Benjamin Hughes is an independent arbitrator and mediator based in Seoul and Hong Kong. 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 International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Center (CIETAC), the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) and the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB).
Mr. Hughes is also listed as an arbitrator on the panels of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the China Arbitration Association (CAA, Taiwan), the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre of Arbitration (KLRCA), and other arbitral institutions. He also accepts appointments as a neutral mediator to assist parties with the amicable resolution of their disputes.
Mr. Hughes has served as adjunct professor at Korea University School of Law, the Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea, and the Law School of Hanguk University of Foreign Studies. He has written several articles and book chapters relating to ADR and arbitration in Korea and Asia.
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 International Advisory Committee of the KCAB, Co-Chair of the Korea Chapter of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Director of the Korean Council for International Arbitration and Executive Committee Member of the Seoul International Dispute Rsolution Center.
Mr. Hughes studied law first at Seoul National University School of Law and then at NYU School of Law, and studied East Asian history at Harvard University. He is fluent in Korean, English and Spanish, and conversational in Mandarin Chinese.