Mr Michael Hwang currently practises as a Barrister, primarily servicing lawyers as Independent Counsel and Arbitrator. He has received specialist training in both domestic and international arbitration (as well as mediation), and has lectured and written extensively on international arbitration and mediation. He is active in domestic and international disputes (under ICC, CIETAC, UNCITRAL, LCIA, ICSID, AAA, BANI and SIAC Rules) as counsel and arbitrator as well as mediator. His arbitrations and mediations have involved disputes in a host of countries all over the world. He is an accredited arbitrator to 16 national arbitration centres as well as the Permanent Court of Arbitration and ICSID.
Mr Hwang received his legal education at Oxford University (both at Undergraduate and postgraduate levels) where he was a College Scholar and Prizewinner. He then took up a teaching appointment at the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney before returning to Singapore to commence private practice in 1968. In 1991, Mr Hwang was appointed a Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court (a full time post equivalent to the office of an acting High Court Judge) for a fixed term which expired at the end of 1992. He returned to private practice at the beginning of 1993, and was Head of the Litigation Department of the law firm of Allen & Gledhill, Singapore (currently Singapore’s largest law firm). He retired from the firm at the end of 2002 to establish an independent practice as a Barrister and Chartered Arbitrator. In 1997 Mr Hwang was appointed one of the first 12 Senior Counsel (“S.C”) of the Supreme Court of Singapore (an appointment equivalent to that of Queen’s Counsel in England). He is also an Adjunct Professor at the National University of Singapore teaching commercial arbitration.
In 2007, He was elected the President of the Law Society of Singapore. In 2006, he was nominated as a representative of the International Olympic Committee on the International Council of Arbitration for Sports. In 2005, he was elected a Vice Chairman of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris. From 2000 to 2003, Mr Hwang served as a Commissioner of the United Nations Compensation Commission (“UNCC”) based in Geneva, a body set up under the Security Council to assess claims against Iraq arising from the Gulf War.Since 2005 he has also been Singapore’s Non-Resident Ambassador to Switzerland.