1. Please share with us your family background?
- I was born in 1977 in Kompong Cham province. My parents are middle-class vendors. I have three sisters and one brother, and I am the second child. Under the guardianship of my parents, I have had full access to education. I have consistently won scholarships and self-studied, therefore relieving my parents and myself of the financial burden of private tuition fees.
2. Do you have a motivational motto to inspire yourself to be successful with your education and career?
- “Optimism Brings Success”: this means you should always stay positive about what you are doing, and then success will follow.
3. Please share with us your educational background?
- Panhasastra University, PhD., Phnom Penh, Cambodia;
- Panhasastra University, LL.M., Phnom Penh, Cambodia;
- Royal University of Law and Economic Sciences, LL.B., Phnom Penh, Cambodia;
- University of Michigan Law School, Legal Research, Michigan, USA.
4. How have you overcome any challenges during your studies?
- There were a lot of challenges during my study period, but I never marked them as ‘challenges’ as I usually feel very optimistic. In short, I am an optimistic person, so I don’t see anything as a challenge.
5. What are your study achievements?
- I was an outstanding student in Khmer Literature at Wat Phnom Secondary School and in Mathematics at Phnom Daun Penh High School (a.k.a Sisovath High School); I have received many Certificates of Appreciation from the two schools.
- I received a legal research scholarship from University of Michigan Law School in 2001.
- I received Chevening Scholarship to study a Masters Degree in the United Kingdom in 2003. At the same time, I was also selected as a Lawyer, so I decided not to go the United Kingdom. I wanted to be a professional lawyer and locally pursue a Master Degree at Pannasastra University.
6. Please share with us your career path so far and achievements to date?
- I currently work as an active Labour Arbitrator for the Arbitration Council and as a member of Civil Affairs Commission of the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia. I am also an Office Head and Attorney-at-Law to the Asia Cambodia Law Firm partnering with Logos Law LLC (a top ten Korean Law Firms in South Korea) in providing legal services to local and foreign clients especially those who are business companies and financial institutions including Shinhan Khmer Bank, Phnom Penh Commercial Bank, Booyoong Khmer Bank, Tomato Saving, real estate and construction companies i.e. YonWoo Cambodia (Gold Tower 42), Phnom Penh Tower, mainly in the legal fields of contract law, labour law and business law. Besides this, I serve as Deputy President of the National Arbitration Center of Cambodia, a body that works to resolve commercial disputes. However, before serving these current positions, I worked in the legal field with many local and international institutions.
7. How do you feel to be an Arbitrator?
- I feel normal as it is not my main job, as my main job is as a lawyer. You may feel surprised with this response. I work as an Arbitrator to gain experience, to promote the effectiveness of alternative dispute resolution processes and to build credibility with service users.
8. How important do you think independence and transparency are for the Arbitration Council?
- These two elements are of fundamental importance for not only the Arbitration Council but also the whole judicial system.
9. What do you recommend to those who wish to be Arbitrator?
- I won’t convince them to be an Arbitrator, as they should pursue their own goals, not just follow others. Ask yourself, why are you studying law or other majors? You must have a clear goal, there is no such thing as prosperity happening by chance-success can be achieved overnight without a reason.