TAN Kevin Y L
Full C.V.

Adjunct Professor

JSD LL.M. (Yale), LL.B. (NUS)

Director, Equilibrium Consulting Pte Ltd
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Office Tel: (65) 6516-4192 
Office Fax: (65) 6779-0979 
Office Address

Room FED-02-39
Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
Eu Tong Sen Building
469G Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259776
Research Interests

Singapore Legal System
Singapore Legal History
Constitutional and Administrative Law
International Human Rights
Law & Society
Legal Theory

Subjects Taught

Public Law
Law & Society
Singapore Law in Context

Brief Biodata

Kevin was born and educated in Singapore. He graduated with LLB (Hons) from the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore in 1986 and joined the teaching staff of the same faculty that same year. Subsequently obtained his LLM (Master of Laws) and JSD (Doctor in the Science of Law) at Yale Law School, being the first Singaporean to achieve the latter. From 1986 to 2000, he taught at the Law Faculty, specializing in Constitutional and Administrative Law, Law and Government, Law and Society and International Human Rights. He resigned as Associate Professor in 2000 to start his own consultancy.

Beyond his university duties, he has been active in many organisations, serving as National Programme Commissioner in the Singapore Scout Association (1992-1995); President of the Singapore Heritage Society (2001-2011); Chairman of the Foundation for the Development of International Law in Asia (2006-2012); Council Member of the National Youth Achievement Award Council (since 1998); Singapore Red Cross Society (1999-2001); Board Member of the Preservation of Monuments Board (1998-2003), Singapore Academy of Law Legal Heritage Committee (1999-2012), Executive Director, Society of International Law, Singapore (1998-2003); Treasurer and then President of the Roundtable, a non-partisan political discussion group (1999-2002).

He has published widely in his areas of specialization and has written and edited some 30 books on the law, history and politics of Singapore. From 1998-2000, he was also Chief Editor of the Singapore Journal of International and Comparative Law and from 2000-2003 was the journal's Adjunct Editor. He is currently a director of Equilibrium Consulting Pte Ltd; Adjunct Professor, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University; Editor-in-Chief, Asian Yearbook of International Law and Editorial Board member, Korean Journal of International & Comparative Law.

Representative Publications

1. Constitutionalism in Asia: Cases & Materials (Oxford: Hart, 2014) (with Wen-chen Chang, Li-ann Thio & Jiunn-rong Yeh)

2. Singapore and International Law: The Early Years (Singapore: Centre for International Law, 2011)

3. Voting in Change: Politics of Singapore's 2011 General Election (Singapore: Ethos Books, 2011) (with Terence Lee)

4. Constitutional Law in Malaysia and Singapore 3 ed (Singapore: Lexis Nexis, 2010) (with Thio Li-ann)

5. Marshall of Singapore: A Biography (Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2009)

6. 'Defaming Politicians, Scandalising the Courts: A Look at Recent Developments in Singapore' in Andrew T Kenyon, Tim Marjoribanks & Amandan Whiting (eds), Democracy, Media and Law in Malaysia and Singapore (London: Routledge, 2014) 105-128.

7. 'International Law in the Courts of the Straits Settlements' (2010) 16 Asian Yearbook of International Law 65-86.

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