George Lim Teong Jin

George Lim is a Senior Counsel and served as President of the Law Society of Singapore between 1998 - 1999.  Currently, he sits on the Boards of the Singapore Mediation Centre, Singapore International Mediation Centre, International Mediation Institute, Singapore Institute of Legal Education, and the Pro Bono Management Committee of the Law Society.  George also serves on the ADR Advisory Council of the State Courts of Singapore, as well as the Advisory Council of the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore.  In 2005, George was awarded a Public Service Medal for his contributions to the legal profession.  In November 2013, the Law Society of Singapore honoured George with the CC Tan Award, which is given to a member of the Society who exemplifies the virtues of honesty, fair play and personal integrity.

George sits on the Panel of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), and is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. He is also on the Arbitration Panels of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration, the Singapore Institute of Architects and the Law Society of Singapore.  George has presided over international and domestic cases relating to construction, contractual, partnership and commercial disputes as arbitrator.  He has chaired an appellate tribunal under the Gas Act, Singapore, pursuant to an appointment by the Minister of Trade & Industry.  Since 2003, George has been the Dispute Resolution Counsellor for the National Electricity Market of Singapore.  In 2013, he was appointed to the Panel of Conciliators of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), a leading international arbitration institution providing facilities for arbitration and conciliation of international investment disputes under the World Bank Group.

George received his training in mediation at CEDR, UK and Harvard Law School. He is a certified mediator with the International Mediation Institute. In 1997, George helped to set up the Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC). He conducts mediations regularly at the SMC, and has successfully mediated many complex commercial and cross-border disputes.  As part of SMC’s training faculty, George has helped to train judges, lawyers and professionals in mediation for the Thai Judiciary, Bar Council of Malaysia, Fiji Supreme Court and Ministry of Employment, Productivity & Industrial Relations, High Court of Nigeria, Philippine Judicial Academy, Hong Kong Healthcare Authority, Dubai Courts, Dubai International Financial Centre, Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution and the Myanmar Judiciary.

George served as the first Chairman of the Asian Mediation Association (2009-10).  In 2011, he was appointed to the Board of the IMI, an international body which promotes professionalism in mediation. In 2013, George co-chaired a Working Group appointed by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon and the Ministry of Law to make recommendations on developing Singapore into a Centre for International Commercial Mediation.  In March 2014, he was appointed the Deputy Chairman of the Singapore International Mediation Centre.

In 2014, George was identified by The International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation as being among 298 of the world’s leading commercial mediators.  He is the co-editor of Mediation in Singapore: A Practical Guide, which was launched by Chief Justice Menon in March 2015.