Professor Benjamin F Hughes

Professor Benjamin F Hughes


  • Listed in Chambers & Partners' Most in Demand Arbitrators – Asia-Pacific Region
  • Listed in The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration
  • Listed in The International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation

“Benjamin Hughes is ‘the next star in Asia’ according to commentators, who describe him as ‘a pleasure to appear before’ and as someone who ‘delivers well-reasoned awards’”.

— Who’s Who Legal (2018)

Professor Benjamin Hughes is an independent arbitrator and adjunct professor of the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law.

Ben has been appointed as arbitrator in over 100 arbitrations with a total amount in dispute in excess of USD 2 billion, including ad-hoc arbitrations and arbitrations under the rules of the following arbitral institutions (in alphabetical order):

ACICA Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration

AIAC Asian International Arbitration Centre (formerly KLRCA)

BAC Beijing Arbitration Commission

CAA Chinese Arbitration Association (Taipei)

CIETAC China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission

DIS German Arbitration Institute HKIAC Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre

ICC International Chamber of Commerce

ICDR International Centre for Dispute Resolution (American Arbitration Association)

JCAA Japan Commercial Arbitration Association

KCAB Korean Commercial Arbitration Board

LMAA London Maritime Arbitration Association

SCC Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce

SCMA Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration

SIAC Singapore International Arbitration Centre

UNCITRAL United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (both ad-hoc and administered)

VIAC Vietnam International Arbitration Centre

He has also acted as emergency arbitrator and as sole arbitrator in expedited and fast-track proceedings and is a panel arbitrator of numerous arbitral institutions in the Asia-Pacific region.

Ben has been appointed as arbitrator in cases seated in Beijing, Delhi, Geneva, Guam, Hamburg, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, London, Manila, Maui, New York, Seoul, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Taipei and Tokyo. He has heard cases governed by the laws of Australia, Austria, BVI, Cayman Islands, China, England and Wales, Fiji, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mongolia, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia (including Sharia), Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the United States (including New York, California and US territories) and Vietnam, as well as lex mercatoria and the CISG. He has also handled complex conflict of law and jurisdictional issues, joinder applications, summary dismissal applications and disputes involving multiple contracts and applicable laws.

Ben’s experience as arbitrator spans a broad range of commercial disputes, including joint venture and shareholder disputes, intellectual property and licensing, media and telecommunications, construction and infrastructure projects, energy and resources, shipping and shipbuilding, automobile and heavy machinery manufacturing, agency and distributorship agreements, military acquisition and procurement contracts, sale of goods and general commercial disputes.

Ben has taught extensively in the field of international dispute resolution, including as associate professor of law at Seoul National University in Korea (2015–2019) and as visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong and the National University of Singapore.

Educated in both the civil law and the common law traditions, Ben studied first at Seoul National University College of Law (all coursework in Korean), and then at NYU School of Law. While at NYU, he spent one semester at the University of Palermo Law School in Buenos Aires, Argentina (all coursework in Spanish). He also studied Mandarin in Beijing and East Asian history at Harvard University.

Professional Career

  • Independent Arbitrator (2013–)
  • Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (2019–)
  • Associate Professor, School of Law, Seoul National University (2015–2019)
  • Partner and Co-chair, International Dispute Resolution Practice Group, Shin & Kim, Seoul (2009–2013)
  • Senior Associate, Shearman & Sterling LLP, International Arbitration and Litigation, San Francisco and Singapore (2007–2009)
  • Foreign Attorney, Kim & Chang, International Arbitration, Seoul (2005–2007)
  • Associate, Shearman & Sterling LLP, San Francisco (2004–2005)
  • Associate, Latham & Watkins LLP, San Francisco (2002–2004)

Professional Offices & Memberships

  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
  • Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (FSIArb)
  • Fellow, Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators (FHKIArb)
  • Fellow, Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (FACICA)

  • Editorial Board, Asian International Arbitration Journal
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Korean Law
  • Editorial Board, Korean Arbitration Review
  • Member, International Arbitration Committee, KCAB

English, Korean, Spanish; Mandarin (conversational)


For more information on contact details and recent appointments, download CV.

Tel: +65 6538 1277
Fax: +65 6538 1727
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Singapore 069120