M.A. (Oxford), LL.M. (Otago), LL.B. (Otago), B.A. (Hons) (Otago), Barrister and solicitor (New Zealand)

  • Concurrently Professor of the Law of Contract at Oxford University, where she is the Associate Dean of Graduates (Taught)
  • Senior Fellow of Law Merton College, Oxford
  • Member of the editorial committee of the Singapore Journal of Legal Studies
  • Member of the International Advisory Board of the Northern Ireland Law Quarterly
  • External Examiner at University College London and Queen's University Belfast
  • An Editor of Chitty on Contract
  • Member of the Advisory Group on the Restatement of Contract Law in England and Wales
  • Lectures to the Judicial College of England and Wales
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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

Contract Theory

Subjects Taught

Philosophical Foundations of Contract Law
Private Law and Fundamental Rights

Brief Biodata

Professor Chen-Wishart was born in Taiwan and moved with her family to New Zealand where she was educated. Previously she was a tutor in the History Department and a Senior Lecturer in Law at Otago University and also Rhodes Research Fellow at St Hilda's College, Oxford. She holds or has held Visiting Professorships at Hong Kong University, at Auckland, Otago and Canterbury Universities in New Zealand, and at Gottingen University, Germany. She has also been an Adjunct Professor of Ohio and Georgia Universities. She delivered the 2009 Hochelaaga lectures at Hong Kong University and was named author of the best article of 2013 in the International and Comparative Law Quarterly. Over her career, she has taught a wide range of private and public law subjects. She is currently leading a six book series on the Contract Laws of Asia published with the Oxford University Press.

Representative Publications

1. Contract Law 5th ed (OUP, 2015).

2. "Controlling Unfair Terms: Protecting the Institution of Contract", in English and European Perspectives on Contract and Commercial Law, eds L Gullifer and S Vogenaur, Hart 2015, 105-130

3. "In Defence of Consideration" (2013) Oxford Commonwealth Law Journal, 209-238

4. "Legal transplant of undue influence: Lost in translation or a working misunderstanding?" (2013) 62 International Comparative Law Quarterly, 1-30.

5. "A Bird in the Hand: Consideration and One-Sided Contract Modifications" in Contract Formation and Parties, AS Burrows and E Peel (eds) (OUP, 2010).

6. "Undue Influence: Vindicating Relationships of Influence" (2006) 59 Current Legal Problems, 231

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