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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.

Judge of Appeal Steven Chong

Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court of Singapore

Justice Steven Chong graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the National University of Singapore in 1982. He was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 1983, and entered into legal practice with one of Singapore’s top law firms, Drew & Napier, that same year. He eventually became its Joint Managing Partner at the end of 1997. In 1998, Justice Chong joined another leading Singapore law firm, Rajah & Tann, where he was appointed, first, Senior Partner and then Managing Partner. In January 1998, he was also appointed Senior Counsel. After 27 years in legal practice, he was appointed to the Bench on 1 October 2009. Justice Chong served as the Attorney-General of the Republic of Singapore from 25 June 2012 to 24 June 2014. Upon completion of his term, he returned to the Supreme Court as a High Court Judge. On 1 April 2017, he was appointed Judge of Appeal.

Justice Doug Jones AO

International Judge, Supreme Court of Singapore

Justice Doug Jones AO is highly regarded as an International arbitrator, particularly in construction disputes. Chambers Asia Pacific had recognised him as the leading Asia Pacific Arbitrator for construction disputes. In 2018, he maintained his Band One ranking in the Chambers Asia-Pacific International arbitration category for an eighth consecutive year. In the same year, 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 Master of Laws in 1977 from the University of Queensland, Australia, joined Clayton Utz as a Partner and 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 President of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers; Past President, Chartered Arbitrator, and one of four Companions, of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; and Fellow of Resolution Australia, and of the Arbitrators & Mediators Institute of New Zealand.