Brian Aycock





Brian served in the US military during multiple overseas operations, then joined the Peace Corps to work on economic development in sub-Saharan Africa. Having witnessed people being forcibly displaced, Brian went to work managing the refugee employment department of a resettlement agency, assisting refugees as they arrived in the United States. Perhaps his most notable presentations include a conference in Hong Kong during the 2019 demonstrations, and alongside Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi discussing human security at the International Conference on Peace and Conflict, hosted by the University of Delhi (India). He has also presented at conferences in the US, UK, Singapore, and Japan, and has been featured on radio programmes in New Zealand. Brian lectures at both Keisen University and J. F. Oberlin University, in Tokyo.

His undergraduate work was completed in the United States before beginning postgraduate studies in economics at the University of Glasgow. In 2017, Brian went back to school to study refugee law, earning his MA (Distinction) in Refugee Protection from the University of London. Brian is currently pursuing his doctorate in international law at International Christian University (ICU) in Japan. His current research interests are in international law, particularly human rights law, refugee law, and climate justice, and he is conducting research into legal protections for persons displaced by climate change.

Dissertation title: ‘International Legal Protections for Environmental IDPs’