HO Hock Lai


Ph.D. (Cambridge), BCL (Oxford), LL.B. (NUS), Advocate & Solicitor (Singapore)

  • Amaladass Professor of Criminal Justice
  • Member, Centre for Legal Theory
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Office Tel: (65) 6516-1217 
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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

Evidence and proof

Subjects Taught

Evidence & Procedure
Introduction to Legal Theory
International and Comparative Law on Evidence and Proof

Brief Biodata

Ho Hock Lai obtained his first law degree from the National University of Singapore (LLB) in 1989,his postgraduate degree, the BCL, from Oxford University in 1993, and his doctorate from Cambridge University in 2003. He was called to the Bar of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 1990. His research interests lie mainly in the law and theory of evidence and proof, and the administration of criminal justice.

Representative Publications

1. 'The Criminal Trial, the Rule of Law and the Exclusion of Unlawfully Obtained Evidence' (2016) 10 Criminal Law and Philosophy 109-131

2. 'The Legal Concept of Evidence' (2015) Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, available at

3. 'The Presumption of Innocence as a Human Right' in Paul Roberts and Jill Hunter (eds), Criminal Evidence and Human Rights - Reimagining Common Law Procedural Traditions (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2012) pp 259-281.

4. 'State Entrapment' (2011) 31 Legal Studies 71

5. Law, Virtue and Justice, edited by Amalia Amaya and Ho Hock Lai (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2012)

6. A Philosophy of Evidence Law - Justice in the Search for Truth (Oxford U P, 2008)

Publication List