Edwina Kwan


Sydney, Australia

Edwina is an international law specialist with a focus on regional Asian cross-border dispute resolution.

Edwina has extensive experience in international arbitration, commercial dispute resolution, private and public international law, and risk mitigation. Edwina also advises clients on business and human rights, and global compliance, due diligence and governance relating to climate change, anti-bribery and corruption and modern slavery.

Edwina is recognised for her ability to achieve successful dispute resolution results, and has substantial experience before international arbitral tribunals and courts. Edwina acts as counsel and advocate in arbitrations in all the major global arbitral institutions and advises private clients, governments, and state-owned entities on their international legal obligations across a range of sectors.

In the field of ESG, Edwina helps boards, executives and corporate leaders to capitalise on commercial opportunities, whilst ensuring responsible business practices. Her knowledge and strategic counsel in risk mitigation, particularly across climate change risk (including litigation), human rights, and corporate accountability, is highly regarded by clients. As a passionate advocate, Edwina has also represented individuals and communities across numerous social justice projects.

Edwina is qualified to practice law in Hong Kong and Australia. Currently based in Sydney, she has also gained valuable experience working in Beijing, Hong Kong and Perth. Edwina's working languages are English and Mandarin.

Edwina co-founded the China Young Arbitration Group in Beijing, and has lectured at Tsinghua University Master of Laws Program in International Arbitration & Dispute Settlement in Beijing, as well as the University of NSW and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Diploma in International Arbitration. Edwina has been recognised for her expertise in Who's Who Legal in International Arbitration and Doyle's Leading Arbitration Lawyers Australia.

Edwina’s work highlights include:

  • Australian mining company in successful investment treaty arbitration against India
  • Chinese State owned nuclear power company in a Singapore seated ICC arbitration arising from a joint venture dispute concerning a third generation nuclear power plant
  • Vietnamese mining company in a US$150 million SIAC arbitration against an Australian engineering company relating to the design and procurement of a mine and mineral processing plant in Vietnam, and follow-on enforcement proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia
  • Global energy company on climate related disclosures and preparation of its first Climate Report
  • Australian financial institution on its climate and human rights obligations in respect of funding of new energy projects
  • Chinese SOE in a Hong Kong seated ICC arbitration arising from a $100m e-commerce dispute with an Australian company
  • UNICEF EAPRO in the development and preparation of its regional legal empowerment strategy to advance children’s climate and environmental justice
  • Government department on its renewable energy plan, including structuring to ensure compliance with international trade law obligations
  • Australian energy company in the enforcement of a USD6 billion investment treaty award against Pakistan
  • Cross-sector clients across numerous industries on human rights related disclosures, including under modern slavery reporting regimes, in respect of compliance with law, guidance and international standards
  • Global investment banks and private equity investors in conducting due diligence and advising on contractual arrangements in respect of bribery, corruption and modern slavery risks arising across a multitude of transactions across the mining, health, food and cosmetics sectors

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