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Douglas Kenji Freeman

Professor of Keio University Law School

編集Freeman,Douglas K.jpg Douglas Freeman joined Keio University Law School as a Professor in April 2019, after serving periodically as a guest lecturer, and teaching law in the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce Programs, inhouse corporate legal education programs, and ADR courses administered by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) as a CIArb Approved Faculty Member.

Professor Freeman is a legal practitioner and international arbitrator dually qualified as a Japanese bengoshi and New York lawyer and is fully bilingual in English and Japanese. As the first U.S. citizen to pass the Japanese bar examination, Professor Freeman has broad experience in both jurisdictions and is frequently appointed as arbitrator, mediator, and counsel in ICC, JCAA and other international arbitrations conducted in English and Japanese involving complex legal issues. His legal practice involves advising Japanese and multinational corporate clients in transactional and adversarial matters, and he is frequently called upon to provide legal opinions in international disputes.

Professor Freeman studied law at the Tokyo University, Faculty of Law and the Legal Training and Research Institute, the Supreme Courte of Japan, and received a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was an editor of the Columbia Law Review. After working at Sullivan and Cromwell LLP in New York and Tokyo, he started his independent practice in Tokyo in 2007.

Mr. Freeman is a CIArb Fellow, and currently serves as Chair of CIArb Japan Chapter. He is a Member of the JCAA Procedural Advisory Committee.

◆Fields of Expertise  

International Arbitration, Comparative Law, International Transactional Law


• Challenges of the Legal Elite (Shoji Homu, 2002)

• Use of ISDS Clauses to Protect International Investments (Business Homu, 2014)

• Effect of Arbitral Awards, (Jurist Zokan, 2015)

• Thomson Reuters, Practical Law--Governing Law and Jurisdiction Clauses (Japan) (2018)

• Thomson Reuters, Practical Law--Mediation (Japan) (2018)

• CIArb eSolver, Japan's New Bid Toward a Regional Dispute Resolution Hub (Sept 2018)

• International Mediation--A New Wave in Dispute Resolution (NBL No. 1132, 2018.10.15)


• Lecturer, Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry Courses (International Contracts)

• Arbitrator and Judge of the Intercollegiate Negotiation Competition (2015-)

• Lecturer at Japanese international trading company (International Contracts) (2012-)

• Member, JCAA Procedural Consultative Committee (2017-)

• Member, JCAA Committee for the Amendment and Establishment of JCAA Arbitration Rules (2018-2019)

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