Maiko Takeuchi
Transitional Justice Scholar

Maiko Takeuchi is LLM-International Legal Studies candidate at the NYU with the Dean’s Graduate Award. She holds a Master’s degree in Regional Studies-East Asia from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Tokyo with Bank of Japan Senshin Ikueikai scholarship. In 2021 she was awarded the Ogino Ginko Prize for being a female pioneer in national security and supporting students in career development.

She has 20 years of experience in national security and non-proliferation. In 2021, she finished her five-year term as a member of the 1874 Panel of Experts for North Korea in the United Nations (UN). She is continuing her research on UN diplomacy and economic sanctions as a visiting scholar at the Center of Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Research, Waseda University and a consulting fellow at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI), Japan. She is also conducting capacity building projects concerning sanction implementation and non-proliferation for governments and industries with Compliance & Capacity Skills International. Before joining the UN, she served Japan’s Ministry of Defense in various areas including cyber security strategy and strategic trade control, and as the civilian defense attaché of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul.

Through the Transitional Justice Program, she aims to further develop her expertise in post conflict settlement and human rights. She published articles including “UN financial sanctions against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – Challenges and proposal for efficient implementation” in S.Yoshimura (ed), United Nations Financial Sanctions (Routledge, 2020) and “Smart Language: How to Address an Inherent Weakness Undermining the Implementation of U.N. Sanctions on North Korea” (International Law Studies, Vol.96, 2020).


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