Shahla Ali specializes in the resolution of cross-border commercial disputes in the Asia Pacific region. She currently works as an Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of Law and Deputy Director of the LLM in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution in the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong and Principal at Resolve Consulting. Shahla is the author of Consumer Financial Dispute Resolution in a Comparative Context (Cambridge University Press); International Commercial Arbitration in Asia (Juris) and Resolving Disputes in the Asia Pacific (Routledge) and writes for law journals in the area of comparative dispute system design drawing on empirical and comparative methods.

Shahla is a bilingual arbitrator (English/Chinese) with FINRA, HKIAC (ADNDRC), SCIA, a conciliator with WTC Macau and a mediator with the HKMC, HKMAAL and the HK Building and Lands Tribunal. She has studied and practiced in China, Hong Kong SAR, Israel, the US and Switzerland and speaks English, Chinese and Farsi. She is qualified to practice law in California.

Prior to moving to Hong Kong, Shahla was an attorney with Baker & McKenzie, LLP where she focused on international trade, corporate transactions and regulatory compliance. She received her JD and PhD from UC Berkeley in Jurisprudence and Social Policy, her MA in Conflict Resolution from Landegg University and BA in International Relations and Chinese Language from Stanford University. She has conducted mediation and collaborative negotiation trainings in both the private and public sector for managers as well as UN staff.

Paulo Canelas de Castro is an Associate Professor of the Faculty of Law of the University of Macau and was previously at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. In both Universities, he has taught different courses of International Law and European Union Law, areas in which he has authored several books and articles. Lately, his research and publications focus on the developments of international and European Union water law. He is also member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of European Studies of Macau as well as the European Union Academic-Program-Macau and President of the European Union Studies Association-Macau. He has appeared as Counsel before the International Court of Justice and the European Court of Justice and advised states and international organisations mainly on international water issues.

Henry Gao is Associate Professor of law at Singapore Management University and Dongfang Scholar Chair Professor at Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade. With law degrees from three continents, he started his career as the first Chinese lawyer at the WTO Secretariat. Before moving to Singapore in late 2007, he taught law at University of Hong Kong, where he was also the Deputy Director of the East Asian International Economic Law and Policy Program. He has taught at the IELPO program in Barcelona and the Academy of International Trade Law in Macau, and was the Academic Coordinator to the first Asia-Pacific Regional Trade Policy Course officially sponsored by the WTO. Widely published on issues relating to China and WTO, Prof. Gao’s research has been featured in CNN, BBC, The Economist, Wall Street Journal and Financial Times. He has advised many national governments as well as the WTO, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, APEC and ASEAN on trade issues. He sits on the Advisory Board of the WTO Chairs Program, which was established by the WTO Secretariat in 2009 to promote research and teaching on WTO issues in leading universities around the world.

Shotaro Hamamoto is Professor of the Law of International Organizations at Graduate School of Law in Kyoto University. He had been Professeur invité of Paris I (2009) and Sciences Po de Paris (2012), Counsel and Advocate for the Japanese Government in Whaling in the Antarctica (ICJ, Australia v. Japan, New Zealand intervening, 2010-), Hoshinmaru (ITLOS, Japan v. Russia, 2007), and Tomimaru (ITLOS, Japan v. Russia, 2007). He was also Japanese Representative to the UNCITRAL WG II (Arbitration/Conciliation) (2010-) and to the OECD Investment Committee (2011), and arbitrator of Japan Sports Arbitration Agency (2008-).

His research areas include theory of international law, international dispute settlement, law of the sea, international investment law, international sports law, and institutional law of the European Union. His recent publications on investment law include: “Parties to the ‘Obligations’ in the Obligations Observance (‘Umbrella’) Clause”, ICSID Review-Foreign Investment Law Journal, 2015, pp. 1-16 (advanced access publication); “Protection of the Investor’s Legitimate Expectations: Intersection of a Treaty Obligation and a General Principle of Law”, in Wenhua Shan ed., China and International Investment Law, Brill, 2014; “Méthodologie extraordinaire pour trouver le sens ordinaire ? : Le sens ordinaire pour les tribunaux compétents en matière d’investissement”, Unité et diversité du droit international : Ecrits en l’honneur du Professeur Pierre-Marie Dupuy, Nijhoff, 2014, pp. 689-707.

Pasha L. Hsieh is an Assistant Professor of Law at the Singapore Management University School of Law. He holds Juris Doctor and LL.M. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was a Senior Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Prior to joining academia, he served as a Legal Affairs Officer at the Appellate Body Secretariat of the World Trade Organization and as an associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP. He has been the Managing Editor of the Chinese (Taiwan) Yearbook of International Law and Affairs since 2006.

Hsieh’s teaching and research focus on public international law, international economic law and East Asian legal studies. He is particularly interested in the roles of ASEAN and China in international law and cross-Taiwan Strait relations, and has published articles in the Journal of International Economic Law, the Journal of World Trade and the Michigan Journal of International Law. His works have been cited by the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland, the European Parliament, the OECD and the WHO. In 2010, Hsieh was awarded Singapore’s Lee Foundation Fellowship for Research Excellence. He also co-convened the International Law Association (ILA) Asia-Pacific Regional Conference and the ILA-American Society of International Law Asia-Pacific Research Forum.

Yanzhong Huang is Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he directs the Global Health Governance Roundtable Series. He is also a professor and director of the Center for Global Health Studies at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, where he developed the first academic concentration among U.S. professional schools of international affairs that explicitly addresses the security and foreign policy aspects of health issues. He is the founding editor of Global Health Governance: The Scholarly Journal for the New Health Security Paradigm.

Huang has written extensively on global health governance, health diplomacy and health security, and public health in China. He has published numerous reports, journal articles, and book chapters, including articles in Foreign Affairs, Public Health, Bioterrorism and Biosecurity, and Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law as well as op-ed pieces in the New York Times, the Lancet, and the Bulleting of the World Health organization, among others. His book, Governing Health in Contemporary China, looks at the health-system transition in post-Mao China. He serves on the advisory boards of several journals, including American Journal of Bioterrorism, Biosecurity and Biodefense and East Asian Policy.

He is frequently consulted by major media outlets, the private sector, and governmental and nongovernmental organizations on global health issues and China. He is a visiting professor of Nanjing Medical University and a Visiting Fellow of Sun Yat-Sen University’s School of Asia-Pacific Studies. In March 2012, he was listed by InsideJersey as one of New Jersey’s “20 exceptional intellectuals who are changing the world.” He has taught at Barnard College and Columbia University. He received his BA and MA degrees from Fudan University and PhD degree from the University of Chicago.

Jürgen Kurtz is an Associate Professor and Director of Studies, International Economic Law at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He researches and teaches in the various strands of international economic law including the jurisprudence of the World Trade Organization and that of investor-state arbitral tribunals. Jürgen’s work has been published in a range of leading international law journals and has been cited by international tribunals in adjudication. He was recently appointed Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute and teaches annually in the Pearl River Academy of International Trade and Investment Law in Macau, the Master of Laws in a European and Global Context at Universidade Catolica in Portugal, the Master of Laws in International Economic Law and Policy at the University of Barcelona and the Singapore International Arbitration Academy at the National University of Singapore. He can be contacted at j.kurtz@unimelb.edu.au.

Pierre Sauvé is Director of External Programs and Academic Partnerships and a faculty member at the World Trade Institute, University of Bern, Switzerland. He also holds Visiting Professor appointments at the College of Europe, in Bruges, Belgium and at the University of Barcelona Law School. He previously taught at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and the Harvard Kennedy School and was a non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, in Washington, D.C. He has been a staff member of the Bank for International Settlements, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and served as a consultant for the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and several major regional and multilateral institutions working in trade and economic governance. His research interests center on trade in services, investment regulation and comparative regionalism in the trade field, subjects on which he has published extensively and supplied extensive advice to governments around the world. He was educated in economics and international relations at the Université du Québec à Montréal and Carleton University in Canada as well as at Cambridge and Oxford Universities in the United Kingdom.

Francis Snyder is C.V. Starr Professor of Law, EU Jean Monnet Chair ad personam and Co-Director, Centre for Research on Transnational Law, Peking University School of Transnational Law, Shenzhen Graduate School. He also holds a part-time Special Endowed Chair Professorship for Food Safety at Northwest University of Agriculture and Forestry (NWAFU), Yangling, Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, where he serves as Research Director on Food Policy and Law at the Sino-US Joint Research Centre for Food Safety (JRC). He has been a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges since 1989. In 1988 the French Republic awarded him the honour of Officier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques.

Previously he taught at London School of Economics, Aix-Marseille University, European University Institute (Florence) and University College London and was Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin. He has served as Co-Director, Academy of European Law (Florence) and Co-Director, Centre for Study and Research, Hague Academy of International Law. He founded the European Law Journal in 1995 and served until recently as its Editor-in-Chief.
He is author or editor of more than 40 books and 200 articles, including The European Union and China, 1949-2008: Basic Documents and Commentary (2009), recently translated as欧洲联盟与中国(1949-2008):基本文件与评注 [平装] (2 volumes, 2013); The EU, the WTO and China: Legal Pluralism and International Trade Regulation (2010); and ‘Traditional Chinese Medicine and European Union Law’ [with Lu Yi and Gulrez Yazdani], Peking University Law Journal, July 2014 . His most recent book is Food Safety Law in China: Making Transnational Law (Collected Courses of the Xiamen Academy of International Law, E.J. Brill, Leiden, 2015).

He has advised governments, business and law firms on EU law and WTO law. He is a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of SCIETAC/SCIA for WTO law, EU law and food safety. He is a member of the Foreign Experts Advisory Committee (FEAC) of P.R. China and recently advised China’s central government on the reform of food safety law.


Julien Chaisse is an Associate Professor and Research Center Director at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is an award-winning specialist in international economic law with particular expertise in the regulation and economics of foreign investment. His research also covers other relevant fields, such as international financial law, international taxation and the law of the WTO. Before joining the CUHK Law Faculty in 2009, Professor Chaisse served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France, and started his academic career in Europe. Since then, Professor Chaisse has been frequently being invited as a guest lecturer to many prestigious academies and universities around the world, including the Academy of International Investment and Trade Law, Columbia University, Brown University and Boston University (US), Vienna University (Austria) and Melbourne University (Australia).Professor Chaisse has authored a broad body of well-regarded and widely-cited articles on topics ranging from the rise of sovereign wealth funds, the regulation of foreign investment, and decision-making challenges facing the WTO, which have been published in the top refereed journals of international law. In recognition of his outstanding scholarly achievements, Professor Chaisse received the CUHK Research Excellence Award in 2012, and was appointed Director of the Center for Financial Regulation and Economic Development of CUHK since 2013.

In addition to scholarly work, Julien Chaisse is Chief Counsel and Director of World Trade Advisors (WTA) International Trade Law Group. He has wide experience as a practitioner, and is engaged as expert, counsel and arbitrator in international dispute settlement. Apart from his frequently being interviewed by local and international media on current events and legal issues, Professor Chaisse is also regularly invited to provide legal advice and training courses on cutting-edge issues of international economic law for international organizations, governments, multinational law firms and private investors, including the United Nations ESCAP and ITC, World Trade Organization, ASEAN Secretariat, European Commission, Asian Development Bank, numbers of European countries and ASEAN member states.

Manjiao Chi (池漫郊)is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Cooperation Research, Germany and Professor of Law at Xiamen University, China (on leave). He held and still holds various other affiliations in various international and national academic institutions and is reviewer or member of the advisory board of several international law journals. His research area covers International arbitration, investment & trade law and dispute settlement. He teaches and publishes extensively in these areas and is frequently invited to present in international law conferences. His two monographs on international arbitration has been warmly welcomed by both the academic and practitioners. Prof. Chi is one of the few people who has rich experience of international law practicing in China. He worked for the Dept. of Treaty & Law, Ministry of Commerce of China, dealing with WTO and investment disputes and policy-making. He is also a listed arbitrator in several arbitration institutions and often serves as arbitrator (sole or member of tribunal), expert witness and adviser in different types of international arbitration cases. Prof. Chi holds a Ph.D in Law degree and was Fellow of Max-Planck Institute (Heidelberg), Columbia Law School and UNIDROIT. His working languages are Chinese and English, with basic knowledge of German and French.

Mark Feldman is Associate Professor of Law at the Peking University School of Transnational Law. He also serves as a member of the E15 Initiative Task Force on Investment Policy (World Economic Forum/ICTSD), as a member of the Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, and as a Global Associate of the National University of Singapore Centre for International Law. Professor Feldman previously served as Chief of NAFTA/CAFTA-DR Arbitration in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State. As Chief, he represented the United States as a Respondent or non-disputing Party in more than a dozen investor-State disputes and provided legal counsel supporting the negotiation of U.S. bilateral investment treaties and investment chapters of free trade agreements. Professor Feldman’s government experience also includes service as a law clerk to Judge Eric L. Clay on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Lesotho during South Africa’s transition to democracy. In the private sector, he practiced law for several years at Covington & Burling.

Joongi Kim is Professor of Law and Associate Dean for International Affairs at Yonsei Law School. His research focuses on international arbitration, international trade, corporate governance and good governance. He has a forthcoming treatise International Arbitration in Korea (Oxford University Press). A former attorney at Foley & Lardner in Washington, D.C. and Scholar-in-Residence at WilmerHale’s International Arbitration Group, he has acted as a presiding arbitrator, sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator, mediator and counsel in institutional and ad hoc arbitral proceedings and serves on the panel of arbitrators for the Korea-EU Free Trade Agreement, Korea-US Free Trade Agreement and World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of International Disputes as well as CIETAC, HKIAC, JCAA, KCAB, KLRCA, SCIA and SIAC. A Vice President of the Korean Council for International Arbitration and editorial board member for International Investment Law and Arbitration and Asian Journal of Comparative Law, he holds academic degrees from Columbia, Yonsei, and Georgetown.

Philip McConnaughay is Dean and Professor of Law of STL and a Vice Chancellor of Peking University’s Shenzhen Graduate Campus. Before joining STL, he was Founding Dean of Penn State University’s law school and School of International Affairs. Prior to joining Penn State, he was a Professor of Law at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and before that a partner of the international law firm, Morrison & Foerster, resident for almost ten years in Tokyo and Hong Kong. Dean McConnaughay is the author of numerous scholarly articles and edited books concerning international commercial dispute resolution, the regulation of international commerce, and the role of arbitration in economic development. He serves on the editorial boards of the Indonesian Journal of International & Comparative Law and the British Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies. As a practicing lawyer, Dean McConnaughay was involved in some of the major antitrust and intellectual property disputes of the day, including representing Fujitsu Limited of Japan in the celebrated multi-billion dollar IBM/Fujitsu Arbitration. He has served as an advisor to the Government of Indonesia with respect to the drafting of a new national arbitration law, and has been active throughout his career in a variety of public interest and pro bono matters.

Sung-Hoon Park earned his Ph.D. degree in Economics from Technical University of Berlin, Germany in 1993, and has been Professor of Economics and International Trade at the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS), Korea University since 1997. Professor Park has served Dean of both GSIS and Division of International Studies (DIS) for the period of March 1, 2011 to February 28, 2013. He worked as Vice President for Planning and Budget of Korea University during the period of March 2007 – January 2008, as well. Professor Park has held research fellowship at Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP) during 1993-1997, and visiting professorships at Macau Institute of European Studies (2000 – now), Ritsumeikan University (2003) and ASEF University (2000, 2004), etc. He was awarded a Fulbright Visiting Scholarship to IR/PS of UC San Diego in 2003-04, an Erskine Visiting Fellowship at University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2010, and a Visiting Professorship at University of Vienna in 2010-11. As of September 1, 2013, Professor Park has been awarded a Jean Monnet Chair Professorship by the European Commission. Since May 1, 2014, he has also assumed the position of Executive Director of the newly launched KU-KIEP-SBS EU Centre, which is financially supported by the European commission. Professor Park served President of the Korea Association of Trade and Industry Studies (KATIS) in 2007, the EU Studies Association of Korea (EUSA-Korea) in 2009, and the Korean-German Academy of Economics and Management in 2013-14.

Professor Park has been doing researches primarily but not exclusively on issues of international trade and investment policy, including WTO rules, European and Asian economic integration, and Korea’s external economic policies. Professor Park has provided policy advisory services to the Korean government and the APEC secretariat for the past 20 years. He was nominated Expert of APEC’s IAP Peer Review Study of the Russian Federation in 2005 and Hong Kong, China in 2007, as well as Viet Nam in 2009 consecutively.

Rajesh Sharma is Assistant Professor at School of Law, City University of Hong Kong. He is the Director of Mooting and coach of VIS Arbitration Moot at CityU. The team coached by Dr. Sharma has won the VIS (East) and VIS (Vienna) Championship in 2012 and 2013 respectively. He has also designed the International ADR Moot Competition run by the CityU. This moot is unique in the world because it combines arbitration and mediation where a student also takes part in as a mediator.

Dr. Sharma has taught courses on arbitration, mediation, negotiation, foreign investment arbitration, WTO Law, international trade, banking law, foreign investment in Hong Kong, Macao, India, Australia, China and Africa (where he is associated with the Institute for Legal Excellence in Uganda). He has served as the Legal Advisor to the Macau University of Science and Technology. He has advised transnational companies on trade and investment policy in China and has done training courses with and for the WTO and UNITAR.

Dr. Sharma is the first Indian to hold PhD in Law from China. He holds PhD from the Chinese University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, a Master of Business Law from Monash University, Australia, an M.Phil from City University of Hong Kong and the Bachelor of Laws from the University of Delhi. He has received training for arbitrators from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva; and International Chamber of Commerce, Vienna. Assistant Professor Sharma has been trained as a mediator for community conflict resolution by the Plowshares Institute, USA and has also obtained professional training in negotiation at Harvard Law School. He has received training for teachers of WTO organized by UNU-IAS.

He has researched extensively on the arbitration laws of China and India and other Asian countries. Investment Arbitration, Dispute Settlement in FTAs, WTO related issues, investment law and mediation. He has publications in the areas of WTO law, international trade, arbitration and dispute resolution, commercial law, and banking law.

Dr. Sharma is the Associate Director of the Hong Kong WTO Research Institute, a member of Asian WTO Research Network; a panel arbitrator of Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB), a member and secretary of Hong Kong Basic Law Education Association. Dr. Sharma has been appointed as the Executive Committee member of the Commonwealth Legal Education Association and an elected Associate Member of Academy of Comparative Law.

M Sornarajah is CJ Koh Professor at the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore. He is Visiting Professor at the Centre for Human Rights, London School of Economics. He was the Tunku Abdul Rahman Professor of International Law at the University of Malaya at Kuala Lumpur. He was Head of the Law School of the University of Tasmania, Australia. He studied law at the University of Ceylon, the London School of Economics, King’s College, London and the Yale Law School.

He is the author of The Pursuit of Nationalized Property (Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague, 1986); International Commercial Arbitration (Longman, 1992); The Law of International Joint Ventures (Longman, 1994); The International Law on Foreign Investment (Cambridge University Press, 1996, 2nd ed., 2004, third edition 2010; fourth edition in 2015); The Settlement of Foreign Investment Disputes (Kluwer, The Hague,2001) and Resistance and Change in the International Law on Foreign Investment (Cambridge University Press, London, April,2015). He is joint editor of China, India and the International Economic Law (with Jiangyu Wang, Cambridge University Press,London, 2010 ) and of Good Faith in International Investment Law (with Andrew Mitchell and Tania Voon; Oxford University Press, 2015). His work with Margot Salomon and John Linarelli, Global Justice and World Order, will be published in 2016 by Oxford University Press.

Joseph Weiler is Joseph Straus Professor of Law and European Union Jean Monnet Chair at New York University Law School and President of the European University Institute in Florence. He holds a diploma from the Hague Academy of International Law. He is the author of works relating to the sui generis character of the European Union. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Professor Weiler serves as Editor in Chief of EJIL – the European Journal of International Law and ICON – the International Journal of Constitutional Law.

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