Benjamin Hughes is an independent arbitrator, mediator and advisor 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 and as an Executive Committee Member of the Seoul International Dispute Resolution Center.
Fluent in Korean, Mr. Hughes has served as adjunct professor of law at Korea University Law School, the Judicial Research & Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea, and the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies School of Law. In 2011, he 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 at Trinity University (BA), Harvard University (MA), Seoul National University College of Law (MA Course, all coursework in Korean), and 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).