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Z.J. Jennifer Lim is a litigation associate whose practice focuses on international dispute resolution and arbitration. In 2019 she was recognized as a Future Leader in international arbitration by Who’s Who Legal (2020), an edition focused on a selection of outstanding attorneys aged 45 or under.

Ms. Lim joined Debevoise in the New York Office in 2013 and transferred to the firm's Hong Kong office in June 2016. From 2012 to 2013, she clerked for Judge Hisashi Owada and Judge Leonid Skotnikov at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands. Ms. Lim 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, Ms. Lim 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.

Ms. Lim is a co-author of the Hong Kong chapter in the GAR publication, The Guide to Challenging and Enforcing Arbitration Awards - First Edition (June, 2019) and the chapter on “Investment Treaty Arbitration in the Asia-Pacific,” as part of The Asia-Pacific Arbitration Review (2019 and 2020 editions). She is also a co-author of “Iura Novit Curia in Hong Kong Arbitration Law” in the book “Iura Novit Curia in International Arbitration,” edited by Franco Ferrari and Giuditta Cordero-Moss and published by Juris (March, 2018) and Model Extradition Treaty published by the International Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association (March, 2017). Other articles include “GAR Know-How – Enforcement: Hong Kong Chapter,” Global Arbitration Review Know-How Series (April, 2018); “A new kind of risk? Recent approaches to country risk in the valuation of damages,” Arbitration News (February, 2016) and “Perenco v. Ecuador Deters 2nd-Guessing Arbitration Tribunal,” Law360 (May, 2015).

Ms. Lim is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. She is a member of the ICC Task Force “Addressing Issues of Corruption in International Arbitration” and a member of the HK45 Committee for the 2018-2020 term. 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.


  • Columbia Law School, 2012, J.D.
  • University College London, 2012, Bachelor of Laws

Bar Admissions

  • New York