Taro Tanaka
Human Rights Scholar
Biography

Taro Tanaka is an LLM candidate at NYU School of Law where his primary focus is human rights for the LGBTI community. Prior to attending NYU, Taro earned his law degree at Keio University Law School, where he graduated in the top 5% of his class.

After he passed the Japanese national bar examination, he joined Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, (one of the largest full-service international law firm in Tokyo) with a primary focus on both international and domestic disputes. In 2015, he joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer where he belongs to the dispute resolution group. He has substantial experience with international arbitration, such as representing a Japanese energy investor before the ICSID in an Energy Charter Treaty arbitration against Spain and providing the Government of Japan with training on various investor-state dispute settlement matters, including in relation to treaty drafting and negotiations.

Alongside his work, Taro has been playing a central role in achieving LGBTI equality in Japan. He represents the marriage equality petition before the Japan Federation of Bar Associations (the only time this argument has been made in Japan). He has also been actively involved with social advocacy work by cooperating with foreign activists such as the Hon. Michael Kirby, former Justice of the High Court of Australia. He gave numerous presentations/lectures to, among other things, the Japanese Diet members as well as companies and schools, colleges and law schools. He took a lead on launching the UN’s Corporate Standards of Conduct on Tackling Discrimination against LGBTI in Japan upon request by the OHCHR.

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