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John Savage QC

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John Savage QC is a partner in King & Spalding’s International Arbitration group. He splits his time between the firm’s London and Singapore offices.  He has 25 years’ experience representing governments, corporations and high-net-worth individuals in over 180 international arbitrations. These include many corporate, construction, energy and investment treaty disputes, with an emphasis on the oil & gas, mining and power sectors.  Mr. Savage’s cases have involved a variety of applicable laws, venues, arbitration rules and subject matters. 

Mr. Savage has a global practice and has been based in Asia, Europe and the United States at different times in his career.  Among other accolades, he has been described in the legal directories as “a tremendously effective advocate and a fine arbitrator” with “real global stature in arbitration”.

In addition to his work as counsel, Mr. Savage has been appointed chairman of the tribunal, sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator in more than 30 commercial and investment treaty arbitrations taking place around the world.  He is a director of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and one of two Vice-Presidents of the SIAC Court of Arbitration. He is a Queen's Counsel in England and Wales and was one of the first foreign lawyers to gain rights of audience at the Singapore International Commercial Court.

Selected Professional & Business Activities

  • Director and Vice President of the Court, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)

  • Council Member, Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA)

  • Vice-Chair, Arbitration Committee, International Bar Association (2013-2015)

  • Expert Adviser to the Singapore Government Delegation to the UNCITRAL Working Group on Arbitration (2010-2013)

  • Member of Law Advisory Council, National University of Singapore

  • Member of School of Law Advisory Board, Singapore Management University

  • Member of arbitrator panels of ACICA, BAC, CIETAC, HKIAC, ICDR, KCAB, KLRCA, SHIAC and SIAC

  • Professorial Lecturer on the Law of International Commercial Arbitration, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. (2010)

  • Speaker or panel chair at dozens of seminars and conferences on international arbitration

Selected Publications

  • Co-author, International Arbitration and Mediation: A Practical Guide, Kluwer (2010)

  • Co-editor, Fouchard Gaillard Goldman On International Commercial Arbitration,  Kluwer (1999)

  • “Chinese Investment Treaties and the Opportunities Offered by Most-Favoured-Nation Provisions”, N. Rubins (ed.), Investment Arbitration Decisions, Juris Publishing, 2011 (previously published in Stockholm International Arbitration Review, 2008/3) (co-author)

  • “Chapter 17 – Investment Treaty Arbitration”, in Asian Leading Arbitrators’ Guide to International Arbitration, M. Pryles and M.J. Moser, Eds., Juris Net (2007)

  • “Investment Treaty Arbitration and Asia: Review of Developments in 2005 and 2006”, 3 Asian International Arbitration Journal 1 (2007)

  • “The New Generation of China BITs: Will More Investor Protection Mean More Arbitration?”, The Asia Pacific Arbitration Review 2007 (co-author)

  • “Family Ties: When Arbitration Agreements Bind Non-Signatory Affiliate Companies”, Asian Dispute Review 16 (2003) (co-author)

  • “Investment Treaty Arbitration and Asia: Survey and Comment”, 1 Asian International Arbitration Journal 3 (2005)

  •  “ICSID Ad Hoc Committee Conditions Stay of Enforcement on Posting of Security”, 18 Mealey’s International Arbitration Report (October 2003)

Final Examination of the Law Society, First Class Honours, Guildhall University, London
Maîtrise en droit privé, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne
LL.B., King's College, University of London, UK

England & Wales (Queen's Counsel)
France (Avocat)
Singapore (Registered Foreign Lawyer)