THIO Li-ann


Ph.D. (Cambridge), LL.M. (Harvard), B.A. (Oxford), Barrister (Gray's Inn)

Provost's Chair
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Office Address

Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
Eu Tong Sen Building
469G Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259776
Research Interests

Public International law, its History & Theory
International Human Rights Law & the Rights of Peoples
Constitutional Law & Administrative law: Domestic & Comparative Perspectives
Constitutionalism and Human Rights in Asia
Law and Religion

Subjects Taught

Human Rights in Asia
Public Law
Public International Law

Brief Biodata

Professor Thio Li-ann teaches and has published widely in the fields of public international law, human rights law, constitutional and administrative law. She is currently the Chief Editor for the Singapore Journal of Legal Studies. She is also on the editorial board of the Journal of East Asia and International Law, National Taiwan University Law Review and on the advisory board of the New Zealand Yearbook of International Law, Australian Journal of Asian Law and International Law & Human Rights Discourse.

Li-ann is on the international advisory board of the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law (from 2015), the University of Bologna Law Review and City University of Hong Kong Law Review.

She was formerly Chief Editor, Singapore Journal of International & Comparative Law (2000-2003), General Editor for Asian Yearbook of International Law and Editor for International Journal of Constitutional Law.

Li-ann has taught courses at the law faculties of Hong Kong University and the University of Melbourne. A leading Singapore constitutional scholar, she is the author of A Treatise on Singapore Constitutional Law (Academy Publishing, 2012). She also co-authored Constitutional Law in Malaysia and Singapore

(Lexis Nexis, 2010, 3rd ed.), co-edited Evolution of a Revolution: 40 Years of the Singapore Constitution (Routledge-Cavendish, 2009), and is co-editor of a book series with Hart Publishing on Constitutionalism in Asia (from 2017), all withAdjunct Professor Kevin Y.L. Tan. She was an expert witness before the Australian Federal Court and academic freedom consultant to the University of Warwick (2005).

She was a Nominated Member of Parliament (2007-2009), and received the NUS Young Researcher Award in 2004.

Representative Publications

1. Managing Babel: The International Legal Protection of Minorities in the Twentieth Century, International Studies on Human Rights Vol. 81 [Leiden / The Netherlands: Koninklijke Brill NV, 2005] 366 pages

2. Relational Constitutionalism and the Management of Inter-Religious Disputes: The Singapore 'Secularism with a Soul' Model, (2012) 2 Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 1-24

3. 'Constitutionalism in Illiberal Polities' in Oxford Handbook on Comparative Constitutionalism, Andras Sajo & Michel Rosenfeld eds., (Oxford University Press, 2012) 133-152

4. 'Implementing Human Rights in ASEAN Countries: Promises to Keep and Miles to Go before I Sleep' (1999) 2 Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal 1- 86

5. Battling Balkanization: Regional Approaches Towards Minority Protection Beyond Europe (2002) 43(2) Harvard International Law Journal 409-468

6. A Treatise on Singapore Constitutional Law (Singapore: Academy Publishing, 2012), 942 pages, with a foreword by Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong

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