Chin Leng Lim


Tel: +44 (0)20 7544 2600

Chin Lim is based in Hong Kong. His work as a barrister involves complex commercial disputes, foreign investment and treaty matters and has a strong public international law and private international law flavour. Chin has advised governments, corporations and individuals. He has particular experience in negotiating and interpreting treaty provisions, and in advising on how commercial treaties apply to and affect contractual obligations, investments and business operations.

Types of work include advice to:

  • A client and representation in resisting the recognition and enforcement of a foreign judgment in a Middle Eastern conduit jurisdiction.
  • A client on the application of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods to an international contract.
  • A client in respect of an arbitration agreement in an international distribution contract.
  • A client concerning a cross-border investment agreement in the Far East.
  • A client in respect of certain sovereign sanctions and their application to commercial dealings.
  • A client on the scope and application of a Far Eastern bilateral treaty.
  • A client on complex private international law issues arising in connection with a commercial and financial dispute in the Far East.
  • A Government on issues arising from commercial and investment treaty negotiations.
  • The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development in Hong Kong for the Committee on Pacific Economic Co-operation.
  • A Government on maritime boundary matters.
  • The Government of Singapore as Counsel in commercial and investment treaty negotiations, as well as in a variety of international law matters.
  • The Governing Council of the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva in dealing with both sovereign and private claims following the first Gulf War.

Chin Lim joined Keating Chambers in 2013. He is also called to the Singapore Bar and accepts arbitral appointments. He is admitted to the HKIAC’s List of Arbitrators in Hong Kong and empaneled as an arbitrator by the KLRCA/AIAC in Kuala Lumpur, SHIAC in Shanghai, China and the SCIA in Shenzhen, China. For the past decade he was Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong and was a member of the university’s Court and its Senate. In 2017 he was appointed Choh-Ming Li Professor of Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His writings include Lim, Ho and Paparinskis, International Investment Law and Arbitration, with a Foreword by Emmanuel Gaillard (Cambridge University Press, 2018). Chin is also a Visiting Professor at King’s College London and an Honorary Senior Fellow of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law.




Practice Areas
  • Current Appointments
  • Visiting Appointments
Current Appointments

2019 – Honorary Senior Fellow, British Institute of International and Comparative Law

2017 – Choh-Ming Li Professor of Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

2009 – Visiting Professor of Law, King’s College London.

Visiting Appointments

2015 – Lionel A. Sheridan Visiting Professor of Law, National University of Singapore.

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