June 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!

Prime Minister Launches EW Barker Centre for Law & Business

The Centre for Law & Business (CLB) at NUS Law has been renamed the EW Barker Centre for Law & Business to pay tribute to Singapore’s first and longest-serving Law Minister Mr Edmund William Barker. The new centre was launched on 29 May at the NUS Bukit Timah Campus by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

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NUS Law Students launch Guidebook on Practice of Muslim Law

Speaker of Parliament Madam Halimah Yacob ’78, LL.M. '01, LL.D. '16, launched the new guidebook entitled “Navigating Muslim Law in Singapore” at the student-run Syariah Law Forum 2017, which was held in partnership with I.R.B. Law LLP, NUS Muslim Society, NUS Pro Bono Group and ARLC Law Corporation. The guidebook and the Forum were the fruits of labour of a pro bono project which involved 11 months of planning and research by 16 NUS Law students.

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Faculty Feature: Professor Simon Chesterman

Professor Simon Chesterman, Dean of NUS Law, is a prominent figure in the academic arena of International Law. Editor of the Asian Journal of International Law and Secretary-General of the Asian Society of International Law, Professor Chesterman’s works has opened up new areas of research on conceptions of public authority - including the rules and institutions of global governance, state-building and post-conflict reconstruction, and the changing role of intelligence agencies. 

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Faculty Feature: Professor Alan Tan

Professor Alan Tan ’93 is NUS Law's resident authority on Aviation Law. He has also been an adviser to governments and airlines on liberalising the aviation industry. He has written and published extensively on aviation law and policy issues in Asia and has worked with the World Bank, the ASEAN Secretariat, the governments of China, Indonesia and Sri Lanka and airlines such as AirAsia and Royal Brunei.

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Book Launch: Constitutionalism and Legal Change in Myanmar

The Centre for Asian Legal Studies (CALS) was pleased to organise a book launch for Professor Andrew Harding LL.M. ’84 to celebrate the publication of his book entitled “Constitutionalism and Legal Change in Myanmar”. The collection of essays is edited by Professor Harding and Dr Khin Khin Oo, who was formerly a CALS Visiting Research Fellow.

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NUS Law Wins International Air Law Moot Competition

A team of NUS Law students has emerged champions in the 8th Leiden Sarin International Air Law Moot Court Competition held in Valletta, Malta. The NUS Law team - comprising fourth year students Kelvin Choo ’17, Charlene Wee ’17 and Lim Hao Jie ’17 - defeated the Indian national champion, the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), to lift the tournament trophy.

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NUS Law Tops Asia-Pacific Rounds of IASLA Space Moot 2017

NUS Law congratulates Serene Chee ’19, Uma Sharma ’19, Low Ee Ning ’19 and Seah Ern Xu ’19 for emerging as Champions in the Asia-Pacific Regional Rounds of the International Air and Space Law Academy (IASLA) Space Moot Competition 2017. The team also received the Best Memorial prize. This is the third time that NUS Law has emerged as Champions in the Asia-Pacific round.  

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NUS Law wins Inaugural Blackoak Transactional Competition

NUS Law has emerged as champions at the inaugural Blackoak Transactional Competition! The team comprised of Lee Shao Xun ’19, Daryl Tan Wei Jie ’19, Marcel Wong Liang Kun ’19 and Joseph Lim Weisheng ’19. Lee Shao Xun also clinched the Best Oralist Award.   

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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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London Reunion

Our alumni in London gathered for a cocktail reception on Friday, 7 April at Red & White, the in-house restaurant of Latham & Watkins LLP. Special thanks must go to Jayanthi Sadanandan ’95, Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins’ London office, for graciously hosting the reception together with our Dean, Professor Simon Chesterman. The warm and cosy event provided a fantastic opportunity for alumni to network and to meet up with faculty members including Professor M Sornarajah, Ms Rachel Leow ’11, Mr Timothy Liau ’14 and Mr Ivan Lee ’14. Many lingered to enjoy the good company and conversation way past dinnertime. We look forward to celebrating with many more alumni at our upcoming 60th anniversary events this year!   

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Class of 1992 Reunion

Nostalgia struck early on the evening of our 25th anniversary as several organising committee members struggled to carry the large anniversary cake from the Suntec bakery across the Nicoll Highway to the Alchemist Beer Lab at South Beach. This brought back memories of doing manual chores prepping for Law Orientation, and set the tone for the evening. The 70-odd attendees (special thanks to those who made the trip from Japan, Hong Kong, Brunei, Malaysia etc) probably felt transported back to our Law School days and we became the 20-something year olds again as we reminisced, laughed and teased one another.    

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Upcoming Reunions

Dear Alumni from the Class of 1987,
Almost 40 classmates have signed up and we look forward to more joining in to celebrate your 30th Anniversary! Details are as follows:

Date: Saturday, 15 July 2017
Time: 6.30 pm
Venue: NUSS Kent Ridge Guild House,
9 Kent Ridge Drive,
Singapore 119241
Cost: Registration is free for all alumni from the Class of 1987 and will be $50 per head for other guests (No kids, please)

To register, please click on this link.

Dear Alumni from the Class of 1997,
It’s been 20 years since we graduated & high time for another reunion – please see details below:

Date: Friday, 28 July 2017
Time: 6:30 pm – Drinks, 7:30pm – Dinner
Venue: NUSS Kent Ridge Guild House,
9 Kent Ridge Drive,
Singapore 119241
Cost: Free for all alumni from the Class of 1997

Close to 50 classmates have signed up & we hope to hit 100! To join in the fun, please click here.

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.