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Zen Chang

LL.B.(Hons)(ANU); B.IR.(ANU); Cert. (Harvard); LL.M.(Int'l Law)(Distinction)(Sydney)


Zen is a recent graduate at the University of Sydney with a Master of International Law (Distinction). Zen obtained a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of International Relations from the Australian National University, and a Certificate of Mastery (Political Philosophy) from Harvard University.

Zen has worked with numerous leading law firms, which include Clifford Chance, Norton Rose Fulbright, King & Wood Mallesons, and Drew & Napier. Zen has also worked for Schlumberger, a Fortune Global 500 Company. Furthermore, Zen volunteers with the United Nations Association of Australia. During his studies, Zen was the semi-finalist for the Australian Red Cross Laws of War essay writing competition.

Zen has published in a leading American international law journal on the interaction between cyberwarfare and the law of armed conflict . Zen is a Friend of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition and actively judges moots and advocates for various causes in his free time. 

Zen’s legal interests cover a range of subject matters in international law, including law of armed conflict, military law, cyberwar in international law, autonomous weapons system in international law, law of the sea, the use of force , state responsibility, and international dispute resolution. 

Zen is highly proficient in English and Mandarin Chinese.


Mar 2017May 2018

Master of International Law (Distinction)

University of Sydney
  • Invited to attend the Junior Scholar's Workshop in the 6th Biennial Conference organised by Asian Society of International Law.

Bachelor of Laws (Hons) / Bachelor of International Relations

Australian National University
  • Double-Degree Program.
  • Law Honours Program.
  • International Security Specialisation.
  • Political Science Minor.
  • Student Advisor of UniVirtual-Clinic for International Students.
  • Semi-Finalist in the Australian Red Cross Laws of War Writing Competition.

Work History

Nov 2015May 2016

Research Associate

Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission, Solicitor-General's Department, Australia
  • Conducted research pertaining to South Australia's participation in nuclear fuel cycle consistent with international and municipal law.
Jul 2015Aug 2015

Litigation and Dispute Management Clerkship

Drew & Napier LLC, Singapore
  • Advised on international arbitration, with emphasis on debt enforcement and insolvency litigation.
Jan 2015Feb 2015

In-House Legal

OCBC Bank, Singapore
  • Advised on structuring and documenting issues of debt instruments for the bank and for the clients of the bank.
  • Advised the bank in relation to legal, structuring and documentation of credit linked debts, including credit linked notes, repackaging vehicles, CLOs and CDOs, collateralized debt issuance.
  • Advised on internal funding, capital injections, liquidations, structured finance and structuring options.
  • Attended the ISDA Asia-Pacific Legal & Regulatory Committee Conference.
Nov 2014Dec 2014

In-House Legal

Schlumberger, Beijing, China
  • Advised contractual issues including maritime law issues
  • Gained valuable network within the Chinese oil and gas industry (e.g. Sinopec Group, China National Petroleum, AntonOil etc.) as well as Chinese Government Officials.
  • Mentored by Mr. Chris Chi, General Counsel (China & North Asia).
Jan 2014March 2014

Legal Intern

King & Wood Mallesons, Qingdao, China
  • Advised on international securities law with Chinese companies and the Chinese government.
  • Presented a topic titled "International Securities Regulation" to the Chinese government and the firm. 
  • Mentored by Ms. Li Ping, Managing Partner.
Dec 2013Dec 2013

Legal Intern

Clifford Chance LLP, Singapore
  • Gave a talk to the members of UK Singapore Law Students' Society about the importance of networking.
Jun 2013Jul 2013

Legal Intern

Norton Rose Fulbright, Singapore
  • Assisted Partners in asset finance and leasing transactions representing airlines (including regional flag carriers), shipping companies, export credit agencies, major financial institutions, leasing companies and private investors.
  • Actively involved in numerous multi-million dollar transactions, some even amounting to USD$1 billion.
Mar 2009Mar 2011

Corporal (First Class)

Singapore Armed Forces
  • Logistics Training Administrator at Army Logistics Training Institute.
  • Wrote articles for the Ministry of Defence.
  • Represented the Singapore Armed Forces in dealing with foreign delegates.
Nov 2008Feb 2009

Legal Intern

Martin & Partners, Singapore
  • Mentored by Roderick Edward Martin SC.