Prof. Locknie Hsu

Professor of Law

Singapore Management University

Locknie Hsu is a full Professor of Law at the School of Law, Singapore Management University. She received her legal training at the National University of Singapore and Harvard University, and is a member of the Singapore Bar. She was previously attached to Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry to assist in international trade law work.

Locknie specializes in international trade and investment law, including areas such as trade issues in the digital economy/Industry 4.0, trade facilitation, e-commerce, cross-border dispute settlement, free trade agreements, ASEAN economic integration and SME issues, trade and public health, and sovereign wealth funds. She has published extensively and a recent book, Trade, Investment, Innovation and their Impact on Access to Medicines – An Asian Perspective, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016.

On 22 March 2018, the Final Report on “Improving Connectivity Between ASEAN’s Legal Systems to Address Commercial Issues” was launched in Singapore. This landmark Report, which contains important recommendations for furthering the ASEAN Economy Community’s objectives, was the result of a university-funded research project led by Locknie. It has already garnered strong positive feedback and attention from various policy-makers and business decision-makers.

Locknie was one of two amici curiae (impartial experts) appointed by the Singapore Court of Appeal during 2015-16 to provide an expert legal opinion in a significant cross-border investment treaty dispute.

She is a Research Fellow in the International Academy of the Belt and Road (Hong Kong) and a member of the Advisory Panel of the Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.

In the ASEAN Law Association, Locknie has been Chair of the Trade and Investment Group, a member of the Legal Harmonization Working Group, and a member of the Singapore National Committee’s Executive Council.

In the International Law Association, she is a co-rapporteur of the Committee on Sustainable Development and the Green Economy in International Trade Law and a member of the FTA Study Group.  She is also the Director of Studies in the Singapore Branch.

Locknie is a member of the Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed Journal of World Investment and Trade. She has been invited to speak at numerous international conferences, including those on international trade, digital economy legal problems and dispute settlement, and has also done work for international bodies such as the World Trade Organization, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.