Yun-Jae Baek is the founder and managing partner of Hanol Law Offices, one of Korea’s top boutique corporate law firms. He heads the firm’s international dispute resolution and litigation practice group and has acted as presiding arbitrator, sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator, and counsel in numerous international arbitrations. To date, he has handled more than 200 arbitration cases, both domestically and internationally, under various arbitration rules including the ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL, AAA, KCAB, HKIAC, WIPO and SIAC. He is currently an active arbitrator for various arbitration institutions including the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board; the ICC; the Arbitration Board of Dalian, China; the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration; the Kuala Lumpur Arbitration Centre in Malaysia; and the Korea Medical Dispute Mediation and Arbitration Agency. He is also an active mediator for the Seoul Central District Court. At present, he is involved in representing the Republic of Korea as counsel in back-to-back international arbitrations against two different sovereign entities, presiding as sole arbitrator in an UNCITRAL arbitration, and serving as co-arbitrator in an ICC arbitration based in London.
In addition to his active arbitration practice, Mr Baek serves the international arbitration community in various capacities. For example, he currently holds a number of positions, such as national committee member of ICC Korea for international arbitration; director of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (since 2013); vice president of the Korean Association of Arbitration Studies (since 2004); vice president of the Korean Council for International Arbitration (since 2010); committee chair for the content dispute resolution committee within the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea (since 2014); auditor for the Seoul International Dispute Resolution Center (since 2013); and member of CIArb. Outside of his arbitration practice, Mr Baek serves the broader legal community as committee member for state liability committee of the Korean Ministry of Justice (since 2005); and board member and secretary for the Korean Journal of Comparative Law (since 1994). Former roles include executive director of activities for the Korean Bar Association (2005-2007); executive board member for the law management committee of LAWASIA (2010-2013); and auditor for the Korean Institute for Health and Social Affairs (2006-2009).
Mr Baek was educated in both civil law and common law jurisdictions, having obtained degrees from Harvard Law School (LLM, 1993), the Graduate School of Law at Seoul National University (1985), the Judicial Training Research Institute (1984), and Seoul National University Law School (LLB (honours), 1982). Before founding his own law firm, he served as a judge advocate for the Korean Army, and practised law as an associate at Bryan Cave in New York and Park & Partners in Korea (now Lee & Ko). He is licensed to practise both the Korean and New York Bars (qualifying for the latter in 1993), and is a member of both. He is a native Korean speaker, fluent in English and conversant in Japanese.
WWL says: Yun-Jae Baek is a respected arbitrator who is “always organised and shows a good knowledge of the case and the issues at stake”.
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