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Professor Locknie Hsu (moderator)

Professor of Law, Singapore Management University

Locknie Hsu is a full Professor of Law at the School of Law, Singapore Management University. She received her legal training at the National University of Singapore and Harvard University, and is a member of the Singapore Bar. She has received several teaching awards and in 2017, she was conferred the Outstanding Service Award by the ASEAN Law Association (ALA), in which she is Coordinator of the Trade and Investment Group.

Locknie specialises in international trade and investment law, including areas such as dispute settlement, legal harmonization, trade facilitation, e-commerce, free trade agreements and developments of interest to ASEAN relating to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

In March 2018, the Final Report in a research project led by Locknie, on “Improving Connectivity Between ASEAN’s Legal Systems to Address Commercial Issues” – containing recommendations on various areas, including ASEAN connectivity and infrastructure investments, dispute settlement mechanisms and e-commerce in ASEAN – was published.

In 2018-2019, Locknie co-conceptualised and co-organised a series on the Belt and Road Initiative under the auspices of the Singapore Academy of Law, examining a number of topical issues and opportunities for the legal profession, including dispute resolution and risk management. Locknie is also a member of the International Law Association. She is currently working on a research project on BRI and ASEAN dispute settlement issues under a grant from the Singapore Judicial College.

Justice Douglas Jones AO

International Judge, Supreme Court of Singapore

Justice Doug Jones AO is a leading independent international commercial and investor-state arbitrator with over 40 years’ prior experience as an international transactional and disputes project lawyer. Doug has an office in Sydney, is an arbitrator member at Arbitration Place in Toronto, and a door tenant at Atkin Chambers London. Chambers Asia Pacific has recognised him as the leading Asia Pacific Arbitrator for construction disputes. In 2020, he maintained his Band One ranking in the Chambers Asia-Pacific International arbitration category for a tenth consecutive year. In 2018, he was identified as one of the 10 most highly regarded arbitration practitioners in London and a leader in construction disputes.

Justice Doug Jones AO graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland, Australia and joined Clayton Utz as a Partner and National Head of the firm’s Construction group in 1993. He headed their International Arbitration and Private International Law group in 1995 and in 2000 was heading Clayton Utz’s National Major Projects Group.

Upon his retirement from Clayton Utz in 2014, Justice Doug Jones AO became a full time independent International Arbitrator. His appointments in a number of professional bodies include Past President of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers; Past President, Chartered Arbitrator, and one of four Companions of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; and an Honorary Life Fellow of the Resolution Institute.

Doug was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2012 in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his distinguished service to the law and leadership in arbitration, alternative dispute resolution, policy reform, and national and international professional organisations. In 2018, Doug was awarded the John Shaw Medal in recognition of his lasting contribution to the road transport industry in Australia and internationally. He was elected an Honorary Bencher of The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn in 2020.

Mr. Sean Wilken, QC

Queen’s Counsel, Keating Chambers

Sean Wilken QC (of Keating Chambers) has practised in high profile, complex, international and domestic litigation for over 20 years. His caseload has included: the major litigation arising from the 1990’s UK domestic property collapse; the consequences of 9/11 and 7/7 domestically and internationally; the international consequences of the 2008 collapse; as well as various international, environmental and commercial crises. He has advised and acted in major disputes dealing with practical and legal ramifications of disease outbreaks; toxic spills; terrorist incidents; local and international lockdowns and no fly orders. He acted in one of the most recent large scale force majeure disputes before the English Courts dealing the impact of border disputes on charterparties. He has recently been advising various companies and bodies on the legal impacts of SARS-CoV-2 – including the application of the Coronavirus Act and the Regulations, the various forms of Guidance as well as associated contract, frustration and force majeure, financing, insurance and supply chain issues.

He has detailed experience resolving or litigating disputes in the financial; energy; infrastructure; insurance; commodities and construction sectors. Internationally, his case load has recently included: acting as counsel for Leighton Contractors Asia in the Shatin-Central Link Public Inquiry in Hong Kong; a US$5bn dispute over block allocation in the energy sector in Africa; a HK$3bn dispute over infrastructure; a US$50m dispute over the funding of oil fields offshore Africa; a BIT dispute over inbound investment; as well as major mutual and bank collapses in the Caribbean.

Justice Sir Vivian Ramsey

International Judge, Supreme Court of Singapore

Until 2014, Justice Ramsey served for nine years on the bench as a Judge of the High Court (Queen’s Bench Division) of England and Wales, including a three-year period as Judge in charge of the Technology and Construction Court. He was also judge in charge of the implementation of the Jackson Reforms in the courts in England and Wales from 2012 to 2014.

He was educated in England and the United States and then studied Engineering Science and Economics at Oxford before becoming a chartered civil engineer. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2013.

In 1979, he was called to the English Bar after studying law at the City University and Inns of Court School of Law. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1992 and a Bencher of Middle Temple in 2002. Before his appointment to the bench, he practised internationally in the area of construction, engineering and technology disputes both in international arbitration and in courts outside the UK.

He is the co-editor of Keating on Construction Contracts, now in its 11th edition. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College, London.