January 01, 2018

Dr. Robert Brown Receives Prestigious Award from Emperor of Japan

Dr. Robert Brown, the Chair-Elect of the Section of International Law, received the prestigious Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette from the Emperor of Japan for his work to strengthen ties between Japan and the United States. It was announced by the Emperor on November 3, 2017, and awarded January 19, 2018. The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette was established by Emperor Meiji on April 10, 1875, by decree of the Council of the State as the first national decoration awarded by the government.


Robert is an attorney at Lynch, Cox, Gilman & Goodman, PSC. He represents emerging companies, which includes newly established companies as well as more mature companies seeking new markets.

He is Chair of the National District Export Council appointed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Chair of the Kentucky District Export Council, former Chair of the Kentucky World Trade Center, former Chair of the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana, and former Chair of Crane House, a leading Asian cultural and business society. He is Chair of the Japan/America Society of Kentucky, and Treasurer of Sister Cities of Louisville. He has served as Chair of the Japan Society in San Francisco and twice as Chair of the Japan Society in Kentucky. He previously was admitted as a foreign lawyer in Japan and has written several books on doing business in Asia.

In addition to his law degree, he earned M.B.A. and master’s degrees in urban economics from the University of Louisville, a master’s degree in Japanese business from Jochi University in Tokyo, and two PhDs in law and development from the University of Cambridge and The London School of Economics and Political Science. He earned an LL.M. in world trade from the University of London. He also passed the CPA exam.