LawLink September 2014

 Faculty Feature

Launch of Centre for Law & Business

NUS Law launched the Centre for Law & Business (CLB) to enhance and promote research and educational opportunities for faculty, students, legal practitioners and business executives in the fields of Law, Business and Economics. The official launch ceremony, which was held on 14 August, was graced by The Honourable the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon '86 as the Guest-of-Honour.

From left: Dean Simon Chesterman, Professor Tan Cheng Han, The Honourable the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon and Assoc Prof Lan Luh Luh

The Centre is helmed by two notable experts in law and business - Prof Tan Cheng Han ’87 from NUS Law; and Assoc Prof Lan Luh Luh '89, who holds a joint appointment with NUS Law and NUS Business School.

The three initial aims of the Centre for Law & Business are: to offer a platform for interdisciplinary research in law and business — prominently including intellectual property, tax, competition law — which will be of practical value to legal practitioners, legislators, and businesspeople; to be a thought leader in the area of commercial law, contributing to law reform in Singapore and the wider region; and to disseminate topical and important information on, and stimulate interest in, comparative commercial law.

Dean Simon Chesterman said: “Singapore is on the path to being a true global legal services centre. But to achieve that, we need more than a robust rule of law framework, strong institutions, and a pool of talent. We also need ideas: we need to make Singapore a thought-leader in law and legal services. That insight is the driving force behind the new Centre for Law & Business, which builds on NUS Law’s extensive experience in commercial law teaching and research.”

Prof Tan, Chairman of CLB, added: “We envision the Centre for Law & Business as a thought leader in the field of business law with a special focus on Asia. Our work will not only be inter-disciplinary but comparative as well.”

Prof Tan Cheng Han

Prof Tan is also the Chairman of the Singapore Media Literacy Council, Chairman of the Public Accountants Oversight Committee, a Commissioner of the Competition Commission of Singapore, a board member of the Accounting, Corporate and Regulatory Authority, as well as a member of the Appeal Advisory Panel to the Singapore Minister for Finance.

Assoc Prof Lan, who is Deputy Chairman of CLB, is the Assoc Dean (Executive Education) of the NUS Business School, a member of the research team at the School’s Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organisations (CGIO), a board member of the Charity Council of Singapore; and the scientist-in-charge for NUS’ representation to the Global Corporate Governance Colloquia.

CLB, together with CGIO, is an academic partner of the Global Corporate Governance Colloquia, which is a series of annual world-class conferences on corporate governance research conceived by some of the scholars affiliated with the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI). It will be collaborating with ECGI to organise the EU-Asia Corporate Governance Dialogue 2015 Conference entitled “Corporate Governance and Large Shareholders”, which will bring together top researchers and scholars from Europe and Asia to NUS Law.

Framing IP Conference Attracts Top Legal Minds
To coincide with the official launch of the Centre for Law and Business, an international conference on intellectual property (IP) law was opened on 14 August by Ms Indranee Rajah '86, Senior Minister of State of the Ministry of Law and the Ministry of Education.

The public conference is part of a research project that brings together leading scholars to consider how IP should be framed in the 21st century.

Adopting a multi-disciplinary approach, the research papers will focus on how best to integrate five distinct (and sometimes fragmented) themes of incentive, trade, development, culture and human rights as part of a forthcoming book project, which will be co-edited by Prof Rochelle Dreyfuss, Co-Director of the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy at the New York University School of Law, and Assoc Prof Elizabeth Siew-Kuan Ng, Director of Intellectual Property at CLB. The two-day conference ended on 15 August, 2014.

Assoc Prof Elizabeth Siew-Kuan Ng

Panelists and speakers of the conference

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