Z.J. JENNIFER LIM focuses her practice on international dispute resolution and arbitration. She has represented clients in investor-state and commercial arbitrations, including proceedings conducted under the ICSID, ICSID (Additional Facility), and UNCITRAL Rules, as well as ICC, HKIAC, SIAC and LCIA arbitrations seated in Hong Kong, Singapore and New York. She also has broad experience advising on general transnational litigation matters, including arbitration-related court proceedings and complex cross-border disputes. Since 2019, she has been recognized as a “Future Leader” in international arbitration by Who’s Who Legal, a publication focused on a selection of outstanding lawyers aged 45 or under. Jennifer has also been listed by Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides 2021 as one of the “Rising Stars” in commercial arbitration.
Prior to joining Sidley, Jennifer worked in the New York and Hong Kong offices of another global law firm. She also served as a law clerk to Judge Hisashi Owada and Judge Leonid Skotnikov at the International Court of Justice, The Hague, the Netherlands. Jennifer received a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a James Kent Scholar, recipient of the David Berger Memorial Prize, and a senior editor of the American Review of International Arbitration. She received an LL.B. with First Class Honors from University College London in 2012. While in law school, Jennifer participated in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, and remains the only person in the history of the competition to receive the Stephen M. Schwebel Award for “Best Oralist in the Championship Round” for two years in a row.
Jennifer is a member of the ICC Task Force “Addressing Issues of Corruption in International Arbitration” and a member of the YSIAC Committee for the 2021-2022 term. From 2018 to 2020, she served on the HK45 Committee. From 2014 to 2016, she was a member of the International Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association. She also served on the Program Committee for the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law.
Jennifer is bilingual in English and Mandarin Chinese.