NEO Swee Suan, Dora

Associate Professor

M.A. (Oxford), LL.M. (Harvard), Barrister (Gray's Inn), Advocate & Solicitor (Singapore).

  • Director, Centre for Banking & Finance Law (CBFL) (on sabbatical leave)
  • Director, LLM (Corporate & Financial Services Law)
Email Address:
Office Tel: (65) 6516-3609 
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

Banking and finance law
Contract law
Commercial law
Secured transactions
Trade financing
Trade in services

Subjects Taught

International banking
Credit & security
Contract law

Brief Biodata

Dora Neo started her career as an advocate and solicitor before joining the NUS Law Faculty. She is the founding Director of the Faculty's Centre for Banking and Finance Law, and was previously Vice-Dean (Research & Graduate Studies) at NUS Law and Director of the Faculty's Continuing Legal Education Programme. She teaches contract law, credit & security law and international banking law. Her research interests are in these areas, as well as on the liberalisation of trade in services under GATS and in the ASEAN region, and banking law and commercial law generally. A first class honours graduate from Oxford University, she also holds an LLM from Harvard Law School. She was called to the English Bar at Gray's Inn, and is qualified as an Advocate and Solicitor in Singapore. She has researched at institutions such as the United Nations Commission for International Trade Law in Vienna, Austria, and has presented papers in the UK, USA, Europe and Asia. Her past appointments include being Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School and at Georgetown University, Washington DC, and Visiting Professor at the University of Aix-Marseille III, France. She has taught regularly at the East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai, and was a member of the international academic faculty at the Centre for Transnational Legal Studies in London. She has contributed to government policy as a member of the Injunctions Review Panel under the Consumer Protection (Fair Trading) Act in Singapore, as well as at the Ministry of Law on secondment, and on national committees in areas including media policy and retail industry standards. She was a Senate member of the Singapore Academy of Law for several terms, and served on panels including its Legal Education and Studies Committee, Publication Committee and Law Reform Committee. Currently, she is a member of the Accreditation Committee of the Singapore Institute of Legal Education and a financial collateral sub-committee of the Singapore Academy of Law. She has conducted training for professionals and government officials in areas including contract law, banking law and world trade law, and from 2007 to 2010, was an instructor in the World Trade Organisation's Regional Trade Policy Course for the Asia-Pacific. She has a Certificate in Private Banking from the Wealth Management Institute in Singapore and a Certificate in Real Estate Finance from the Department of Real Estate, NUS.

Representative Publications

1. Neo, "A Conceptual Overview of Bank Secrecy" in Booysen & Neo (eds), Can Banks Still Keep a Secret? Bank Secrecy in Financial Centres Around the World, Cambridge University Press (2017)

2. Neo, "Singapore: Performance Remedies" in Chen-Wishart, Loke and Ong (eds),Studies in the Contract Laws of Asia I: Remedies for Breach of Contract, Oxford University Press (2016)

3. Ellinger & Neo, The Law and Practice of Documentary Letters of Credit, Hart Publishing (2010)

4. Neo, "China, India and Global Outsourcing of Services Under GATS" in Sornarajah and Wang (eds), China, India and the International Economic Order, Cambridge University Press (2010)

5. Neo, "Fixed and Floating Charges Over Book Debts: A Postmortem on the Debate" Singapore Academy of Law Journal (2005)

6. Neo, "'Sale in the course of a business' under the Sale of Goods Act" Singapore Journal of Legal Studies (2000)

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