LIM Wee Kuan Ernest

Associate Professor

B.C.L. (Oxford), LL.M. (Harvard), LL.B. (NUS) Attorney, New York State; Solicitor, England and Wales; Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore

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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

Comparative Company Law
Comparative Corporate Governance
Relationship Between Private Law and Public Law
Legal Aspects of Artificial Intelligence

Subjects Taught

Company Law
Contract Law
Law of Business Associations
Comparative Corporate Law

Brief Biodata

Ernest Lim's research interests include comparative corporate law and governance, and private law and its relationship with public law. He has published widely in his field in leading, international refereed journals. His monograph, A Case for Shareholders' Fiduciary Duties in Common Law Asia, will be published by Cambridge University Press.

Before joining NUS, he was an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong where he was the recipient of research prizes and competitive grants. He has held or will hold visiting appointments in various institutions including Oxford, Columbia, Georgetown, Tel Aviv and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law.

Prior to becoming an academic, he was an associate in the New York and Hong Kong offices of Davis Polk & Wardwell where he represented startups, Fortune 500 companies and investment banks in international capital market transactions.

Representative Publications

1. A Case for Shareholders' Fiduciary Duties in Common Law Asia (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)

2. "Problems with Wednesbury Unreasonableness in Contract Law: Lessons from Public Law" (2019) 135 Law Quarterly Review (forthcoming) (with Cora Chan)

3. "Controlling Shareholders and Fiduciary Duties in Asia" (2018) 18 Journal of Corporate Law Studies 113-150

4. "Judicial Intervention in Directors' Decision-Making Process: Section 172 of the Companies Act 2006" [2018] Journal of Business Law 169-188

5. "Ex Turpi Causa: Reformation not Revolution" (2017) 80 Modern Law Review 927-941

6. "Corporate Law, Private Law and Instrumentalism" [2015] Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly 541-574

7. "Directors' Fiduciary Duties: A New Analytical Framework" (2013) 129 Law Quarterly Review 242-263

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