ONG Siew Ling, Debbie

Associate Professor

LL.M. (Cambridge), LL.B. (NUS), Advocate & Solicitor (Singapore)

  • Senior Student Advisor, NUS Law Faculty
  • Resource Consultant, Family Law Practice Committee, Law Society of Singapore
  • Chairperson, Centre Governance Committee, Tampines Family Service Centre
  • Advisory Board Member, Marriage Central, MCYS
Email Address:
Office Tel: (65) 6516-3612 
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

Conflict of laws in Family issues
Family law
Tort law

Subjects Taught

Family Law
Law & Sociology of the Family
Conflict of laws in family issues
Law of Torts

Brief Biodata

Debbie has taught Family Law, Law & Sociology of the Family, Conflict of Laws in Family issues and the Law of Torts at the NUS Law Faculty. She publishes mainly in the area of Family Law. She has served as a Court Mediator in the Family Court for a decade, assisted the court as amicus curiae in child proceedings, and currently serves on the Law Society's Family Law Practice Committee. She is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Child & Family Law Quarterly Journal. Debbie enjoys being involved in projects which further the development of a good family justice system. Believing in the need for community support for families in Singapore, she has also been Chairperson of the Centre Governance Board of the Tampines Family Service Centre for a number of years and is presently also on the Advisory Board of 'Marriage Central'.

Representative Publications

1. "Prenuptial agreements: a Singaporean perspective in TQ v TR" (2009) 21 Child and Family Law Quarterly 536

2. "Parental Child Abduction in Singapore: The Experience of a Non-Convention Country", [2007] 21 International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family 220

3. "Grandparenting in Divorced Families" [2007] Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, 25 (with S. Quah)

4. "Parents and Custody Orders - A New Approach" [1999] Singapore Journal of Legal Studies 205

5. "The test of sex for marriage in Singapore" (1998) 12 International Journal of Law, Policy and Family 161

6. "Financial Relief in Singapore After a Foreign Divorce" [1993] Singapore Journal of Legal Studies 431

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