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The Asian Academy of International Law Ltd (AAIL) is an independent and non-profit making body, set up in Hong Kong to further the studies, research and development of international law in Asia. The AAIL provides a platform for discussions on international law issues and to research in developing areas of international law, in order to enhance and reinforce Asia's role and participation in the formulation of international law and international relations. AAIL aims to provide specialized education and training to practitioners, national judges, students and government officials in areas of international law. The unique distinction between AAIL and other international law institutes is that AAIL concentrates on involvement of Asian countries as well as collaboration between practitioners and academia.

Mission and Vision

To establish a centre for the learning, research, training and promotion of and on international law and to support the development of international law as it relates to the global, and in particular Asian, economies.

To provide training and education in international law subjects, including without limitation public international law, private international law, WTO, investment law, law of the sea, cyber law, and international arbitration practice, on its own or in collaboration of other academic or professional institution.

Conducting research in topics relevant to international law and on other aspects from time to time; publishing research papers from the AAIL as well as third party contributions, publishing journals, bulletins or other online or offline magazines, whether periodically or on an ad hoc basis, all with the aim of furthering the learning and knowledge in the international law sphere.

To provide best practice guidelines or model clauses or contracts for international trade and commerce, banking and finance, capital markets, infrastructure construction and development, intellectual property or such other aspects of human endeavours.

To provide a platform for discussion and debates on topical subjects in international law.

Founder Members

Dr. Cheng Kar-shun, Henry
Dr. Cheng Kar-shun, Henry

Dr. Cheng Kar-shun, Henry holds a number of significant business positions. He is Chairman and Executive Director of New World Development Company Limited, Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited, and NWS Holdings Limited. Dr Cheng also serves as Chairman and Non-executive Director of New World Department Store China Limited, Newton Resources Ltd and FSE Engineering Holdings Limited, Independent Non-executive Director of HKR International Limited and Hang Seng Bank Limited, and Non-executive Director of SJM Holdings Limited, all of them are listed public companies in Hong Kong.

Dr Cheng holds a Bachelor's degree in Arts and an MBA from The University of Western Ontario, Canada. Dr Cheng was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, United States in 1996, an Honorary Doctorate in Law from The University of Western Ontario, Canada in 1997, and a Degree of Doctor of Social Sciences honoris causa from The University of Hong Kong in 2012.

Dr. Cheng is the Chairman of the Advisory Council for The Better Hong Kong Foundation and a Standing Committee Member of the Twelfth Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference of The People's Republic of China. In 2001, Dr Cheng was awarded a Gold Bauhinia Star by the Government of the HKSAR for his distinguished contributions to society.
Mr. Hans Michael Jebsen
Hans Michael Jebsen
Jebsen Group Chairman

Hans Michael Jebsen joined the Jebsen Group in Hong Kong in 1981, and has been the Chairman and main shareholder of the Group since 2000.

Mr Jebsen is a director of Singapore-based Jebsen & Jessen (SEA) Pte Ltd. of the Jebsen and Jessen Family Enterprise worldwide. He is also member of the board of Hysan Development Co. Ltd. and The Wharf (Holdings) Ltd. in Hong Kong.

Hans Michael Jebsen is active in various NGOs and charities. He is the Chairman of the Asian Cultural Council Hong Kong Friends' Committee, a trustee of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Hong Kong, as well as a member of the Advisory Board of Hong Kong Red Cross. He established the Jebsen Educational Foundation in 1995, and serves on the Corporate Advisory Board of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Business School. Since 2015, he is also a member of the Operations Review Committee of the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Mr Jebsen was awarded Doctor of Business Administration honoris causa of The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology in 2015; Knight of 1st class of the Order of Dannebrog, Denmark in 2014; the Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2009; the Silver Cross of the Order of Dannebrog, Denmark in 2006 and in 2001, the Bronze Bauhinia Star of the Hong Kong SAR.

He studied Economics and Business Administration at the University of St Gallen, Switzerland.
Prof. Teresa Cheng SC
Prof. Teresa Cheng SC

Teresa Cheng GBS SC JP FICE FCIArb is a Senior Counsel, Chartered Engineer, Chartered Arbitrator and Accredited Mediator, with a distinguished record of public service in Hong Kong. Ms Cheng specialises in areas of law in construction, international commercial contracts and investment arbitration, and is an experienced practitioner in international arbitration and mediation. She is frequently engaged as counsel or arbitrator in complex international commercial / investment disputes.

She is the Chairman of the Asian Academy of International Law (AAIL), Past Vice President of the International Council of Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), Past Vice President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, and Past Chairperson of Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC),. In 2008, she became the first Asian woman elected through a global election as President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). She was appointed as a Recorder in the Court of First Instance of the High Court of Hong Kong in 2014, and is currently a member of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) panel of Arbitrators, designated by the Chairman of the ICSID Administrative Council of World Bank, and an external IFC alternate member of the World Bank's Sanctions Board.

Ms Cheng is a Fellow of King's College in London, and the Course Director of the International Arbitration and Dispute Settlement Course at the Law School of Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Governance Structure


 
Executive Council Members (in alphabetical order)

Dr. Cheng Kar-shun, Henry (Vice-Chairman)
Dr. Cheng Kar-shun, Henry

Dr. Cheng Kar-shun, Henry holds a number of significant business positions. He is Chairman and Executive Director of New World Development Company Limited, Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited, and NWS Holdings Limited. Dr Cheng also serves as Chairman and Non-executive Director of New World Department Store China Limited, Newton Resources Ltd and FSE Engineering Holdings Limited, Independent Non-executive Director of HKR International Limited and Hang Seng Bank Limited, and Non-executive Director of SJM Holdings Limited, all of them are listed public companies in Hong Kong.

Dr Cheng holds a Bachelor's degree in Arts and an MBA from The University of Western Ontario, Canada. Dr Cheng was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, United States in 1996, an Honorary Doctorate in Law from The University of Western Ontario, Canada in 1997, and a Degree of Doctor of Social Sciences honoris causa from The University of Hong Kong in 2012.

Dr. Cheng is the Chairman of the Advisory Council for The Better Hong Kong Foundation and a Standing Committee Member of the Twelfth Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference of The People's Republic of China. In 2001, Dr Cheng was awarded a Gold Bauhinia Star by the Government of the HKSAR for his distinguished contributions to society.
Prof. Teresa Cheng SC (Chairman)
Prof. Teresa Cheng SC

Teresa Cheng GBS SC JP FICE FCIArb is a Senior Counsel, Chartered Engineer, Chartered Arbitrator and Accredited Mediator, with a distinguished record of public service in Hong Kong. Ms Cheng specialises in areas of law in construction, international commercial contracts and investment arbitration, and is an experienced practitioner in international arbitration and mediation. She is frequently engaged as counsel or arbitrator in complex international commercial / investment disputes.

She is the Chairman of the Asian Academy of International Law (AAIL), Past Vice President of the International Council of Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), Past Vice President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, and Past Chairperson of Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC),. In 2008, she became the first Asian woman elected through a global election as President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). She was appointed as a Recorder in the Court of First Instance of the High Court of Hong Kong in 2014, and is currently a member of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) panel of Arbitrators, designated by the Chairman of the ICSID Administrative Council of World Bank, and an external IFC alternate member of the World Bank's Sanctions Board.

Ms Cheng is a Fellow of King's College in London, and the Course Director of the International Arbitration and Dispute Settlement Course at the Law School of Tsinghua University in Beijing.
Mr. Hans Michael Jebsen (Vice-Chairman)
Hans Michael Jebsen
Jebsen Group Chairman

Hans Michael Jebsen joined the Jebsen Group in Hong Kong in 1981, and has been the Chairman and main shareholder of the Group since 2000.

Mr Jebsen is a director of Singapore-based Jebsen & Jessen (SEA) Pte Ltd. of the Jebsen and Jessen Family Enterprise worldwide. He is also member of the board of Hysan Development Co. Ltd. and The Wharf (Holdings) Ltd. in Hong Kong.

Hans Michael Jebsen is active in various NGOs and charities. He is the Chairman of the Asian Cultural Council Hong Kong Friends' Committee, a trustee of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Hong Kong, as well as a member of the Advisory Board of Hong Kong Red Cross. He established the Jebsen Educational Foundation in 1995, and serves on the Corporate Advisory Board of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Business School. Since 2015, he is also a member of the Operations Review Committee of the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Mr Jebsen was awarded Doctor of Business Administration honoris causa of The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology in 2015; Knight of 1st class of the Order of Dannebrog, Denmark in 2014; the Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2009; the Silver Cross of the Order of Dannebrog, Denmark in 2006 and in 2001, the Bronze Bauhinia Star of the Hong Kong SAR.

He studied Economics and Business Administration at the University of St Gallen, Switzerland.
 
Advisory Board Members (in alphabetical order)

Prof. Julien Chaisse, Ph.D.
Prof. Julien Chaisse, Ph.D.

Julien Chaisse is Professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Faculty of Law. He is an award-winning scholar of international law with a special focus on the regulation and development of economic globalization.

In recognition of his outstanding academic performance, Dr. Chaisse received the CUHK Vice-Chancellor's Exemplary Teaching Award in 2015 and the CUHK Research Award in 2012. Dr. Chaisse has held the appointment of Director of the Centre for Financial Regulation and Economic Development at CUHK Law since 2013.

In addition to his professorship, Dr. Chaisse is a member of the Trade and Investment Council of the World Economic Forum (WEF). He is also a well-experienced arbitrator and a leading consultant to international organizations, governments, multinational law firms, and private investors.
Ms. Meg Kinnear
Ms. Meg Kinnear

Meg Kinnear is the Secretary-General of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

Ms. Kinnear joined ICSID in June 2009.

She worked as Senior General Counsel (2006-2009) and Director General of the Trade Law Bureau of Canada (1999-2006). Prior to this, Ms. Kinnear also worked as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Minister of Justice of Canada (1996 -1999) and Counsel at the Civil Litigation Section of the Canadian Department of Justice (1984-1996).

Ms. Kinnear has frequently spoken on and published with respect to international investment law and procedure, including as a co-author of Investment Disputes under NAFTA (Kluwer Law Publications, June 2006; updated editions released January 2008 and June 2009).

Ms. Kinnear holds degrees from the University of Virginia (LL.M.) and McGill University (LL.B.). She is admitted to the Bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario) and the District of Columbia Bar.

She speaks English and French.
Mr. Adrian Lai (Convenor)
Mr. Adrian Lai (Convenor)

Adrian Lai graduated from the Cambridge University (B.A.) and the China's University of Political Science and Law (LLM in Public International Law). He is a practising barrister of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and is frequently engaged as counsel or arbitrator in international commercial disputes. Through professional practice Mr. Lai has developed expertise in matters involving international arbitration and public international law and has been instructed to appear in cases involving interplay of different jurisprudential dimensions of public international law in the context of "one country, two systems". Mr. Lai is also an Advisory Board Member of Asian Academy of International Law.
Ms. Amelia Luk Siu-ping
Ms. Amelia LUK Siu-ping

Ms Amelia LUK Siu-ping was born and educated in Hong Kong. She holds an LL.B. degree and P.C. LL. from the University of Hong Kong. She is also the holder of LL.M. and M. Soc. Sc ( Public Administration) degrees from the University of Hong Kong.

Ms Luk was qualified as a solicitor of Hong Kong. She spent her entire career with the Department of Justice of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region ("HKSAR")Government. She was Head of the International Law Division of the Department of Justice from 2008 to 2016. The International Law Division is responsible for advising the HKSAR Government on issues relation to public and private international law, and the application and interpretation of international treaties, conventions and agreements applicable to the HKSAR. Counsel of the Division negotiate or provide legal support to Government in the negotiation of bilateral and multilateral agreements and execute requests for international and regional legal co-operation.

Ms Luk has recently retired from Government service.
Dr. Pemmaraju Sreenivasa Rao
Dr. Pemmaraju Sreenivasa Rao

Dr. Pemmaraju Sreenivasa Rao (P.S.Rao) is currently the President of the Institut De Droit International, and is its member since 1999. He was a member of the International Law Commission (1987-2006), and its Chairman (1995).

Dr. P.S.Rao received his J.S.D from the Yale Law School, USA in 1970, did post-doctoral research for another 4 more years in the USA before working for as India's legal adviser from 1975-2002. He was a delegate to the Third Law of Sea conferences from 1978-1982.

Most recently Dr.Rao served as an arbitrator in the Bay of Bengal Maritime Boundary Delimitation between Bangladesh and India (20010-2014). Earlier, he as an ad hoc judge of the ICJ (2004-2008) appointed by Singapore; and was also appointed as an arbitrator in the case between Libya and Switzerland (2010-2012).

Dr. P.S.Rao has several publication and a book on the law of the sea to his credit.
Prof. Dr. Albert Jan van den Berg
Prof. Dr. Albert Jan van den Berg

Professor Albert Jan van den Berg is a partner in Hanotiau & van den Berg (Brussels, Belgium). He is Honorary President of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration having served as President from 2014-2016. He is a Visiting Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC, and Tsinghua University, Beijing, and Emeritus Professor at Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Professor van den Berg is presiding and party-appointed arbitrator in numerous international commercial and investment arbitrations. He also acts as counsel in international commercial arbitrations. He is a former President and Secretary-General of the Netherlands Arbitration Institute and Vice-President of the London Court of International Arbitration. Professor van den Berg has published extensively on international arbitration (see www.hvdb.com), in particular, the New York Convention of 1958 (see www.newyorkconvention.org). His awards include: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Arbitration: Lawyer of the Year in 2006, 2011 and 2017; Global Arbitration Review, "Best Prepared and Most Responsive Arbitrator" in 2013. Email: ajvandenberg@hvdb.com
Ms. Jane Y. Willems, Ph.D.
Ms. Jane Y. Willems, Ph.D.

Jane Willems, Ph.D., LL.M., LL.B. (Paris I), B.A. (INALCO Paris) is an Associate Professor at Tsinghua University, School of Law. Her research interests are international investment law and international arbitration.

Dr. Willems has authored several books, book chapters and articles, including Sino Foreign Joint Ventures Disputes before International Arbitrators [in French: Les contrats de joint ventures sino-etrangeres devant l'arbitre international] (2015); "Investment Disputes Under China's Bits", in Investment Law and Arbitration in the Asia-Pacific (CUP upcoming 2017); "The Settlement of Investor-State Dispute and China: New Developments on ICSID Jurisdiction", SCJIL&B, Vol. 8:1 (2011).

She has also served as counsel, arbitrator or chair in commercial arbitrations involving, ICC, CIETAC and UNCITRAL Rules. She is also served as counsel for the state in Sanum v Lao PDR (PRC-Laos BIT); Lao Holdings v Lao PDR (Netherland-Laos BIT).
Judge Xue Hanqin
Judge Xue Hanqin

Current position:
Judge at the International Court of Justice (elected on 29 June 2010, re-elected in 2011);

Education:
Beijing Foreign Language Studies University, B.A., 1980;
Diploma of International Law, Beijing University, 1982;
Columbia University School of Law, LL. M, 1983, J.S.D, 1995

Academic positions held:
Vice-President, Council member, of the Chinese Society of International Law (1997-2013);
President of the Asian Society of International Law (2009-2011);
Associate member, member, l'Institut de droit international (since 2005);
Member of the Curitoriam of the Hague Academy of International Law (2010-2016);
Honorary Doctor of Law, Macau University (2013)

Professional positions held:
Director-General, Law and Treaty Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China (1999-2003);
Member of the U.N. International Law Commission (2001-2010), Chairman of the Commission (2010);
Ambassador of China to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Permanent Representative to the Organization on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (2003-2008);
Ambassador of China to ASEAN, Legal Counsel of the Foreign Ministry of China (2008-2010);
Member of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (since 2014)
Prof. Zhang Yuejiao
Prof. Zhang Yuejiao

Professor Zhang has served as one of the seven members and Chair of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization, the global court of final appeal in international trade in Geneva, Switzerland between 2007 and 2016. She is professor at Tsinghua University and Shantou University.

Between 1998 and 2004, Professor Zhang held various senior positions such as Assistant General Counsel, Director General at the Asian Development Bank. Prior to this, Professor Zhang held several positions in government and academia in China, including Director-General of Law and Treaties at the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation (1984-1998) where she was involved in drafting many of China's trade laws such as the Foreign Economic Contract Law and the Foreign Trade Law.

Professor Zhang was a Governor of UNIDROIT from 1987-1999 and Governor to the International Development Law Organization between 1985-1997. She obtained lawyer's certificate in 1985 and since then served as arbitrator to ICC and CIETAC.

From 1987 to 1996, Professor Zhang was one of China's chief negotiators on intellectual property and was involved in the preparation of China's patent law, trademark law, and copyright law. She also served as the chief legal counsel for China's GATT resumption. She led China's delegation to negotiate the Bilateral Agreements on Investment with 40 countries.

Between 1982 and 1985, Professor Zhang worked as legal counsel at the World Bank. Professor Zhang also served as Executive Director of the Board of Western African Development Bank between 2005 -2007.