Faculty Profile

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Full-time Faculty
Professor of Law; Basket Coordinator for Ethics & Corporate/Social Responsibility; Lee Kong Chian Fellow
Yong Pung How School of Law YPHSL College of Integrative Studies CIS
  • Ph.D. (cum laude), Tilburg University, 2009
  • M.Jur. (with distinction), Oxford University, 2004
  • LL.M. (cum laude), Maastricht University, 2003

Academic Positions Held

Current Appointment:

  • Professor of Law, School of Law, Singapore Management University, Jan 2024

Other Positions

  • Associate Professor of Law, School of Law, Singapore Management University, Jan 2016-Dec 2023
  • Associate Dean (Postgraduate Teaching & Curriculum), School of Law, Singapore Management University, Jul 2017-Jun 2020
  • Director, J.D. Programme, Singapore Management University, Jul 2017-Jun 2020
  • Assistant Professor of Law, School of Law, Singapore Management University, July 2013-Dec 2015
  • Assistant Professor of Law, Maastricht University, 2010-2013 
  • Assistant Professor of Law, Tilburg University, 2008-2010
  • Visiting Scholar, National University of Singapore, 2006
  • Doctoral Researcher, Tilburg University, 2004-2008 

Course Taught in SMU

  • Comparative Legal Systems
  • Constitutions, Cultures and Context

Research Areas / Areas of Specialisation

  • Engagement with constitutional rules and values outside the courtroom
  • Constitutional courts
  • Transnational judicial dialogues
  • Comparative pedagogy and methodology

Current Projects

  • Framework for extra-judicial constitutional interpretation
  • Participatory constitution-making in small states
  • Cultivating constitutional literacy and identity

Selected Publications

  • "Non-Judicial Constitutional Interpretation: The Netherlands" in D Law (ed), Constitutionalism in Context (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020) (forthcoming)
  • "Glocalized constitution-making in the twenty-first century: evidence from Asia" (2019) 9 Global Constitutionalism 297-331 (with Bui Ngoc Son)
  • "Constitutional judges as agents for development" (2019) 12 Law and Development Review 691-722
  • "We All Stand Together – The Role of the Association of Asian Constitutional Courts and Equivalent Institutions in Promoting Constitutionalism" (2016) 3 Asian Journal of Law and Society 105-13
  • "A Critical Assessment of the Role of the Venice Commission in Processes of Domestic Constitutional Reform" (2015) 63 American Journal of Comparative Law 701-46
  • "Constitutional Review in Europe – A Comparative Analysis" (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2014)