Godwin Tan (BAIAC Young Practitioner Initiative)

August 9, 2022

Godwin Tan   Godwin is a dual-qualified lawyer (English solicitor and New York attorney) at Allen & Overy, London. His areas of practice include investment treaty arbitration, international commercial arbitration, business and human rights, and public international law. He has represented and/or advised States, companies and international organisations in multiple jurisdictions. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from University College London and a Master of Law (First Class in all subjects) from the University of Cambridge. He has delivered lectures and led seminars on arbitration at various universities, including the University of Cambridge, King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London, and the Singapore University of Social Sciences. He has also published peer-reviewed journal articles and a book chapter on developments in arbitration. In addition to his role at the Beihai Asia International Arbitration Centre, he founded and is currently a committee member of Allen & Overy’s Society of East Asian Lawyers.  

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Toh Jia Yi

August 8, 2022

Toh Jia Yi Jia Yi is a Partner in Allen & Gledhill’s Intellectual Property, Litigation, International Arbitration, and Cybersecurity & Data Protection Practices. Jia Yi’s main areas of practice are commercial litigation and international arbitration, with a specialisation in contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters involving patents, trade marks, copyright, designs, domain names and confidential information. She has represented clients in a wide range of commercial disputes, including contractual disputes, IP and technology disputes, shareholder disputes and breach of directors’ duties, and employment disputes. She also regularly advises on regulatory issues. Apart from her commercial practice, she has niche expertise in public and administrative law, having advised and acted for both statutory boards and private corporations in matters of judicial review and ministerial appeals. Before entering private practice, Ms Toh then spent two years with the Singapore Legal Service, where she was posted to the Ministry of Law. In her position as Assistant Director and Deputy Counsel for Parliamentary Affairs, she undertook law reform and legal policy work.  Jia Yi graduated from the University of Cambridge with a B.A. (Hons) degree in 2011, where she won several university prizes including the Norton Rose Prize for Commercial Law. She is a Member of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and an Accredited Mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre. She is actively involved in the Law Society of Singapore as a founding member of the Women in Practice Committee.

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Jocelyn Lim

August 8, 2022

Jocelyn Lim   Jocelyn is a dispute resolution partner of Skrine, focusing on construction and engineering disputes. She acts for clients involved in all aspects of the construction industry from project owners to main contractors, consultants, sub-contractors and suppliers. She also acts for and advises clients in a wide range of projects including rail, airports, power plants, hospitals and other public infrastructure projects; hospitality, data centres and commercial and residential building projects. She is well-versed with all major standard forms of construction and consultancy contracts, including FIDIC, PAM, JKR or Public Works Department (PWD), CIDB, IEM and BEM standard forms. She also advises clients on a wide range of bespoke contracts. Apart from representing clients in court, arbitration and adjudication proceedings, Jocelyn sits as an arbitrator and is on the panel of arbitrators of AIAC and Thailand Arbitration Center. She also sits as an adjudicator, and she is an accredited mediator on the panel of Malaysian Mediation Centre.

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Charles Mak (BAIAC Young Practitioner Initiative Lead)

May 31, 2022

Charles HW Mak – BAIAC Young Practitioner Lead   Charles Ho Wang Mak is a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Glasgow, a Fellow of the Centre for Chinese and Comparative Law at the City University of Hong Kong, an Honorary Fellow of the Asian Institute of International Financial Law at the University of Hong Kong, a Research Affiliate at SovereigNET at The Fletcher School, Tufts University, and a Research Associate at China, Law and Development Project at the University of Oxford. His research concentrates on sovereign debt restructuring and dispute resolution. Charles has studied law at the University of Sussex in England (LL.B. (Hons.)), The Chinese University of Hong Kong (LL.M. in International Economic Law), and the City University of Hong Kong (LL.M.Arb.D.R.(with Credit)). At present he is completing his PhD in international law at the University of Glasgow. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators (FHKIArb), the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand (FAMINZ (Arb/Med)), the Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution (FAIADR), and the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland (FRAS). He earned accreditation as a tribunal secretary at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. In 2019, he was admitted as the first member of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration Tribunal Secretary Panel from both Hong Kong and Mainland China. He is available to be appointed as a tribunal secretary for international arbitrations.

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Derric Yeoh

May 31, 2022

Derric Yeoh   Derric began his legal career training under Dr Michael Hwang SC, a leading international arbitrator and former Chief Justice of the Dubai International Financial Centre. He has experience and familiarity with arbitration proceedings from a common law and civil law perspective, having worked at a leading Swiss law firm and United States firm. He has acted in a variety of arbitrations ranging from commercial arbitrations to sports and investor-state arbitrations and is experienced in most arbitral institution rules such as ICC, SIAC, LCIA, HKIAC, and SCC. Derric also has litigation experience and was instructed counsel in BOK v BOL & BOM [2017] SGHC 316, which is a seminal case on the applicability of the doctrine of unconscionability in Singapore. Derric has also written articles on international arbitration that have been published in the Journal of International Arbitration, the Singapore Arbitration Journal, and the Kluwer Arbitration Blog. These are widely cited by other authors. He has also spoken at international conferences on international arbitration together with such prominent speakers as Lord Briggs of the United Kingdom Supreme Court. He is also the assistant editor of the Singapore Arbitration Journal and is among the pioneer batch of graduates of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) accredited tribunal secretaries program. A keen mentor, Derric is active in several young arbitration groups and is an elected Council Member of the Law Society of Singapore

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Justice Roshan Dalvi (Rtd)

May 31, 2022

Justice Roshan Dalvi (Retd.)   Justice Dalvi has been in the legal field for 45 years, 27 of them as Judge.  She was appointed Judge, Bombay City Civil Court in September 1989, served as Principal Judge, Family Court, Mumbai from July to December 2004 and was elevated to the Bombay High Court in June 2005.  She retired as a Bombay High Court Judge in November 2015. She practices as Arbitrator, Mediator and Legal Consultant and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). She studied ‘Gender and Law’ Warwick University, Coventry, UK. She was granted a Fellowship in Peace and Conflict Resolution for Advanced Mediation and as such is a Rotary Peace Fellow. She is a Fellow and Vice President (Asia) of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute, Halifax, Canada. She was invited to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) to draft the protocol on the Rights of Children of sexual abuse. She was invited to give the keynote address on Gender Equality in the Indian Constitution in the South Asia Conference of Wisconsin University, Madison, WI. USA. She is the author of 2 books – Tangible Justice setting out memories of her judicial life and WOMAN: Her Trials and Triumphs showing socio-legal gender perspectives.. She has written articles on various law subjects including Gender Justice, Human Trafficking, Firm management, Conflict resolution and the Practice and Procedure of Arbitration. She conducts workshops for Judges, lawyers, law students and law teachers on Gender Sensitization, Arbitration, Mediation, Human Rights, Case Management, Commercial Contracts, etc. She is a guest lecturer in the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai in the Masters’ program in Access to Justice. Her judgments include interpretation of commercial contracts, property litigation, family litigation, the law of evidence relating to proof of documents including electronic documents, a wide repertoire of socio-legal subjects including the proprietary rights of Hindu women, rights of widows under testamentary laws, the constitutional validity of intestate succession of Hindu women, child rights, human rights as also cases of economic offences involving bank frauds and investor frauds.

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Zhu Jifan, Executive Director (Vice-Chairman of Beihai Arbitration Commission)

November 25, 2021

Zhu Jifan 朱际范 Mr Zhu Jifan (朱际范) is Vice-Chairman of Beihai Arbitration Commission and Executive Director of Beihai Asia International Arbitration Centre. Born in December 1965, he graduated from the Law Department of Central South University, Hunan. He is also a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute of Arbitration of Guangxi University for Nationalities, Shi Liang Law School of Changzhou University and tutor at the China-Portugal Law School. Mr Zhu is also an arbitrator of the arbitral commissions of Beihai, Nanning, Liuzhou, Guilin, Fangchenggang, Chongzuo, Baise, Zhanjiang and arbitrator of the International Arbitration Court of the Kyrgyz Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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Professor Steve Ngo, President & Executive Director

November 25, 2021

Professor Steve Ngo Professor Ngo  is an international arbitrator, academic and arbitration specialist. He is the founding President of Beihai Asia International Arbitration Centre, Singapore. As an experienced practitioner, his professional and academic activities focus on Southeast Asia, East Asia and South Asia, the three key global economic growth regions. He has been consulted by both the private and public sectors on arbitration-related matters including being part of the legal team defending an Indonesian government ministry. He has also been consulted on potential investor-state arbitration, evaluating cases against and for the state party. He previously held independent expert and advisor roles on arbitration and dispute resolution matters for a Southeast Asian government body in relation to the mining & energy sector. As a seasoned lecturer and speaker, he has delivered numerous lectures on arbitration and dispute resolution in the region throughout the region. He has a wide range of research interests in the area of international arbitration and dispute resolution which includes cultural elements in disputes settlement, arbitration reform, current trends and innovation in dispute resolution. He has authored many publications on arbitration and international dispute resolution, including a book on the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration written in the Indonesian language. He is empanelled as an arbitrator in many arbitration centres in the region. At present, among others, he is an Advisory Board Member of the Centre of Alternative Dispute Resolution, National Law University, Delhi: Member of the Asia Advisory Board of the American Arbitration Association – International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA-ICDR); Member of the Advisory Board of Gujarat International Maritime Arbitration Centre (GIMAC) and Council Member of the Hong Kong International Mediation Centre. He is also a Common Room Member of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford. He held a number of academic appointments among others, Distinguished Professor (Honorary) of the Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law; Honorary Professor, National Law University Delhi; Honorary Professor National Law University, Odisha; Honorary Professor, National University of Management, Phnom Penh; part-time Professor, Changzhou University, Shi Liang School of Law; Senior Visiting Fellow, Tongji Intellectual Property & Competition Law Research Center, Tongji University, School of Law. Previously he was Vice-Chairman, KIIT Arbitration Centre, KIIT School of Law; Visiting Professor, Atmajaya Catholic University Jakarta, School of Law; Visiting Professor, Universitas Padjajaran, Indonesia; International Visiting Professor, KIIT School of Law, Bhubaneswar; part-time Professor, Guangxi University for Nationalities; Visiting Scholar, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences and Adviser of the University of London International Programmes, Postgraduate Law Programmes (International Dispute Resolution).

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Kevin Tan

August 10, 2021

Kevin Tan Kevin has a broad-based disputes practice focused on international arbitration and commercial litigation. He is a Partner, Dispute Resolution at Rajah & Tann Singapore. Kevin has acted in a wide variety of disputes including oil and gas, shipping, investor against state, employment and fraud. Prior to entering private practice, Kevin served as a Justices’ Law Clerk and Assistant Registrar of the Supreme Court of Singapore. Kevin publishes widely in the field of international dispute resolution and has most recently been featured in Singapore Business Review’s 2020 list of most influential lawyers aged 40

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