SEET Zong Shan, Matthew


Master's in International Law (Institut de Hautes Études Internationales et du Développement), LL.B. (NUS)

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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

International Refugee Law
International Law and Forced Migration
Statelessness and Citizenship

Subjects Taught

International Refugee Law
The Law and Politics of Forced Migration

Brief Biodata

Matthew obtained a Master's in International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva on a Swiss Government Scholarship, and his LL.B. from NUS Law School where he was awarded the Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Prize and Law Society of Singapore Book Prize. His refugee law articles have been published in the International Journal of Refugee Law and UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal, and his evidence law case comments, in the Law Quarterly Review and Cambridge Law Journal. His article, "China's Suspended Death Sentence with a Two-Year Reprieve: Humanitarian Reprieve or Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Punishment?" won the DILA Prize for Young Scholars, awarded by the Foundation for the Development of International Law in Asia. Apart from his previous experience at NUS Law School as both researcher (at the Centre for Asian Legal Studies) and instructor (teaching tort law), Matthew served the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees as a legal intern at both the headquarters in Geneva for over a year and the Kuala Lumpur field office, and represented Switzerland in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Matthew has also served as peer reviewer for the International Migration Review, International Journal of Human Rights and Chinese Journal of Comparative Law.

Representative Publications

1. "Finding Reprieve: Should the Global Movement Against Capital Punishment Embrace China's Suspended Death Sentence as a Model for Other Retentionist States to Emulate?" (2017) 16 Chinese Journal of International Law 453-474

2. "The Origins of UNHCR's Global Mandate on Statelessness" (2016) 28 International Journal of Refugee Law 7-24

3. Strengthening the Protection of Stateless Persons from Arbitrary Detention in Immigration Control Proceedings" (2015) 17 European Journal of Migration and Law 273-286

4. "Suspected Terrorists and the Privilege Against Self-Incrimination" (2015) 74 Cambridge Law Journal 208-211

5. "Involuntary Confessions and the Mushtaq Direction in Hong Kong" (2015) 131 Law Quarterly Review 357-363

6. "China's Suspended Death Sentence with a Two-Year Reprieve: Humanitarian Reprieve or Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Punishment?" (2014) 20 Asian Yearbook of International Law 163-190

7. "Can Islam and 'Islamization' Be a Force for Refugee Rights in Malaysia?" (2013) 31 UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal 57-95

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