Our Session 3 Speakers
"ISDS Landscape: Global and Asia"
[Session 3] Moderator
Arbitrator, Twenty Essex
Professor Hi-Taek Shin is a full-time arbitrator based in Seoul, Korea. He accepts appointments as arbitrator in international commercial and investment disputes.
He has unique experience combining a successful career as counsel, academic and arbitrator, as well as in the public service. Until 2007, he had long been a partner at Kim & Chang, a leading Korean law firm, specialising in cross-border transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and shareholders’ agreements, various commercial transactions and the resolution of disputes arising from such transactions. Since 2007, he has been teaching on international business transactions and the resolution of investment disputes arising from cross-border transactions at Seoul National University School of Law. From 2016 to 2019, he served as the Chairman of the Korea Trade Commission − the trade-remedy authorities of the Korean Government.
Hi-Taek’s professional expertise includes international investments and business transactions, purchase and sale of corporate entities and assets, joint ventures and shareholder agreements, distribution, agency, licensing and franchising contracts, financial transactions including derivatives, research and development of new pharmaceutical products, and arbitrations arising out of such transactions. He also has expertise in complicated disputes in the energy, infrastructure, construction projects and defence industries.
He has been appointed as a sole, presiding and co-arbitrator in international commercial arbitrations under the rules of major international arbitral institutions. He is on the panel of arbitrators of HKIAC, AAA/ICDR, ICSID, JCAA, KCAB, SCIA, SIAC and THAC. He is also listed on the general list of Neutrals of the WIPO. He is a member of International Commercial Expert Committee, Supreme People’s Court of China. He is also listed as a mediator of SIMC.
[Session 3] Speaker
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.
[Session 3] Speaker
Prof. Joongi Kim
Professor of Law, Yonsei University
Joongi Kim is a Professor of Law at Yonsei Law School and the President of the Korean Council for International Arbitration (KOCIA).
Joongi (dʒun-ɡi) has acted as a presiding arbitrator, sole arbitrator, and co-arbitrator in institutional and ad hoc proceedings under the rules of the GGGI, HKIAC, ICC, ICSID, JCAA, KCAB, LMAA, QICCA, SIAC, UNCITRAL, and VIAC.
In 2019, he was selected as International Arbitrator of the Year by KCAB International and the Korea Economic Daily and received the Top 10 Arbitrators in Asia Pacific Award by the Bali International Arbitration and Mediation Center. A Member of the ICC Court, he also serves on the panel of arbitrators for the ICSID, Korea-EU Free Trade Agreement, Korea-US Free Trade Agreement and GGGI, in addition to AIAC, CAA, CAfA, CIETAC, CRCICA, DIAC, eBRAM, HIAC, HZAC, HKIAC, JCAA, KCAB, PIAC, RIMA, SCCA, SCIA, SHIAC, SIAC, and VIAC, and the panel of mediators of HIAC International Mediation Center, SIMC, and VMC.
He serves as a Council Member for the ICC Institute of World Business and an Academic Council Member of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration. He also sits on the editorial board of International Investment Law and Arbitration (Brill), Asian Journal of Comparative Law (Cambridge University Press), Dispute Resolution International (IBA) and Korean Arbitration Review.
His research focuses on international arbitration, international trade and investment, corporate governance and good governance. His treatise INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION IN KOREA (OUP) received the 11th Simdang International Trade and Business Research Award. He has been a visiting professor at ESADE, Georgetown, Keio, the National University of Singapore, National Law School of India University (Bangalore), University of Florida and University of Hong Kong.
[Session 3] Speaker
Meg Kinnear is the Secretary-General of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
Ms. Kinnear joined ICSID in June 2009.
She worked as Senior General Counsel (2006-2009) and Director General of the Trade Law Bureau of Canada (1999-2006). Prior to this, Ms. Kinnear also worked as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Minister of Justice of Canada (1996 -1999) and Counsel at the Civil Litigation Section of the Canadian Department of Justice (1984-1996).
Ms. Kinnear has frequently spoken on and published with respect to international investment law and procedure, including as a co-author of Investment Disputes under NAFTA (Kluwer Law Publications, June 2006; updated editions released January 2008 and June 2009).
Ms. Kinnear holds degrees from the University of Virginia (LL.M.) and McGill University (LL.B.). She is admitted to the Bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario) and the District of Columbia Bar.
[Session 3] Speaker
Barrister, Twenty Essex
Rishab is an Indian advocate and English-qualified barrister, based out of Mumbai and Singapore. He is a specialist in international arbitration, commercial litigation and public international law. Before joining Twenty Essex, he was a partner at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas where he led the firm’s arbitration practice in Mumbai.
Rishab regularly represents clients in commercial and investor-state arbitrations brought under the auspices of a variety of institutional rules.
His experience includes arbitrations seated in India, Singapore, Hong Kong, London, Paris, the Hague, Stockholm, New York, Washington D.C. and elsewhere, conducted under the ICC, UNCITRAL, SIAC, HKIAC, SCC, LCIA and ICSID Rules.
[Session 3] Speaker
Partner, Eversheds Sutherland
Wesley is a partner in the Global Litigation and Dispute Management Group. He is based in Hong Kong, where he heads international arbitration practice in Asia for Eversheds Sutherland.
Wesley has 15 years of experience in advising private and sovereign clients on commercial and investor-State disputes in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa under various institutional rules.
He worked for several years with a major US law firm in their New York, Paris and London offices.
During this time he worked on some of the largest, most complex disputes in the world.
Prior to joining Eversheds Sutherland, Wesley was Managing Counsel at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC). He led a team of counsel and deputy counsel within the Secretariat handling the Centre’s caseload under various HKIAC rules, the UNCITRAL Rules and the Hong Kong Arbitration Ordinance, as well as investment treaty disputes.
Wesley is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Journal of International Law of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization, a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, a member of the Nominations Commission of the ICC-HK’s Arbitration & ADR Committee, a Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s Central/East Asia & China Committee and Steering Group Member of the International Investment & Development Committee of the American Bar Association. He has also authored publications and spoken widely on a range of topics relating to cross-border dispute resolution and has also participated in and conducted trainings to governments, multinational corporations and chambers of commerce in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America.
Wesley is a member of the SIAC Reserve Panel of Arbitrators and the KCAB Panel of International Arbitrators. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor with the University of Hong Kong where he is the course convenor for the Arbitration Practice, Procedure & Drafting module (LLAW6157) for the LL.M in Arbitration & Dispute Resolution.