2022 SAIL


Prof. Akio Shimizu

Professor, Waseda University

Akio Shimizu is a scholar of international law with special areas of interest in international trade and the WTO dispute settlement procedures. He served as a panelist in Brazil-Aircraft, GSP and GMO cases at the WTO. His publication includes a textbook in international economic law and numerous articles in related fields. He taught law at Otaru University of Commerce in Hokkaido for 13 years and for 28 years at Waseda University in Tokyo and was invited to teach fast track law school courses at University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, Santa Clara University in US. He graduated from Waseda University (BA in Law and LL.M.) and from Yale Law School (LL.M.).

International Trade Law

This course focuses on law and regulation of international trade with special emphasis on the rise and fall of multilateral trading system. The observation starts with provisional application of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) from 1947 and includes the establishment of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1995 as well as proliferation of regional trade agreements. Legal problems in substance and procedures that arose in the process will be discussed. Some WTO dispute settlement cases are also introduced. The WTO Ministerial Meeting held in June 2022 is considered to examine what awaits in the future.