Prof Benjamin Hughes
Resident, Fountain Court Chambers
Prof Hughes has been appointed in over 100 arbitrations, including ad-hoc and under the rules of SCMA and LMAA 

Professor Benjamin Hughes is an independent arbitrator and adjunct professor of the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law School.  He has been appointed as arbitrator in over 100 arbitrations, including ad-hoc arbitrations and arbitrations under the rules of the ACICA, AIAC (formerly KLRCA), BAC, CAA, CIETAC, DIS, HKIAC, ICC, ICDR(AAA), JCAA, KCAB, LMAA, SCC, SCMA, SIAC, UNCITRAL (both ad-hoc and administered) and VIAC.  He has also acted as emergency arbitrator and as sole arbitrator in expedited and fast-track proceedings and is a panel arbitrator of numerous arbitral institutions in the Asia-Pacific region.

Ben has been appointed as arbitrator in cases seated in Beijing, Delhi, Geneva, Guam, Hamburg, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, London, Manila, Maui, New York, Seoul, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Taipei and Tokyo.  He has heard cases governed by the laws of Australia, Austria, BVI, Cayman Islands, China, England and Wales, Fiji, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mongolia, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia (including Sharia), Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the United States (including New York, California and US territories) and Vietnam, as well as lex mercatoria and the CISG.  He has also handled complex conflict of law and jurisdictional issues, joinder applications, summary dismissal applications and disputes involving multiple contracts and applicable laws.  

Ben’s experience as arbitrator spans a broad range of commercial disputes, including joint venture and shareholder disputes, intellectual property and licensing, media and telecommunications, construction and infrastructure projects, energy and resources, shipping and shipbuilding, automobile and heavy machinery manufacturing, agency and distributorship agreements, military acquisition and procurement contracts, sale of goods and general commercial disputes.

Ben has taught extensively in the field of international dispute resolution, including as associate professor of law at Seoul National University in Korea (2015-2019) and as visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong and the National University of Singapore.  

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.

Further information and a recent CV available at

Phone: +65 9724 0724

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Nationality: American

Place of Residence: Singapore

Language(s): English, Korean, Spanish, and Chinese (Mandarin) (Limited Working Proficiency)
  • OIL & GAS

    Adjunct Professor, National University of Singapore School of Law

    Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

    Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators

    Fellow, Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators


    Bachelor of Arts, BA, Trinity University (1987): President's Academic Scholar

    Fulbright Grant Recipient (1992-1993)

    Masters of Arts, MA (East Asian History), Harvard University (1997): Harvard-Yenching Institute Fellow

    Masters of Arts, MA, Seoul National University (1999): Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and SNU Academic Scholar

    Juris Doctor, JD, New York University (2002): Dean Robert McKay Scholar and Global Legal Fellow


    Who's Who Legal (Arbitration) (2014-2018)

    Chambers & Partners (Most-in-Demand Arbitrator) (2016-2018)