NEO Ling Chien, Jaclyn
Full C.V.

Assistant 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
Email Address:
Office Tel: (65) 6516-3620 
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

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

Dr. Jaclyn L. Neo is an Assistant Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore (NUS). A graduate of the NUS Law Faculty, Jaclyn worked as a litigation lawyer before joining the faculty. She was awarded the NUS Overseas Graduate Scholarship to pursue her Masters of Laws from Yale Law School and subsequently received another scholarship from NUS to pursue her Doctor of the Science of Law from Yale. Jaclyn teaches Constitutional and Administrative Law, Comparative State and Religion, and Law, Migration, and Citizenship. Her research is primarily in the areas of constitutional and human rights law, with specific focus on women and minorities. Jaclyn has published in local and international journals, and is currently working on a research project on regulating religion and constitutional interpretation in Singapore.

Representative Publications

1. What's in a name? Malaysia's "Allah" controversy and the judicial intertwining of Islam with ethnic identity, 12(3) INTERNATIONAL J. OF CON. LAW 751-768 (2014).

2. Calibrating Interpretive Incorporation: Constitutional Interpretation and Pregnancy Discrimination under CEDAW', 35 HUMAN RIGHTS QUARTERLY 910-934 (2013).

3. Change and Continuity: The Constitutional Head of State and Democratic Transitions in Malaysia, 5 MALAYAN LAW JOURNAL i- xxiv (2012)

4. Seditious in Singapore! Free Speech and the Offence of Promoting Ill-will and Hostility between Different Racial Groups, SINGAPORE JOURNAL OF LEGAL STUDIES 351-372 (December 2011)

5. Parsing Privative Clauses: Rights, Security and Judicial Review in Malaysia, PUBLIC LAW 25-32 (January 2010)

6. Minorities and the Constitution: A Judicious Balance? in THIO LI-ANN & KEVIN YL TAN (EDS.), EVOLUTION OF A REVOLUTION: FORTY YEARS OF THE SINGAPORE CONSTITUTION (Routledge, 2008)

Publication List