Judges

The SICC is a division of the Singapore High Court and part of the Supreme Court of Singapore. All appeals from the SICC will be heard by the Court of Appeal of Singapore.

Singapore High Court Judges and International Judges of the Supreme Court may be designated by the Chief Justice to hear cases in the SICC. The Chief Justice and Judges of Appeal may also hear cases in the SICC.

The Chief Justice and Judges of Appeal, including Judges, Senior Judges and International Judges designated by the Chief Justice, may hear appeals from the SICC.

The judges who may hear cases in the SICC and appeals from the SICC include the following:

 

Portrait of The Honourable the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon
The Honourable the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon
Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon first served in the Supreme Court as a Judicial Commissioner in 2006. He left at the end of his term in 2007 and returned to the Supreme Court as a Judge of Appeal in 2012 before becoming Chief Justice later in the same year.
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Chief Justice Menon was born in Singapore in 1962. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from the National University of Singapore in 1986 and a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School in 1991.  He was admitted as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore in 1987, and as an attorney and counsellor-at-law in New York in 1992.

After he was called to the Bar in Singapore, he practised with major local and international law firms, primarily as an advocate, in the fields of commercial litigation and arbitration, construction law and insolvency law. From 2006 to 2007, he served as a Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court. After his stint as Judicial Commissioner, he returned to Rajah & Tann and became the Managing Partner of that firm in 2009.  In 2010, he was appointed the Attorney-General of Singapore, a post he relinquished in 2012 shortly before his appointment as a Judge of Appeal. He was appointed to the Presidential Council for Minority Rights upon his appointment as Attorney-General in 2010 and was later being appointed as its Chairman in 2012.

Chief Justice Menon is married with three children.
Portrait of Justice Andrew Phang Boon Leong, Judge of Appeal
Justice Andrew Phang Boon Leong, Judge of Appeal
Justice Andrew Phang was appointed to the Supreme Court as Judicial Commissioner on 3 January 2005. He was subsequently appointed Judge on 9 December 2005 and Judge of Appeal on 28 February 2006.
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Born in Singapore, he received his Bachelor of Laws from the National University of Singapore (“NUS”) in 1982. He pursued his postgraduate studies at Harvard University, where he was conferred his Master of Laws and Doctor of Juridical Science degrees in 1984 and 1988, respectively. In 1990, he was admitted as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore before being appointed as Senior Counsel in 2004.

He taught at the NUS Law Faculty from 1982 to 2000. In 2000, he was appointed Professor of Law at the Singapore Management University (“SMU”), and a year later, became Chair of the Department of Law at SMU’s Business School.

His extensive publications include the local edition of Cheshire, Fifoot and Furmston’s Law of Contract.  He is also General Editor, as well as to, The Law of Contract in Singapore (Academy Publishing, 2012).
Portrait of Justice Judith Prakash, Judge of Appeal
Justice Judith Prakash, Judge of Appeal
Justice Judith Prakash joined the Supreme Court as Judicial Commissioner in 1992 before becoming Judge in 1995. She was appointed Judge of Appeal on 1 August 2016.
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She received her Bachelor of Laws (Hons) Degree from the University of Singapore in 1974. She was admitted as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore the following year.

She started practice at M/s Chor Pee & Hin Hiong in 1975 as a legal assistant. She joined M/s Drew & Napier in the following year and was made a partner in 1978—specialising in shipping and commercial law. From 1974 to 1976, she served as a family law tutor at the National University of Singapore.

In 2005, she the Public Service Medal for her work as Chair of the Board of Governors of Raffles Girls’ School.

Portrait of Justice Tay Yong Kwang, Judge of Appeal
Justice Tay Yong Kwang, Judge of Appeal
Justice Tay Yong Kwang joined the Supreme Court in 1981, first as Assistant Registrar and then as Deputy Registrar. In 1989, he served in the Official Assignee and Public Trustee’s Office.
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He then served as District Judge from 1991-1997 at the Subordinate Courts (renamed as the State Courts in 2014).

In 1997, he was appointed Judicial Commissioner. he was appointed Judge of the Supreme Court in 2003 and Judge of Appeal on 1 August 2016.

He was born in Singapore in and obtained his Bachelor of Laws from the National University of Singapore in 1981. In 1984, he was admitted as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore. He later received his Master of Laws from the University of Cambridge in 1986. 
Portrait of Justice Steven Chong, Judge of Appeal
Justice Steven Chong, Judge of Appeal
Justice Steven Chong Horng Siong was appointed as Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court in October 2009 before becoming Judge of the High Court in June 2010. He was appointed Judge of Appeal on 1 April 2017. Justice Chong was born in Singapore in 1957. He received his Bachelor of Laws from the National University of Singapore in 1982.
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He started practicing law in 1983 as an associate in Drew & Napier. He worked his way up, and by 1997, made Joint Managing Partner. In 1998, he moved to Rajah & Tann as Senior Partner before becoming Managing Partner in 2003.

He served as Attorney-General for two years. During his stint, he established the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) Media Relations Unit, launched the Public Prosecution Outreach Programme, led AGC to conclude key international treaties, including the European Union-Singapore Partnership and Cooperation Agreement and initiated legislative amendments to empower the Attorney-General to represent statutory boards in legal proceedings which led to the passing of the Attorney-General (Additional Functions) Act 2014.
Portrait of Justice Choo Han Teck, High Court Judge
Justice Choo Han Teck, High Court Judge
Justice Choo Han Teck joined the Supreme Court as Judicial Commissioner in 1995 and Judge in 2003.
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Born in Singapore in 1954, Justice Choo received his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Singapore in 1979 and Master of Laws from the University of Cambridge in 1986.

He began his career as a legal assistant in M/s Murphy & Dunbar in 1980, before joining the National University of Singapore as a lecturer in 1984. Four years later, he joined M/s Allen & Gledhill as a partner, and in 1992, moved to M/s Helen Yeo & Partners in the same capacity. He was also appointed as the President of the Military Court of Appeal in 2004.
Portrait of Justice Belinda Ang Saw Ean, High Court Judge
Justice Belinda Ang Saw Ean, High Court Judge
Justice Belinda Ang has served the Supreme Court since 2002, first as a Judicial Commissioner, then as a Judge in 2003.
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She was born in and obtained her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1976. Thereafter, she was admitted as a Barrister-at-Law of the Middle Temple and an advocate and solicitor in Singapore. In 1979, she received her Master of Laws (with distinction) from the University College, London. In 1998, she became a Senior Counsel in Singapore.

Her earlier work experiences include joining M/s Godwin & Co in 1980 and made junior partner in 1983. She also founded M/s Ang & Partners in 1985, her own boutique law firm.

Portrait of Justice Woo Bih Li, High Court Judge
Justice Woo Bih Li, High Court Judge
Justice Woo Bih Li was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2000, first as Judicial Commissioner, then as Judge in 2003.
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Justice Woo was born in Singapore in 1954. He received his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Singapore in 1977 before being admitted locally as an advocate and solicitor in 1978. He was made Senior Counsel in 1997.

He joined the law firm of M/s Allen & Gledhill in 1970 and remained there until 1992. In October 1992, he set up the law firm of M/s Bih Li & Lee and became its Managing Partner.

Portrait of Justice Lee Seiu Kin, High Court Judge
Justice Lee Seiu Kin, High Court Judge
Justice Lee Seiu Kin joined the Supreme Court as Judicial Commissioner in 1997 before being appointed as Judge in 2006.
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Born in Malaysia in 1954, he attained his Bachelor of Laws from the National University of Singapore in 1986, and Master of Laws from the University of Cambridge in 1987. Upon graduation, he joined the Attorney-General’s Chambers as State Counsel before becoming Senior State Counsel from 1994 to 1997, and Second Solicitor-General in 2002.

He also holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Adelaide, a Master of Science (Construction Engineering) from the National University of Singapore, and an MBA from INSEAD.
Portrait of Justice Chan Seng Onn, High Court Judge
Justice Chan Seng Onn, High Court Judge
Justice Chan Seng Onn first joined the Supreme Court in 1991 as Senior Assistant Registrar. He was appointed as Judicial Commissioner in 1997 before being appointed as Judge in 2007.
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Born in Singapore, he received his Bachelor of Laws from the National University of Singapore in 1986, and Master of Laws from Cambridge University in 1987. Thereafter, he became State Counsel and Deputy Public Prosecutor in the Attorney-General’s Chambers.  He was subsequently promoted to Senior State Counsel in and appointed as Solicitor-General in 2001.

Before joining the legal service, he studied engineering and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University College of London. He also has a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and a Diploma in Business Administration from the National University of Singapore.

Portrait of Justice Quentin Loh Sze-On, High Court Judge
Justice Quentin Loh Sze-On, High Court Judge
Justice Quentin Loh was appointed as Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court in 2009 and later, as Judge in 2010.
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Prior to that, he was Managing Partner of Cooma, Lau & Loh, a firm he co-founded in 1978. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 1999. In 2001, he moved to Rajah & Tann as an Executive Committee member before becoming Deputy Managing Partner in 2003.

Until his appointment as a Judicial Commissioner, he was also Director of Maxwell Chambers, a dispute resolution complex located in Singapore.

Portrait of Justice Vinodh Coomaraswamy, High Court Judge
Justice Vinodh Coomaraswamy, High Court Judge
Justice Vinodh Coomaraswamy was appointed a Judicial Commissioner in 2012 and a Judge in 2013.
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He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from Nottingham University in 1990, and a Bachelor of Civil Law from Oxford University in 1998. He won first prize in the 1991 Trinity Bar Examinations, and later that year was called to the Bar of England & Wales by the Inner Temple. He was admitted as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore in 1992.

He then began his legal career in Shook Lin & and became in 1996. In 2005, he was appointed Senior Counsel. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. He is also admitted in New South Wales (2005) and in New York (2007).
Portrait of Justice Tan Siong Thye, High Court Judge
Justice Tan Siong Thye, High Court Judge
Justice Tan Siong Thye was appointed a Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court in October 2013. In July 2014 he became a Judge of the High Court. On 1 Feb 2015, he was appointed Deputy Attorney-General and on 1 April 2017 he returned to the Supreme Court as Judge of the High Court.
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Justice Tan graduated with a Bachelor of Law (Honours) degree from the National University of Singapore in 1979 and obtained his Masters of Law (Merit) degree from the University College of London under the legal service postgraduate scholarship in 1992.

He started his legal career as a Deputy Public Prosecutor in the Attorney-General’s Chambers in 1979. In 1986, he was posted to the Subordinate Courts (renamed as State Courts in 2014) where he held various key appointments including Referee of the Small Claims Tribunals, Juvenile Magistrate and District Judge.

Justice Tan assumed the post of Director of the Commercial Affairs Department 1999 until 2008 when he was appointed the Senior District Judge (which was later renamed the Chief District Judge) of the State Courts.

For his sterling he was presented the Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 2003 and the Public Administration Medal (Gold Bar) in 2011.

In addition, he was a member of the Military Court of Appeal and was also a field army commander with the rank of Colonel (reservist) in the Singapore Armed Forces. He received the Singapore Armed Forces National Serviceman of the Year Award in 1997 and the National Day Commendation Medal (Military) in 2002.
Portrait of Justice See Kee Oon, High Court Judge
Justice See Kee Oon, High Court Judge
Justice See Kee Oon joined the Supreme Court as Judicial Commissioner and became Judge in January 2017.
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He received his Bachelor of Laws from the National University of Singapore in 1991. He also holds a Masters in Law from the University of Cambridge, and a Masters in Public Management from the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

He joined the Singapore Legal Service in 1991 and was appointed a Deputy Registrar and Magistrate in the Subordinate Courts (renamed as the State Courts in 2014) before joining the Supreme Court in 1995 as a Justices’ Law Clerk. In 1997, he returned to the Subordinate Courts as District Judge. In 2007, he joined the Ministry of Law and headed the Insolvency and Public Trustee’s Office until 2009. He then returned to the Subordinate Courts in 2009 and was appointed Senior District Judge of the Criminal Justice Division in 2010. He became Chief District Judge of the Subordinate Courts in 2013.

In addition to his appointment in the Supreme Court, he concurrently serves as the first Presiding Judge of the State Courts.

Portrait of Justice Chua Lee Ming, High Court Judge
Justice Chua Lee Ming, High Court Judge
Justice Chua Lee Ming joined the Supreme Court as Judicial Commissioner in 2015 and became Judge in January 2017.
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He earned his Bachelor of Laws from the National University of Singapore in 1983. He then received his Master of Laws from the University of Cambridge in 1988.

Justice Chua began his legal career in 1984. He held various positions such as serving as Deputy Registrar and Magistrate of the Subordinate Courts (renamed as the State Courts in 2014). He also served the Supreme Court Registry. He then became State Counsel and Deputy Public Prosecutor in the Attorney-General’s Chambers in 1989. In 1991, he was appointed as Partner in Lee & Lee. Then in 1998, he joined the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation Pte Ltd (renamed as GIC Pte Ltd in 2013), where he later became the General Counsel. He was a founding member of the Singapore Corporate Counsel and served on various committees of the Law Society of Singapore and Singapore Academy of Law.

Portrait of Justice Kannan Ramesh, High Court Judge
Justice Kannan Ramesh, High Court Judge
Justice Kannan Ramesh joined the Supreme Court as Judicial Commissioner in May 2015, and then as Judge of the High Court in April 2017.
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He received his Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the National University of Singapore in 1990. He was then admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor in Singapore in 1991, and appointed as Senior Counsel in 2012.

Ramesh was Managing Partner of Messrs Tan Kok Quan Partnership, where he in dispute resolution, insolvency and restructuring, and international arbitration.

He was also appointed as Board Member of the Singapore Aerospace Manufacturing Pte Ltd and M1 Limited. In the former, he had an added role as Executive Committee Member, while in the latter, he was Chairman of M1’s Risk Committee, as well as Member of their Nominating and Audit Committees.

He is currently a Member of Singapore Academy of Law’s Law Reform Committee, and New York’s International Insolvency Institute (III). He is also part of the Arbitration and Conciliation working group in the latter.

Ramesh wrote Getting the Deal Through – Restructuring and Insolvency in 51 Jurisdictions Worldwide in 2010. He also authored the Singapore Chapter of the World Bank publication, Doing Business – Closing a Business Survey, published in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Portrait of Justice Valerie Thean, High Court Judge
Justice Valerie Thean, High Court Judge
Justice Valerie Thean was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court on 30 September 2017.
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Prior to her appointment, she served as a Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court from 30 September 2014. While a Judicial Commissioner, she served as the Family Justice Court’s () first Presiding Judge. As Presiding Judge of the , she played an active role in the development of family law and practice in Singapore and the region, as vice-chair of International Advisory Council and co-chair of the Council of ASEAN Chief Judges Working Group on Cross-border Disputes Involving Children. She was a member of the Family Justice Rules Committee and chaired the Family Justice Rules Working Party. As a member of the Law Reform Committee of the Singapore Academy of Law, she chaired its Law Reform Sub-Committee on the 1996 Hague Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition Measure for the Protection of Children.

Justice Thean was in the Singapore Legal Service prior to becoming a Judicial Commissioner. She has held various posts within the public service, such as Senior District Judge, Family Division at the State Courts, Deputy Secretary (Law) at the Ministry of Law, Senior State Counsel at the Attorney-General’s Chambers, Assistant Registrar at the Supreme Court and Justice’s Law Clerk to the Supreme Court. She has also previously taught arbitration as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore Law Faculty.

She received her Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) from Downing College, Cambridge University, in 1991, and her Master of Laws from Harvard Law School, in 1995.

Portrait of Justice Hoo Sheau Peng, High Court Judge
Justice Hoo Sheau Peng, High Court Judge
Justice Hoo Sheau Peng joined the Supreme Court as a Judicial Commissioner on 30 September 2014, and was appointed as a Judge of the High Court on 30 September 2017.
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A President’s Scholar, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (Class I) from the University of Cambridge in 1992. She also holds a Master of Laws (Intellectual Property and Technology) from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and a Master in Public Management from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS.

Justice Hoo began her career as a Justices’ Law and has been in the Singapore Legal Service for more than 20 years. She has served as Senior District Judge and Registrar of the Subordinate Courts (renamed to the State Courts in 2014). In addition, she has also served as Deputy Chief Counsel (Advisory and Administration), Attorney-General’s Chambers and Deputy Chief of Staff, Singapore Legal Service.
Portrait of Justice Debbie Ong, High Court Judge
Justice Debbie Ong, High Court Judge
Justice Debbie Ong joined the Supreme Court in 2014 as Judicial Commissioner, and was appointed Judge of the High Court on 30 September 2017 and Presiding Judge of the Family Justice Courts on 1 October 2017.
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She earned her Bachelor of Laws from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1989 and Master of Laws at the University of Cambridge in 1991.

Her legal career began as an Associate Professor at NUS’s Faculty of Law in 1989, in family law. While teaching, she also assisted the Family Courts as a court mediator and the Supreme Court as amicus curiae. In addition, she served as Chairperson of the Centre Governance Committee of the Tampines Family Service Centre, and Resource Consultant for the Law Society’s Family Law Practice Committee.

She was a member to various boards and councils, such the Review Board constituted under the Children and Young Persons Act and the Advisory Board of “Marriage Central” constituted under the National Family Council. She is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Child and Family Quarterly Journal (United Kingdom), the Family Justice Rules Working Party, the Family Law Reform Working Group and the SAL’s Publications Committee and the Legal Education Cluster Committee.

She published the book entitled International Issues in Family Law in Singapore in January and has contributed numerous articles in local as well as international scholarly journals.

Her accolades include winning the Singapore Academy of Law Merit Award and Legal Aid Bureau Amicus Award in 2013.
Portrait of Justice Aedit Abdullah, High Court Judge
Justice Aedit Abdullah, High Court Judge
Justice Aedit Abdullah joined the Supreme Court in 2014 and was appointed Judge of the High Court on 30 September 2017.
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Justice Abdullah graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1994 with a Bachelor of Laws. He also holds a Bachelor of Civil Law from the University of Oxford and a Master in Public Management from NUS.

He began his career as a Justice’s Law Clerk. He then taught at the Faculty of Law, NUS, before re-joining the Singapore Legal Service. Over the years, he has served as a Deputy Public Prosecutor, Deputy Senior State Counsel District Judge. He was appointed Chief Prosecutor at the Attorney-General’s Chambers in 2011. He has also been seconded to the Monetary Authority of Singapore twice.

He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2012.
Portrait of Justice Carolyn Berger, International Judge
Justice Carolyn Berger, International Judge
Justice Berger was appointed an International Judge of the SICC in January 2015. From 1994 to 2014, she was a Justice on the Delaware Supreme Court, the highest Court in the State of Delaware. Before that, she served for 10 years on the Delaware Court of Chancery, the business trial court in Delaware that specialises in corporate and commercial disputes.
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Before serving on the Delaware Courts, Justice Berger was a Deputy Attorney General in the Delaware Attorney General’s office and a corporate litigator in the firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher Flom. She also holds a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Boston University School of Education and taught public school in Boston, Massachusetts, before attending law school.

Born in New York, she received a Juris Doctor degree from Boston University School of Law in 1976 and an honorary Doctor of Laws from Widener University School of Law in 1996.

Portrait of Justice Patricia Bergin, International Judge
Justice Patricia Bergin, International Judge
Justice Bergin retired as a Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2017, 18 years after her appointment back in 1999. As Commercial List Judge in the Equity Division from 2003 to 2009, Justice Bergin administered the busiest Commercial Court in Australia. She was further appointed as Chief Judge in Equity and as an additional Judge of Appeal in 2009.
Portrait of Justice Sir Jeremy Cooke, International Judge
Justice Sir Jeremy Cooke, International Judge
Graduating from Oxford University, Justice Cooke was called to the Bar in 1976 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1990. He was appointed High Court Judge, Queen’s Bench, Commercial Court in 2001 and retired in 2016 after 15 years on the Bench. He served as the Judge in charge of the Commercial Court for a time and is highly respected for his expertise in commercial law. He is also known for his expertise in energy, insurance & reinsurance, professional negligence, shipping & maritime law, international trade, banking and derivatives. Justice Cooke is currently an International Judge with the Dubai International Financial Centre.
Portrait of Justice Sir Henry Bernard Eder, International Judge
Justice Sir Henry Bernard Eder, International Judge
Justice Eder was formerly a Judge of the High Court of England and Wales, and was assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division and the Commercial Court from 2011 to 2015. Prior to his appointment to the Bench in the United Kingdom, he was a Barrister in Essex Court Chambers of London from 1975 to 2010, and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1990. From 1999-2003, he was a Visiting Professor at University College London.
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He is widely as an expert in the areas of commercial disputes, civil claims and international arbitration involving all aspects of commercial law including banking, shipping, of goods, commodities, oil/gas and insurance. He is currently the Senior Editor of Scrutton on Charterparties and Bills of Lading. He has rejoined Essex Court Chambers as an arbitrator/mediator.
Portrait of Justice Robert French, International Judge
Justice Robert French, International Judge
Justice French was a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia for about 22 years before being appointed the Chief Justice of Australia in 2008. After his retirement as Chief Justice in January 2017, he accepted the appointment of non-permanent Judge in the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal. Justice French has a special interest in intellectual property, competition, commercial and public law.
Portrait of Justice Roger Giles, International Judge
Justice Roger Giles, International Judge
Justice Giles was appointed an International Judge of the SICC on its establishment in January 2015. He graduated from the University of Sydney with a BA in 1961 and LLB (Hons) in 1965, and from the Oxford University with a BCL (Hons) in 1968. After a time in articles and as a solicitor, he was admitted to the NSW Bar in 1971 and became Queen's Counsel in 1983. In 1988, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of NSW, becoming Chief Judge of the Commercial Division in 1994 and a Judge of the Court of Appeal in 1998. He retired from that Court in December 2011.
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Justice Giles principally practiced in equity and commercial law, but the Court of Appeal took him into most areas of civil and criminal law. He is also a Judge of the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts.
Portrait of Justice Dominique T. Hascher, International Judge
Justice Dominique T. Hascher, International Judge
Justice Hascher was appointed to the Supreme Judicial Court in France as Judge in 2012. He also holds the position of Secretary General of the Network of the Presidents of the Supreme Judicial Courts of the European Union since his election in 2004. He received a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Paris in 1977 and a Master of Laws from Harvard University in 1983 after earning a Fulbright scholarship.
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He joined the French Judiciary in 1982 as trial court judge before working for the Ministry of Justice in 1986. From 1990 to 1998, he served as the General Counsel and Deputy Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. In 1998, he was appointed as Court of Appeal Judge before being promoted to Presiding Judge in 2008.

Justice Hascher has also lectured at the Hague Academy of International Law in 1999 and was visiting Professor at University College London in 2005 and at the University of Texas at Austin in 2007. He is President of the French Society of Comparative Law (2016), Honorary Bencher of Gray’s Inn (2005) and a member of the American Law Institute (2007).
Portrait of Justice Dyson Heydon AC QC, International Judge
Justice Dyson Heydon AC QC, International Judge
Justice Heydon was a Judge of the New South Wales Court of Appeal from 2000 to 2003, before he was elevated to the High Court of Australia. He retired from the High Court of Australia in 2013 and is currently a Barrister in New South Wales. He is also an Arbitrator of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre and the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia.
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In 1964, Justice Heydon obtained a BA with First Class Honours in History and the University Medal from the University of Sydney. He was the NSW Rhodes Scholar the same year. He obtained a BA (Oxon) (Jurisprudence) with First Class Honours and the Martin Wronker Prize (shared) in 1966. He obtained a BCL (Oxon) with First Class Honours and the Vinerian Scholarship in 1967. In academia, Justice Heydon was a Fellow in Law at Keble College Oxford from 1967 to 1973, and a Professor of Law at the University of Sydney Law School from 1973 to 1981 (Dean from 1978 to 1979). He then at the New South Wales Bar from 1979 to 2000 (Queen’s Counsel from 1987). He was Royal Commissioner Trade Union, Governance and Corruption in 2014 to 2015. He has also written over thirty books and many articles on equity, evidence, contract, tort and restrictive practices.
Portrait of Justice Beverley McLachlin PC, International Judge
Justice Beverley McLachlin PC, International Judge
Former Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin is the longest serving Chief Justice of Canada. She retired in December 2017 after 28 years at the Supreme Court of Canada. Justice McLachlin was appointed to the Bench of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in 1981, the Court of Appeal in 1985 and then as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in 1988. In 1989, she was appointed Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and then Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada in 2000. She is currently a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada. Justice McLachlin has dealt with administrative law, family law, commercial and business law, press rights and intellectual property.
Portrait of Justice Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, International Judge
Justice Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, International Judge
Lord Neuberger graduated from Oxford University and was called to the Bar in 1974. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1987. In 1996, he was appointed to the Bench and became a Judge of the Court of Appeal in 2004. Lord Neuberger was President of the UK Supreme Court from 2012 to 2017 and has extensive experience in most areas of law including commercial law.
Portrait of Justice Sir Vivian Ramsey, International Judge
Justice Sir Vivian Ramsey, International Judge
Until 2014, Justice Ramsey served for nine years on the bench as a Judge of the High Court (Queen’s Bench Division) of England and Wales, including a three-year period as Judge in charge of the Technology and Construction Court. He was also judge in charge of the implementation of the Jackson Reforms in the courts in England and Wales from 2012 to 2014.
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He was educated in England and the United and then studied Engineering Science and Economics at Oxford before becoming a chartered civil engineer. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2013.

In 1979, he was called to the English Bar after studying law at the City University and Inns of Court School of Law. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1992 and a Bencher of Middle Temple in 2002. Before his appointment to the bench, he internationally in the area of construction, engineering and technology disputes both in international arbitration and in courts outside the UK.

He is the co-editor of Keating on Construction Contracts, now in its 10th edition. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College, London.

Portrait of Justice Anselmo Reyes, International Judge
Justice Anselmo Reyes, International Judge
Justice Reyes was appointed as a Judge of the Court of First Instance in Hong Kong and served in that capacity from 2003 to 2012. As a Judge, his specialisation was construction, arbitration, commercial and admiralty matters. Justice Reyes obtained a BA (Law), LLM and PhD in Law from Cambridge University in 1982, 1983 and 1987 respectively, and was called to both the Hong Kong and the Singapore Bar. He was appointed Senior Counsel in Hong Kong in 2001.
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He is currently a Professor of Legal Practice in the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong and is an active practitioner in commercial arbitration. He was Representative of the Hague Conference on Private International Law Asia Pacific Regional Office in Hong Kong from 2013 to 2017. He is also an Overseas Bencher of the Inner Temple.
Portrait of Justice Sir Bernard Rix, International Judge
Justice Sir Bernard Rix, International Judge
Justice Rix has extensive judicial experience at both first instance and appellate levels of court, as a Lord Justice of Appeal in the Court of Appeal of England and Wales from 2000 to 2013; as the Judge in charge of the Commercial Court of London from 1998 to 1999; and a Judge of High Court of Justice from 1993 to 2000. He is recognised for implementing the Woolf Reforms to civil procedure in the London Commercial Court, and for re-drafting the Guide and Practice Directions of that court.
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Before his appointment to the bench, he in international commercial law and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1981. He is currently a Justice of the Court of Appeal of the Cayman Islands and an arbitrator. He is also a Professor of International Commercial Law at Queen Mary, University of London.
Portrait of Justice Yasuhei Taniguchi, International Judge
Justice Yasuhei Taniguchi, International Judge
Justice Taniguchi has been an academic, teaching at various universities in Japan and other countries like the United States, Hong Kong, Australia, France and China. He has been Professor Emeritus at Kyoto University, Japan, since 1998. Justice Taniguchi is currently a Counsel at Matsuo Kosugi, Tokyo.
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He has held various positions such as Chairperson of the Appellate Body of WTO, Council Member of ICCA, President of the Japan Association of Arbitrators, and Member of the Law Revision Commission of the Ministry of Justice of Japan. He was also Chairman of the Rule Making Committee of the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association to draft the new Administrative and Procedural Rules for Arbitration under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules and the totally amended Rules of Commercial Arbitration of JCAA.
Portrait of Justice Simon Thorley QC, International Judge
Justice Simon Thorley QC, International Judge
Justice Thorley Q.C. was appointed as an International Judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court in January 2015.
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He studied Jurisprudence at Oxford University from 1968-1971 and received the degree of MA (Hons). He was called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of The Inner Temple in 1972 and then began practice at the Intellectual Property Bar. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1989. Justice Thorley has more than 40 years of experience in Intellectual Property and related and was a leading practitioner in that field until he ceased practice in 2014. He was a Deputy High Court Judge in England and Wales and was also the Deputy Chairman of the Copyright Tribunal in the United Kingdom for eight years. He was a co-editor of the 13th-15th Editions of Terrell on the Law of Patents, a standard work of reference on UK patent law. Justice Thorley served as Treasurer of the Inner Temple in 2013.