Graduate School of Asia-Pacific StudiesWaseda University


BACON Paul Martyn

  • Position:Professor
  • Degree
    Ph. D. in International Relations, University of Kent
  • Background
    Visiting Professor, Shumei University (1999-2002)
    Associate Professor, Tokyo Jogakkan University (2002-2005)
    Visiting Scholar, University of Tokyo (2003-2005)
    Associate Professor/Professor, Waseda University (2005-2016)
    (Adjunct Professor positions at Aoyama Gakuin University, Chiba University, Temple University and the United Nations University).

Field of Specialization

Inter-regionalism (Europe and Asia)
ComparativeRegionalism (Europe and Asia)
Human Rights Promotion and Protection

Research Theme

Norm Localization
European and Asian Regional Organizations
EU-Japan relations
The impact of Brexit on international order
EU human rights strategy in the Asia-Pacific
Comparative Criminal justice in the Asia-Pacific

Major Works / Publications Awards

  • Paul Bacon, Hartmut Mayer and Hidetoshi Nakamura (eds) The European Union and Japan: A New Chapter in Civilian Power Cooperation? New York, Routledge 2016.
  • Paul Bacon ‘The European Union’s inter-regional human rights strategies in Northeast and Southeast Asia: learning lessons from localization’ in Louise Fawcett, Frederik Ponjaert and Mario Telo, The European Union and Inter-regionalism: a Post-Revisionist Approach to Europe’s Place in a Changing World, New York, Routledge, 2016.
  • Paul Bacon and Christopher Hobson (eds), Human Security and Japan’s Triple Disasters: Responding to the 2011 Earthquake, Tsunami and Fukushima Nuclear Crisis, New York, Routledge, 2014.
  • Christopher Hobson, Paul Bacon and Robin Cameron (eds), Human Security and Natural Disasters New York, Routledge, 2014.
  • Takashi Inoguchi and Paul Bacon, “Japan’s emerging role as a ‘global ordinary power’” International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, (Oxford University Press) Volume 6, Number 1, 2006.

Academic Societies / Service to Society

Service to Society

  • Deputy Director, European Union Institute in Japan at Waseda University, (2009-2016)
  • Reviewer for various journals and publishers, including Pacific Affairs, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, Foreign Policy Analysis, Oxford University Press and Routledge.

Research Project

MA:Europe and Asia: Inter-regional Relations
※Available in English language only
Ph.D. :Comparative Regionalism (Europe and Asia)
※Available in English language only

Research theme, outline of project research seminar, message to prospects

This seminar welcomes students who want to carry our project research on inter-regionalism, comparative regionalism, and human rights promotion. The focus will be on relations and comparisons between Asian and European actors. Inter-regionalism is defined as ‘institutionalized multidimensional cooperation between at least one regional grouping and either a region or large country which belongs to a different continent’. Examples of project research on inter-regional relations could therefore include: China-EU relations; the impact of Brexit on Japan-EU relations; the role of Germany in shaping EU trade policy towards China, EU-ASEAN relations; NATO-Mongolia relations, etc. Comparative regionalism seeks to compare the extent and nature of the development of regional organizations in different parts of the world. Examples of relevant project research could therefore include comparisons between the degrees of economic, political, military or social integration between regional organizations and forums such as the EU, ASEAN, NATO, the EAS and APEC. The project seminar leader is also very interested in the EU’s human rights strategy in the Asia-Pacific, and is currently carrying out comparative research on criminal justice processes in Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Students interested in civil and political rights protection in the Asia-Pacific, and the EU’s role in this, are therefore also welcome to apply.

Students are encouraged to conduct fieldwork in the countries and regions in which they are conducting project research, and also to seek practical work experience through internships with governmental organizations or NGOs that may be relevant to their research. Students thereby combine theoretical rigour and practical experience, and emerge from the seminar ready to challenge for employment in foreign ministries, regional and international organizations, and leading human rights NGOs.


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