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These Law School alumni are everywhere! An impromptu Law School reunion took place on 4 July 2012. MONGREL was a photo exhibition organised by animal advocacy group Three Legs Good. The exhibition, which raised funds for various animal welfare organisations in Singapore, had its opening reception at Objectifs Gallery (on 56A Arab Street), which soon began to be oddly reminiscent of the Law School foyer at the Kent Ridge Campus in the 1990s.

David Lim Jit Hee ’93, Jeanne Lee (DipSing) ’96, Lillian Wang ’96, Adeline Ang ’96, Benjamin Ang ’93, Samantha Chia ’89, Bernard Tan ’93, Suzanne Lim ’96

The first alumnus attendee of the evening was Bernard Tan ’93, who arrived with one of the featured photographers, Colleen Goh – his wife! Thereafter, a steady stream of alums turned up, including Samantha Chia ’89, David Lim Jit Hee ’93, Benjamin Ang ’93, Pauline Ng ’94, Tan Wee Meng ’96, Clement Lim ’96, Elaine Tan ’96 and Vivien Yui ’96, to name a few! Three Legs Good is comprised of: Lillian Wang ’96, Jeanne Lee (DipSing) ’96, Suzanne Lim ’96 and your editor Adeline Ang ’96, together with their friend Pamela Sng (who is married to Cheong Aik Hock ’97!) What are these photos that attracted so many of our alums? You can check them out at Three Legs Good’s website: http://threelegsgood.org 

Benjamin Ang ’93 and Jane Lau ’93 (also known as synthpop duo Cosmic Armchair) are performing in August. They will be playing two half hour sets of original synthpop songs (good for fans 80s new wave music) at the Esplanade Concourse at 8.15pm on Wednesday 29 August 2012 and 7.15pm on Friday 31 August 2012. Admission is free. 

On 20 & 21 July 2012 Rani Singam ’94 was guest vocalist for Organamix at the newest club in Singapore, The Sultan Jazz Club at the Sultan Hotel, in the historical Kampong Glam conservation area. Organamix comprises jazz maestro Jeremy Monteiro and guitarist Andrew Lim  & drummer Chanutr Techatana-nan. Organamix is the only Southeast Asian group to be nominated for the internationally prestigious Independent Music Awards.

Rani’s next concert will be at NUS on Wednesday, 29 August 2012, at 8:00 pm; and is titled "Happily Ever After". She will be performing original songs from her album, “Contentment”, as well as other well-loved jazz standards. Tickets will be available at the door (on a first-come-first-served basis) one hour before showtime, and are limited to two tickets per patron.

 

Rani in action - photo credit Varian Monteiro

Jan Schafer LLM ’99 Jan Schafer LLM ’99 writes: “Back in 1997-98 I was a research student at NUS writing a thesis on comparative Southeast Asian arbitration law with Professor Sornarajah in the LLM by research programme. In 2000, a chapter of my thesis won the Gillis Wetter Prize of the Journal Arbitration International of the London Court of International Arbitration and was published in the journal under the title ‘Leaving the Colonial Arbitration Laws Behind: Southeast Asia's Move into the International Arbitration Arena’. At the time, international Arbitration was still something quite exotic in Southeast Asia. Seeing the recent conference of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) being held in Singapore, I can see how well established the field is today.

“I have been focusing on international arbitration and now have more than 10 years of legal practice in the field under my belt, both in commercial and investment Arbitration. I have been involved in a number of initiatives of the young Arbitration bar, co-chairing the German Under-40 Arbitration group and setting up the Co-Chairs Circle, the global umbrella organization of Under-40 Arbitration groups ( http://www.co-chairs-circle.com/ ).

“Last year, I was included the list of the Global Arbitration Review of the "45 under 45" arbitration counsel - I am the only Germany based arbitration lawyer in this list.

“I recently enjoyed a visit back in Singapore, after eight years away. It has been too long a gap. Next time will be sooner!”

Fong Wei Kurk ’01 and his wife Kay Park are proud to announce that their plans for a SingaKorean baby have come to fruition in the form of Hui Gabriel Fong, born on 15 May 2012.

Fong Wei Kurk ’01, his wife Kay Park and their baby Hui Gabriel Fong

Did you like the very stylish photos of Attorney-General Steven Chong ’82 on the cover story of this issue of LawLink?All those photos were taken by our very own Kelvin Ma ’03. Kelvin is is currently in-house attorney with a multi-national corporation, and has practise experience in both Singapore and Australia. In his free time, he is a professional photographer with his own company, Mofyphotos. Kelvin says, “I’ve loved photography since I was a child; but it was during the time when I lived in Sydney that I became inspired by the beautiful surroundings, and decided to take my hobby to the next level.” He enrolled into photography classes and undertook an apprenticeship program with a leading commercial photographer for over 2 years. Kelvin's portfolio ranges from commercial shoots (including for NTU, Carpenter & Cook cafe, Jimmy Monkey cafe and Elly children's fashion label), to weddings and portraiture. Says Kelvin of the shoot: "It has been a real honour and privilege to work with LawLink to photograph a gentleman as distinguished as the Attorney-General. It was a pleasure working with the AG - he was warm, hospitable and kind. A wonderful and humbling experience!" To see more of Kelvin’s work, go to his website: www.mofyphotos.com  or find him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mofyphotos

Attorney-General Steven Chong ’82 in our cover story -photos taken by Kelvin Ma ’03

Congratulations to jazz organist Chok Kerong ’08 for headlining his own gig at the Esplanade on 27 July 2012! His performance at the Esplanade Recital Studio featured songs from his debut album, Good Company, as well as some new compositions. We are eagerly anticipating his next album! To find out what Kerong will be up to next – and more importantly, to hear some of his amazing fingerwork – go to his website: www.kerongchok.com

Ernest Caldwell LLM ’10 recently accepted the position of Lecturer in Chinese Law in the School of Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.  Ernest will teach a range of courses on traditional and modern Chinese law, as well as courses on methods of comparative law and comparative legal traditions.

Alvin Yap'12A recent graduate from law school, Alvin Yap'12 decided to use the time before the Part B of the Bar course began to serve an internship in Phnom Penh as part of the inaugural Overseas Intern Programme established by the Center for International Law. He worked with Asian International Justice Initiative (AIJI), a NGO dedicated to monitoring trials at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), a special tribunal set up by the government of Cambodia and the United Nations to prosecute the senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime.

Apart from monitoring trials at the ECCC and submitting weekly reports on them, AIJI also produces a television show and radio show which inform the Cambodian public about the proceedings in court in a more accessible manner.

Alvin says, 'It has been an eye-opening experience seeing how the Cambodian people vest all their hopes in seeking justice and closure in the ECCC, and how the ECCC seeks to cope with such expectations from the public. Seeing international law in practice has certainly made me a stronger believer in the need for the rule of law in international relations, while paradoxically becoming more sensitive to the realpolitik that underlies every legal decision.'

During his time in Phnom Penh, Alvin was also invited to deliver a lecture to university students at the Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia on his directed research paper on the topic of sexual violence against men during armed conflicts, supervised by Prof. Simon Chesterman. Alvin encourages more students who are interested in international law to pursue their interests and take advantage of the wide range of opportunities that NUS Law School offers.

Alvin Yap'12 with the Asian International Justice Initiative (AIJI) 

 

 

 

 

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Special Congratulations

Congratulations to Indranee Rajah SC ’86, who will assume the position of Senior Minister of State for Law and Education. This Cabinet appointment, announced on 1 August 2012, will take effect on 1 November, 2012. Indranee is a Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency, and also a Director at Drew & Napier. Indranee served as the Deputy Speaker of Parliament from 2006 to 2011, and was a member of NUS Law’s Advisory Board from 2007 to 2011. LawLink is proud to have featured Indranee in our "Women At The Top" issue of LawLink in July 2003.

Congratulations are also in order for newly-appointed Judge of Appeal Sundaresh Menon SC '86. Having served 2 years as the Attorney-General, he was sworn in as a Judge of Appeal on 1 August 2012. He previously served on the Bench as a Judicial Commissioner from 2006-2007. 

Leading the newly formed Media Literacy Council as Chairman is Professor Tan Cheng Han SC ’87. The council, which was officially formed on 1 August 2012, aims to spearhead public education on media literacy and cyber wellness, and advise the government on the appropriate policy response to an increasingly complex and borderless world of media, technology, consumer expectations and participation. Cheng Han will head the 21-member team, consisting of representatives from the business sector, educational institutions, community organisations and social media.