CHEAH Wui Ling
Full C.V.

Assistant Professor

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

  • Editor, Singapore Journal of Legal Studies (2015-present)
  • Faculty Search Committee (2015-2016)
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 justice
Criminal justice and constitutional liberties

Subjects Taught

International criminal law
Transitional justice
Singapore criminal law

Brief Biodata

Dr. Cheah W.L. is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore (NUS) since 2007. She holds academic qualifications from 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).

Cheah W.L.’s research focuses on accountability for human rights violations and mass atrocities. Her work has been accepted for publication in journals such as the Leiden Journal of International Law, European Journal of International Law, Harvard Human Rights Journal, Journal of International Criminal Justice, and International Journal of Law in Context. Currently, she is working on a book project about the Singapore war crimes trials. She has been awarded several research grants, such as the Humboldt University-NUS Research Collaboration Grant and the Singapore Judicial College Research Grant. She is also co-founder (with Ms Ng Pei Yi) of the Singapore War Crimes Trials Web Portal (, which is kindly supported by Singapore National Heritage Board and Singapore Academy of Law.

In 2016 and 2017, Cheah W.L. was awarded a USP teaching incentive award and a NUS Law Faculty Teaching Excellence Award. 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 and Economics (Cambodia).

Prior to joining academia, Cheah W.L. served as a Legal Officer at INTERPOL’s Office of Legal Affairs (Lyon, France). She has been invited to speak on the practical impact of her research by the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia. She has interned at the Serious Crimes Unit (Timor Leste), Permanent Court of Arbitration, and the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM). In 2011, Cheah W.L. was a Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court, and in 2018, she was awarded a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellowship at Melbourne Law School’s Laureate Program in International Law. For more information about Cheah W.L.'s research and a complete publications list, please see:

Representative Publications

1. "Culture and International Criminal Law", Oxford Handbook of International Criminal Law (forthcoming, 2019).

2. "British War Crimes Trials in Europe and Asia (1945-1949) – A Comparative Study" (co-authored with Moritz Vormbaum), Leiden Journal of International Law, Volume 31, Issue 3, 2018, 23 pages.

3. "The Curious Case of the Singapore BIA Desertion Trials: War Crimes, Projects of Empire, and the Rule of Law", European Journal of International Law, Volume 28, Issue 4, November 2017, 23 pages.

4. "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), Volume 14, Issue 1, 2018, 23 pages.

5. "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, pp 1035-1058 (longlisted for Antonio Cassese prize).

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, pp 63-107.

Publication List