Opening Remarks &
& Keynote Speech
Han Dong Hoon
Minister, Ministry of Justice
1995 Passed the 37th National Bar Examination
1998 Completed Course at Judicial Research and Training Institute (27th class)
1998-2001 Judge Advocate of Air Force (Gangneung)
2001-2003 Prosecutor, Seoul District Prosecutors’ Office
2003-2004 Prosecution Research Officer, Central Investigation Department, Supreme Prosecutors’ Office
2005 LL.M., Columbia Law School (U.S.)
2006 Prosecution Research Officer, Central Investigation Department, Supreme Prosecutors’ Office
2007-2008 Prosecutor, Busan District Prosecutors’ Office
2009 Prosecutor, Commercial Legal Affairs Division, Ministry of Justice
2009-2010 Senior Administrative Officer, Office of the Senior Secretary for Civil Affairs, Office of the President
2011-2012 Prosecutor, Prosecution Service Division, Ministry of Justice
2013-2014 Director, Policy and Planning Department, Supreme Prosecutors’ Office
2015 Director, Fair Trade and Tax Audit Department, Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office
2016 Head of Team 2, Special Investigations Unit for Corruption Crimes
Aug. 2017 3rd Deputy Chief Prosecutor, Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office
Jul. 2019 Director General, Anti-Corruption and Organized Crimes Department, Supreme Prosecutors’ Office
Jan. 2020 Deputy Chief Prosecutor, Busan High Prosecutors’ Office
Jun. 2020 Research Fellow, Institute of Justice
Jun. 2021-May. 2022 Vice President, Judicial Research and Training Institute
May. 2022-Present Present Minister, Ministry of Justice
Ms. Anna Joubin-Bret is the Secretary of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and the Director of the International Trade Law Division in the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations, which functions as the substantive secretariat for UNCITRAL. She is the ninth Secretary of the Commission since it was established by the General Assembly in 1966.
Prior to her appointment on 24 November 2017, Ms. Joubin-Bret practiced law in Paris, specializing in International Investment Law and Investment Dispute Resolution. She focused on serving as counsel, arbitrator, mediator and conciliator in international investment disputes. She served as arbitrator in several ICSID, UNCITRAL and ICC disputes. Prior to 2011 and for 15 years, Ms. Joubin-Bret was the Senior Legal Adviser for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). She edited and authored seminal research and publications on international investment law, notably the Sequels to UNCTAD IIA Series and co-edited with Jean Kalicki a book on Reform of Investor-State Dispute Settlement in 2015.
Ms. Joubin-Bret holds a post-graduate degree (DEA) in Private International Law from the University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, a Masters Degree in International Economic Law from University Paris I and in Political Science from Institut d'Etudes Politiques. She was Legal Counsel in the legal department of the Schneider Group, General Counsel of the KIS Group and Director-Export of Pomagalski S.A. She was appointed judge at the Commercial Court in Grenoble (France) and was elected Regional Counsellor of the Rhône-Alpes Region in 1998.
Mr. Soo-seok Maeng is the president of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board. He has been a professor at Chungnam National University since 2004 and has served as the dean of the Law School. Currently, he is a professor emeritus at Chungnam National University. He is a prominent expert in commercial law and has conducted various research in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). He has made significant contributions to the academic development of the legal field in Korea, having served as the president of the Korea Business Law Association and the Korean Association of Private Law, among other roles. At present, he is the vice president of the Korean Association of Arbitration Studies, dedicating his efforts to the academic development of ADR in Korea. Furthermore, he has a keen interest in social conflict resolution and the concurrent growth of small and medium-sized enterprises. He is actively engaged as a public interest member of the National Labor Relations Commission and as a member of the Regulatory Innovation Commission of the Ministry of SMEs and Startups.
Christopher Lau SC
Senior Counsel and Chartered Arbitrator,
Three Verulam Buildings Barristers
A Senior Counsel and Chartered Arbitrator, Christopher Lau is recognised as “obviously one of the most experienced arbitrators in Singapore” (Chambers Global Guide 2019) and is ranked by Chambers & Partners as one of the Most In Demand Arbitrators in the Asia-Pacific Region.
His arbitration practice encompasses investment as well as all aspects of commercial disputes including construction, corporate, energy, maritime, aerospace, communications, pharmaceuticals, military & defence procurements involving the laws of various common and civil law jurisdictions including those of Cambodia, Denmark, England & Wales, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, New York, Oman, Pakistan, PRC, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Christopher has also served as mediator in commercial, construction and shareholder disputes both international and domestic.
Having been called to the Bar of England & Wales, Christopher practised as a barrister in London before returning to Singapore where he soon became best known for his insurance, shipping, construction and commercial practice. Between 1995 and 1998, Christopher served as a Judicial Commissioner of the Singapore Supreme Court. Christopher now practises as an arbitrator. He has served in over 200 international arbitrations conducted either on an ad hoc basis or under, amongst others, AIAC (formerly KLRCA), DIFC-LCIA, HKIAC, ICC, ICDR, JCAA, KCAB, LCIA, LMAA, SCMA, SIAC and UNCITRAL arbitration rules seated in various civil and common law jurisdictions. Amounts in dispute in several arbitrations exceeded USD 1 billion.