UNU Global Seminar – 33rd Shonan Session

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    The aim of the UNU Global Seminars is to enhance awareness about contemporary global issues and the role of the United Nations in addressing those issues. Students and young professionals are given the opportunity to interact with distinguished scholars and practitioners from Japan and abroad, and to explore a specific issue in depth through lectures and group discussions.

    These sessions are open to university students, graduate students and young professionals residing in Japan. Lectures may be in Japanese or English, so participants are required to understand both languages. A participation fee covers accommodation, meals and seminar documentation. A limited number of fellowships are available for foreign students studying in Japan.

    UNU Global Seminar Japan – 33rd Shonan Session

    The Role of International Organizations in the Global Economy: Movement of People Beyond Borders
    29 August to 1 September 2017

    While greater mobility of goods, people, money and information is not a new phenomenon, a neo-liberal shift, including privatization and deregulation in many countries under the WTO/ IMF regime, has made transnational economic activity more pervasive than ever. The political economist Adam Smith theorized that markets free from the forces of government intervention will result in an optimum allocation of resources. This has long been used to justify economic liberalization. However, in fact, markets where goods, money, people and information move across borders result in both advantages and disadvantages. For example, as finance becomes increasingly globalized, the more global financial market grows, and the richer and more convenient our society becomes. At the same time, there are innumerable problems to solve, such as the tax havens brought to light by the Panama Papers and money laundering.

    Some states have attempted to regulate the free movement of goods, money, people and information. Britain’s decision to withdraw from the European Union in 2016 is a challenge to independently control such transnational movements, though there is some doubt to what extent this is actually possible. We now face the reality that states can neither prevent crises nor take measures that immediately impact the situation. That is not to say it is acceptable to neglect addressing the negative effects of the free movement of goods, money, people and information across borders.

    What are the roles of international organizations, including the United Nations, in a global age? In this seminar, we will discuss the functions of international organizations in the global economy, with a focus on international migration.

    For more details, please check the brochure for the 2017 session.

    History of the UNU Global Seminars

    The UNU Global Seminars began in Japan in the Kanto area in 1985 with the first Shonan Session, and in the Kansai area in 1995 with the Kobe Session. In Japan, additional UNU Global Seminars are held in Tohoku, Shimane-Yamaguchi, Hokkaido, Kobe-Awaji, Kanazawa, and Okinawa. The expansion of the UNU Global Seminars abroad began with the Seoul (South Korea) Session in 2003.


  • The seminar is open to Japanese and foreign students at Japanese universities (undergraduate and postgraduate students), irrespective of their major. Young professionals who are interested in the theme of the seminar are also welcome, although those working in the subject area are not admissible. Non-Japanese residents (persons living outside Japan) are not eligible to apply. Participants are required to understand both English and Japanese, as lectures will be delivered in either language. Simultaneous interpretation will not be provided.

    Registration begins at 13:00 on 29 August at Shonan Village. The seminar ends on 1 September after lunch. Further details will be sent to the selected participants directly. Participants are expected to stay for the entire duration of the seminar.


    The participation fee of JPY38,000 covers accommodation, meals, seminar documents, and bus fare on the first day. Transportation costs to/from the seminar site are not included. Foreign students (excluding those who receive a monthly scholarship of 117,000 yen or more) may apply for a JPY30,000 waiver of this seminar fee. Each room will be shared by 2 participants.

  • Application deadline: Wednesday, 31 May 2017
    Please apply using the online registration form.

    Notification of Selection

    Applications will be reviewed by the Shonan Session Committee. Candidates will be notified around 7 July 2017 by email. The participation fee of 38,000 yen must be deposited to the designated bank account by 21 July 2017. Details will be sent to the selected participants directly.

  • UNU Global Seminar Shonan Session Secretariat
    Tel: 03-5467-1212
    Fax: 03-3499-2828
    Email: shonan@unu.edu

  • UNU-GlobalSeminar-2017

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