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Contemporary Issues in Human Rights Law

Europe and Asia

  • Analyzes human rights law issues from a variety of perspectives—Asian (especially Japanese, Chinese, and Taiwanese), European, and international

  • Covers not only the protection of human rights in Europe and Asia, but also the cross-fertilization among European, Asian, and international law

  • Researches a wide range of current topics of international human rights by Asian and European professors of constitutional law, international law, and EU law

  • Includes supplementary material:

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-x
  2. Human Rights in Europe

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Fundamental Rights Regimes in the European Union: Contouring Their Spheres

      • Ferdinand Wollenschläger
      Pages 23-49Open Access
    3. Human Rights Protection in the EU as Unitas Multiplex

      • Noriko Ofuji
      Pages 51-69Open Access
  3. Human Rights in Asia

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 71-71
    2. Does Formal Rank Matter?

      • Shu-Perng Hwang
      Pages 91-105Open Access
    3. The Asian Region and the International Criminal Court

      • Hitomi Takemura
      Pages 107-125Open Access
  4. Special Topics of Human Rights in Europe and Asia

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 127-127
    2. Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in Europe and Asia

      • Sara De Vido
      Pages 143-167Open Access
    3. China’s Development Banks in Asia: A Human Rights Perspective

      • Matthias Vanhullebusch
      Pages 193-214Open Access
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 215-219

About this book

This book is published open access under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license.

This book analyzes issues in human rights law from a variety of perspectives by eminent European and Asian professors of constitutional law, international public law, and European Union law.

 As a result, their contributions collected here illustrate the phenomenon of cross-fertilization not only in Europe (the EU and its member states and the Council of Europe), but also between Europe and Asia. Furthermore, it reveals the influence that national and foreign law, EU law and the European Convention on Human Rights, and European and Asian law exert over one another.

The various chapters cover general fundamental rights and human rights issues in Europe and Asia as well as specific topics regarding the principles of nondiscrimination, women’s rights, the right to freedom of speech in Japan, and China’s Development Banks in Asia.

Protection of human rights should be guaranteed in the international community, and research based on a comparative law approach is useful for the protection of human rights at a higher level.  As the product of academic cooperation between ten professors of Japanese, Taiwanese, German, Italian, and Belgian nationalities, this work responds to such needs.


  • Protection of Human Rights
  • Europe and Asia
  • EU Fundamental Rights
  • Japanese Constitutional Law
  • Cross-fertilization in Human Rights Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Open Access

Editors and Affiliations

  • Graduate School of Law, Hitotsubashi University, Kunitachi, Japan

    Yumiko Nakanishi

About the editor


Yumiko Nakanishi is professor of European Union Law at Graduate School of Law, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo. She studied European law at Hitotsubashi University and Münster University (Germany). She got Master of law (Hitotsubashi University 1993), Magister Legum (University of Münster 1995) and Doctor of law (University of Münster 1998). She is a member of the board of directors of the European Union Studies Association–Japan, member of Japan Association of Environmental Law and Policy, member of Japanese Society of International Law. She is founder and representative of Hitotsubashi Association of European Union Law. She is chief editor of the journal Review of European Law. Her fields of research are EU constitutional law, EU environmental law and EU external relations law. 

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