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)
  • Co-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 international payments
Secured transactions
Trade in services & financial services
Contract law

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 Director of the Faculty's new Centre for Banking and Finance Law, and prior to this, was Director of the Faculty's Continuing Legal Education Programme. She teaches international banking law, credit & security law and contract law. She researches in these areas as well as in the liberalisation of trade in services under GATS and other agreements, with a particular interest in financial services. A first class honours graduate from Oxford University, she also holds an LLM from Harvard Law School. She has been called to the English Bar (Gray's Inn) and is an Advocate and Solicitor in Singapore. She has a Certificate in Private Banking from the Wealth Management Institute (Singapore) and a Certificate in Real Estate Finance from the Department of Real Estate, NUS. She has researched at institutions such as the UN Commission for International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) 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 academic faculty at the Centre for Transnational Legal Studies in London in 2009. She has an interest in university administration and organisational management, having in the past held positions as Vice-Dean (Research & Graduate Studies) at NUS Law, and served on various university and faculty committees. She also contributes to government policy, as a member of the Injunctions Review Panel under the Consumer Protection (Fair Trading) Act in Singapore, and having been seconded to the Ministry of Law and having served on government committees in areas including media policy and retail industry standards. She was a Senate member of the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL) for several terms, and has also served on several SAL panels, including its Legal Education and Studies Committee, Publication Committee and Law Reform Committee, and is currently a member of the Accreditation Committee of the Singapore Institute of Legal Education (SILE). 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 (WTO) Regional Trade Policy Course.

Representative Publications

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

2. 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)

3. Neo, "Exclusion Clauses and the Issuing Bank's Obligations Towards the Applicant in Letter of Credit Transactions" in Neo, Tang and Hor (eds) Lives in the Law: Essays in Honour of Peter Ellinger, Koh Kheng Lian and Tan Sook Yee, Academy Publishing (2007)

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

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

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