Andrew Wei-Min Lee 2019-06-10T19:37:33+00:00

ANDREW WEI-MIN LEE

Senior Fellow – China / Australia

For the past four years, Andrew Wei-Min Lee served as the Chief China Representative for JAMS, based in Shanghai, during which time he promoted the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution for Sino-American commercial disputes. In May 2019, he relocated to Australia and took up a senior position with Asialink Business, Australia’s leading thinktank on Australia-Asia relations.

About Andrew Wei-Min Lee

For the past four years, Andrew has been the Chief China Representative for JAMS, based in Shanghai. He has been promoting the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution for Sino-American commercial disputes. In 2019 May, he relocated to Australia and took up a senior position with Asialink Business, Australia’s leading thinktank on Australia-Asia relations. He now is responsible for training Australian senior government officials and executives on negotiation and dispute resolution skills with Asian counterparts.

Ethnically Chinese and born in Australia, Mr. Lee began his career as a commercial attorney in Sydney, representing large financial institutions against farmers facing financial difficulty, due to a long Australian drought. As a result of multiple years of successful litigation, he bankrupted many of the Australian rural community. Whilst professionally successful, he found this path difficult and explored alternative methods for resolving such disputes. He changed employers and began representing debt-laden farmers, finding creative ways for them to remain employed, while providing lenders the security that debts would be repaid. Mr. Lee became convinced that mediation was a way to obtain both commercially acceptable results and help keep rural communities on the land.

Mr. Lee looked overseas and studied ADR pedagogy as a Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation. He studied international arbitration at The Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands. He moved to Geneva where he worked for a Swiss non-government organization in partnership with the Chinese Ministry of Justice in bringing due process to the incarcerated facing the death penalty. He relocated to China and was responsible for opening the Beijing office of this NGO.

Later, he opened his own center in Beijing to promote negotiation and ADR as tools to achieve better commercial results in China. He served as a lecturer in negotiation at Peking University and was an invited guest speaker at major universities across China including: Tsinghua, Renmin, Zhejiang and Fudan University. His work in ADR has been reported in the Beijing Today newspaper, and he has been interviewed on Radio Beijing.

Mr. Lee believes that successfully developing ADR in China requires combining a sophisticated understanding of business realities, a deep appreciation of Chinese culture, and a passionate belief that peaceful resolution through mediation is the best way forward.

After 20 years in Asia, with the majority of that being in China, Mr. Lee has relocated to Melbourne, Australia. Australia is his country of birth. China is the blood of his ancestors. He personally embodies modern multi-culturalism and is passionate about using his talents and experience for diplomatic and commercial bridge-building between Australia and China.

Litigation Practice

Mr. Lee’s litigation practice has concentrated on common law jurisdictions with a focus on:

  • Commercial law, especially banking debtor lender disputes
  • Land use law, especially water management and use
  • Constitutional law, and the rights of stateless-asylum seekers in Australia

Mediation Practice

Over the course of his career Mr. Lee has represented clients in:

  • Commercial mediations in Australia
  • Criminal procedure mediations in China
ADR Achievements and Training

  • Fellow, Weinstein JAMS International Fellowship Program (2011)
  • Fellow, Gould Center for Conflict Resolution, Stanford Law School (2011)
  • Fellow, Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School (2002)

ADR Teaching and Mentoring

  • Consulting and training in ADR and commercial negotiation in China for over 10 years
  • Senior Lecturer at Peking University in Negotiation and ADR

Publications and Education

Publications

“Clash on the Construction Site: A study of real estate negotiations and disputes in China” in Love L. & Parker G. Stories Mediators Tell – World Edition (2017) American Bar Association.

Mediation in The People’s Republic of Chinain Schonewille, M. The Variegated Landscape of Mediation (2014) Eleven International Publishing.

“Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Negotiator: analyzing Chinese characters and their importance to modern negotiation pedagogy” in Hamline University Journal of Public Law and Policy (2010) Vol 31(2), pp 551-568.

“Teaching Negotiation: Hosting a Negotiation Pedagogy Workshop for Colleagues from Peking Law School” in Harvard Negotiation Pedagogy Newsletter (2008).

“Negotiating Environmental Conflict Resolution in East Asia: Cases and Perspectives” in

ACResolution  – Journal of the American Association for Conflict Resolution (2007) (with Dong-Young Kim and Masahiro Matsuura).

“談判教學新思 – Rethinking Negotiation Teaching: Innovations for Context and Culture” (2007) in DRI Press Hamline University (with Vivian Feng Ying Yu, Christopher Honeyman, James Cohen, Giuseppe De Palo).

“破羅伯特規則 – Breaking Robert’s Rules” (Mandarin version) (2006) China Social Sciences Academic Press (with Lawrence Susskind and Vivian Feng Ying Yu).

Educational Qualifications

  • LL.M, Peking University (2008)
  • Certificate in International Law, The Hague Academy of International Law, Netherlands (2003)
  • Bachelor of Law (First Class Honors), Sydney University (2001)
  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology) (First Class Honors) from Adelaide University, (1998)

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