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Top legal expert to join Centre for International Law

04 June 2012

Mr Thomas has been counsel in many international investment, trade and commercial disputes

Mr J Christopher Thomas, Q.C. will join NUS' Centre for International Law (CIL) as a Senior Principal Research Fellow and the NUS Faculty of Law as a Visiting Professor. The three-year appointments officially commence on 3 July 2012.

Mr Thomas has been actively giving advice in many international disputes, domestic administrative law procedures such as anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases, as well as contentious proceedings before the superior courts of Canada. He has provided counsel and consultancy to various countries on issues relating to trade and investment.

Previously a panelist in General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and Free Trade Agreement disputes, he now acts as an arbitrator in international investment, trade and commercial disagreements.

Appointed Queen's Counsel in 2002, Mr Thomas has been designated as a Chartered Arbitrator by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada, as well as a Listed Panelist of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. This year, Chambers and Partners, publisher of one of the world's leading legal directories, ranked him as a top lawyer in the field of arbitration.

Prof Simon Chesterman, Dean of NUS Law, noted: "The recruitment of Chris by CIL reflects the University's strong desire to contribute to research and training on emerging and important global developments such as international arbitration."

CIL's Director Assoc Prof Robert C Beckman added that Mr Thomas' wealth of practical international law experience and knowledge will help the Centre become a global thought leader and capacity-building hub in the field of investment law and international dispute settlement.

On why he is joining CIL, Mr Thomas said he is impressed with the forward-thinking strategies and thought leadership of NUS and CIL during his long association with both.

Mr Thomas will be working on several projects at CIL and teaching a course on "International Legal Protection of Trade and Investment" at NUS Law.