Elizabeth Chan

Allen & Overy

New Zealand and British

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Oil and gas, energy

English, Cantonese, Mandarin

University of Auckland (BA/LLB(Hons))
Yale Law School (LLM)



Speaker, Moot Alumni Association “Vis Moot Journey Series: How to Ace the Oral Rounds” (22/02/2022)

Host, First Virtual Reality International Arbitration Gathering (27/01/2022)

Speaker, V&T Law Firm Webinar, "Recovery of In-House Costs" (25/01/2022)

Facilitator, Young Mute-Off Thursdays, featuring Patrycja Zoledziewska Kolwas (COFCO International) on "The life cycle of a dispute from the in-house lawyer’s perspective" (20/01/2022)

Facilitator, YIAP-NY webinar as part of NY Arbitration Week, "Getting it Right – Arbitrating in the Post-COVID Virtual Arena" (18/11/2021)

Speaker, Chinese University of Hong Kong Alumni Online Seminar, "Investment Arbitration Basics, from a Hong Kong Perspective" (24/11/2021)

Moderator, CPR International Conference, "Y-ADR Presents: How to Work Effectively with Your In-House Counsel" (6/10/2021)

Moderator, Episode 3 of ARBinBRIEF on Case Management Conferences (13/10/2021)

Speaker, International Arbitration Juniors Clubhouse Talk on "Striking a Balance while Donning Several Hats" (22/09/2021)

Speaker, "Young ICCA Webinar on Emergency Arbitration" (28/07/2021)

Debater, "Juris Presents Fifteenth Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration Series: Should the Global SARS-COVID-19 Pandemic Have No Impact on the Valuation of Expropriations that Occurred Before 2020? Yes or No" (13/05/2021)

Host, CPR Y-ADR Corporate Counsel Interview Series (05/2021-present)

Joint Winner, Delos Dispute Resolution’s Remote Oral Advocacy Programme 2020 (oral advocacy competition with finals appearing before The Honourable Charles N. Brower, Wendy Miles QC and Professor Stephan Schill) (11/12/2020)

Speaker, NYIAC and ICDR Y&I “Networking in the new normal" (1/12/2020)

Speaker, Young Mute-Off Thursdays on "The recovery of in-house legal costs in international arbitration" (10/12/2020)

Co-organiser and Opening Remarks, ERA Pledge YPSC Push for Parity Webinar - Practical Tools for Emerging Arbitrators (23/09/2020)

Speaker, Young Public International Law Group, "Public International Law in the UK, post-Brexit" (23/06/2020)

Speaker, Annual Moot Alumni Association International Commercial Law & Arbitration Conference on Unilateral Clauses (1/04/2020)

Speaker, British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) event on The Belt & Road Initiative and Global Dispute Resolution London Forum (2/5/2019)

Speaker, ICC YAF event at Cambridge Arbitration Day on “How to raise your profile” (15/03/2019)


Investment Treaty Disputes in the Metaverse?, MetaverseLegal, 2022

The Rise of Digital Identities and Their Implications for International Arbitration (co-authored), JURIST.org, 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

Board Member, ArbitralWomen

Co-Director, Young ArbitralWomen Practitioners

Founder - Mandarin Arbitration Salon

Founder, ARBinBRIEF

Founding Committee Member, Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge Young Practitioners' Subcommittee

Member, CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) Young Leaders in Alternative Dispute Resolution (Y-ADR) Steering Committee

Secretary, CPR European Advisory Board

Member, ICC Task Force on Disability Inclusion in International Arbitration

Group Advisor, Young ICCA Mentoring Programme

Administrator, MetaverseLegal

Fellow, CIArb

I help my clients to avoid conflict and resolve disputes so that they can get back to business. I am skilled in using international legal tools to resolve disputes, especially international commercial and investor-State arbitration.

As International Arbitration Counsel, I have represented both investors and foreign governments in arbitrations under many major arbitral rules (including ICC, LCIA, ICDR, ICSID and UNCITRAL), seated in many major arbitral seats (including The Hague, Singapore, London, Geneva, Austria, Hawaii and Washington, DC). I have specialist experience in the oil and gas and renewable energy sectors.

I am ranked as a Future Leader of Who's Who Legal - Arbitration 2022.

Peers and clients say:

"Ms Chan is concise, highly persuasive and incredibly responsive to case demands."

"Ms Chan is courageous but diplomatic, always demonstrating great empathy."

"She is very attentive and client focused."

"She is always willing to run the extra mile, staying positive and never showing signs of stress."

"Elizabeth is able to articulate issues with ease, thinking ahead and out-of-the-box."

I am based in Hong Kong, with global experience and outlook. I was born in Hong Kong, grew up in New Zealand and worked professionally in both of these places, plus New York and London. I am admitted as a Solicitor-Advocate in England and Wales, and am admitted as a New York attorney and New Zealand barrister/solicitor. I obtained my LLM from Yale Law School as a Fulbright Scholar. I speak English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

I care about advancing diversity, especially in my profession. I am a Board Member of ArbitralWomen; a Co-Director of Young ArbitralWomen Practitioners; and a Member of the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge Young Practitioners Subcommittee.

Supporting and upskilling young lawyers is important to me. As part of the CPR Institute’s Young Leaders in Alternative Dispute Resolution, I host a YouTube interview series speaking to in-house counsel and ombuds around the world about the experience with ADR and their career advice for young lawyers. I also love teaching, writing and sharing knowledge.

I am excited about legal tech and am the host of the first international arbitration gathering in virtual reality. This initiative was nominated for a Global Arbitration Review Award 2022: Best Innovation.

I teach the LLM programme in international arbitration at Queen Mary University of London, and previously taught at LSE.

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