Benjamin F. Hughes is an independent arbitrator at The Arbitration Chambers in Singapore and Fountain Court Chambers in London, and adjunct professor at the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law. Prior to launching his practice as an independent arbitrator in 2013, Ben practiced international arbitration with Shearman & Sterling in the US and Singapore and was the founding co-chair of the international dispute resolution practice group at Shin & Kim, one of Korea's oldest and largest full-service law firms.
Ben left law firm practice in March 2013 to focus on his practice as an independent arbitrator and mediator. Since then, he has been appointed in well over 100 arbitrations with several billion USD in dispute, under the rules of the AAA/ICDR, ACICA, AIAC/KLRCA, BAC, CAA, CIETAC, DIS, HKIAC, ICC, JCAA, KCAB, LMAA, SCC, SCMA, SIAC, UNCITRAL (both administered and ad-hoc) and VIAC. 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.
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. He has been appointed in cases seated in Bangalore, 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 CISG and 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. He has also handled complex conflict of law and jurisdictional issues, joinder and intervention applications, summary dismissal applications and disputes involving multiple contracts and applicable laws.
Ben is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators and the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. He has taught extensively in the field of international dispute resolution, including as associate professor of law at Seoul National University Law School and as a visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law. He serves on the editorial boards of the Asian International Arbitration Journal, the Korea Arbitration Review and the Journal of Korean Law.
Ben was educated in both the civil law and the common law traditions, having studied first at Seoul National University College of Law (MA, all coursework in Korean), and then at NYU School of Law (JD). 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 Chinese (Mandarin) in Beijing and East Asian history at Harvard University.
For a list of representative matters and a recent CV, please visit www.hughesarbitration.com.