 and then as its president in 2017. I am in charge of the WH business of ICOMOS, including the evaluation of nomination files for World Cultural Heritage. I deal with issues on the control of illicit trafic of cultural property as well. I have been assisting Bhutanese Government to draft heritage law.

As for teaching activities, I hold seminar and lecture on Private International law and IP as well as International Heritage Law for LL.M course (in English), tutorial seminar for graduate students.
Research Interests
  • Reconstruction, Recovery and Authenticity of Cultural Heritage
    keyword : World Heritage, Venice Chater, Nara Document
  • Intellectual Property, Private International Law and Cross-Border Civil Litigation
    keyword : Patent, Copyright, Applicable Law, Jurisdiction, Recognition of Foreign Judgments
  • Economic Analysis of Private International Law
    keyword : Private International Law, Micro Economics
    2007.04~2016.12Economic analysis of conflict of laws and international civil procedure .
  • Cultural Diversity and International Law
    keyword : Intangible heritage, cultural diversity, traditional knowledge and cultural expressions, intellectual property, cultural policy
    2005.04~2016.12theoretical analysis of law and cultural diversity, paying attention to practices of UNESCO Conventions and WIPO.
Current and Past Project
  • The project aims at drafting a matrix for case studies of reconstruction in a global scale, which would contribute to improving the methodology of case analysis.
  • evaluate the significance of the Nara Document on authenticity during 20 years after its adoption and its roles in the future, inlcuding case studies
  • develop principles on jurisidction, applicable law and recognition of foreign judgments on IP and Private International Law
Academic Activities
1. , Springer, (2017), pp.156., Security Interests in Intellectual property, Springer, 2017.12.
2. Toshiyuki Kono, Efficiency in Private Internatonal Law, The Hague Academy of International Law, pp.206, 2014.01, Law and Economics is applied to uniform law, uniform private international law, international IP law, and cross-border insolvency. This is the essence of my special lectures at the Hague International Law Academy in 2013..
3. Toshiyuki Kono, Steven Jos Van Uytsel, Rostam Neuwirth, Carol Balassa, Ivan Bernier, Federico Lenzerini, Yvonne Donders, Eva Brems, Anna Meijknecht, Tania Voon, Branislav Hazucha, Lilian Richieri Hanania, Helene Ruiz Fabri, Evangelia Psychogiopolou, Christina Rautenbach, The UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, A Tale of Fragmentation in International Law , Intersensia, pp.477, 2012.09, ユネスコが2005年に採択した文化的表現の多様性の保護と促進のための条約を、国際経済法、文化遺産法、人権法、知的財産、開発と法、条約執行という複数の観点から斬り込んで分析した論文を集めて編んだもの。.
4. Toshiyuki Kono, Paulius Jurcys, Thomas Petz, Marie-Christine Janssens, Joost Blom, Ivana Kunda, Marie-Elodie Ancel, Axel Metzger, Anastasia Grammaticaki, Tatiana Synodinou, Levente Tatty, Vandana Singh, Nerina Boschiero, Benedetta Ubertazzi, Dai Ykomizo, Gyooho Lee, Dick van Engelen, Alexandre Dias Pereira, Damjan Mozina, Pedro de Miguel Asensio, Amelie Charbon , Iris Sidler, Christopher Wadlow, Howard Abrams, Intellectual Property and Private International Law 
, Hart Publishing, 2012.09, 第18回国際比較法アカデミー総括報告及びナショナルレポート.
5. Toshiyuki Kono, Steven van Uytsel, Rosatam Neuwirth, Carol Balassa, Ivan Bernier, Federico Lenzerini, Yvonne Donders, Eva Brems, Anna Meijknecht, Tania Voon, Branislav Hazucha, Lilian Richieri Hanania, Helene Ruiz Fabri, David Throsby, Evangekia Psychogiopoulou, Christa Rautenbach, The UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, Intersentia, 2012.09, 文化表現の多様性に関するユネスコ条約の多角的分析.
6. Toshiyuki Kono, Stefan Wrbka, Robert Paterson, Igor Gliha, Tatjana Josipovic, Pavel Sturma, Ditlev Tamm, Anne Ostrup, Marie Cornu, Kurt Siehr, Federico Lenzerini, Jorge Sanchez Cordero, Ktja Lubina, Paul Myburgh, Sofia de Salas, Eva Maria Belser, Eva Ruegg, Eva Molinari, Ming-Yan Shieh, Chung-His Lee, James Nafziger, Impact of Uniform Laws on the Protection of Cultural Heritage, Martinus Nihoff, 2010.05, 国際比較法アカデミー第1回テーマ別研究大会の総括報告およびナショナルレポート.
7. Toshiyuki Kono, Steven Van Uytsel, Antonio Arantes, Wend B. Wendland, Vinod K. Gupta, Branislav Hazucha, Terri Janke, Shubba Chaudhuri, Ikechi Mgbeoji, Joel-David Dalibard, Graham Dutfield, Wim van Zanten, Ryu Kojima, Jacque de Werra, Chidi Oguamanam, Intangible Cultural Heritage and Intellectual Property, Intersensia , 2009.05.
8. Shozo Ota, Kazuaki kagami, Christian Kirchner, Juergen Basedow, Souichirou Kozuka, Hans-bernd Schaefer/katrin Lantermann, Kazuaki Kagami/Toshiyuki KONO/Yuko Nishiytani, ralf Michaels, Horst Eindemueller, Tomoyo Matsui, Yoshihisa hayakawa, Basedow J./ Kono T., (eds.), Economic Analysis of Private International Law, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, (2006) pp. 246 , Mohr Siebeck, 2006.04.
1. Some thoughts about the methodology of interpretation in the field of Private International Law -- through the analysis of cases.
2. Toshiyuki Kono, Taking stock of the elements inscribed on the Lists: actual trends, categories and examples , UNESCOの下記URLに掲載, 2012.10, [URL], Analysis of Data from the Representative List of the Convention for Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
3. Toshiyuki KONO, Critical and Comparatove Analysis of the Rome 2 Regulation on Applicable Laws to Non-contractual Obligations and the New Private International Law in Japan, J. Basedow/H. Basedow/Y. Nishitani (eds.), Japanese and European Private International Law in Comparative Perspective, pp.221-241., 2008.01.
4. Toshiyuki KONO, Kono T., “UNESCO and Intangible Cultural Heritage from the viewpoint of Sustainable Development, Yusuf A., Standard STANDARD-SETTING IN UNESCO. SIXTY YEARS OF NORMATIVE ACTION IN EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND CULTURE (2007) (UNESCO Publishing/Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2007), pp.237-265, 2007.10.
5. Toshiyuki KONO/Julia Cornett, KONO T. /Cornett J.,  What is Intangible Cultural Heritage? - An Analysis of the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage and the requirement of compatibility with human right, Blake J. (ed.) Safeguarding the INtangible Cultural Heritage - Challenges and Approaches, (Institute of Art and Law, 2007), pp.143-174, 2007.10.
6. Economic analysis of artcile 20 of the new Japanese Private International Law.
1. Toshiyuki Kono, Authenticity: concepts and principles, US ICOMOS, 2014.04, This paper analyzes historical development of authenticity concept in the context of World Heritage since late 1970's as well as impacts of the Nara Document adopted in 1994, using mainly UNESCO documents as primary source materials. .
2. Toshiyuki Kono, Efficiency in Private International Law, Hague Academy of International Law, 2013.07, [URL], This presentation consisted of five lectures on the following topics: (1) Development of Methodology; (2) Uniform Law and Private International Law; (3) Uniform Private International Law; (4) Intellectual Property and Private International Law; (5) Cross-border Insolvency and Private International Law..
3. Infringement of IP and International Jurisdcition at the Sympisum on IP and Private Inernational Law, held at Keio Plaza Hotel in Tokyo on May 20 and 21, 2009..
4. A lecture at Faculty of Law, University Muenster.
5. A lecture at the meeting of International Academy of Consumer and Commercial Law in 2006.
Membership in Academic Society
  • International Council of Museum
  • Japanese Association of Cultural Policy
  • Japanese Association of International Law
  • Japanese Asspociation of Private International Law
  • Innovative researches in the field of Private International Law and contribution to international exchanges between Germany and Japan
Educational Activities
As for teaching activities, I hold seminar and lecture on Private International Law, Intellectual Property and Private International Law for LL.M course (in English), applying Socratic method, and tutorial seminar for graduate students.
I conduct a special lecture series on international heritage law, cooperating with Ateneo de Manila University, to enhance the globalization of Japanese undergraduate students.
Other Educational Activities
  • 2018.04, Reinventing in Japan project run by myself got the highest result "S" in its evaluation system..
  • 2017.09, The Reinventing Japan Project ended with a big success. However thanks to the partnership with Ateneo de Manila Law School, a new project is launched where students from Kyushu Univ. will be sent there and take several courses together with local students. .
  • 2013.08, I was invited by the Hague Academy of International Law and gave special lectures on "Efficiency in Private International Law"..
  • 2013.10, I drafted the main concept of a project for the fiscal year 11/12"A Spiral Model of Collaborative Education: Balancing Global and Local Values through Legal Mind" for the Re-inventing Project of MEXT. Our aplication was successful. As its results, we received more than 20 students from four partner universities。I organized workshops in May and July 2013. In September 2013, I took 10 students from Kyushu University to Thailand and Singapore, and held several seminars on cultural heritage. Also in May 2014, we accepted students from Chulalongkorn University and Ateneo de Manila University..
  • 2013.09, I am responsible for a training session in Bangkok and Fukuoka for young Thai judges that I arrange with the Thai Judiciary. .
Professional and Outreach Activities
Drafting of Conventions at UNESCO, Delegation of Japan for negociations
chairman of the commitee of cultural affairs of UNESCO National Comission
Member of the Special Committee for the Convention for Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage
President of ICOMOS, Evaluation of the World Heritage nominations.