Professor Benjamin F Hughes

Professor Benjamin F Hughes

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  • Listed in Chambers & Partners' Most in Demand Arbitrators – Asia-Pacific Region
  • Listed in The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration
  • Listed in The International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation

“Benjamin Hughes is recognised by clients and peers as one of the foremost arbitrators in Asia.”

— Who’s Who Legal

Professor Benjamin F Hughes is an independent arbitrator at The Arbitration Chambers in Singapore and associate professor of law at Seoul National University in Korea. Prior to launching his career as an independent arbitrator, he practised international arbitration with Shearman & Sterling (in the US and Singapore), and was the founding co-chair of the international dispute resolution practice group at a large law firm in Korea.

In March 2013, Ben shifted his focus to practise as an independent arbitrator and mediator. Since then, he has been appointed in over 60 arbitrations in Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, India, Malaysia, PR China, Vietnam, Australia, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, England the USA, and under the rules of the ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, KLRCA, CIETAC, KCAB, JCAA, VIAC, AAA/ICDR, ACICA, DIS, SCC, VIAC and UNCITRAL (administered and ad hoc), with a total value of over US $1 billion. He has also been appointed as emergency arbitrator and as sole arbitrator in expedited and fast track proceedings.

Ben taught extensively in the field of international dispute resolution prior to joining the law faculty at SNU, including as visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law and as adjunct professor at Korea University School of Law.

Ben is a member of the International Arbitration Committee of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board and the Executive Committee of the Seoul International Dispute Resolution Center, and was the founding chair of the Korea Chapter of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. In 2011, Mayor Won-Soon Park made Ben an honorary citizen of Seoul in recognition of his contributions to the legal community.

Educated in both the civil law and the common law traditions, Ben studied first at Seoul National University College of Law (all coursework in Korean), and then at NYU School of Law. 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 Mandarin in Beijing and East Asian history at Harvard University.

Professional Career

  • Associate Professor, School of Law, Seoul National University (2015–)
  • Independent Arbitrator (2013–)
  • Partner and Co-chair, International Dispute Resolution Practice Group, Shin & Kim, Seoul (2009–2013)
  • Senior Associate, Shearman & Sterling LLP, International Arbitration and Litigation, San Francisco and Singapore (2007–2009)
  • Foreign Attorney, Kim & Chang, International Arbitration, Seoul (2005–2007)
  • Associate, Shearman & Sterling LLP, San Francisco (2004–2005)
  • Associate, Latham & Watkins LLP, San Francisco (2002–2004)


  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
  • Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (FSIArb)
  • Fellow, Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators (FHKIArb)
  • Fellow, Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (FACICA)

  • Member, Panel of Arbitrators, China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC)
  • Member, Panel of Arbitrators, Hong Kong International Arbitration Center (HKIAC)
  • Member, Panel of Arbitrators, Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA)
  • Member, Panel of Arbitators, Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB)
  • Member, Panel of Arbitators, Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA)
  • Member, Panel of Arbitators, Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA)
  • Member, Panel of Arbitators, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)

Educational Background

  • JD, New York University (2002)
  • MA course (no dissertation), Seoul National University (1999)
  • MA, Harvard University (1997)
  • BA, Trinity University (1989)

English, Korean, Spanish; Mandarin (conversational)

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Tel: +65 6538 1277
Fax: +65 6538 1727
32 Maxwell Road #02-03
Singapore 069115