About Andrew Wei-Min Lee
Andrew Wei-Min Lee is the Chief China Representative for JAMS. Based in Shanghai, he directs company’s China activities and promotes the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution for Sino-American commercial disputes.
Born in Australia and ethnically Chinese, 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. Multiple years of successful litigation bankrupted many of the Australian rural community, and led Mr. Lee to search for 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. By doing so, Mr. Lee became convinced that mediation was a way to obtain both commercially acceptable results and help keep rural communities on the land.
Subsequently, Mr. Lee studied ADR pedagogy and training 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, followed by working as an attorney in Geneva for a non-government organization using negotiation techniques to oppose torture and bring due process to the incarcerated. He continued work for this organization in China, where he opened the Beijing office.
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 dialogue is the best way forward.
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
Over the course of his career Mr. Lee has represented clients in:
- Commercial mediations in Australia
- Criminal procedure mediations in China