Meet Law School’s two newest additions to the teaching faculty.
Assistant Professor Arif Jamal
Arif Jamal joined NUS Law School in August 2010. He teaches Introduction to Legal Theory (1st year), Comparative Legal Traditions (2nd year) and existing electives in Islamic Law and in Jurisprudence. Arif is offering a new upper-year elective on Law and Religion, which examines the major thinkers in legal and political theory who have theorised about the relationship of Law and Religion. It also examines religio-legal cultures and traditions, particularly those prominent in Asia, to understand how they express and represent the relationship between Law and Religion, encompassing the religious/cultural traditions of Islam, Christianity, Hinduism and Confucianism.
With a background in political science, Arif has focused his legal career in the area of Islamic Law. He obtained his LLM from the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London in the United Kingdom; was appointed Visiting Researcher with the Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School; and then obtained his doctorate at the Faculty of Laws at University College London (UCL). Before joining NUS, Arif taught at UCL Law School, as well as the School of Law at SOAS. Arif has made numerous presentations on Muslim legal traditions and history to diplomatic and Non-Governmental Organisation audiences; including the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the German Federal Foreign Office and Foreign Office Academy, and the European Commission. Arif’s publications include journal articles as well as book chapters and he is currently working on a book-length monograph.
Assistant Professor Goh Yihan ’06
Goh Yihan ’06 joined NUS Law School in January 2011 as an Assistant Professor, specialising in the law of contract and tort. Yihan obtained a LLB (Hons) (First Class) from NUS Law School, graduating at the top of his class on a NUS Undergraduate Scholarship. He also holds a LLM from Harvard University. Yihan is currently also serving as an Assistant Director of Legal Aid at the Legal Aid Bureau.
In 2010, Yihan was appointed Amicus Curiae to the Supreme Court of Singapore. To date, he has assisted the High Court in the case of Jeanette Ang v Public Prosecutor. Yihan recalls: “I did research into what amounted to a money laundering offence in the context of the Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of Benefits) Act (Cap 65A, 2000 Rev Ed). This included the more specific issues of the requisite state of mind the accused must have, and what the Prosecution needs to prove to establish the offence. I tendered written submissions based on questions formulated by the Court; and then made oral submissions to the Court on those issues.”