Benjamin Hughes is an independent arbitrator and mediator based in Seoul and Hong Kong. Previously, he was the founding co-chair of the international dispute resolution practice group at Shin & Kim, one of Korea's oldest and largest full service law firms.
Mr. Hughes has extensive experience as counsel in international arbitrations around the globe and under all major arbitration rules. As arbitrator, he has been appointed as the sole, chair or co-arbitrator in arbitrations under rules of the ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, UNCITRAL, CIETAC, ACICA and KCAB. He also accepts appointments as a neutral mediator to assist parties with the amicable resolution of their disputes.
Mr. Hughes is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators and the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration. He also serves as Chair of the Korea Chapter of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Executive Committee Member of the Seoul International Dispute Resolution Center, and Director of the Korean Council for International Arbitration.
Mr. Hughes has taught extensively in the field of international arbitration, including as visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law and as adjunct professor at Korea University Law School and the Judicial Research & Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea. He has published many articles and serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Korean Law at Seoul National University and the Korean Arbitration Review.
In 2011, Mr. Hughes was made an honorary citizen of Seoul by Mayor Park Won-Soon in recognition of his contributions to the legal community.
Mr. Hughes was educated in both the civil law and the common law, having studied first at Seoul National University College of Law (MA Course, all coursework in Korean), and then at NYU School of Law (JD). While at NYU, he spent one semester at La Universidad de Palermo Facultad de Derecho in Buenos Aires, Argentina (all coursework in Spanish). Mr. Hughes also studied East Asian history at Harvard (MA). He is fluent in Korean and Spanish, and conversational in Mandarin Chinese.