CHEAH Wui Ling
Full C.V.

Assistant Professor

D.Phil. (Oxford), LL.M. (Harvard), LL.M. LL.B. (NUS)

  • Faculty Search Committee (2015-present)
  • Member, Complementarity in International Criminal Law Committee, International Law Association
Email Address:
Office Tel: (65) 6516-3629 
Office Fax: (65) 6779-0979 
Office Address

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

International criminal law
Human rights and transitional or divided societies
Criminal justice and constitutional liberties

Subjects Taught

International criminal law
Transitional justice
Singapore criminal law

Brief Biodata

Cheah W.L. is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore (NUS) since 2007 and holds a joint appointment at the NUS University Scholars Program. She was educated at the National University of Singapore (LL.B., LL.M.), Harvard Law School (LL.M.), European University Institute, and Oxford University (D.Phil). She is a qualified lawyer (called to the New York Bar) and holds a diploma in arbitration (Queen Mary University of London). Prior to entering academia, she served as a Legal Officer at INTERPOL's Office of Legal Affairs (Lyon, France). In 2011, she was a Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court. Her teaching experience includes periods at the Centre for Transnational Legal Studies (London, UK), Oxford University (UK), Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 (France), and the Royal University of Law jaclyn and Economics (Cambodia). Her work has been published in journals such as the Harvard Human Rights Journal, Journal of International Criminal Justice, andInternational Journal of Law in Context. Currently, she is working on a book project on the Singapore war crimes trials. She is also co-founder of the Singapore War Crimes Trials Web Portal (

Representative Publications

1. "Culture and Understanding in the Singapore War Crimes Trials (1946-1948): Interpreting Arguments of the Defence", International Journal of Law in Context (Cambridge University Press), forthcoming.

2. "British Indian Army Desertions in the Singapore War Crimes Trials: Contesting Victim Status and Legal Gaps", Asian Journal of International Law (Cambridge University Press), forthcoming.

3. "Being an International Law Lecturer in the 21st Century: Where Tradition Meets Innovation", Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law, Volume 2, No 4, 2014 (with Freya Baetens).

4. "Post-WWII British ‘Hell-ship’ Trials in Singapore: Omissions and the Attribution of Responsibility", Journal of International Criminal Justice (Oxford University Press), Volume 8.4, 2010.

5. "Policing Interpol: the Commission for the Control of Interpol’s Files and the Right to a Remedy", International Organizations Law Review (BRILL), Volume 7.2, 2010.

6. "Walking the Long Road in Solidarity and Hope: a Case Study of the ‘Comfort Women’ Movement's Deployment of Human Rights Discourse", Harvard Human Rights Journal, Volume 22, Issue 1, 2009.

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