Takamichi Sekine

Takamichi Sekine LLM ’91 is a professor at the School of Policy Studies, Kwansei Gakuin University, where he teaches courses in the areas of Environmental Law, Comparative Environmental Law, Environmental Assessment. He is also legal adviser for Japan’s largest environmental organization, the Nature Conservation Society of Japan, and a member of the Environmental Center of the Japan Bar Association. Takamichi recently won a major environmental case in Japan, when the Naha District Court ordered former Okinawa Governor Masahide Ota to pay approximately 328 million yen ($3 million) in damages to his client, an environmental group. The governor was charged with illegally implementing development projects in an area inhabited by rare birds. Takamichi continues to actively pursue environmental cases in Japan which are likely to become significant precedent for the coming decade.