BELL, Gary

Associate Professor

LL.M. (Columbia), LL.B. BCL (McGill), BTh (Laval), Advocate (Quebec)

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Office Address

Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
Eu Tong Sen Building
469G Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259776
Research Interests

Comparative Law
Indonesian Law
International & Comparative Law of Sale

Subjects Taught

Legals Systems of Asia
International & Comparative Law of Sale
Indonesian Law
International Commercial Arbitration

Brief Biodata

After an undergraduate degree in theology (BTh) at the Université Laval (Quebec City), Gary F. Bell obtained degrees in both the common law (LLB) and the civil law (BCL.) at McGill University in Montreal and an LLM at Columbia University in New York City. He was Editor in Chief of the McGill Law Journal, clerked for Justice Stevenson of the Supreme Court of Canada and taught at McGill University. He teaches in comparative law (Comparative Legal Traditions, International and Comparative Law of Sale, Indonesian Law). He does most of his research on Indonesian law and on the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.

Representative Publications

1. "The New Indonesian Laws Relating to Regional Autonomy: Good Intentions, Confusing Laws", (2001) 2 Asian Pacific Law and Policy Journal 1 at

2. "Minority Rights and Regionalism in Indonesia - Will Constitutional Recognition Lead to Disintegration and Discrimination?", (2001) 5 Singapore Journal of International and Comparative Law 784.

3. "Indonesia: The new Regional Autonomy Law, two years later" in South East Asian Affairs 2003 (Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2003) at 117-131.

4. "The US Legal Tradition in Western Legal Systems" in Jane Ginsburg, Legal Methods: Cases and Materials, (2003) pp. 65-72 (new edition, reviewed and expended text).

5. "The 1945 [Indonesian] Constitution - Constitutions do not Perform Miracles", 2001, Vol. III, No. 6 Van Zorge Report on Indonesia - Commentary and Analysis on Indonesian Politics and Economics at p. 4.

6. "The Singapore Legal System in Context - Whither the Concept of the National Legal System" in Kevin Y.L. Tan (ed.), The Singapore Legal System, 2d ed. (Singapore: Singapore University Press, 1999).

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