Faculty Profile

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Full-time Faculty
Professor of Law; V3 Group Professor in Family Entrepreneurship; Associate Dean (Faculty Matters & Research)
Yong Pung How School of Law YPHSL
  • B.C.L., University of Oxford, 2008
  • Advocate and Solicitor (Singapore ), 2007
  • LL.B., National University of Singapore, 2006

Academic Positions Held

Current Appointment:

  • Professor of Law, Yong Pung How School of Law, Singapore Management University, January 2023-
  • Associate Dean (Faculty Matters & Research), Yong Pung How School of Law, Singapore Management University, January 2023-

Previous Appointments:

  • Associate Professor of Law, School of Law, Singapore Management University, January 2017-December 2022
  • Director, Centre for Commercial Law in Asia (CCLA), January 2021-December 2022
  • Deputy Director, Centre for Cross-Border Commercial Law in Asia (CEBCLA), July 2017 – December 2020
  • Assistant Professor of Law, School of Law, Singapore Management University, Jul 2010-Dec 2016
  • Adjunct Faculty, Singapore Management University, 2009 (Course: Equity & Trusts)

Other Appointments:

  • Research Visitor, Institute of European and Comparative Law, University of Oxford, 12 - 21 June 2019
  • Research Visitor, University of New South Wales, Law School, May 2017 
  • Visiting Scholar, University of Birmingham, School of Law, May-June 2014 

Professional Experience

  • Associate, WongPartnership LLP, 2009–2010
  • Associate, Allen & Gledhill LLP, 2007
  • Pupil, Allen & Gledhill LLP, 2006 - 2007 

Professional Positions

Professional Appointments:

  • Member, Digital Trust Policy Workstream, SGTech, November 2022-
  • Member, SAL Journals Advisory Committee, 16 August 2022 – 31 March 2025
  • Member (Singapore Team), Joint Experts (China-Singapore) to study the feasibility of co-developing a dispute resolution mechanism, Ministry of Law, 7 April 2022 – present
  • Expert Member, Data Trust Rating Committee (led by Philip Heah of Credence Lab) May 2021 – present
  • Assessor, Panel of Assessors for COVID-19 Temporary Relief, Ministry of Law, 2020 – 2021
  • Speaker (Restitution), Attorney General’s Chamber—Professional Development Programme, 2016–Present
  • Member, Law Reform Committee Singapore Academy of Law, 2012–2016

Committee Memberships:

  • Member, Curriculum Reform Committee—Curriculum Working Group on Legal Skills (except Legal Writing), Singapore Management University (School of Law), 2012
  • Member, Scholarship Interview Committee, Singapore Management University (School of Law), 2012–2013
  • Member, PhD Programme Committee, Singapore Management University (School of Law), 2014–2015

Editorial Activities

  • Singapore Academy of Law Annual Review of Singapore Cases, Co-General Editor, 2023 -
  • Co-General Rapporteur, International Academy of Comparative Law’s project on ‘New Specialised Commercial Courts and Their Role in Cross-Border Litigation’ https://aidc-iacl.org/snr/ (see Topic XXI), 2020 – present (ongoing project)
  • Commercial Law in Asia book series (SAL-SMU), Editor, 2020 – present
  • Trust Law International, Editor, September 2018-present
  • Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, Unjust Enrichment (Asia Pacific) digest contributor, 2019 – present
  • Resititution Law Review, Asia Pacific Digest Editor, 2014-2018
  • Singapore Law Blog, Editor (www.singaporelawblog.sg)

Honors & Awards

  • Public Administration Medal (Bronze) 2023
  • V3 Group Professor in Family Entrepreneurship 2023
  • V3 Group Fellow in Family Entrepreneurship 2021
  • SOL’s Nominee for SMU’s Excellent Teacher Award 2019
  • SOL Dean's Teaching Excellence Award 2014–2015, 2017-18, 2018-19
  • Lee Kong Chian Fellowship July 2018 - June 2019, July 2019 – June 2020, July 2020 - June 2021
  • DS Lee Foundation Fellowship July 2016 - June 2017
  • SOL’s Nominee for SMU’s Most Innovative Teacher Award 2015
  • School of Law Nominee for SMU Most Promising Teacher Award 2013
  • University Student Life Recognition Award 2012
  • SOL Most Promising Teacher Award 2011-12

Courses Taught in SMU

  • Law of Equity & Trusts
  • Commercial Conflict of Laws
  • Advanced Law of Obligations

Research Area / Areas of Specialisation

  • Unjust Enrichment & Restitution
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Private International Law
  • Contract Law
  • Remedies

Selected Publications

  • Man Yip and Giesela Rühl (eds), New International Commercial Courts: A Comparative Perspective (Intersentia)(forthcoming in 2024).
  • Man Yip, "Equity in Commerce: Too Much or Too Little?" in Ben McFarlane and Steven Elliott (eds), Equity Today: 150 Years After the Judicature Reforms (Hart Publishing, 2023) ch 20.
  • Adeline Chong and Man Yip, Singapore Private International Law: Commercial Issues and Practice (Oxford University Press, 2023).
  • Richard Nolan, Man Yip and Tang Hang Wu (eds), Trusts and Private Wealth Management: Developments and Directions (Cambridge University Press, 2022).
  • Man Yip, ‘Comparing Family Property Disputes in English and Singapore law: “Context” is Everything’ (2021) 41 Legal Studies 474.
  • Man Yip and Kelvin Low, ‘Reconceptualising Fiduciary Regulation in Actual Conflicts’ (2021) 45 Melbourne University Law Review 323.
  • Gary Chan and Man Yip (eds), AI Data Governance and Private Law: Translating Theory into Practice (Hart Publishing, 2021).
  • Rebecca Lee and Man Yip, ‘Exclusion of Duty and the Irreducible Core Content of Trusteeship: A Re-Assessment’ (2020) 10 Journal of Equity 131.
  • Man Yip, ‘Modern Equity: At the Edge of Formal Reasoning?’ in A Robertson and J Goudkamp (eds), Form and Substance in the Law of Obligations (Hart Publishing, 2019) ch 10.
  • Huo Zhengxin and Man Yip, 'Comparing the International Commercial Courts of China with the Singapore International Commercial Court’(2019) 68 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 903-942
  • Man Yip, ‘Trust-owned companies: understanding the trustees’ duties’ (2018) 31 Trust Law International 185-201.
  • Man Yip, ‘Third Parties’ Liability for Receipt of Misdirected Corporate Assets: The Relevance of Knowing Receipt?’ (2017) 11 Journal of Equity 293-318.
  • Man Yip and James Lee, ‘The Commercialisation of Equity’ (2017) 37 Legal Studies 647-671.
  • Man Yip, ‘The Commercial Context in Trust Law’ (2016) Conveyancer and Property Lawyer 347-365.
  • Man Yip, ‘The Resolution of Disputes Before the Singapore International Commercial Court’ [2016] 65 International & Comparative Law Quarterly 439–473.
  • Man Yip, ‘The Pallant v Morgan Equity Reconsidered’ (2013) 33 Legal Studies 549-571