The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Law and Policy


The 2024 Kyoto Summer Program on Governance Innovation

Kyoto University Summer Program on Governance Innovation: July 9 – July 12, 2024 

The Kyoto University Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Law and Policy (KILAP) will host the Summer Program on Governance Innovation, exploring new governance models that can make our society more human-centered, democratic, and sustainable through innovation.

Event Title: Kyoto University Summer Program on Governance Innovation
Program Period: July 9, 2024 (afternoon) – July 12, 2024 (evening)

Delivery Method: On-site
Location: Genhouin, Kyoto (Link) 77 Hoshoji-cho, Okazaki, Sakyo-Ku, Kyoto 606-8333
Language: English
Qualification (recommended): 

  • English proficiency
  • Practical experience in law, public policy, risk management, engineering, or other related areas for 5+ years.

For information, the diverse backgrounds of previous participants include legal and public relations professionals from private sectors, policy analysts from international organizations, data and AI governance consultants, practicing lawyers, academic researchers from universities and research institutions, as well as national government officials, among others.
Early Bird Registration (application by May 13, 2024 24:00 GMT): JPY 300,000
Regular Registration (application after May 14, 2024 00:00 GMT): JPY 330,000

*Fees include the tuition and meals (two dinners and three lunches) during the program. Please note that travel expenses and accommodations are NOT included and must be arranged independently by participants.
Program Capacity: 20 participants
Application form:
Application Deadline*:

  • Early Bird: May 13, 2024 24:00 GMT
  • Regular: June 30, 2024

The admission is on a rolling basis and will close when it reaches the program capacity.
Program Description:
The Kyoto University Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Law and Policy (KILAP) is pleased to announce the launch of the 2024 Summer Program on Governance Innovation. This program, to be held from July 9 to 12th, 2024, will delve into critical discussions surrounding governance of Artificial Intelligence (AI), data, and other cutting-edge technologies, focusing on fostering responsible, human-centered, and democratic innovation.

In an era marked by rapid advancements in AI technology, stakeholders across the private sector, national governments, and international organizations must gain a comprehensive understanding of the intricate dynamics and far-reaching implications of AI governance. Digital technologies leveraging AI and data offer unparalleled benefits to our society, offering solutions to challenges such as healthcare disparities, educational access, sustainability, public safety, worker shortages, and economic inequality, among others.

However, digital technologies also raise significant concerns, including risks to safety and security, privacy breaches, job displacement due to automation, and widening social divides caused by biased systems and algorithms, as well as unequal access to technology. As we integrate these breakthrough technologies into various aspects of our economies and lives, it is crucial to address these issues to ensure that their benefits align with fundamental values like human rights, democracy, the rule of law, and sustainability.

To achieve this goal, current governance frameworks face significant challenges, including inflexible regulations, opaque governance of digital systems, and a lack of global harmonization of rules. These obstacles to effective regulation highlight the urgent need to develop innovative governance approaches that effectively address the issues of complexity and speed while safeguarding fundamental values.
Aligned with global initiatives and concerns, discussions on governance innovation are taking place worldwide, with organizations like the G7, OECD, and the World Economic Forum actively exploring agile, multi-stakeholder governance methods. Similarly, the Japanese government leads this movement with white papers on governance innovation and agile governance, alongside comprehensive regulatory reform endeavors and pragmatic business guidance.

Responding to the burgeoning need for innovative governance solutions, the Kyoto University Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Law and Policy (KILAP) is proud to host the 2024 Summer Program on Governance Innovation. Held in a heritage building in the heart of historic Kyoto, this program offers a unique opportunity for participants to engage with international professionals at the forefront of strategic governance projects. 

Our speakers are world-class leading experts from various fields, including government, corporations, international organizations, academia, and legal practice, gathered from countries worldwide. The program’s agenda will delve into critical themes such as regulation, corporate governance, the intersection of law and economics, litigation systems, and public-private partnerships, adopting a cross-disciplinary approach and viewing these subjects from agile and multi-stakeholder perspectives.

This immersive program offers a unique blend of practical learning experiences. Renowned experts from diverse public and private sectors will share their insights addressing both specific projects and broader global trends. These presentations will be followed by dedicated group discussions centered on real-world case studies, where participants will have the opportunity to grapple with these scenarios alongside their peers and receive personalized feedback directly from the speakers. This combination of expert knowledge, interactive discussions, and tailored feedback will equip participants with the necessary skills to create and execute governance frameworks that support the development of a human-centered, democratic, and sustainable society.

Key Topics: 

  • Framing the Challenge: How Digital Technologies Have Transformed Our Society
  • Agile Governance: Definition and Design Principles
  • Governance of AI and Data by Private Sectors
  • Digital Governance Strategies in Different Jurisdictions: Japan, Canada, China, EU, UK, and USA
  • Outcome-Based Collaborative Regulation
  • Product Safety Standards for Digital Systems
  • AI Applications in Judicial Systems
  • Design of Liability and Insurance in the Age of Uncertainty
  • Global Cooperation in Rulemaking

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Christopher Hodges OBE, Emeritus Professor of Justice Systems, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford / UK Regulatory Horizons Council, Chair, 
  • Anupam Chander, Scott K. Ginsburg Professor of Law and Technology at Georgetown University Law Center
  • Srikanth Mangalam, The Public Risk Management (PRISM) Institute, President
  • Romain Perray, McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Partner, Lecturer at Paris University: Sorbonne, Assas and Cité
  • Graham Russell, UK Office for Product Safety and Standards, Chief Executive
  • Anirudh Sridhar, Alliance University, Dean of Thought Leadership
  • Angela Zhang, University of Southern California, Professor of Law
  • Kentaro Asai, Kyoto University Graduate School of Law, KILAP, Professor
  • Tetsuya Yamashita, Kyoto University Graduate School of Law, KILAP, Professor

   Additional speakers will be announced.

Program Coordinators:

  • Hiroki Habuka, Kyoto University Graduate School of Law, KILAP, Research Professor
  • Tatsuhiko Inatani, Kyoto University Graduate School of Law, KILAP, Professor

Contact: summerprogram2024_kilap* (Please replace “*” to “@”)