Our Closing Remarks
Seung Wha Chang
Professor of Law, Seoul National University
Seung Wha CHANG is Professor of Law and the former Dean of Seoul National University (SNU) School of Law where he teaches international trade and investment law as well as international arbitration. Recently, Professor Chang completed his tenure as the Chairman of the Korea Trade Commission.
In 2016, Prof. Chang completed his four-year term for the World Trade Organization (WTO) as a Member(Judge) of the Appellate Body. Prior to this, he was one of the most frequently appointed panelists for the WTO dispute settlement panels. Prof. Chang also has served as an international arbitrator (chairman or co-arbitrator) in numerous occasions for various arbitral institutions, including the ICC, LCIA, SIAC, HKIAC and KCAB, and he previously served as a Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. In earlier days of his legal career, Prof. Chang served as a Seoul District Court judge, and also practiced as a foreign attorney at Covington & Burling in Washington D.C.
Prof. Chang graduated from SNU School of Law and holds master (LL.M.) and doctorate (S.J.D.) degrees from Harvard Law School. He has taught international economic law and international arbitration courses as a Visiting Professor at various renowned law schools, including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, NYU, Duke, Georgetown, UCLA, National University of Singapore, Hong Kong University, and Geneva University. In 2007, Harvard Law School granted him an endowed visiting professorial chair title, Nomura Visiting Professor of International Financial Systems.
Prof. Chang is the first Korean author who published a book on bilateral investment treaties and Editor-in-Chief of Korean Arbitration Review. In addition, he presently serves as an Advisory Board Member for leading international law journals, including the Journal of International Economic Law (Oxford) and the Journal of International Dispute Settlement (Oxford).
Prof. Chang is a South Korean national, and is married with twin children.