Professor Tomoya Obokata

Title: Professor of International Law and Human Rights
Phone: +44(0)1782733148
Email: t.obokata@keele.ac.uk
Location: CBC 2.025
Role: Faculty Director of Internationalisation
Contacting me: Office hours Monday 1-3pm
or email to make an appointment.

Tomoya Obokata is a Japanese scholar who joined the School in 2012 as Professor of International Law and Human Rights.  Previously he taught at Queen’s University Belfast (2006-2012) and University of Dundee (2004-2006).  He holds BA in International Relations (University of Southern California), MA in Theory and Practice of Human Rights (University of Essex), LLM in International Criminal Law (University of Sussex) and PhD in Law (University of Nottingham). Prior to commencing his PhD degree, Professor Obokata worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Regional Office of Japan and the Republic of Korea (1999-2000). 

Professor Obokata’s expertise lies in transnational organised crime generally and trafficking of human beings in particular.  He has a number of publications on these topics.   Previously he advised the bodies including the UK Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, the Northern Ireland Assembly All Party Group on Human Trafficking and the International Organisation for Migration and the European Union. 

Professor Obokata recently completed a research project entitled “North-South Irish Responses to Transnational Organised Crime,” funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (£195,000), as the Principal Investigator.  In this project, the research team examined the extent to which Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland were successful in implementing action against major crimes such as drug and human trafficking as well as cigarettes/fuel smuggling, with particular reference to cross-border co-operation. 

Professor Obokata is willing to supervise research students in the areas of international human rights law, international criminal law, and transnational criminal justice (regulation of organised crime generally and human trafficking in particular).

Selected Publications

  • Obokata T. Human Trafficking in Africa: Opportunities and Challenges for the African Court of Justice and Human Rights. In The African Court for Human and Peoples’ Rights: A Compendium. Cambridge University Press. full text>
  • Obokata T. 2016. Human Trafficking and Social Work Law. In Critical Issues in Social Work Law. Brammer A and Boylan J (Eds.). Palgrave MacMillan. full text>
  • Obokata T, Radovic N, Boskovic A. 2016. Serbia's Action against Transnational Organised Crime. European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, vol. 24(2-3), 151-175. doi> link> full text>
  • Obokata T. 2017. Boat Migrants as the Victims of Human Trafficking: Exploring Key Obligations through a Human Rights Based Approach. (vol. 7). link> doi> full text>
  • Obokata T. 2016. Evolution of EU Action against Human Trafficking. In Research Handbook on EU Criminal Law. Mitslegas V, Bergström M, Konstadinides T (Eds.). Edward Elgar. link> full text>

Full Publications List show

Books

  • Obokata T and Payne B. 2016. Transnational Organised Crime: A Comparative Analysis. Routledge. full text>
  • Obokata T. 2010. Transnational Organised Crime in International Law. Oxford: Hart.
  • Obokata T. 2006. Trafficking of Human Beings from a Human Rights Perspective: Towards a Holistic Approach. Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.

Journal Articles

  • Obokata T, Radovic N, Boskovic A. 2016. Serbia's Action against Transnational Organised Crime. European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, vol. 24(2-3), 151-175. doi> link> full text>
  • Obokata T. 2015. The Value of International Law in Combating Transnational Organized Crime in the Asia-Pacific. Asian Journal of International Law. doi>
  • Obokata T. 2015. Implementing International Law on Human Trafficking: Case Studies of the United Kingdom and Ireland. State Practice and International Law Journal.
  • Obokata T. 2013. Maritime Piracy as a violation of human rights: a way forward for its effective prevention and suppression?. The International Journal of Human Rights, vol. 17(1), 18-34. doi>
  • Obokata T and Payne B. 2012. Implementing the EU Action against Trafficking of Human Beings under the TFEU: A Preliminary Analysis. New Journal of European Criminal Law, 298-319.
  • Obokata T. 2011. Key EU Principles to Combat Transnational Organised Crime. Common Market Law Review, vol. 48, 801-828.
  • Obokata T and O'Connell R. 2010. Ambition, Achievement and Potential: The UK and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at Sixty. The International Journal of Human Rights, vol. 14, 394-406.
  • Obokata T. 2010. Global Governance and International Migration: A Case Study of Trafficking of Human Beings. Refugee Survey Quarterly, vol. 29, 120-136.
  • Obokata T. 2007. Illicit cycle of narcotics from a human rights perspective. NETHERLANDS QUARTERLY OF HUMAN RIGHTS, vol. 25(2), 159-187. link> doi>
  • Obokata T. 2006. A Human Rights Framework to Address Trafficking of Human Beings. Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, 377-409.
  • Obokata T. 2005. Smuggling of Human Beings from a Human Rights Perspective: Obligations of Non-State and State Actors under International Human Rights Law. International Journal of Refugee Law, 394-415.
  • Obokata T. 2005. Trafficking of Human Beings as a Crime against Humanity: Some Implications for the International Legal System. International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 445-457.
  • Obokata T. 2003. Human Trafficking, Human Rights and the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002. European Human Rights Law Review, 410-422.
  • Obokata T. 2003. EU Council framework decision on combating trafficking in human beings: A critical appraisal. COMMON MARKET LAW REVIEW, vol. 40(4), 917-936. link>
  • Obokata T. 2001. Trafficking and Smuggling of Human Beings in Europe: Protection of Individual Rights or States' Interests?. Web Journal of Current Legal Issues.

Chapters

  • Obokata T. Human Trafficking in Africa: Opportunities and Challenges for the African Court of Justice and Human Rights. In The African Court for Human and Peoples’ Rights: A Compendium. Cambridge University Press. full text>
  • Obokata T. 2016. Human Trafficking and Social Work Law. In Critical Issues in Social Work Law. Brammer A and Boylan J (Eds.). Palgrave MacMillan. full text>
  • Obokata T. 2017. Boat Migrants as the Victims of Human Trafficking: Exploring Key Obligations through a Human Rights Based Approach. (vol. 7). link> doi> full text>
  • Obokata T. 2016. Evolution of EU Action against Human Trafficking. In Research Handbook on EU Criminal Law. Mitslegas V, Bergström M, Konstadinides T (Eds.). Edward Elgar. link> full text>
  • Obokata T. 2014. Human Trafficking. In Routledge Handbook on Transnational Criminal Law. Boister N and Currie R (Eds.). Routledge.
  • Obokata T. 2012. Analysis of Climate Change from a Human Rights Perspective. In Criminological and Legal Consequences of Climate Change. Farrall S, Ahmed T, French D (Eds.). Oxford: Hart.
  • Obokata T. 2010. International Legal Framework to Address Migrant Smuggling at Sea. In Extraterritorial Immigration Control: Legal Challenges. Mitslegas V and Ryan B (Eds.). Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers.
  • Obokata T. 2010. A Human Rights Framework to Address Trafficking in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region. In The Trade in Human Beings for Sex in Southeast Asia. Le Roux, Baffie, Beullier (Eds.). Bangkok: White Lotus Press.
  • Obokata T and O'Connell R. 2009. The United Kingdom: Developing a Human Rights Culture. In 60 Years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Europe. Jaichand and Suki (Eds.). Antwarp: Intersentia.
  • Obokata T. 2006. EU Action against Trafficking of Human Beings: Past, Present and Future. In Immigration and Criminal Law in the European Union: The Legal Measures and Social Consequences of Criminal Law in Member States on Trafficking and Smuggling in Human Beings. Minderhoud P and Guilde E (Eds.). Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.

Other

  • Obokata T, Payne B, Jackson J. 2014. North-South Irish Responses to Transnational Organised Crime: Research Report of Findings.

Undergraduate

International Human Rights

Transnational Crime

 

Postgraduate

International Human Rights

Transnational Crime

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