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.
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 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.
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
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  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).
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).
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.