Dharshini Prasad

Senior Associate

Prasad, Dharshini

Dharshini Prasad is a senior associate in the Litigation/Controversy Department, and is a member of the International Arbitration Practice Group. Ms. Prasad has advised States, State entities and private sector firms on commercial, investment and international law issues in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Latin America. Ms. Prasad has also represented clients in institutional and ad hoc arbitrations (under the ICC, SIAC and UNCITRAL arbitration rules) sited in various jurisdictions and across a range of industries, including oil and gas, mining, manufacturing and technology licensing.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Prasad worked in a leading law firm in Singapore where her practice focused on international arbitration and litigation. Ms. Prasad has also worked in the United Nations International Law Commission in Geneva on issues of international law, including the immunity of State officials and the scope and application of most-favoured nation clauses.

Professional Activities

Ms. Prasad is a member of Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs), the LCIA Young International Arbitration Group, Young Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum and Arbitral Women.

Publications & News


February 28, 2018

The Choice of a Foreign Seat in Domestic Disputes – An Opportunity for one More Step Forward in India’s Journey to Establish itself as an Arbitration Friendly Jurisdiction?

An article by Duncan Speller and Dharshini Prasad, published in the Indian Journal of Arbitration Law, Volume 6, Issue 2 (January 2018). The article discusses conflicting Indian case law on whether domestic parties can choose a foreign seat. It also provides a comparative and policy perspective on the issue before concluding that the ability of domestic parties to choose a foreign seat should not be fettered.

December 19, 2017

Singapore International Arbitration Centre Proposal on Cross-Institution Consolidation Protocol

On 19 December 2017, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre ('SIAC”) released a proposal on cross-institution cooperation for the consolidation of international arbitral proceedings.

December 18, 2017

The 'Close Connection' Test and State Counterclaims in Investment Arbitration - When is 'Close' Close Enough?

This article, authored by Dharshini Prasad and featured in Magna Charta magazine, explores the rationale and evolution of the "close connection" test, why the restrictive approach to assessing "close connection" is incorrect, and the positive implications of the decision in Urbaser v Argentina.

August 7, 2017

Singapore – Trends and Developments

A chapter by Gary Born, Jonathan Lim and Dharshini Prasad, included in the 2017 edition of the Chambers International Arbitration Legal Practice Guide.

July 10, 2017

Bilateral Arbitration Treaties at the 50th Anniversary of UNCITRAL

At the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Congress, Gary Born, chair of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP's International Arbitration Group, discussed his proposal for a new form of international arbitration through BATs.

April 19, 2017

SIAC Investment Arbitration Rules (2017)—An Overview

Jonathan Lim and Dharshini Prasad discuss the specific aspects of the SIAC IA Rules and their significance. This article was first published on Lexis®PSL Arbitration on 19 April 2017.

January 25, 2017

New SIAC Investment Arbitration Rules

The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) recently published a new set of Investment Arbitration Rules (the Rules or the SIAC IA Rules), which entered into force on 1 January 2017. The Rules—the first of their kind by a private arbitral institution—are a specialized set of arbitration rules catered to investment disputes involving States, State-controlled entities or intergovernmental organizations, whether arising out of a contract, treaty or statute.

November 11, 2016

Sanum v. Laos (Part II): The Singapore Court of Appeal Affirms Tribunal's Jurisdiction Under the PRC-Laos BIT

In part two of this two-part Kluwer Arbitration Blog post, Gary Born, Jonathan Lim and Dharshini Prasad provide comments on the judgment and its significance, including its impact on future Singapore court proceedings involving investment arbitration awards and future disputes involving PRC treaties.

November 10, 2016

Sanum v. Laos (Part I): The Singapore Court of Appeal Affirms Tribunal's Jurisdiction Under the PRC-Laos BIT

In part one of this two-part Kluwer Arbitration Blog post, Gary Born, Jonathan Lim and Dharshini Prasad summarize the Sanum Investments Ltd. v Government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic dispute and the court's holding.

July 29, 2016

International Arbitration Client Alert: 2016 SIAC Rules

On 1 August 2016, the sixth edition of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre's (“SIAC”) rules will enter into force (“2016 SIAC Rules”), applying to arbitrations commenced on or after that date. They replace the 2013 SIAC Rules.


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LLM, International Legal Studies, New York University School of Law, 2015

LLB, with Honors, National University of Singapore, 2012

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