Yoko Maeda

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  • Professional Background / Education
  • Publications / Presentations
  • Professional Activities / Accolades

Professional Background / Education

Professional Background

Nishimura & Asahi
Debevoise & Plimpton, New York
Singapore International Arbitration Centre
2015 to Present
City-Yuwa Partners


The University of Tokyo (LL.B.)
Legal Training and Research Institute
University of Pennsylvania (LL.M.)

Publications / Presentations

  • "Measures to Make International Arbitration Faster and More Cost Effective and Remaining Issues" (in JCA Journal No. 776, The Japan Commercial Arbitration Association, 2022) (in Japanese)
  • "Force Majeure and Hardship in the Asia-Pacific Region" (co-author, Juris Publishing, 2021)
  • "The Impact of the UNGPs on Courts and Judicial Mechanisms" (co-author, "UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human rights at 10", Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights(OHCHR), July 2021)
  • "Conditions for Achieving Dramatic Growth in International Arbitration in Japan - Focus on Conditions of Physical and Human resources" (in Rule of Law No. 201, Japan Bar Association, 2021) (in Japanese)
  • "What you should know about International Arbitration - preparing for business trouble overseas - (vol 4. "Procedure of International Arbitration")" (co-author, in NBL No. 1194, Shojihomu Co., Ltd., 2021) (in Japanese)
  • "Q&A The Basic Knowledge of International Commercial Arbitration for Legal Departments" (co-author, City-Yuwa Partners (ed), Chuokeizai-sha, Inc., 2018) (in Japanese)
  • "Recent Trend of International Corporate White Color Crime Investigation in the U.S. and the U.K" (in "The Lawyers", ILS Publications, Inc., 2016) (in Japanese)
  • ""Cool Japan" Scheme and Overseas Development of Visual Contents" (Chizai-Prism No. 157, Research Institute of Economy, Trade, and Industry, October 2015)
  • "Japan Chapter, Interim Measures in International Arbitration" (co-author, Juris Publishing, June 2014)
  • "New Law on International Civil Jurisdiction in Japan and its impact on foreign corporations" (Asia Pacific Regional Forum News Vol. 19 No. 1, International Bar Association, April 2012)
  • "Recent Developments in ADR Law" (co-author, in Vol. 1, No. 1 MEDIATION NEWSLETTER pp 23-25, International Bar Association, April 2005)

Professional Activities / Accolades

- Annual Meeting -
■ Panelist at a Session of New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Annual Meeting entitled "Cross-border Litigation. When we need the most from our allies around the world: Best Practices and Recommendations" (January 27, 2021)

- Seminars -
■ Served as a keynote speaker and panelist during the seminar entitled "Activating Commercial Mediation for Amicable Commercial Dispute Resolution Based on Actual Cases – the Role of Mediators in Reaching a Satisfactory Settlement" jointly organized by Japan International Mediation Center (JIMC) and Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA) (July 20, 2022)
Speaker at an Event entitled "IPBA Arbitration Day 2022: International Arbitration in the Endemic Age" hosted by the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) (August 31, 2022)
Speaker at a Webinar entitled "The 7th ICC Asia-Pacific Conference on International Arbitration - Ready, Set, Debate!", hosted by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) (June22, 2022)
Speaker at a video-series entitled "Addressing the Dispute Resolution Challenges of Japanese Companies Doing Business in ASEAN," co-produced by the ASEAN-Japan Centre (AJC), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC). (May 23, 2022).
■ Speaker at a Webinar entitled "A Practical Guide to the 2020 Revision of the IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration (Part 1)", presented by the Asia Pacific Arbitration Group (APAG), and supported by the IBA Arbitration Committee and the IBA Asia Pacific Regional Forum (November 19, 2021)
■ Speaker at a Webinar entitled "SIAC Academy 2021 Enforcement of Arbitral Awards in Asia: Theory & Practice - Part 7: Japan (Virtual Edition)", hosted by Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) (August 4, 2021)
■ Presenter and Panelist at a Webinar entitled, "2021 ICC Rules of Arbitration - Most Important Change", hosted by the International Chamber of Commerce JAPAN (ICC JAPAN) (April 27, 2021)
■ Speaker at a Panel Discussion entitled, "Gender diversity in international arbitration: Trends and developments in Japan and Asia Pacific", hosted by Arbitral Women (March 8, 2021)
■ Panelist at a Panel Discussion entitled "ADR in Japan: On the Cusp of Statutory, Technological and Cultural Change", jointly hosted by FTI Consulting, etc. (March 11, 2021)
■ Moderator at a webinar entitled, "2020 Arbitration Webinar Series in Japan-The Third Webinar: Data Protection and Cyber Security in ICC Arbitration" (The webinar is organized by ICC JAPAN (International Chamber of Commerce JAPAN) (November 25, 2020)
■ Speaker at a webinar entitled, "Impact of Inequality: Challenges and impacts of gender inequality in the field of arbitration" (The webinar is organized by Nagoya University) (November 16, 2020)
■ Moderator at a webinar entitled, "2020 Arbitration Webinar Series in Japan-The Second Webinar: Conducting Virtual Hearing in ICC Arbitration and Pitfalls in Virtual Hearing" (The webinar is organized by ICC JAPAN (International Chamber of Commerce JAPAN) (October 29, 2020)
■ Speaker at a webinar entitled, "2020 Arbitration Webinar Series in Japan-The First Webinar: ICC Court leadership in the Covid 19 era -How International Arbitration has been transformed by Covid 19" (The webinar is organized by ICC JAPAN (International Chamber of Commerce JAPAN) (October 22, 2020)
■ Panelist at a webinar entitled, "Post Covid-19: The New Normal for International Dispute Resolution" (The webinar is organized by JCAA (The Japan Commercial Arbitration Association) and JIMC (Japan International Mediation Center) (October 2, 2020)
■ Speaker at a webinar entitled, "IBA Asia Pacific Arbitration Group (APAG) Arbitration in Practice Webinar Series" (The webinar is organized by IBA (International Bar Association) (September 11, 2020)
■ Facilitator at a webinar entitled, "SIAC North East Asia Academy 2020" The webinar is organized by SIAC (Singapore International Arbitration Centre) (September 10 to 11, 2020)
■ Speaker at a webinar entitled, "Closing the gate before the horse has bolted" The webinar is organized by HK45 (July 14, 2020)
■ Speaker at "Fundamental Aspects of International Dispute Resolution" organized by Keio University Law School on November 11 and 12, 2019
■ Acted as a Counsel for a party in Mock Arbitration at Global Conference 2019 Tokyo organized by New York State Bar Association, International Section in Tokyo (November 6, 2019)
■ Mock Emergency Arbitrator in Mock Emergency Arbitration at "ICC Arbitration Summit" organized by ICC in Tokyo (October 16, 2019)
■ Speaker at "ICC Institute Advanced Level Training Programme on Production of Documents" organized by ICC in Tokyo (October 15, 2019)
■ Speaker at "Skills Training Workshop on Nuts and Bolts of Cross Examination in International Arbitration" organized by YICCA/YJAA in Tokyo (October 4, 2019)
■ Speaker at a session in IBA 2019 Conference at Seoul entitled, "Is it true that enforcing an international arbitration award under the New York Convention is easier than enforcing a judgment?" (September 25, 2019)
■ Speaker at a session in IBA 2019 Conference at Seoul entitled, "Judges and arbitrators as adjudicators and settlement facilitators, and the Singapore Convention on Enforcement of Mediated Settlements" (September 24, 2019)
■ Panelist at a seminar entitled "6th Annual International Arbitration, Regulatory & Competition Law Global Summit" (The seminar is jointly organized by LEGALPLUS and Wolters Kluwer. (September 12, 2019)
■ Speaker at a seminar entitled "Development and Specific Methods of Use of International Arbitration and Mediation in Japan and America" (The seminar was jointly organized by Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association and The State Bar of California. (May 13, 2019)
■ Speaker "International arbitration for construction companies and real estate developers" (The seminar was organized by Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism) (March 27, 2019)
■ Expert for ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy for Asia sponsored by ICC (March 8, 2019)

- Newsletters -
■ CY Newsletter Vol. 7 "The Tokyo District Court found unenforceable a venue clause with a Delaware court as the exclusive court of jurisdiction"

- Awards -
■ Recognized as a "Future Star" for International Arbitration by Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific & China 2022 Edition-the guide to the region’s leading dispute resolution law firms and lawyers published by Euromoney Institutional Investor (Jersey) (June 2022)
■ Listed in 2019 Who’s Who Legal - Future Arbitration Leaders (Partners)

- Arbitrator -
■ Appointed to be an Arbitrator of the 7th Shanghai Arbitration Commission (January 2022)
■ Appointed as an Arbitrator of the 6th Dalian Arbitration Committee (March 2021)
■ Appointed to be on Panel of Arbitrators of Asia International Arbitration Center (AIAC) (April 2018)

- Appointment -
■ Appointed to be an Arbitrator in KCAB INTERNATIONAL’s Panel of International Arbitrators (January, 2020)
■ Appointed as Deputy Secretary General of Japan Association of Arbitrators (JAA) (July 2018)
■ Appointed as an alternate court member of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) (July 2018)


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