International Law and Immigration

Ca. Int'l Law Journal 2018 WINTER, VOL. 26, NO. 1


ILS Co-Chairs and Jeff Daar, Chair,
Warren Christopher Committee, with
Claire Chino at the Awards Ceremony

The International Law Section is pleased to honor Mitsuru Claire Chino, the recipient of the ILS’s Eighth Annual Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year Award.

This prestigious Award, presented annually by the ILS, is intended to honor California legal practitioners who render extraordinary service to our profession in the field of international law. The Award is named after its first recipient, Warren M. Christopher, who had a long and distinguished career both as a lawyer and statesman; among his many accomplishments as the 63rd Secretary of State, Mr. Christopher brokered the Bosnian Peace Agreement during President Bill Clinton’s first term in office.

The recipient of this year’s Award, Mitsuru Claire Chino, is the President & CEO of ITOCHU International Inc. and Managing Executive Officer of ITOCHU Corporation, a Fortune Global 500 company, headquartered in Japan, with over 40,000 employees worldwide. In 2013, she became the first female executive officer of any major trading company in Japan. She has also been active in promoting women’s interests in corporate Japan and was instrumental in initiating a diversity program within ITOCHU. Prior to joining ITOCHU, she was a partner of an international law firm. Claire has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout her career, including from the World Economic Forum (Young Global Leader), Yale University (Yale World Fellow), Asia Society (Asia 21) and the U.S. Japan Leadership Program. She has also been recognized in the in-house community as a "Top 25 In-House Counsel in Asia" (Asia Legal Business), "Asia Pacific’s Innovative Lawyer" (Financial Times) and "FT Global General Counsel 30 (Financial Times). Claire is a graduate of Smith College (B.A. cum laude) and Cornell Law School (J.D.), where she serves on the advisory board, and has taught as a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence.

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