Ast. Professor Mahdev Mohan ASIArb

Ast. Professor Mahdev Mohan ASIArb


Mahdev specializes in international law and international arbitration. He has worked with Senior Counsel to represent sovereigns, multi-nationals and other clients on a range of disputes, including commercial and investment arbitration, commercial crime, and banking law. He completed his Master’s at Stanford Law School on a Fulbright Scholarship, and is an Assistant Professor of Law at the Singapore Management University.


Founding Committee Member, International Law Association (Singapore Branch), 2015
Legal Adviser to the Singapore Ministry of Law, 68th Session of the UN General Assembly (Third Committee), 2014
Member of the 6th Supply of Lawyers Sub-Committee, Singapore Academy of Law (appointed by VK Rajah JA), 2013
Consultant, Criminal Practice Committee, Law Society of Singapore (appointed by President, Law Society), 2013-ongoing.
International Lawyer, UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, 2013 -ongoing.
Nominated Member of the Parliament of Singapore, 2016- ongoing


Academic Fellow, Bellagio Centre, Rockefeller Foundation, 2013.
JSM (Master’s), Stanford Law School, 2009.
LL.B (Hons), National University of Singapore, 2004.

Professional Memberships

Member, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, 2013-ongoing.


French (Basic), Malay (Basic), Tamil (Advanced)


Prosecutor vs Ieng Sary, Nuon Chea & Ors (Case 002/01)

The second t trial (Case 002/01) commenced on 21 November 2011, primarily focusing on alleged crimes against humanity related to the forced movement of the population from Phnom Penh and later from other regions, and execution of Khmer Republic soldiers at Toul Po Chrey execution site immediately after the Khmer Rouge takeover in 1975. It also considers the roles of the Accused in relation to regime policies relevant to all charges, which will provide a foundation for examining the remaining charges in future trials. On 7 August 2014, the Trial Chamber found Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan were found guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Asian Perspectives on Investment Agreements and Arbitration: An Evolving Marcottage, Yearbook of Investment Law & Policy, (Oxford University Press, 2016)

16th February 2016

An analysis of recent cases and investment agreements in Asia which suggest its progressive evolution towards investment arbitration.

Myanmar – A new law for a new era

31st January 2016

Mahdev Mohan and Clive Myint Soe of Providence Law Asia in Singapore, Hnin Ei Ei Aung of U Tin Yu and Associates in Yangon and Jaya Anil Kumar of Singapore Management University discuss the finer details of Myanmar’s new arbitration law passed at the start of the year.

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Business & Human Rights in Southeast Asia – Risk & the Regulatory Turn (Routledge)

16th December 2015

Bridging theory and practice, the editors have positioned this book at the intersection of human rights and environmental risks, and their effective regulation by States and corporations alike.

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