NEO Ling Chien, Jaclyn
Full C.V.

Associate Professor

J.S.D. (Yale), LL.M. (Yale), LL.B. (Hon.)(NUS), Advocate & Solicitor (Singapore)

  • NUS Faculty of Law Center for Asian Legal Studies (CALS), Executive Committee Member
  • NUS Faculty of Law Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law, Executive Committee Member
  • NUS Faculty of Law Center for International Law, Associate
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Office Tel: (65) 6516-3620 
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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

Constitutional law, institutions, constitutional theory, constitutional norms
State & religion, constitutional models, religious freedom
Human rights law, women's rights, minority rights, migrant rights

Subjects Taught

Constitutional and Administrative Law
Comparative State & Religion
Law, Migration, and Citizenship

Brief Biodata

Jaclyn L. Neo is an Associate Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore (NUS). She specializes in constitutional law and human rights. She was a recipient of two graduate scholarships from NUS under which she completed her Masters of Law (LL.M.) and Doctor of the Science of Law (J.S.D.) at Yale Law School. While at Yale, Jaclyn co-founded the Yale Law School's Debating Law and Religion Series as well as the YLS Doctoral Scholarship Conference.

Jaclyn has an extensive publishing portfolio. She is the sole editor of a recently published volume on Constitutional Interpretation in Singapore: Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2017). She was also a co-guest editor for the Singapore Academy of Law Journal's first ever special issue on public law (2017). Her articles have been published in the International Journal of Constitutional Law (I-CON), Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, Human Rights Quarterly, and the Singapore Journal of Legal Studies. Her article on domestic incorporation of international human rights law in a dualist state won the Asian Yearbook of International Law's DILA International Law Prize. She was also recently awarded the 2016 SHAPE-SEA Research Award in recognition of her research on human rights, especially religious freedom, in Southeast Asia.

Jaclyn is also an accomplished teacher, having won the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award in 2017. Jaclyn has delivered papers and lectures by invitation at numerous universities the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Chile, and Vietnam. She has been a visiting researcher at several universities including Frankfurt, Münster, and Leiden, and was most recently a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellow with the prestigious ARC Laureate Project in Comparative Constitutional Law at Melbourne Law School.

Jaclyn has a strong service record. She has served as an Executive Committee member of the NUS Centre for Asian Legal Studies and the Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law since 2013. She also serves on the Singapore Law Society's Public and International Law Committee. Among her international commitments, Jaclyn is on the organizing committee for the Younger Scholars Forum of the International Academy of Comparative Law (2016-2018) and was part of the program committee for the Law and Religion Section of the Association for American Law Schools (AALS) (2017-2018). Jaclyn currently sits on the editorial boards of the Asian Journal of Comparative Law and the Asian Yearbook of International Law. She is also the founder of the Singapore Public Law blog, which has been referenced by the Singapore Court of Appeal and High Court.

Having practiced for several years before joining NUS, Jaclyn maintains an interest in legal practice and has been a consultant with Wong Partnership since 2016.

Representative Publications

1. Jaclyn L. Neo, '"All Power Has Legal Limits" – The Principle of Legality as a Constitutional Principle of Judicial Review' (2017) 29 SAcLJ 667.

2. "Realizing the Right to Freedom of Thought, Conscience and Religion: The Limited Normative Force of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration" (2017) 17(4) Human Rights Law Review 729–751

3. "Secularism without Liberalism: Religious Freedom and Secularism in a Non-Liberal State" (2017) 2 Michigan State Law Review333-370

4. "Secular Constitutionalism in Singapore: Between Equality and Hierarchy" (2016) 5 (3) Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 431-456

5. "Incorporating Human Rights: Mitigated Dualism and Interpretation in Malaysian Courts" (2016) 18 Asian Yearbook of International Law (2012 edition) 1-37 (Winner of the DILA International Law Prize for Young Scholars)

6. "Equal Protection and the Reasonable Classification Test in Singapore: After Lim Meng Suang v. Attorney-General" (2016) Singapore Journal of Legal Studies 95-117

7. "Seditious in Singapore! Free Speech and the Offence of Promoting Ill-will and Hostility between Different Racial Groups" (2011) Singapore Journal of Legal Studies 351-372

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