CHUA Lynette J.

Assistant Professor

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

Executive Committee, Centre for Asian Legal Studies
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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

Law and society
Socio-legal studies
Law and social change
Law and social movements
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 book published by Temple University Press, Mobilizing Gay Singapore: Rights and Resistance in an Authoritarian State, analyzes the emergence, development, and strategies and tactics of Singapore's gay and lesbian movement, and explores the complex role of law and meanings of rights. Her 2012 Law & Society Review article, "Pragmatic Resistance, Law, and Social Movements in Authoritarian States: The Case of Gay Collective Action in Singapore," based on the same project, was awarded the Law & Society Association Honorable Mention for Article Prize in 2013.

Besides her ethnographic study of Singapore's gay and lesbian movement, Lynette is conducting fieldwork on and writing about the emergence of LGBT rights mobilization in Myanmar at a time of political transition. She has also initiated a broader collaborative project to examine the development of LGBT rights activism across various Asian countries.

In addition, Lynette is working in collaboration with various scholars to develop NUS Law into a center for law and society research on Southeast Asian societies. She co-organized a workshop on Southeast Asian-based socio-legal research on 10-12 December 2012, bringing together leading law and society scholars and regional researchers to examine the intellectual possibilities and challenges, articulate potential research themes and directions, and define a research agenda. The next event is a conference entitled, Researching State and Personhood: Law and Society in Southeast Asia, to be held on 15-16 December 2014. Her essay, "The Law & Society Association and Its International Future," which draws from her ongoing work in this project, was awarded the 2014 Law & Society Association 50th Anniversary Junior Scholars' Essay Competition Honorable Mention.

Lynette currently holds a Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant and an Academic Research Fund Tier 1 grant. In 2013 and 2014, she was awarded the Teaching Incentive Fund for her teaching performance by the NUS University Scholars Programme, where she holds a joint appointment. Lynette was also a Fulbright Scholar and held grants from the Social Science Research Council and the U.S. National Science Foundation.

Representative Publications

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

2. "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. (Law & Society Association Honorable Mention for Article Prize, 2013)

3. "Rights Mobilization and the Campaign to Decriminalize Homosexuality in Singapore" (2014) Asian Journal of Law & Society 1(1): 205-228.

4. "From Health Crisis to Rights Advocacy? HIV/AIDS and Gay Activism in China and Singapore" (with Timothy Hildebrandt) (forthcoming) Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Non-profit Organizations. (DOI:10.1007/s11266-013-9429-7)

5. "Sexual and Gender Minorities in Transition: LGBT Rights and Activism in Myanmar" (with David Gilbert) (forthcoming in 2015) Human Rights Quarterly.

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