Faculty Profile

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Yong Pung How School of Law

TAN Seow Hon

Full-time Faculty
Associate Professor of Law
  • SJD, Harvard Law School, 2004
  • LLM, Harvard Law School, 1999
  • LLB (First Class Honours), National University of Singapore, 1997
  • Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore, 2002

Academic Positions Held

Current Appointment:

  • Associate Professor of Law, School of Law, Singapore Management University, Jan 2010-Present

Previous Appointments:

  • Associate Dean (Student, Alumni & Staff Affairs), School of Law, Singapore Management University, Jul 2017-Jun 2019
  • Alumni Relations Director, 2011-Jun 2019
  • Associate Dean (Research), School of Law, Singapore Management University, 2014-2015
  • Member, Singapore Management University Senate, March 2011-March 2013
  • Associate Professor, National University of Singapore, July 2009-Dec 2009
  • Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore, 1999-2009
  • Senior Tutor, National University of Singapore, 1997-1999
  • Clark Byse Fellow, Harvard Law School, 2003-2004
  • Landon Gammon Fellow, Harvard Law School, 1998-1999

Teaching Awards

  • Singapore Management University School of Law Teaching Award 2019-2020
  • Singapore Management University School of Law Teaching Award 2018-2019
  • Singapore Management University School of Law Most Outstanding Teacher Award, 2017-2018
  • Singapore Management University School of Law Teaching Award 2016-2017
  • Singapore Management University School of Law Teaching Award, 2015-2016
  • Singapore Management University Excellent Teacher Award, 2015
  • Singapore Management University School of Law Most Outstanding Teacher Award, 2014-2015
  • Singapore Management University School of Law Teaching Award, 2013-2014
  • Singapore Management University Innovative Teacher Award, 2013
  • Singapore Management University School of Law Most Outstanding Teacher Award, 2012-2013
  • Singapore Management University School of Law Teaching Award, 2011-2012
  • National University of Singapore Annual Teaching Excellence Award, 2008-2009
  • NUS Faculty of Law Teaching Award, 2008-2009
  • National University of Singapore Annual Teaching Excellence Award, 2007-2008
  • National University of Singapore Annual Teaching Excellence Award, 2005-2006

Courses Taught in SMU

  • Legal Theory & Philosophy
  • Jurisprudence: Modern and Critical Theories of Law

Research Areas / Areas of Specialisation

  • Jurisprudence / Legal Theory
  • Legal Education

Personal Website

www.tanseowhon.com

Selected Publications

  • Radbruch’s Formula Revisited: The ‘Lex Injusta Non Est Lex’ Maxim in Constitutional Democracies, Canadian Journal of Law & Jurisprudence (First View)
  • Surrogacy and Human Flourishing, 45 Journal of Legal Philosophy 49-79 (2020) 
  • Justice As Friendship: A Theory of Law. Paperback edition issued in 2017. 206pp.
  • Surrogacy, child’s welfare and public policy in adoption applications: UKM v. Attorney-General, Sing. J. Leg. Stud. 263-273 (2019).
  • The Case Against Physician-Assisted Suicide and Voluntary Active Euthanasia: A Jurisprudential Consideration, 29 Sing. Acad. L.J. 375-400 (2017).
  • The Problems with Moral Subjectivism, Think, Vol 16, Issue 46, pp. 25–36 (2017).
  • Between Judicial Oligarchy and Parliamentary Supremacy: Understanding the Court’s Dilemma in Constitutional Judicial Review, Sing. J. Leg. Stud. 307-335 (2016).
  • Critique, philosophy, and the legally-trained citizen’s role in working towards just institutions, Gane & Huang, eds., Legal Education in the Global Context: Opportunities & Challenges 111–130 (Ashgate, 2016).
  • Legal Education in Singapore: Current Issues and Challenges, Chan & Lee, eds., The Legal System of Singapore: Institutions, Principles and Practices 234–275 (Lexis-Nexis, 2015).
  • Law Firm Internships and the Making of Future Lawyers: An Empirical Study in Singapore 17 Legal Ethics 79–106 (2014).
  • Religion in the Abortion Discourse in Singapore: A Case Study of the Relevance of Religious Arguments in Law-making in Multi-Religious Democracies XXVI Journal of Law & Religion 505–539 (2011).