Centre for Legal Theory

About CLT

The Centre for Legal Theory (CLT) at NUS Law brings together colleagues in the Faculty of Law interested in a variety of theoretical approaches to law, including those informed by related disciplines. CLT exists to promote formal and informal exchanges on theoretical work by members of the Centre and other colleagues.

Among the research projects currently undertaken by CLT members, particular strengths can be noted in work relating to: Authority, Civil Obligations, Constitutional Law, Comparative Law, Criminal Law/Criminal Justice, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Global/Transnational Law, International Law, Jurisprudence/General Legal Theory, Private Law, Religion, Rights, Social Theory, and Sociology of Law. (Further details are available through the PEOPLE button on the left.)

CLT organises a number of events throughout the academic year, including the Singapore Symposium in Legal Theory, as well as Occasional Seminars and Conferences. The Singapore Symposium in Legal Theory is an initiative supported by the Faculty of Law, with funding by the Academic Research Fund from the Ministry of Education, to promote discussion of current international research into theoretical issues that concern the law. A formal programme of papers is held in Semester 2 each year, in which those working in legal theory from around the world join with colleagues at NUS to present work in progress and explore contemporary debates. We welcomed Joseph Raz to inaugurate the formal programme in January 2014.

The Centre fosters connections with colleagues across NUS, and co-ordinates an informal network for those working in legal and political philosophy; it also seeks to promote contacts with colleagues elsewhere, through a variety of initiatives. Opportunities for joining us at CLT are described in the COMING TO NUS section of this site. More details of our activities can be gleaned from the other sections indicated in the navigation panel on the left.