Name

CHUA Lynette J.
 
 
Designation

Associate Professor
 
Qualifications

Ph.D. (UC Berkeley), M.A (UC Berkeley), LL.B. (NUS), B.Sc. (Ohio)
 
Appointment(s)

  • Head of Studies, Double Degree Program (Liberal Arts & Law), Yale-NUS College (from January 2019)
  • Faculty Research Committee
  • Member, Centre for Legal Theory
Email Address: lynettechua@nus.edu.sg; lynette.chua@gmail.com
Office Tel: (65) 6516-5416 
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

Law and society
Socio-legal studies
Legal mobilization
Legal consciousness
Law and emotions
Qualitative, empirical scholarship
 

Subjects Taught

Sociology of Law
Law and Social Movements
Understanding Law and Social Change
Constitutional and Administrative Law
 

Brief Biodata

Lynette is a law and society scholar with research interests in law and social change, and law and social movements. Her new book,The Politics of Love in Myanmar: LGBT Mobilization and Human Rights as A Way of Life (Stanford University Press), examines how human rights are collectively mobilized and practiced on the ground, how they relate to larger social forces, and how the emotions and relationships that people have with and through human rights perpetuate their practice and construct their meanings in Myanmar's nascent LGBT rights movement. Her 2015 Law & Society Review article, "The Vernacular Mobilization of Human Rights in Myanmar's Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Movement", based on an earlier phase of the research, was awarded the 2016 Article Prize by the Socio-legal Studies Association in the United Kingdom.

She is also working on a qualitative, empirical study that examines and compares several Asian societies where there are "filial piety laws" that make adult children legally obligated to provide financial maintenance and, in some instances, emotional care, to their elderly parents. She is interested in whether and how such laws are used, and how they relate to shifting practices of filial piety and intergenerational relationships, as the respective societies undergo changes to population flows, economic development, and family structures. She has begun fieldwork in Vietnam and Singapore with plans to expand to Taiwan and China.

Lynette has also conducted ethnographic study on Singapore's gay and lesbian movement to analyze the emergence, development, and strategies and tactics of the movement, and explore the complex role of law and meanings of rights. Her book, Mobilizing Gay Singapore: Rights and Resistance in an Authoritarian State, received the 2015 Distinguished Book Award from the Sociology of Law Section of the American Sociological Association, and the 2015 Book Accolade for Ground-breaking Matter from the International Convention of Asian Scholars, and was selected as a finalist by the Socio-legal Studies Association for the 2015 Hart Socio-legal Prize for Early Career Academics and the European Southeast Asian Studies Association for the 2015 Book Prize. Her 2012 Law & Society Review article, "Pragmatic Resistance, Law, and Social Movements in Authoritarian States: The Case of Gay Collective Action in Singapore", was recognized by the Law & Society Association in the United States with an honorable mention for its 2013 Article Prize.

Lynette is a member of the Law & Society Association's Board of Trustees (2017-2019) and the trustee class representative (2019) on the Association's Executive Committee, as well as a trustee of the Asian Law & Society Association. She is a current member of the American Political Science Review, Law & Policy, and Asian Journal of Law & Society editorial boards and a past member of the Law & Social Inquiry editorial board. At NUS, Lynette has been awarded a Ministry of Education Tier II Academic Research Fund (above S$100,000), Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant, Humanities and Social Sciences Seed Fund, and Humanities and Social Sciences Fellowship. Lynette was also a Fulbright Scholar and held grants from the Social Science Research Council and the National Science Foundation in the United States.


Representative Publications

1. The Politics of Love in Myanmar: LGBT Mobilization and Human Rights as A Way of Life (Stanford University Press, forthcoming).

2. Mobilizing Gay Singapore: Rights and Resistance in an Authoritarian State (Temple University Press, 2014).

3. "The Vernacular Mobilization of Human Rights in Myanmar's Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Movement" (2015) Law & Society Review, Vol. 49(2): 299-332.

4. "Pragmatic Resistance, Law, and Social Movements in Authoritarian States: The Case of Gay Collective Action in Singapore" (2012) Law & Society Review, Vol.46(4): 713-748.

5. "Negotiating Social Norms and Relations in the Micromobilization of Human Rights: The Case of Burmese Lesbian Activism"(2016) Law & Social Inquiry, Vol. 41(3): 643-669.

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