Tatsuo Ikeda

Of counsel / Attorney at Law

Osaka Office

Major Practice Areas
Mergers & Acquisitions / Risk Management and Compliance / Dispute Resolution / Incorporated Educational Institutions and Incorporated National Universities / Public-Interest Activities
Other Practice Areas
Corporate / Restructuring and Insolvency / Medical Services / Construction/Architecture / Consumer Protection
Japanese / English / German


After having served as a judge (presided over civil and criminal cases in the Kobe District Court and Tokyo District Court), Tatsuo Ikeda has come to focus on researching and teaching procedural law and other subjects, including the Code of Civil Procedure, in law schools and other academic institutions. He has been a scholar of Alexander von Humboldt and a Research Fellow at the University of Freiburg in Germany. He has also conducted research in various countries in Europe and Asia, and made comprehensive oral presentations at international conferences and other venues. As part of his pro bono activities, he serves as a member of the Committee for Conciliation of Civil Affairs, the Chairman of Councils in municipal governments, and also as an outside auditor of corporation.

Mr. Ikeda specializes in international legal matters ranging from civil and commercial cases to family law-related cases, as well as administrative law cases in Japan, Europe and Asia. Utilizing his skills with respect to litigation and as an ADR Specialist, he makes use of a variety of networks and does his utmost to achieve an optimum resolution in each of the cases he handles. Mr. Ikeda is an advocate for human rights and devotes every effort to realize social justice.

Recent Cases

• Parliamentary reference expert for the House of Representatives, The National Diet of Japan (endorsed by the ruling Party)
• Various litigation matters (civil, administrative, criminal cases)
• Collection matters
• Labor and employment matters
• Finance-related matters
• Intellectual property matters
• Consumer matters
• School matters
• Immigration matters

Education & Professional Career

2017 – Present Osaka University, Professor Emeritus
Nov 2005 – Present Kitahama Partners, Of Counsel
Feb 1995 Kyushu University Graduate School of Law (Ph.D.)
1992 – 2017Osaka University, Professor
1985 – 1987Research Scholar of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany (Research fellow of University of Freiburg)
1982 – 1992 Osaka University, Associate Professor
Aug 1980Retired from the Judge; Kobe District Court and Tokyo District Court

Other Activities

• Executive Board Member, Japan Association of Access to Justice
• Member, Legal Systems Development Support Committee
• Chairperson, Osaka Consumer Protection Council
• Member, Osaka Gender Equality Grievance Committee
• Academic Advisor, International Civil and Commercial Law Centre Foundation