Kaori Ishii is an Associate Professor at University of Tsukuba, Faculty of Library, Information and Media Science from 2010. She was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Law & Business, Ryerson University from 2016 to 2017.
Prior to joining Ryerson, she had worked as a lawyer, in-house counsel, and a scholar in Japan. She served as an attorney at law from 1999 to 2001 and worked for the legal department of a large manufacturing company from 2001 to 2004. Later, she was placed at the Institute of Information Security and promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor between 2004 and 2010. During this time, in 2007, she earned her Ph.D. in Law from Chuo University, Graduate School of Law, Department of International Law and Business. She holds her position as an Associate Professor at University of Tsukuba, Faculty of Library, Information and Media Science from 2010.
Her research interests focus on legal issues surrounding data protection and privacy among countries, and her research area includes a comparative analysis in data protection legislations, searching for insights into the right of privacy and considering how to harmonize current technological advancements and privacy. She currently intends to extend her research area in the right of privacy and its legislations in Canada.
She has contributed much in her role as a member of many expert committees in the Cabinet Secretariat, Ministries, and local governments in Japan. She has also served as a commentator in some media.
Select Research and Professional Contributions
Written in Japanese
– The revised version of Present and the Future of Laws on the Protection of Personal Data: The World Surroundings and the Future Prospect in Japan (Keiso Publishing, 2017).
–The Present and the Future of Laws on the Protection of Personal Data: The World Surroundings and the Future Prospect in Japan (Keiso Publishing, 2014).
– The Doctrine and Current Issues of Laws on the Protection of Personal Data: From the Historical Development and International Viewpoints (Keiso Publishing, 2008).
– The Right of Privacy, Academic Research in Jurist (August, 2016).
– The Meanings of the “Right to Be Forgotten” and Surrounding Discussions, 58-4 Journal of Information Processing and Management 271 (July 2015).
The abstract in English cites here.
– Current Legal Situations on Protecting Privacy in the United States, 55-12 Journal of Information Processing Society of Japan 1346 (November 2014).
– International Negotiations on the Issues of Privacy, 8 Journal for Information and Communications Policy 54 (March 2014).
– Making Use of Big Data and Its Restriction, 1464 Jurist 32 (March 2014).
Written in English
– Kaori Ishii, Japanese Supreme Court decision on the removal of search engine results, Leading Internet Case Law 24-25 (March-April 2017).
– Kaori Ishii, The Japanese Personal Information Protection Commission’s latest regulation and guidelines, Data Protection Leader 17-19 (January 2017).
– Kaori Ishii and Taro Komukai, A Comparative Legal Study on Data Breaches
in Japan, the U.S., and the U.K., IN TECHNOLOGY AND INTIMACY: CHOICE OR COERCION 86-105 (David Kreps, Gordon Fletcher, and Marie Griffiths ed., 2016)．
The Personal Data Protection (PDP) Seminar 2017 panel discussion on “Facilitating International Data Flows for a Secure Digital Economy” in Singapore
July 20, 2017
The 3rd Asia Privacy Bridge Forum 2017 Spring at Yonsei University in Korea
June 27, 2017
CIPL’s Privacy Workshop on “Japan’s New Data Privacy Regime and How it Will Enable Cross-Border Data Flows, Innovation and Privacy Protections in the Modern Information Age” on 11 May 2017.
Does Privacy Exist in the Age of Big Data?
A talk event in Japan Foundation, Toronto, Canada on March 3 2017.
The courses she taught at the University of Tsukuba:
Legal Study on Internet Issues (for graduate students speaking English)
Information Society and Relevant Legislative Systems (for undergraduate students)
Information Law (for undergraduate students)
Comparative Legal and Operational Analysis on Illegal Obtaining and Disseminating of Personal Data, JSPS KAKENHI (C) Grant Number 15K03237
Honours & Awards
– Best Faculty Member Award at the University of Tsukuba in Feb. 2013
– Incentive Award in the field of Social Sciences from Mobile Communication Fund in Sep. 2011.
– Incentive Award in the field of Telecom Social Sciences from Telecommunications Advancement Foundation in Mar. 2011.