Charis specialises in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration and public international law.
She is admitted in three jurisdictions (Singapore, England & Wales and New York) and her experience includes investment and commercial arbitrations under the rules of major arbitration institutions, including ICSID, ICC, SIAC and SCC, as well as ad hoc proceedings under UNCITRAL Rules. Charis has also acted for States in high profile cases before the International Court of Justice. Charis is appointed as Counsel and Arbitrator in both commercial arbitration and State-to-State cases.
Charis also advises National Oil Companies (NOCs) and International Oil Companies (IOCs) in both contentious and non-contentious upstream oil and gas matters.
Charis has been recommended by Asia Pacific Legal 500 for international arbitration and named a Future Leader in arbitration by Who’s Who Legal and GAR. An initiative she spearheaded for the training of Government officials was awarded the Asia Pacific FT Innovative Lawyers (social responsibility) award. She is currently a member of the Core Committee of the ICC’s Singapore Arbitration Group and on the Council of the International Law Association (ILA) Singapore branch. Charis is co-editor of the first and only book on Investment Protection in Southeast Asia, A Country-by-Country Guide on Arbitration Laws and Bilateral Investment Treaties (Brill, 2017).
Areas of Expertise
Public International Law
Private International Law
International Investment Law
Joint Ventures / Consortia
Energy & Power
Appointed on a WTO Panel to determine a trade dispute between the European Union (EU) and the United States (US) relating to anti-dumping and countervailing duties
Acting for an Eastern European State in a high-profile commercial arbitration under UNCITRAL Rules arising out of the construction of a trans-border highway, a project worth €1.4 billion
Acting for a South Asian State in an ad hoc UNCITRAL commercial arbitration between an investor and a State in relation to a concession over an airport, in a claim worth more than US$1 billion
Representing an Indonesian oil company in an ICC arbitration for failure to supply gas under a significant contract, resulting in a claim for more than US$500 million
Appointed as a Sole Arbitrator in a SIAC arbitration under the expedited procedure, relating to an exclusive distributorship agreement concerning video games between South Korean and Hong Kong parties
Lead Counsel in an ICC arbitration in a claim brought by a Vietnam-based French investor against an investment company based in Vietnam
Lead Counsel in a SIAC arbitration between a Chinese company and Singapore-based private equity fund relating to investments in the food sector
Acting for a Chinese State-owned entity in a SCC arbitration concerning a consultancy agreement against a Middle Eastern management company in relation to a petrochemical project worth US$750 million
On the Counsel team for Peru in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) case of Peru v. Chile relating to maritime delimitation
On the Counsel team for Colombia in two ICJ cases brought by Nicaragua relating to delimitation of the outer continental shelf and alleged violations of sovereign rights and maritime spaces
Represented a Middle Eastern State in three inter-related ICSID arbitrations relating to investments in ports and customs systems
Acting as Counsel for an Eastern European State in an ICSID arbitration involving a longstanding investment in a motorway in Europe
Partner, Peter & Kim, Singapore (2020 to Present)
Director, DWF LLP, Singapore (2017 to 2019)
Of Counsel, Senior Associate and Associate, Eversheds Sutherland, Singapore and
Paris (2009 to 2017)
Associate and Pupil, Michael Hwang Chambers, Singapore (2007 to 2009)
Bachelor of Laws (Honours), National University of Singapore (2007)
WTO Panellist, World Trade Organization
Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Reserve Panel of Arbitrators
Core Committee member, ICC Singapore Arbitration Group
Council member, International Law Association (ILA), Singapore branch
Committee member, Public and International Law Committee, Singapore Law Society