Hyunjung Lee

  • Senior Foreign Attorney
  • T. +82-2-3404-6996
  • F. +82-2-3404-0802
  • E. hyunjung.lee@bkl.co.kr


Hyunjung Lee is a senior foreign attorney and her main practice areas include international arbitration and international litigation.

Prior to joining Bae, Kim & Lee LLC, Ms. Lee worked as legal counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague, the Netherlands, where her main responsibility was acting as tribunal secretary in arbitrations conducted by the PCA, assisting the PCA secretary-general in the appointment of arbitrators, and handling matters relating to PCA member states. Prior to that, Ms. Lee was a senior attorney in the Legal Department of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C., where she focused on Latin America's development projects. Ms. Lee also worked at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, a law firm in New York, and Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, S.C., a law firm in Mexico City. Ms. Lee received an LL.B. (cum laude) from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico in 2005, and an LL.M. (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar) from Columbia Law School in New York in 2006. She was admitted to the Mexico Bar (2005) and New York Bar (2007). Having been raised in Mexico, she is a native speaker of Spanish. She is also fluent in English and has conversational knowledge of French and Korean.

Representative Experience

2019-Present Bae, Kim & Lee LLC
2013-2019 Legal Counsel, Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), The Hague, the Netherlands
2008-2013 Senior Foreign Attorney, Legal Department, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Washington D.C.
2006-2008 Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, New York
2003-2005 Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, S.C., Mexico City
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2022-Present Mediator, Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC)

Representative Matters

Tribunal Secretary in PCA-administered UNCITRAL ad hoc arbitration between South American Silver Limited (Bermudian subsidiary of a Canadian mining company) and the Plurinational State of Bolivia under the UK-Bolivia BIT
Tribunal Secretary in PCA-administered UNCITRAL ad hoc arbitration between individual investors in the food industry and Venezuela under the Spain-Venezuela BIT
Tribunal Secretary in PCA-administered UNCITRAL ad hoc arbitration between a Filipino water utility company and the Republic of the Philippines
Represented a Korean airline company in an ICC international arbitration
Advised, and provided management services to, a Korean insurance company in US arbitration and litigation proceedings between its US subsidiary and various US insurance companies


2006 Columbia Law School (LL.M., Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)
2005 Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (LL.B.)

Selected Activities

Asian Legal Business - Korean Super 30 Lawyers (2021)


2007 New York
2005 Mexico

Awards and Recognition

Awards and Recognition