Ph.D. LL.B. (Hons) (Australian National University)

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Office Address

Dean's Office, FED-01-01B
Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
Eu Tong Sen Building
469G Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259776
Research Interests

Criminal law (Public prosecution, blameworthiness, vulnerable classes and multiculturalism)

Torts (General principles of negligence, medical malpractice and economic loss).

Subjects Taught

Criminal Law
Law of Torts
Common Law Obligations

Brief Biodata

Kumaralingam Amirthalingam obtained his LLB (Hons) and PhD in law from the Australian National University where he commenced his academic career. He joined the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore in 2000 and over the years has served as Vice Dean (Academic Affairs), Vice Dean (International Programmes) and Director, Asian Law Institute. He is presently Chair of the NUS Teaching Academy and serves on various University and Faculty committees. Beyond NUS, he is an Adjunct Professor at the Law Faculty, Australian National University; Teaching Faculty of the Singapore Medical Association Centre for Medical Ethics and Professionalism; and External Examiner for the Faculty of Law, University Technology MARA (Malaysia). From 2012 to 2014, he was on secondment to the Attorney-General's Chambers, Singapore as a Deputy Public Prosecutor and Senior Director (Research & Policy). His research is primarily in the areas of criminal law and justice (focusing on the role of the Public Prosecutor) and tort law (focusing on medical liability and economic loss).

Representative Publications

1. "Criminal Justice and Diversionary Programmes in Singapore" (2013) 24 Criminal Law Forum 527

2. "Prosecutorial Discretion and Prosecution Guidelines" [2013] Singapore Journal of Legal Studies 50

3. "Culture, Crime and Culpability: Perspectives on the Defence of Provocation" in AD Renteln & MC Foblets, Multicultural Jurisprudence: Comparative Perspectives on the Cultural Defense (Portland: Hart Publishing, 2009) 35

4. "Criminal Law and Private Spaces: The Regulation of Homosexual Acts in Singapore" in S Bronitt, B McSherry & A Norrie (eds), Regulating Deviance: The Redirection of Criminalisation and the Futures of Criminal Law (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2008) 185

5. "Clarifying Common Intention and Interpreting Section 34: Should There be a Threshold of Blameworthiness for the Death Penalty?" [2008] Singapore Journal of Legal Studies 435

6. "Women's Rights, International Norms and Domestic Violence: Asian Perspectives" (2005) 27 Human Rights Quarterly 683

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