SUZUKI Masabumi

The below information is as of March 31, 2018. It may differ from the current information.

SUZUKI Masabumi

SUZUKI Masabumi

Faculty Fellow (until March 31, 2018)

Professor, Nagoya University Graduate School of Law

Activities at RIETI


Intellectual Property Law, International Economic Law

Research Projects


1986 LL.M., Harvard Law School
1981 LL.B., University of Tokyo


2002 - Present Professor, Nagoya University Graduate School of Law
2012 - 2014 Vice-Dean & Director of the Program for Legal Practice, Nagoya University Graduate School of Law
2001 - 2002 Director, Office of Trade Policy Review, Multilateral Trade Policy Department, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
1999 - 2001 Director, Office of Intellectual Property Policy, MITI
1998 Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution (Washington, D.C., USA)
1995 Director of North American Trade Policy Planning, Trade Policy Bureau, MITI
1992 Legal trainee, Legal Research and Training Institute of the Japanese Supreme Court
1981 Joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI)

Selected Publications and Papers


Professor Suzuki was admitted to the New York Bar in 1986. While he worked in the government, he was involved in trade disputes with North American countries and handled WTO disputes including the U.S.-Automobiles and Japan-Photographic Film cases. At the government, he also worked on IP policy, which included drafting a bill to amend the Unfair Competition Prevention Act. He sat as an arbitrator in an ICC arbitration case in 2006. He is currently a Council Member of the Japan Association of International Economic Law, the Japan Association of Industrial Property Law, and the Copyright Law Association of Japan. He is also a member of the International Literary and Artistic Association of Japan and the American Bar Association. He is on the indicative list for panelists at the WTO Dispute Settlement Body (a Japanese government nominee as a non-governmental panelist for the WTO).