FORDHAM, Margaret Amanda

Associate Professor

B.A. (Durham), Solicitor (England & Wales, Hong Kong)

  • Chief Editor, ASLI Working Papers Series
  • Case and Legislation Notes Editor, Singapore Journal of Legal Studies
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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

Tort Law
Common Law
Civil Law Traditions

Subjects Taught

Law of Torts
Common Law Reasoning and Writing

Brief Biodata

Margaret Fordham is a graduate of Durham University. She joined the Faculty of Law at NUS in 1984, having previously practiced commercial law at Clifford-Turner, a leading London law firm. Her current research interests relate primarily to Tort Law, although she is also the author of a book on tax incentives in Singapore. Margaret has published numerous articles, both locally, in journals such as the Singapore Journal of Legal Studies and the Asian Journal of Comparative Law, and internationally, in journals such as the Law Quarterly Review (UK), the Torts Law Journal (Australia), and the Tort Law Review (Australia). She is also the Chief Editor of the ASLI Working Papers Series, and is one of the longest-serving members of the editorial board of the Singapore Journal of Legal Studies.

Representative Publications

1. "Saving us from ourselves - The duty of care in negligence to prevent self-inflicted harm" (2010) Torts Law Journal 18(1)

2. "A policeman, a gun and a fatal mistake - Self-defence in the tort of battery" [2009] Singapore Journal of Legal Studies 243

3. "Sexual abuse and the limitation of actions in tort - A case for greater flexibility?" [2008] Singapore Journal of Legal Studies 292

4. "A life less ordinary - The rejection of actions for wrongful life" (2007) Torts Law Journal 15(2) 123

5. "Comparative legal traditions - Introducing the common law to civil lawyers in Asia" Asian Journal of Comparative Law, vol 1 (2006), 138

6. "The roll of the negligence bandwagon - What role for public nuisance" (2003) 11 Tort Law Review 26

Publication List