“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 Offices & Memberships
English, Korean, Spanish; Mandarin (conversational)
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