Professor, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong
International Member, Keating Chambers, London
Member, Committee for Pacific Economic Co-operation, Government of the Hong Kong S.A.R.
Chin Leng Lim is a member of the English and Singapore Bar. He is currently Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong, a member of Hong Kong’s Committee on Pacific Economic Cooperation, and Visiting Professor at King’s College London. He practices as a barrister from Keating Chambers, London and his experience includes advising sovereign nations, governments and private clients in public and private international law matters and disputes.
Professor Lim began his career in the United Kingdom before leaving Queen Mary & Westfield College to serve as a United Nations lawyer in Geneva dealing with Gulf War reparations. He was subsequently counsel to Singapore in its commercial and investment treaty negotiations before returning to full-time academic life.
His most recent publications include The Trans-Pacific Partnership: A Quest for a Twenty-First Century Agreement (Cambridge University Press, 2012, with Elms and Low); “Injuncting Foreign Sovereigns in aid of Arbitration”, (2014) 130 Law Quarterly Review 193; “Sovereign Counterparties to Hong Kong Contracts”, (2014) 9 Capital Markets Law Journal 157; and with J. Senduk, “You Don’t Miss Your Water ’Til Your River Runs Dry”, (2012) 18 Stanford Journal of Law, Business and Finance 72. He has lectured widely and given talks at the invitation of China’s MOFCOM, the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the European Commission, the WTO, and at the University of Geneva, Peking University, Harvard, the Fletcher School, Melbourne University, and during meetings of the NY State Bar Association and the American Society of International Law.”
- Lionel A. Sheridan Visiting Professor, National University of Singapore (2015)
- Visiting Professor, Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London (2014)
- Scholar-in-Residence, World Trade Organization, Geneva (2013)
- Visiting Professor, Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London (2009)
- “Injuncting Foreign Sovereigns in Aid of Arbitration”, Note, (2014) 130 Law Quarterly Review 193-197.
- “Foreign Sovereign Counterparties to Hong Kong Contracts”, (2014) 9 Capital Markets Law Journal 157-176.
- The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (Cambridge University Press, 2012), with Deborah K. Elms & Patrick Low (eds.), xvii + 337 pp.
- “Beijing’s ‘Congo’ Interpretation, Commercial Implications”, Note, (2012) 128 Law Quarterly Review 6-10.
- “Absolute Immunity for Sovereign Debtors in Hong Kong”, Note, (2011) 127 Law Quarterly Review 495-499.
- “State Immunity in Post-Handover Hong Kong”, Note, (2011) 127 Law Quarterly Review 159-162.
Chin Lim advises sovereign nations, governments and private clients in complex public and private international law matters and disputes. He has particular experience in negotiating and interpreting treaty provisions, and advising on how treaties and conventions apply to and affect contractual obligations, investments and business operations.
- A client on several aspects of international treaty law in relation to a matter arising in the Far East.
- A client on private international law in connection with a high-value commercial dispute in the Far East.
- A Government on issues arising from trade and treaty negotiations.
- The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development in Hong Kong for the Committee on Pacific Economic Co-operation.
- A Government on maritime boundary matters.
- The Government of Singapore as Counsel in commercial and investment treaty negotiations.
- The Governing Council of the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva in dealing with both sovereign and private claims following the first Gulf War.