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Elizabeth Chan

Registered Foreign Lawyer, E&W

Hong Kong

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Elizabeth Chan

Registered Foreign Lawyer, E&W

Hong Kong

Elizabeth Chan (陳曉彤), is a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Allen & Overy’s Asia-Pacific Arbitration Group based in Hong Kong.

She has acted as counsel in, or advised, around 11-15 international commercial arbitrations/arbitration-related matters and several investment treaty arbitrations (acting for both investors and States). She has experience acting in arbitrations under major international arbitral rules, including the HKIAC, ICC, LCIA, ICDR, ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules, seated in different arbitral seats such as The Hague, Singapore, London, Geneva, Austria, Hawaii and Washington, DC.

Lizzie is ranked as a “Future Leader” in Who’s Who Legal – Arbitration 2022-2023 and in Legal 500’s Private Practice Powerlist – Arbitration (United Kingdom) 2022. Peers and clients say that, “Ms Chan is concise, highly persuasive and incredibly responsive to case demands”; “able to articulate issues with ease, thinking ahead and out-of-the-box”; “is very attentive and client-focused”; and “is courageous but diplomatic, always demonstrating great empathy”.

Lizzie has a developing practice in the tech industry. Innovation and entrepreneurship are core to her practice and contribution. She hosted the first-ever arbitration gathering in the metaverse in January 2022, followed by a conference in the metaverse as part of Paris Arbitration Week in March 2022,. She writes and speaks regularly on the intersection of law and technology, including winning the Call for Papers at the 2022 Taipei Mediation and Arbitration Conference, for an article on the enforcement of disputes resolved by on-chain arbitration, under the New York Convention.

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International Law considerations for foreign investors with business interests in Russia

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Pro Bono

  • Assisted the preparation of a report of the United Nations Human Rights Council Advisory Committee on “Current Levels of Representation of Women in Human Rights Organs and Mechanisms: Ensuring Gender Balance”, in conjunction with REDRESS, a leading human rights organisation, and GQUAL, a global campaign body that works to overcome the under-representation of women in international tribunals and monitoring bodies (distributed on 21 May 2021)
  • Member of the Yale Law School Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic

Published Work

  • "Something Borrowed, Something Blue: the Best of Both Worlds in Metaverse-related Disputes” (2020) 15(2) Contemporary Asia Arbitration Journal 205 (winner of the Call for Papers for the Taipei International Conference on Arbitration and Mediation, October 2022, and accepted for publication in the Contemporary Asia Arbitration Journal) (co-authored with Emily Hay)
  • “Recovery of In-House Costs in Arbitration” in International Arbitration in England: Perspectives in Times of Change (Kluwer book, chapter co-authored with Lucy Martinez) (2022)
  • “International Law considerations for foreign investors with business interests in Russia” (co-authored with Patrick W. Pearsall, Lucia Raimanova, Matthew Hodgson, Naomi Briercliffe and Daniel Hrčka) (2022)
  • “Asset protection for foreign investors in Russia: international and domestic remedies” (co-authored with Patrick W. Pearsall, Lucia Raimanova, Matthew Hodgson and Michael Rodriguez) (2022)
  • The Rise of Digital Identities and Their Implications for International Arbitration (co-authored),, 2022
  • Arbitration Tech Toolbox: Lessons from the First Ever International Arbitration Gathering in Virtual Reality (co-authored), Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 2022
  • Demystifying what it is like to experience virtual reality using current technologies, MetaverseLegal, 2022
  • Forecasting Energy Disputes in Asia (co-authored), Asian International Arbitration Journal, 2020
  • Just Beclause: Unilateral Arbitration Clauses in the Time of Brexit, Vindobona Journal, 2020
  • The UK's Post-Brexit Investment Policy: An Opportunity for New Design Choices, European Investment Law and Arbitration Review, 2020
  • What Impact Will Brexit Have On Public International Law In The UK?, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 2020
  • For whom the treaty tolls?, Practical Law Arbitration Blog, 2017
  • Decrypting Cryptocurrencies: Why Borderless Currencies May Benefit from Borderless Dispute Resolution, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 2017
  • Proposed Guidelines for the Disclosure of Third-Party Funding Arrangements in International Arbitration, American Review of International Arbitration, 2015
  • Women Trailblazers in the Law: The New Zealand Women Judges Oral Histories Project, Victoria University of Wellington Law Review, 2014
  • The Vulture Swoops and Devours its Prize: the Unsatisfactory Law of State Immunity in Democratic Republic of Congo v FG Hemisphere Associates LLC, Auckland University Law Review, 2013