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.
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.
Global Visiting Assistant Professor
Mark McLaughlin is the Global Visiting Assistant Professor at Singapore Management University and SIDRA. His research focuses on dispute resolution, the Belt and Road Initiative, and international economic law.
Mark has published articles and book chapters on the Chinese approach to investor-state arbitration, the interaction between state-owned enterprises and international investment law, and the legal infrastructure of investor-state mediation. He holds an LL.B. from the University of Glasgow and a Ph.D. from the China University of Political Science and Law, where he was a lecturer in international investment law. Mark was awarded a Chinese Government Scholarship from 2016-2019.
Global Ph.D Fellow
Yueming is approaching the end of a doctoral program at Faculty of Law, McGill University, Montréal, Canada. Her research areas cover international investment and trade law, international dispute resolution, China’s law and arbitration, comparative law, and empirical legal studies. She has published several articles on anti-corruption and investment law, including in Oxford’s Journal of International Economic Law, in Routledge’s the Rule of Law in China and Comparative Perspectives Series, and in Routledge’s Transnational Law and Governance Series. Yueming also holds a Master of Law degree from Xiamen University and a Bachelor of Law degree from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in China.
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.
Theodora is a 3rd year double degree undergraduate in Law (LL.B.) and the Social Sciences (Major in Psychology) at SMU. She has participated in the Foreign Direct Investment Arbitration Moot 2019 in Seoul and Miami, and her team has won the Asia-Pacific Regional Oral round, as well as finished 3rd at the Global Oral round after competition with over 120 teams.
Ching Wei is in her final year of studying law at Singapore Management University. She is part of the team that won the Asia-Pacific Regional round and placed 3rd in the Global round in the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) International Arbitration Moot 2019. This experience sparked an interest in alternative dispute resolution, spurring her to take courses on International Investment Law, Chinese Commercial Arbitration, and International Commercial Arbitration (ICA). She was also the teaching assistant for Professor Darius Chan’s ICA class.