Belt & Road Initiative - Research Team

Research Team

 

SIDRA’s R&D team is committed to dissecting cutting-edge dispute resolution issues along the Belt & Road, and translating it into practical insights to assist businesses and States to navigate cross-border investment and trade. 

 

Darius CHAN

Darius CHAN

Program Head

Associate Professor of Law (Practice) Darius Chan is an international arbitrator, advocate and academic. He serves concurrently as the Deputy Director of the Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy, as well as the Director of the Singapore Management University Law Academy. His practice and teaching interests focus on international investment and commercial arbitration, private and public international law.

Darius is consistently recommended by legal directories, which includes being ranked by Who's Who Legal: Arbitration Future Leaders as a "Most Highly Regarded Individual" in Asia-Pacific. Darius speaks and publishes widely, and his writings have been cited by the Singapore High Court and Court of Appeal. Darius is qualified in Singapore, New York and England & Wales (Inner Temple), and he is bilingual in English and Chinese.

Allison GOH

Allison GOH

Research Associate

Allison Goh holds a LL.B. (Bachelor of Laws) (Hons) from the National University of Singapore, and a LL.M. (Master of Laws) from Peking University as a Chinese government scholar. Allison is qualified in Singapore, and has corporate and dispute resolution experience at a leading law firm and arbitration institution in Singapore. She also contributes to Stanford University's China Guiding Cases Project as an editor. Allison is fluent in English and Mandarin.

Vakhtang GIORGADZE

Vakhtang GIORGADZE

Research Associate

Vakhtang is a research associate at SIDRA. He is a qualified lawyer, admitted to the bar in Georgia with experience in international economic law and dispute resolution.

Prior to joining SIDRA, Vakhtang was an associate at MG Law Office, which is a tier one law firm in Georgia, where he was focusing on commercial agreements and dispute resolution. Vakhtang spent one year at the World Trade Organization as a young professional, where he advised a WTO panel on the resolution of an international trade dispute. His experience also includes working as a legal adviser of the EU Law Department at the Ministry of Justice of Georgia, where he was involved in the implementation of the Association Agreement between the European Union and Georgia.

Vakhtang holds an LL.B. from Free University of Tbilisi and an LL.M. from the MIDS -- Master in International Dispute Settlement programme, which is a joint programme of University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

Charles Tay

Charles Tay

Part-time Research Affiliate

Charles Tay is a Foreign Lawyer* with Zhong Lun Law Firm in Beijing. His practice focuses on international arbitration and he has worked on major cross-border disputes spanning construction, oil & gas, post-M&A, investor-state and general commercial interests. In 2019, he was a Visiting Foreign Lawyer with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr's international arbitration group in London. As a Singaporean lawyer and a graduate of Peking University's LLM programme, he began his international arbitration career by serving as associate and tribunal secretary to one of Asia's top international arbitrators.

* Awaiting registration with the PRC Ministry of Justice

TAY Yu Shan

TAY Yu Shan

Part-time Research Affiliate

Tay Yu Shan obtained her LLB from King's College London in 2011 and LLM in Chinese Law from Tsinghua University in 2012. Her thesis was on personality rights, which is currently being debated by the National People's Congress Standing Committee. In 2014, she was admitted to the Singapore bar. As a trainee she assisted in Piallo GmbH v Yafriro International Pte Ltd [2013] SGHCR and successfully obtained a stay of proceedings in favour of arbitration in Switzerland on the basis of dishonoured cheques. She volunteers with People's Movement to Stop Haze (PM.Haze) and contributed to a UNESCO commissioned report "Addressing Environmental, Social, and Ethical Challenges of the Annual Haze in Southeast Asia from a Singaporean Perspective" (October 2017). 

Ervin Tan

Ervin TAN

Part-time Research Affiliate

Ervin Tan graduated with a first from Oxford and started practising international arbitration at Michael Hwang Chambers. He acts as tribunal secretary and has done so in several high-value arbitrations under SIAC, LCIA, Swiss Chambers, and ad hoc rules. He also acts as counsel, and has done so in several disputes at US and UK firms across a range of industries, including aviation, oil and gas, construction, private client, and agribusiness. He has also acted as counsel in two investment treaty arbitrations against Asian states. His research interests include conflict of laws, legal history, administrative law, comparative law, and law reform (including policy nudges to grow and distribute the opportunities for Singapore’s legal industry).