LawLink January 2014
NUS Welcomes Back Tan Lee Meng '72 & Chan Sek Keong '61
NUS Law welcomes back two of its eminent alumni to the faculty, Prof Tan Lee Meng and Mr Chan Sek Keong!
Prof Tan continues to inspire undergraduates with his return to the faculty, after 16 years in Public Service. Some members of the alumni may remember Prof Tan as their Dean from 1987 to 1992, during which he also recruited many young faculty who later formed the core of the law school. He had also served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor from 1992 to 1997.
During his time on the bench, Prof Tan was appointed as the Judicial Commissioner in February 1997, and in August the same year, as a Judge of the Supreme Court.
Prof Tan, whose research interests are in the fields of shipping and insurance, is currently working on the third edition of his books Insurance Law in Singapore, and The Law in Singapore on Carriage of Goods by Sea.
"I have always been proud of our law school and I look forward to teaching and researching in the beautiful Bukit Timah campus, at which I studied as an undergraduate and taught for several years before we moved to Kent Ridge," shared Prof Tan.
Former Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong joined the faculty as its first Distinguished Fellow, in October, 2013. As a Distinguished Fellow, Mr Chan will pursue research and writing projects. He will also engage with current students through “fireside chats” and lectures.
Mr Chan said: “After being involved in the service of the law for more than 50 years, as a practitioner, judge, attorney general and Chief Justice, I am delighted to be able to return to the NUS Law School where it all began. My appointment will give me many opportunities to discuss the law in action with the students, and to encourage them to look at the law in all its manifestations.”
In 2010, NUS had conferred on Mr Chan an honorary Doctor of Laws in recognition of his leadership of the Singapore Judiciary, his outstanding contribution to the development of Singapore’s criminal justice system and constitutional law, distinguished service to the nation, and long-standing and continuing support to NUS Law.