Machiko Kanetake is a Ph.D candidate at Kyoto University (Japan) where she is a JSPS Research Fellow. Her areas of expertise include United Nations law and international security law. Her doctoral thesis examines the regulation of the UN Security Council’s authority exercised vis-à-vis non-state actors. Having studied international politics as an undergraduate at Aoyama Gakuin University (Japan), she has earned her English law degree (MA in Law) from the University of Sheffield (UK) where she received International Scholarships. She has sharpened her research focus on UN law through her LLM at the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK). She has publications on the use of force to protect nationals abroad, UN peacekeeping and the judicial review of the UN Security Council, including: “Whose Zero Tolerance Counts? Reassessing a Zero Tolerance Policy against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN Peacekeepers” (2010) 17 International Peacekeeping 200; and “Enhancing Community Accountability of the Security Council through Pluralistic Structure: The Case of the 1267 Committee” (2008) 12 Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law 113.