Michael Hwang, SC

HwangChief Justice Michael Hwang, SC

Michael Hwang SC is a graduate of Oxford University and a former law teacher in the University of Sydney and University of Singapore.

From 1972 to 1991 and again from 1993 to 2002, he was a partner in Allen & Gledhill, the largest law firm in Singapore and served as the Head of its Litigation and Arbitration Department for 10 years. Between those periods from 1991-1992 he served as a Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court of Singapore (a full time post equivalent to the office of an acting High Court Judge) for a fixed term contract which expired at the end of 1992. During his term, he dealt with a full caseload of civil litigation and 15 of his reasoned judgments are reported in the Singapore Law Reports. He returned to private practice at the beginning of 1993 and since 2003 has practised as an independent Barrister and Arbitrator.

In 1997, he was appointed as one of the first 12 Senior Counsel (SC) of the Supreme Court of Singapore (a status equivalent to that of Queen’s Counsel in England). In 1999, he was elected a Member of the American Law Institute and also served as a Visiting Professor to the National University of Singapore teaching advocacy and commercial arbitration. Between 2000 and 2003, he served as a Commissioner of the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) based in Geneva, a body set up under the Security Council to assess claims against Iraq arising from the first Gulf War.

His former appointments include being President of the Law Society of Singapore, a Vice Chairman of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), a Vice President of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), and a member of the London Court of International Arbitration. He currently serves on the International Council of Arbitration for Sport, and is a trustee of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre as well as Singapore’s non-resident Ambassador to Switzerland. He was appointed as the Chief Justice of the DIFC Courts in June 2010, having served as Deputy Chief Justice since April 2005.