Machiko Kanetake is Associate Professor of Public International Law at Utrecht University, and the director of the Master's Programme in Public International Law. She serves as an Editorial Board member of the Leiden Journal of International Law, one of the top journals of the field. Machiko welcomes supervision enquiries from prospective doctoral candidates in any of her research areas.
Machiko's research interest lies in the interactive domains of security, human rights, and technology. She has also developed original research on the interactions between national and international law, particularly before domestic courts and international courts and tribunals.
Her current research projects include: economic sanctions and dual-use export control at international, EU and national levels; the export control of human rights sensitive digital technologies; domestic courts’ engagement with the instruments adopted by UN human rights treaty-monitoring bodies; and the regional human rights courts' engagement (particularly the ECtHR) with UN human rights treaty-monitoring bodies. She has also been appointed as a researcher for the Empirical Research into Institutions for Conflict Resolution (ERI).
For her 2018 article published by the ICLQ, Machiko received G.J. Wiarda Prize 2019. She served as a member of the jury for G.J. Wiarda Prize 2021.
Leadership experiences in research & education
Machiko is a member of the Management Board of the Utrecht Centre for Regulation and Enforcement in Europe (RENFORCE), one of the research programmes within the Utrecht School of Law. Machiko is also coordinating the Special Interest Group on 'Principles by Design: Towards Good Data Practice (2020-) funded by Utrecht University's focus area on 'Governing the Digital Society'. Previously, Machiko co-founded a multidisciplinary project on ‘Disrupting Technological Innovation? Towards an Ethical and Legal Framework’ (Phase 1, 2017-2018) (Phase 2, 2019-2021) within the Utrecht Centre for Global Challenges. Furthermore, within the Utrecht Centre for Regulation and Enforcement in Europe, she coordinated, between 2018-2022, a research group on the ‘EU’s Value-Based International Trade'.
Her research profiles are combined with her educational leadership experiences. She coordinated the Master's Programme in Public International Law in 2015-2021 in facilitating collaboration among 25 academic staff members. She has been elected as a member of the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance (REBO) in Utrecht.
Machiko participated in the UU Westerdijk Programme 2021-22 which supports female academic leaders.
Within the academic societies of the field, Machiko has been an elected member of the Coordinating Committee for the Interest Group on ‘International Courts and Tribunals’ within the European Society of International Law. In 2016-2019, she co-founded and led the Interest Group on ‘International Law in Domestic Courts’ within the Asian Society of International Law. She also serves as the Editorial Board of Security and Human Rights Journal.
Machiko has received Ph.D. from Kyoto University, LLM at the London School of Economics (LSE), and MA in Law from the University of Sheffield. Machiko has been appointed as a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the University of Amsterdam (2011-14). She has also been appointed as a Hauser Visiting Doctoral Researcher (2010-11) of the Global Fellows Program at New York University (NYU) School of Law, a Visiting Researcher (2012) of the University of Sydney, a Visiting Fellow (2014-2015) at the Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School, and a Visiting Fellow (2015) at the Transnational Law Institute, the Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London.