Immigration Policy in Europe – Torn Between Demography, Values and War

Ritsumeikan University Online Seminar

Prof. Dr. Michael Reiterer: EU-Ambassador ret., distinguished Professor at the Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy (CSDS) of the Brussels School of Governance (BSoG) and the editor of the CSDS policy brief series.

Date: 12 March 2022

Time: 09:30-11:30 (CET) = 17:30–19:30 PM (JST)

Language: English

The Institute for Justice Systems in Comparative Law (IJSCL) Ritsumeikan University
Kyoto Human Rights Research Institute
Center for Peace Education and Research, Kyoto Museum for World Peace, Ritsumeikan University


09:30 (CET)
17:30 (JST)
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Masahisa Deguchi (Ritsumeikan University)
09:35 (CET)
17:35 (JST)
Opening Speech:

Prof. Dr. Shinichi Ago (Director of Kyoto Museum for World Peace, Ritsumeikan University)
09:40 (CET)
17:40 (JST)
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Dr. Michael Reiterer (EU-Ambassador ret., Centre for Security, Diplomacy & Strategy at the Brussels School of Governance)

Lecture: Immigration policy in Europe: between demography, values and war (PDF) |
Outline (PDF)
10:20 (CET) – 18:20 (JST)Coordinator: Prof. Kimio Yakushiji (Ritsumeikan University)
10:25 (CET)
18:25 (JST)
Prof. Dr. Kaoru Obata (Nagoya University)

Presentation Slides (PDF) | Talking Points (PDF) | Abstract of Comments (PDF)
10:35 (CET)
18:35 (JST)
Prof. Dr. Hanako Umezawa (Zhytomyr Polytechnic State University

Some facts and thoughts on the matter of immigration: EU, Japan and Ukraine (PDF)
10:45 (CET)
18:45 (JST)

Prof. Goro Toda (Kyoto Sangyo University): Questions (PDF)
Lecturer Dr. Shiho Sugiki (Kagawa University): Questions (PDF)
Prof. Omi Hatashin (Osaka Jogakuin University): Question (PDF)
Researcher Diana Arie (Kyoto Human Rights Research Institute): Question (PDF)
Prof. Koichi Matsumoto (Nihon University): Question (PDF)
Researcher Satoru Furuya (Kyoto Human Rights Research Institute)
Researcher Haruko Uchida (Kyoto Human Rights Research Institute)
Hiroshi FUKUYAMA (Civil servant of the Ministry of Justice, Office of Immigration Control off-duty): Questions (PDF)
Prof. Dr. Ryuich Higuchi (Meijigakuin University)
11:25 (CET)
19:25 (JST)
Closing remarks:

Prof. Kimio Yakushiji (Ritsumeikan University)

Dr. Michael Reiterer

is a distinguished Professor at the Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy (CSDS) of the Brussels School of Governance (BSoG) and the editor of the CSDS policy brief series.

Michael Reiterer pursued his academic career always in parallel to his diplomatic one at the Austrian and then European service. After graduating as Dr. jur. from the University of Innsbruck, post-graduate studies at the Johns Hopkins University/Bologna Centre and the Graduate Institute for International Studies in Geneva were further stepping stones to his habilitation (PhD) in International Politics at the University of Innsbruck (2005, Institute for Political Science) focussing on EU-Asia relations. EU foreign policy, EU-Asia relations in particular with Japan and Korea, inter-regionalism, security issues, new forms of diplomacy, human rights are nowadays the main focus of his research, having previously published extensively on international trade law and relations including WTO, trade and environment and the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM). He has taught at various universities in Europe & Asia.

In September 2020 he retired from the European Diplomatic Service (European External Action Service-EEAS) as Ambassador plenipotentiary and extraordinary of the European Union to the Republic of Korea; previous posts included Ambassador to Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein, Deputy Head of Mission/Minister at the EU Delegation to Japan, Minister Counsellor at the Austrian Permanent Representation to the EU, Counsellor at the Austrian Permanent Representation to the GATT, Austrian Deputy Trade Commissioner for West Africa (out of Abidjan/Ivory Coast) and to Japan. In addition, he co-chaired the Joint Group of Trade and Environment Experts at the OECD, served as panellist at the WTO dispute settlement and was a member of the European Economic and Social Committee.

Additional Activities

Adjunct professor for international politics at Webster University, Vienna; Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali “Guido Carli” (LUISS), Rome; University of Innsbruck; Danube University, Krems/Austria.

Associate Fellow, Global Fellowship Initiative at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), Switzerland

Senior Advisor, Center for Asia Pacific Strategy (CAPS), Washington D.C.;  STEAR (Student Thinktank for Europe-Asia Relations) Singapore (2021-).

Member of the Scientific Committee of the European Forum Alpbach/Austria

Member of the Council of the Jean Monnet Foundation for Europe, Lausanne/Switzerland

Member of the Advisory Board of the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies

Invited professor, Kobe University, Ritsumekan University/Kyoto (2021/22), Japan

Member of the International Academic Consultative Council of the University of Kobe/Japan until 2020.


Order of Merit in Silver with Star (2019), Government of the Republic of Austria

Honorary Citizenship of Seoul (2020), Seoul Metropolitan Government, Republic of Korea


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