NUS Law welcomes Visiting Professors – February 2018

From left: Associate Professor David Tan, Vice Dean (Academic Affairs), Professor François Tanguay-Renaud, Professor Richard Garnett, Professor William Swadling, and Associate Professor Jianlin Chen

NUS Law welcomes our second group of Visiting Faculty for Semester Two of the academic year.


Chen Jianlin (Topics in Law & Economics)

Visiting Associate Professor


Dr Chen Jianlin ’07 is Associate Professor at University of Melbourne. He obtained his LL.B. from NUS Law, and his LL.M. and J.S.D. from the University of Chicago. He is qualified to practice in Singapore and New York.


His publications' seemingly diverse subject matters of corporate law, securities regulations, insurance law, government procurement, natural resources management, historical conservation law, eminent domain, tax law, culture wars, and law & religion is united by his research agenda of drawing on a combination of comparative perspectives and economic analysis.  His research critically examines the unarticulated jurisprudential assumptions inherent in many areas of legal discourse.


He teaches Corporation Law and Law & Market at University of Melbourne, and have previously taught Economic Analysis of Law, Commercial Law, Legal Scholarship, Business Associations and Contract Law at the University of Hong Kong where he began his academic career.


Richard Garnett (Cross-Border Litigation)

Visiting Professor


Richard Garnett has an LL.M. from Harvard University where he was a Lionel Murphy and Fulbright scholar. He is Professor of Private International Law at University of Melbourne and a consultant to Herbert Smith Freehills.


Professor Garnett regularly advises on cross-border litigation and arbitration matters and has appeared as advocate before a number of tribunals including the High Court of Australia. Professor Garnett has written extensively in the fields of private international law and arbitration, with his work cited by leading tribunals around the world, including the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights, the English Court of Appeal, United States federal and district courts, the Singapore Court of Appeal and Australian superior courts. In 2012, Professor Garnett published the book Substance and Procedure in Private International Law in the prestigious Oxford Private International Law Series, which is the first major work on the subject in English.


Since 2004, Professor Garnett has served as expert member of the Australian Government delegation to the Hague Conference on Private International Law, to negotiate the 2005 Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements, and most recently the Draft Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments. Professor Garnett has also been an adviser to the American Law Institute in its project on transnational intellectual property adjudication, co-rapporteur on the International Law Association project on transnational group actions and a director of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration.


Liew Ying Khai (Advanced Trusts Law) - not in picture

Visiting Senior Fellow


Dr Ying Khai Liew is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Melbourne. He obtained his LL.B. from King's College London with highest honours in 2008 and his Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham in 2012. He returned to King's as a lecturer from 2011 to 2014 before taking up a lectureship at UCL from 2014 to 2017. He joined the University of Melbourne in July 2017.


His research interests are in private law, particularly in the fields of trusts and obligations.


William Swadling (Principles of Restitution)

Visiting Professor


Professor William Swadling is a Reader in the Law of Property at the Oxford University and Senior Law Fellow at Brasenose College. He chairs the faculty's teaching groups in Restitution and Personal Property. Before coming to Oxford, he held posts at a number of other universities, including University College London and Trinity College, Cambridge. He is the editor of a number of books, including The Quistclose Trust: Critical Essays.


He is particularly interested in the intersection between trusts/property and restitution, and a number of his articles on this topic have been cited in the English courts, most notably in Westdeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale v Islington LBC [1996] AC 669. He is a founding editor of the Restitution Law Review and has held visiting professorships at the University of Hamburg, Seoul National University, the National University of Singapore, University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas), and the University of Leuven. He is an academic associate at One Essex Court (chambers of Lord Grabiner QC), a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne, an elected member of the American Law Institute, and an academic member of the Chancery Bar Association.



François Tanguay-Renaud (The Rule of Law)

Visiting Professor


Professor François Tanguay-Renaud is an Associate Professor and Director of the Jack & Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, in Toronto.


He holds degrees in both civil and common law from McGill University, where he was both a Loran and a Greville-Smith Scholar. He also studied at the National University of Singapore as an exchange student, and completed his graduate work (BCL, M.Phil, D.Phil) at the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar and holder of the Studentship of the Centre for Ethics and Philosophy of Law.


Prior to joining Osgoode, Professor Tanguay-Renaud was a Stipendiary Lecturer in Law at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford. He also served as a law clerk to Justice Marie Deschamps of the Supreme Court of Canada, and worked with the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development and the Asian Network for Free Elections in Thailand, as well as with the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. He has held Visiting Professor appointments at the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) in Bangalore, the University of Oxford (H.L.A. Hart Fellow), the University of Toronto Centre for Ethics and Faculty of Law, Massey College, and the University of Minnesota Law School (Robina Institute for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice).


His current academic interests span a wide range of subject areas - including criminal law, criminal procedure, public law, and international law - viewed mostly through the lens of analytical legal theory and associated areas of moral and political philosophy.