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Korea - Arbitration

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Hi-Taek Shin is "a very big figure as an arbitrator" who gains recognition as "an authority in arbitrations, especially in ISDs". Market commentators describe him as a “reasonable, reserved, understated and smart” practitioner.


Professor Hi-Taek Shin is the Chairman of KCAB INTERNATIONAL, the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board’s international division. He is a member of the ICCA governing board. He recently retired from Seoul National University School of Law where he taught international business transactions and resolution of commercial and investment disputes arising from cross-border transactions since 2007. Prior to moving to academia in 2007, he was a partner at Kim & Chang specialising in mergers and acquisitions, cross-border investments and the resolution of disputes arising from cross-border investment projects. He regularly sits as an arbitrator, both in international commercial arbitrations and investment treaty arbitrations. He is on the panel of arbitrators for the HKIAC, ICDR, ICSID, KCAB and SIAC. He is a member of the international commercial expert committee of the Supreme People’s Court of China.

He authored the Korean chapter in Commentaries on Selected Model Investment Treaties (edited by C Brown, 2013) and UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules and the Investment Treaty Arbitration Practice (in Korean, 2013).

He chaired special commissions organised by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Korea for the enactment of the Arbitration Promotion Act. He also participated in the task force commissioned by the Ministry of Justice for the amendment of the Arbitration Act of Korea. He received LLM and JSD degrees from Yale Law School; and LLB and LLM degrees from Seoul National University.

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