Keiko Kono joined CCDCOE in March 2019 as an international law researcher in the Law Branch.
She is a Senior Fellow at the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS) and a Deputy Director at the Strategic Planning Division, Bureau of Defense Policy, Japan Ministry of Defense. Before she joined the NIDS in 2002, she received a Research Fellowships for Young Scientists (DC2) of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) in 1999-2001, and was a Research Assistant of Sophia University, Japan in 2001-2002. At NIDS, she has been in charge of research on legal issues involved in various activities for the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF), including the education and training for JSDF officers and government officials. She was a visiting fellow at the US Naval War College in 2011. She taught public international law as an adjunct lecturer at several universities in Japan. Her research interests include Law of Armed Conflict, Law of the Sea, and public international law in cyberspace.
She is a co-editor of the Japanese edition of the Tallinn Manual 2.0 on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations titled International Law on Cyber Attacks: A Commentary on Tallinn manual 2.0 (Shinzansha Publisher, 2018).
She holds a Bachelor of Law from Rikkyo University, Japan and both a master’s and a doctorate degree in law from Sophia University, Japan.