Yuka Fukunaga is a Professor at Waseda University, where she teaches public international law and international economic law. She is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law. She holds an LL.D. (2013) and an LL.M. (1999) from the Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, University of Tokyo, and an LL.M. (2000) from the School of Law, University of California, Berkeley.
Professor Fukunaga is a frequent speaker at international conferences and has published actively in the field of international trade and investment law. Her recent publications include: 'The Appellate Body’s Power to Interpret the WTO Agreements and WTO Members’ Power to Disagree with the Appellate Body, 20 Journal of World Trade 792' (2020) and 'Margin of Appreciation as an Indicator of Judicial Deference: Is it applicable to investment arbitration?, 10 Journal of International Dispute Settlement 69' (2019). She is a winner of the Waseda Research Award in 2017.
Professor Fukunaga is also an Executive Council Member of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL), an Executive Council Member of the Japan Chapter of the Asian Society of International Law (AsianSIL), the Executive Secretariat of the Asia WTO Research Network, and a Board Member of the Japan Association of International Economic Law. She currently serves as a Book Review Editor of the Journal of International Economic Law. Professor Fukunaga was an Assistant Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) and an Intern at the Appellate Body Secretariat, World Trade Organisation (WTO).