TAN Kevin Y L
Full C.V.

Adjunct Professor

JSD LL.M. (Yale), LL.B. (NUS)

Director, Equilibrium Consulting Pte Ltd
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Office Tel: (65) 6516-4192 
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Office Address

Room FED-02-39
Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
Eu Tong Sen Building
469G Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259776
Research Interests

Singapore Legal System
Singapore Legal History
Constitutional and Administrative Law
International Human Rights
Law & Society
Legal Theory

Subjects Taught

Public Law
Law & Society
Singapore Law in Context

Brief Biodata

Kevin YL Tan specializes in Constitutional and Administrative Law, International Law and International Human Rights. He graduated with an LLB (Hons) from the Faculty of Law at the National University of Singapore and holds an LLM and JSD from the Yale Law School. He currently holds Adjunct Professorships at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (NUS) as well as at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) where he teaches constitutional law, international law and international human rights.

He has published widely in his areas of specialization and has written and edited over 40 books on the law, history and politics of Singapore. Among his publications are: Constitutional Law in Malaysia and Singapore; Managing Political Change in Singapore: The Elected Presidency (Routledge, 1997); Lee's Lieutenants: Singapore's Old Guard (Allen & Unwin, 1999) (both with Lam Peng Er); The Singapore Legal System (Singapore University Press, 1999);); Essays in Singapore Legal History (Marshall-Cavendish Academic, 2004); Introduction to Singapore's Constitution (Talisman); The Constitution of Singapore: A Contextual Analysis (Hart, 2015); The Evolution of a Revolution: 40 Years of the Singapore Constitution (with Thio Li-ann) (Routledge-Cavendish, 2009); and 50 Constitutional Moments That Defined a Nation (Marshall-Cavendish, 2015) (with Thio Li-ann).

Kevin has been on the editorial board of several leading legal journals. From 1998-2000, he was also Chief Editor of the Singapore Journal of International and Comparative Law and from 2000-2003 was the journalís Adjunct Editor. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Asian Yearbook of International Law (since 2010); Executive Editor of the Asian Journal of Comparative Law (since 2016); and Editorial Board member of the Korean Journal of International and Comparative Law (since 2013). Kevin also serves on the Board of Governors of the Human Rights Resource Centre (HRRC)

Representative Publications

1. Constitutionalism in Asia: Cases & Materials (Oxford: Hart, 2014) (with Wen-chen Chang, Li-ann Thio & Jiunn-rong Yeh)

2. Singapore and International Law: The Early Years (Singapore: Centre for International Law, 2011)

3. Voting in Change: Politics of Singapore's 2011 General Election (Singapore: Ethos Books, 2011) (with Terence Lee)

4. Constitutional Law in Malaysia and Singapore 3 ed (Singapore: Lexis Nexis, 2010) (with Thio Li-ann)

5. Marshall of Singapore: A Biography (Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2009)

6. 'Defaming Politicians, Scandalising the Courts: A Look at Recent Developments in Singapore' in Andrew T Kenyon, Tim Marjoribanks & Amandan Whiting (eds), Democracy, Media and Law in Malaysia and Singapore (London: Routledge, 2014) 105-128.

7. 'International Law in the Courts of the Straits Settlements' (2010) 16 Asian Yearbook of International Law 65-86.

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