There is a growing awareness among Japanese corporate legal departments of arbitration as a means to settle cross-border commercial disputes. The legal foundation has been laid for international commercial arbitration in Japan, Japanese courts are friendly to arbitration, and arbitration has received support from the government since 2017. Yet, Japan is rarely chosen as a place of arbitration. In this lecture, Professor Hiroshi Oda explores the current state of the arbitral regime in Japan, including some recent court cases, the challenges, and obstacles to it being designated as a seat of arbitration.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Hiroshi Oda
Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration (2003-2016); Professor, Waseda University, Sir Ernest Satow Professor of Japanese Law Studies, University College London; Attorney at law, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Japan
Professor Oda has held various visiting professorships in the U.S. and Europe, such as Cornell Law School, University of Munich, University of Fribourg, and University of Vienna (current). He is the author of Japanese Law, third edition, Oxford University Press (2010), Russian Commercial Law, second edition, Martinus Nijhof (2007) and Russian Commercial Law, University of Tokyo Press (2015). His latest publication, Russian Arbitration Law and Practice, will be published by Oxford University Press early next year.