Centre for International Law

CIL Associates’ Bios

Assoc Prof Michael EWING-CHOW
Assoc Prof Michael EWING-CHOW
Associate Professor, NUS Faculty of Law

Telephone: (65) 6516 3623
E-mail: lawmec@nus.edu.sg

Michael Ewing-Chow is an Associate Professor and WTO Chair at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (NUS) as well as the Head, Trade/Investment Law & Policy at the Centre for International Law (CIL), NUS. He has First Class Honours degree in law from NUS and a Masters from Harvard Law School. Michael worked in Allen & Gledhill before joining NUS where he started the first World Trade Law course in Singapore and was involved in the negotiations for some of Singapore’s early FTAs. He has been a consultant to the Singapore Government, the ADB, ASEAN, the UN, the World Bank and the WTO. Michael has advised government officials all over the world on trade and investment law as well as corporate governance. He also assisted the Singapore Company Law Reform and Frameworks Committee in 2001 with a major overhaul of corporate law and in 2008 was appointed to a Working Group of the Steering Committee to review of the Companies Act. He has taught in a number of universities in Asia, Europe and Latin America and was a Fellow at NYU. Michael also volunteers with NGOs and co-founded aidha, an NGO which provides financial education and microfinance opportunities for domestic migrant workers. For his work, he was the awarded the Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2007. He has received several Teaching Excellence Awards and was awarded the Inspiring Mentor Award in 2009.


LLM (Harvard), LLB (NUS) Advocate & Solicitor (Singapore)


  • Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Asian Journal of International Law
  • Executive Committee Member, Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law

Research Interests

  • International trade (WTO, NAFTA, Singapore’s bilateral FTAs)
  • Public international law
  • Human rights
  • Legal education
  • Jurisprudence
  • Company Law
  • Corporate Finance
  • Labour Law

Selected Publications

  1. Michael Ewing-Chow, “Investor Protection in Free Trade Agreements : Lessons from North America”. Singapore Journal of International & Comparative Law 5 (2001) 748
  2. Michael Ewing-Chow “Southeast Asia and Free Trade Agreements: WTO Plus or Bust?” Singapore Year Book of International Law VIII (2004) 193
  3. Michael Ewing-Chow “First Do No Harm: Rethinking Trade Sanctions and Human Rights in the context of Myanmar and the WTO” Journal of International Human Rights (2007)
  4. Michael Ewing-Chow “Thesis, Antithesis and Synthesis: Investor Protection in BITs, WTO and FTAs” University of New South Wales Law Journal (2007)
  5. Meetings in Walter Woon on Company Law (3rd ed.,Tan Cheng Han ed. 2005)
  6. Tjio and Ewing-Chow, “Providing Assistance for Financial Assistance”. Singapore Journal of Legal Studies (2006) 465