Brief Bio

Michael Ewing-Chow is an Associate Professor and the WTO Chair at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (NUS). He has a 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, UNCTAD, 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. Michael also 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.


EWING-CHOW, Michael and LOSARI, Junianto James. “A Clash of Treaties: The Lawfulness of Countermeasures in International Trade Law and International Investment Law”
Journal of World Investment & Trade 16 (2015) 274-313

EWING-CHOW, Michael and LOSARI, Junianto James. “Which is to be the Master? Extra-Arbitral Interpretative Procedures for IIAs”
Jean E. Kalicki and Anna Joubin-Bret (eds), Reshaping the Investor-State Dispute Settlement System: Journeys for the 21st Century (Brill Nijhoff 2015), 91-114

EWING-CHOW, Michael, LOSARI, Junianto James and VILARASAU SLADE, Melania. “The facilitation of trade by the rule of law: the cases of Singapore and ASEAN”
Connecting to Global Market (Geneva: WTO Publications, 2014) | Marion Jansen, M.S. Jailab, and Maarten Smeets (eds)

EWING-CHOW, Michael. “Coherence, convergence and consistency in international investment law”
Prospects in International Investment Law and Policy, Roberto Echandi & Pierre Sauve eds. | New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013

EWING-CHOW, Michael and ANTONI, Alvaro. “Trade and Investment Convergence and Divergence: Revisiting the North American Sugar War”
Latin American Journal of International Trade Law | Vol. 1, Issue 1, Year 2013 p. 315

EWING-CHOW, Michael, GOH, Alex W. S. and KOLSE PATIL, Akshay “Are Asian WTO Members Using the WTO DSU ‘Effectively’?”
Journal of International Economic Law 2013

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)

Michael Ewing-Chow “Thesis, Antithesis and Synthesis: Investor Protection in BITs, WTO and FTAs” University of New South Wales Law Journal (2007)

Courses taught at CTLS

  • Core Course: Transnational Law and Global Governance (Fall 2015)
  • World Trade Law (Fall 2015)