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Associate Professor Adeline Chong (moderator)

Associate Professor of Law, Singapore Management University

Adeline Chong joined SMU in November 2007. She was formerly a lecturer at the School of Law, University of Nottingham. She obtained First Class Honours from the University of Birmingham and subsequently was awarded a scholarship to pursue a Ph.D in Nottingham. She has published in the leading peer-reviewed journals such as Law Quarterly Review, International and Comparative Law Quarterly, Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly and the Journal of Private International Law. She is the co-author of Hill and Chong, International Commercial Disputes: Commercial Conflict of Laws in English Courts (Oxford, Hart, 4th edn, 2010). Her work has been cited by the Singapore and New South Wales Court of Appeals, the Singapore and New Zealand High Courts, as well as in leading texts on conflict of laws such as Dicey, Morris and Collins on the Conflict of Laws (15th edition, 2012). She has appeared as an expert on Singapore law before a Finnish court and issued a declaration on Singapore law for a US class action. She is the Project Lead for the Asian Business Law Institute project on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgment Rules in Asia.

Chief Justice James Allsop AO

Chief Justice, Federal Court of Australia

From 1981 to 2001, Chief Justice Allsop practised at the Bar in New South Wales and elsewhere in Australia. He was appointed Senior Counsel in New South Wales in 1994 and Queen’s Counsel in Western Australia in 1998.

From 7 May 2001 to 1 June 2008 he served as a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia, undertaking the roles of trial and appellate judge on a full range of Federal Court work. From 2 June 2008 to 28 February 2013, Chief Justice Allsop was President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal. He was appointed Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia as of 1 March 2013.

From 1981 to 2014 Chief Justice Allsop taught part-time at the University of Sydney as a tutor and lecturer in property, equity, bankruptcy, insolvency, corporate finance and maritime law. From 2015 to 2018 he taught maritime law part-time at the University of Queensland. From 2005-2009, he was a member of the board of World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden. From 2008 to 2011 he was a member of the Board of the Australian Maritime College. On January 2010, he was elected as an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple. On 19 March 2013 he was elected a member of the American Law Institute. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. He is President of the Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History. From 2018 he was appointed Inaugural Patron of the Australian Insurance Law Association. From 2019 Chair of ACICA Judicial Liaison Committee. From 2019 he accepted membership on Asian Business Law Institute (ABLI) Board of Governors representing the Australian Judiciary.

Justice Anselmo Reyes

International Judge, Supreme Court of Singapore

Justice Anselmo Reyes was a Judge of the Court of First Instance in Hong Kong from 2003 to 2012. As a Judge, his specialisation was construction, arbitration, commercial and admiralty matters. Justice Reyes obtained a BA (Law), LLM and PhD in Law from Cambridge University in 1982, 1983 and 1987 respectively, and was called to both the Hong Kong and the Singapore Bar. He was appointed Senior Counsel in Hong Kong in 2001. He was Professor of Legal Practice in the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong from 2012 to 2018 and is an active practitioner in commercial arbitration. He was Representative of the Hague Conference on Private International Law Asia Pacific Regional Office in Hong Kong from 2013 to 2017. He is also an Overseas Bencher of the Inner Temple.

Professor Yeo Tiong Min, S.C.

Professor of Law, Singapore Management University

Professor Yeo is a graduate of the National University of Singapore (NUS) where he taught for 17 years, and the University of Oxford where he was a Senior Research Fellow. He joined the Singapore Management University of Singapore when it started its School of Law in 2007. He has served as Associate Dean and Dean, and is currently the Yong Pung How Chair Professor. He is concurrently the Academic Director of the Asian Business Law Institute. He has broad research interests in private law, with a particular focus on private international law. He has published in Singapore, the UK, Australia, Japan and China, and his works have been widely cited in courts as well as other academic works. He is the author of the Conflict of Laws volume of Halsbury’s Laws of Singapore, and has appeared before the Singapore Court of Appeal as amicus curiae in several complex cross-border commercial cases. He was a member of the Singapore delegation to the Hague Conference on Private International Law in the international negotiations leading to the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters of 2019, and had chaired working committees during the negotiations.