Kevin Lee

Director, Dispute Resolution

Qualifications

  • LL.M. University of Cambridge (1st Class Honours; Jennings Prize; Trailblazer Foundation Scholar)
  • LL.B. (Hons), National University of Singapore (NUS Global Merit Scholar)
  • Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore
  • Barrister of England and Wales (Middle Temple)
  • Consultant, Council of Europe (2016)
  • Consultant, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (2017)
  • Visiting Professor, Zhejiang University, Guanghua Law School (2019)
  • Lecturer, Sorbonne-Assas International Law School (2019, 2020)
  • Adjunct Lecturer, National University of Singapore, Faculty of Law (2017 to 2019)
  • Panel of Arbitrators, Thailand Arbitration Centre

Kevin acts as counsel in cases before Singapore courts, arbitral tribunals and international courts. He has a particular specialisation in arbitration, public international law, and commercial disputes. He has represented States, multinational corporations, international organisations, and individuals in a variety of high value matters.

Kevin has particular expertise in international and cross-border disputes. He has acted as counsel in State-to-State disputes before international courts and tribunals, from the Permanent Court of Arbitration to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. He has also been involved in a significant range of investment treaty, contract, and commercial disputes under ICSID, PCA, SIAC, ICC, UNCITRAL, ECT and ad hoc arbitration frameworks. Recent work includes acting for the Republic of Italy in an inter-State arbitration, acting as counsel in several investment treaty arbitrations, and acting as counsel in high value commercial disputes before the Singapore Court of Appeal and Singapore International Commercial Court.

Complementing his litigation and arbitration experience, Kevin is regularly instructed in an advisory capacity. He has been appointed as expert / consultant on arbitration, international law and dispute settlement matters by ASEAN for the Southeast Asian States (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam), SAARC for the South Asian States (Afghanistan, India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) and the Council of Europe in respect of the Republic of Armenia. Most recently, in 2020, he was appointed by the Commonwealth Secretariat to its Roster of Experts on International Law and Dispute Settlement for the Commonwealth States.

In addition to his counsel work, Kevin lectures globally on topics in his areas of specialisation. He has taught law and arbitration as Visiting Professor at Zhejiang University, Lecturer at the Sorbonne-Assas International Law School, and Adjunct lecturer at the National University of Singapore.

Kevin is dually qualified as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore and a Barrister of England and Wales, and he was Editor of the UK Supreme Court Yearbook from 2015-2017. An NUS LL.B. alumnus and Jessup mooter, Kevin holds a first class LL.M. from the University of Cambridge. In 2016, Kevin was named a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.

A representative selection of the high profile matters that Kevin has been involved in include the following: 

Inter-State Disputes and Public International Law matters

  • PCA Case No. 2015-28: The Enrica Lexie Arbitration (Italy v. India) (Permanent Court of Arbitration, Peace Palace, The Hague): Counsel to the Italian Republic.

  • ITLOS Case No. 24: The “Enrica Lexie” Incident (Italy v India), Provisional Measures, (International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea): Counsel to the Italian Republic.

Investor-State and Commercial Arbitration

  • Impresa Pizzarotti & C. S.p.A. v. Kingdom of Morocco (ICSID Case No. ARB/19/14): Counsel to the Claimant in a EUR 80 million dispute arising out of the construction and infrastructure industry concerning a breach of the Italy-Morocco BIT.

  • Surfeit Harvest Investment Holdings v. Taiwan, Republic of China (Investment Treaty Arbitration pursuant to the Singapore-Taiwan BIT): Counsel to the Claimant.

Singapore Courts and Singapore International Commercial Court

  • DyStar Global Holdings (Singapore) Pte Ltd v Kiri Industries Ltd and others [2019] 4 SLR 215: Successfully acting for an MNC in resisting a stay of execution of a multi-million dollar judgment in the Singapore International Commercial Court.

  • Wang Xiaopu v. Dr Goh Seng Heng and Dr Goh Ming Li Michelle[2019] SHGC 284: Successfully acting for a foreign investor before the Singapore High Court for misrepresentation and breach of contract arising out of a private equity investment, with the foreign investor being awarded close to SGD 40 million.
  • Panel of Arbitrators, Thailand Arbitration Centre
  • Consultant on International Arbitration, Council of Europe (2016)
  • Consultant on Public International Law and International Arbitration, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (2017)
  • Visiting Professor, Zhejiang University, Guanghua Law School (2019)
  • Lecturer, Sorbonne-Assas International Law School (2019, 2020)
  • Adjunct Lecturer, National University of Singapore (2017 to 2019)
  • Young Amicus Curiae to the Supreme Court of Singapore (2018, 2019)
  • Global Shaper, World Economic Forum (2016 to 2018)
  • Member, Public and International Law Committee of the Singapore Law Society
  • Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Singapore Law Society
  • Member, Trial Advocacy Committee of the Singapore Law Society
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law
  • Member, Singapore Law Society
  • Member, LCIA Young International Arbitration Group
  • Member, Young SIAC Arbitration Group
  • Member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
  • Editor, UK Supreme Court Yearbook (2015-2017)
  • Author, ‘The United Nations Security Council and Internal Armed Conflicts’ in Ida Caracciolo & Umberto Montuoro, Conflitti armati interni e regionalizzazione delle guerre civili (Giappichelli, 2016)
  • Author, ‘The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and its Joint Declaration with Singapore—Prospects, Possibilities and Predictions’ (2015)
  • Speaker, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, “Treaty-based Dispute Settlement Mechanisms in Cross-Border Energy Trade” (upcoming)
  • Keynote Speaker, “Dispute Settlement in International Trade and Investment”, International Petroleum and Natural Gas Enterprises Conference 2019
  • Speaker, 2nd day Opening Address, Council of Europe Working Group on Legal Reforms for Arbitration in Armenia (2016)
  • Speaker, National University of Singapore, “The Practice of Public International Law” (2017)
  • Speaker, National University of Singapore, “International Legal Process” (2017)
  • Guest Lecturer, American University of Armenia, “International Dispute Settlement: The Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict” (2016)
  • Speaker, Training session for the in-house Legal Department of the IDeA Foundation, “Business and Human Rights” (2016)
  • Lecturer, Centre for Defence Studies of the Italian Armed Forces: training for senior legal advisors of the Italian armed forces on “The Practice and Perspectives of International Humanitarian Law in Asia” (2015)
  • Lecturer, Centre for Defence Studies of the Italian Armed Forces: training for senior military officials from Italy, Brazil and Indonesia on “Internal Armed Conflicts and the Evolving Practice of the United Nations Security Council” (2015)
  • Lecturer, University of Naples Federico II, “Advanced Public International Law” course: The Law of the Sea (the high seas, the exclusive economic zone, and the piracy regime under UNCLOS) (2014)
  • Lecturer, University of Naples Federico II, “Basic Elements of Public International Law” course: The Settlement of International Disputes (2014)
  • Guest Lecture, California Maritime Academy, “International Arbitration: A focus on UNCLOS Disputes” (2014)
  • Guest Lecture, London School of Economics, “International Law and International Relations” (2014)
  • Guest Lecture, Tilburg University, “The Principles and Procedure of International Arbitration: A Focus on the Investment Treaty Arbitration Regime” (2014)
  • Guest Lecture, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), “The Permanent Court of Arbitration and International Dispute Settlement” (2013)
  • Coach, National University of Singapore, NUS DM Harish International Law Moot Team (2013)
  • Moderator, The protection of civilian population in warfare - The role of Humanitarian Organisations and Civil Society, Panel: Humanitarian Organisations and Civil Society in International Humanitarian Law, Carabinieri Officers Academy (2017)
  • Moderator, Non-State Armed Groups in International Humanitarian Law. Panel: Non-State Armed Groups as Makers of International Law, Carabinieri Officers Academy (2016)
  • Moderator, International Humanitarian Law and Modern Warfare, Panel: The Law of Weaponry and New Technologies, Carabinieri Officers Academy (2015)