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淀川 詔子
淀川 詔子


  • Partner
  • Tokyo

Noriko is a partner in our International Trade law practice, who has broad experience working with many types of stakeholders in the field. She advises clients in relation to both international agreements and relevant domestic laws (such as those on export control, rules of origin and customs classifications).

Noriko advises various types of clients, from the public and private sectors, in the field of international trade law. Noriko’s strength when advising clients is her ability to maintain an overarching view while duly paying attention to details specific to the case and client. These multifaceted perspectives are based on her experience working for and with various stakeholders in the field.

In particular, Noriko worked in the Appellate Body Secretariat within the WTO (World Trade Organization) Secretariat. The WTO agreements provide the fundamental rules for international trade, and the Appellate Body engages in the dispute settlement proceedings between WTO Members regarding those agreements.

Subsequently, Noriko worked as Legal Counsel to the Energy Charter Secretariat. The Energy Charter Secretariat, located in Brussels, is the secretariat of the Energy Charter Treaty, which is a multilateral trade and investment agreement in the field of energy.

In addition, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Noriko actively participated in the negotiations of multiple EPAs (economic partnership agreements – how the Japanese Government describes comprehensive FTAs (free trade agreements)).

Furthermore, Noriko worked as in-house counsel at the largest steelmaking company in Japan, and in particular, participated in anti-dumping and safeguard investigations conducted by foreign authorities, from the perspective of an exporter.

At N&A, Noriko continues to assist clients in anti-dumping and safeguard investigations abroad. She also frequently advises various clients in relation to the WTO agreements (including involvement in WTO dispute settlement proceedings) and EPAs, as well as relevant domestic laws (such as those on export control, rules of origin and customs classifications).

Awards & Rankings




New York University School of Law (LL.M.)
The University of Tokyo (LL.B.)

Professional Experience

Temporary Member of the Subcommittee on Unfair Trade Policies and Measures of the Trade Committee under the Industrial Structure Council (advisory body to the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry)
Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation (currently, Nippon Steel Corporation) (Senior Manager, International Affairs Department of the Legal Division) 
Energy Charter Secretariat(initially, Legal Assistant, then promoted to Acting General Counsel and to Legal Counsel) 
World Trade Organization (Appellate body Secretariat)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Deputy Director, Economic Partnership Division of the Economic Affairs Bureau)