What Do Borders and Human Rights Mean for Migrants? 


Principal Investigator in Kobe University:
Tetsu SAKURAI (Professor, Graduate School of Intercultural Studies)
Principal Investigator in the Oversea Partner University:
Kolja RAUBE  (Senior Researcher, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, University of Leuven)

2016 Research Exchange Activity Plan 

Contemporary advanced countries in Europe, for example, are confronted with a dilemma between the widely held values of basic human rights and the principle of national sovereignty. On the one hand, after the Second World War, it has become more and more imperative to locate the source and legitimacy of rights in the transnational, universalized order. On the other hand, the huge influx of immigrants into the EU in these years has impressed on us an unwaning significance of national borders. We hope to explore the meanings and possible exits of this serious dilemma in this subgroup. This year, at the joint discussions to be held in Kobe and Pusan, we plan to meet and exchange views on these problems that contemporary liberal democracies are facing and find a solution that we hope will satisfy many of the parties involved.  

Anticipated Results in 2016

At the scheduled Kick-Off Symposium in Kobe this fall, researchers at major research institutions in Japan, Europe, and Asia will first invite each other to share what they have determined are some problems and basic values, and as much as possible, try to share their mutual normative challenges as researchers. At the workshop in Pusan six months later, their goal is to further clarify and sharpen the above theoretical challenges by revealing the results of their research and speculations. Through this process of brainstorming, we will begin moving this year in the appropriate direction to deal with the normative predicaments shared by Japan, Europe, and Asia, and we can anticipate advancement in the pursuit of research results, including policy recommendations.