April 2017

Stay in touch with us as NUS Law Matters brings to you the latest news from the faculty! Conceptualised to keep in close touch with our Alumni and friends, NUS Law Matters is a light online newsletter supplementing the now annual print version of LawLink. We hope you enjoy reading these updates!

Faculty Feature: Professor Leong Wai Kum

Professor Leong Wai Kum is synonymous with Family Law in Singapore and her book Elements of Family Law is the definitive textbook on the subject. Her 40 year career at NUS Law is distinguished by her significant influence on the development of Family Law, and she has groomed many of today's leading practitioners and lawmakers. Prof Leong was the first graduate of the newly established Faculty of Law, University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, to join NUS Law as a lecturer. Her pioneering work in Family Law will undoubtedly endure for decades to come. We talked to Prof Leong about her work and inspiration.

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International Advisory Panel Visit

The NUS Law International Advisory Panel (IAP) visited Singapore between 13 and 15 March 2017. As part of the three-day visit, they attended a dinner held on 14 March 2017 where they were joined by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon '86, members of the legal fraternity and alumni.

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NUS Law recognises students' pro bono initiatives

The National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Law recognised 18 students, alumni and partners for their leadership and contributions in pro bono projects, and awarded financial grants to support four deserving pro bono projects at the 2nd NUS Law Pro Bono Awards Ceremony. 

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NUS Law students excel at Inaugural Domestic IP Moot

The inaugural Gowling WLG IP Moot 2017 organised by the NUS Law Mooting and Debating Club (MDC) was held on 24 February 2017. The competition was sponsored by Gowling WLG and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS).

Students from NUS Law brought their A-game to the final round and won the following awards:

- Nigel Na '18 emerged as Champion
- Ryo Yap '19 and Tan Ming Ren '20 emerged as joint second runner-up

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NUS Law wins Lex Infinitum 2017

NUS Law congratulates Kok Chun Hou '17, Joshua Woo '17 and Lee Yew Boon '19 for winning Best Overall Team at Lex Infinitum 2017.

Lex Infinitum is an international Mediation and Negotiation Competition hosted by the VM Salgaocar College of Law in Goa, India. The 2017 iteration featured 24 shortlisted teams from law schools all around the world.

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NUS Law wins Top Arbitration Award

A team of first year students from NUS Law have won the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) Japan Chapter Award in the Intercollegiate Negotiation Competition held at Sophia University in Tokyo on 3 and 4 December 2016. The award goes to the top arbitration team in the competition.
The team members are Daniel Ling '20, Tan Fong Han '20, Darren Sim '20, Violet Huang Qianwei '20 and Sophia Yew '20.

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Law IV: Judicial Review

In commemoration of NUS Law's 60th anniversary, the Class of 2017 kick-started the celebrations with their all-original musical production titled “Judicial Review”. The production ran from 17 to 19 February 2017 at the NUS Law Auditorium, and was graced by former Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong '61 as its guest-of-honour.  

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Class Action

Birth announcements, weddings, career moves or just a shoutout to old friends, find out more on what's happening with your classmates!   

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Shanghai Reunion

The Shanghai NUS Law Alumni Reunion was the first reunion in our 60th Anniversary year, and it was held on Friday, 3 March 2017. A strong turnout of almost 70 alumni gathered at the InterContinental Shanghai Ruijin Hotel, and filled the elegant venue with the sound of chatter and laughter as they connected with one another and caught up with faculty members Associate Professor Eleanor Wong '85, Vice Dean (Student Affairs) and Associate Professor Joel Lee. Alumni and even current students from our LL.M.  (International Business Law) Programme were well-represented, and they were delighted to be reunited with classmates and to get to know other alumni. The event was also a welcome opportunity for our alumni based there to swap notes on life in Shanghai, and to break out into their native Singlish tongue with fellow Singaporeans. We hope to see many more of you at the next reunion!   

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Upcoming Reunions

Dear Alumni in London and the UK,
For those who have registered for our London reunion, we look forward to seeing you on Friday, 7 April 2017 at the Red & White, Latham & Watkins etc.! Whether you are based in London or just passing through, this will be the perfect opportunity to catch up with some of your NUS Law teachers and to connect with other alumni in your area.

Meanwhile, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Alumni Relations team at:
Email: lawlink@nus.edu.sg

Phone: +65 6516-3616 (ask for Ms Era Carmen Chan)

Dear Alumni from the Class of 1992,

More than 50 classmates have signed up and we look forward to many more of you joining us to celebrate your 25th Anniversary! Details are as follows:

Date: Friday, 21 April 2017
Time: 6.30 pm - 9.30 pm (for those who don't need to be in bed by 10 pm, you can stay on and continue to party even though we won't have exclusive use of the space after 9.30 pm)
Venue: Alchemist Beer Lab
26 Beach Road
#B1-16 South Beach Avenue
Singapore 189768
Dress code:  Smart casual
Cost: $50 per person (soft drinks included in the price, for those who need something stronger, the Alchemist Beer Lab also serves interesting infused beer. Think fruit infused spa water but BEER. Drinks coupons will be sold at a special price on venue.)

RSVP by Friday, 14 April 2017

On behalf of the Committee, we hope you will be able to join us! To register for this event, please kindly email Ms Era Chan at lawlink@nus.edu.sg  or call her at +65 6516 3616.

Dear Alumni from the Class of 1987 and 1997,
Your classmates are planning a reunion, and look forward to catching up with you!
Class of 1987: Saturday, 15 July 2017 (Time to be confirmed)
Class of 1997: Friday, 28 July 2017 at 7:00 pm
Please save the date in your diaries and look out for more details very soon. See you at your reunion!

Finally, a shout out to all classes who will be celebrating their milestone anniversaries in 2017 (ie. Classes of 1967, 1972, 2002 and 2007), please contact Jo-Ann Chan '97 (joann.chan@nus.edu.sg; 6601 2248) if you are keen on celebrating your anniversaries this year and we can help you to plan (and pay for) the gathering! Classes of 1982 and 1977, do look out for news from your classmates on reunion plans!

Meanwhile, please update your contact details with us at: http://law.nus.edu.sg/alumni/alumni_update_particulars.asp so that we can keep you informed of the latest news and events.