Mr Michael Hwang (Singapore) SC

Michael Hwang received his legal education at Oxford University (both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels) to which he gained entry by winning a college scholarship in an open competitive examination. He then took up a teaching appointment at the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney before returning to Singapore to commence private practice in 1968.

In 1991 Mr Hwang was appointed a Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court (a full time post equivalent to the office of an acting High Court Judge) for a fixed term which expired at the end of 1992. During his term of office, Mr Hwang dealt with a full caseload across the whole range of civil litigation. 15 of his judgments are reported in the Singapore Law Reports, and several of these have been referred to with approval by other courts and academic commentators. He returned to private practice at the beginning of 1993, and was Head of the Litigation Department of the law firm of Allen & Gledhill, Singapore (currently Singapore’s largest law practice). He retired from the firm at the end of 2002 to establish an independent practice as a Barrister and Chartered Arbitrator.

In 1997 Mr Hwang was appointed one of the first 12 Senior Counsel (“S.C.”) of the Supreme Court of Singapore (an appointment equivalent to that of Queen’s Counsel in England).

From 2000 to 2003 Mr Hwang served as a Commissioner of the United Nations Compensation Commission (“UNCC”) based in Geneva, a body set up under the Security Council to assess claims against Iraq arising from the Gulf War.

In 2003, Mr Hwang was appointed Singapore’s Non-Resident Ambassador to Switzerland, and continues to hold that post.

From 2005 to 2009, he served as Vice Chairman of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, and continues as a member of the Court.

In 2006, he was nominated as a representative of the International Olympic Committee on the International Council of Arbitration for Sports, and continues in that role.

From 2008 to 2010 he served as the President of the Law Society of Singapore.

In 2009 he was appointed by the Ruler of Dubai as a member of the Special Judicial Tribunal to oversee the Restructuring of Dubai World and its Subsidiaries.

In 2010 he was appointed Chief Justice of the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts, having served as Deputy Chief Justice since 2005.

In 2011 he was appointed as a Member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for the Rule of Law.

Arbitral appointments (past and present)

  • a Vice-Chairman of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”) and Co-Chair of ICC Asia;
  • a Vice-Chair of Committee D of the International Bar Association (“IBA”);
  • a Vice-President of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (“ICCA”);
  • a Court Member of the London Court of International Arbitration (“LCIA”);
  • a Council Member of the International Council of Arbitration of Sports (“ICAS”)
  • a Chartered Arbitrator
  • a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators;
  • a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.

Accreditations and Memberships

  • Singapore International Arbitration Centre (“SIAC”);
  • Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry Permanent Court of Arbitration;
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (“HKIAC”);
  • British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (“BCICAC”);
  • Indonesian National Board of Arbitration (“BANI”);
  • Indian Council of Arbitration (“ICA”);
  • International Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution, India (“ICADR”);
  • London Court of International Arbitration (“LCIA”);
  • China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (“CIETAC”);
  • Beijing Arbitration Commission (“BAC”);
  • American Arbitration Association (“AAA”);
  • Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague (“PCA”);
  • International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes at Washington DC (“ICSID”);
  • Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (“JCAA”);
  • Korea Commercial Arbitration Board (“KCAB”);
  • Dubai International Arbitration Centre (“DIAC”);
  • Regional Arbitration Centre of Kuala Lumpur (“KLRCA”);
  • Kazakhstan International Arbitrage (“KIA”);
  • Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (“SCC”);
  • HKIAC Domain Name Dispute Resolution Panel;
  • World Intellectual Property Organization Domain Name Administrative Panel (“WIPO”);
  • SIAC – Singapore Exchange Derivatives Trading Ltd Panel of Arbitrators;
  • Singapore Institute of Arbitrators;
  • Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group (“APRAG”);
  • Pacific International Arbitration Centre, Vietnam (“PIAC”);
  • Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (“CRCICA”);
  • a council Member of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (“SIArb”);
  • a Trustee of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (“DIAC”);
  • a Member of the HKIAC International Advisory Council;
  • an accredited Mediator and Evaluator of the Singapore Mediation Centre (“SMC”);
  • a Member of the Advisory Council of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (“SIAC”);
  • a Member of the Board of Advisors to the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (“ACICA”);
  • a Member of the Advisory Board of the Journal of International Arbitration (“JIA”).
  • a Member of the Asian Advisory Council of the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”);
  • the Singapore Correspondent for the Kluwer Arbitration Website;
  • an Editorial Adviser to the Chinese Arbitration Association (“CAA”) Journal of Arbitration, Taipei;
  • a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration (“ITA”) at Dallas;
  • an Associate Editor for the online arbitration journal “Transnational Dispute Management” “TDM”;
  • a member of the Editorial Board of “Global Arbitration Review”;
  • a member of the IBA Working Party on “Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration”;
  • a member of the Editorial Advisory Committee of the Journal of Arab Arbitration;
  • a member of the Editorial Committee for the “Yearbook on International Investment Law and Policy”;
  • a member of the Korean- EU FTA.