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Liang Ying with the other University Trainees at the International Court of Justice

Tan Liang Ying ’07 has just returned from a university traineeship with the International Court of Justice (ICJ).


"The university traineeship provided a rare opportunity to work at the UN's principal judicial organ with excellent international lawyers on a range of fascinating cases and other projects. The court had (and continues to have) a full and varied docket, including cases on jurisdictional immunities (Germany v Italy), quantum of compensation (Guinea v Congo), the obligation to extradite or prosecute (Belgium v Senegal) and questions of sovereignty and maritime delimitation (Nicaragua v Colombia). These raised a spectrum of issues involving states from different geographical regions and legal systems, demonstrating that the ICJ truly serves as the world court in the contemporary international order."


Liang Ying found it a great privilege to work for and interact with the judges, who represent a vast diversity of legal traditions and career backgrounds. "I clerked for Vice-President Bernardo Sepúlveda-Amor and Judge Abdul G. Koroma, both of whom are not only inspiring, brilliant legal minds, but were also very generous in sharing their judicial philosophy and wealth of experience. With the solid support of the Court's library resources and especially the assistance of the unfailingly first-rate librarians, my only research-related regret was not being able to read works in German, Spanish or Italian!"


She also made many new and interesting friends: "An equally important part of the experience was the pleasure of being among fantastic colleagues from around the world whose talent and passion for international law were equally matched by their striking personalities and good humour. That more than compensated for the legendarily dreary weather of the Netherlands, though I came to love living in The Hague, by the North Sea, in the quiet seat of the Dutch government and self-billed 'International City of Peace and Justice'. I am tremendously grateful to have learnt so much from the substantive experience, the people, and the unique institutional and contextual environment of the ICJ. I could not have imagined a more fitting introduction to the practice of international law." 
Liang Ying with the other University Trainees in front of the stairs of the Peace Palace
Edmund Tan (Exchange ’08) enjoyed his experience at NUS and in Singapore so much, that after being admitted to practice in the High Court of New Zealand as a Solicitor and Barrister, he decided to return to Singapore to practice.  "I am currently an in-house Legal Counsel for a large MNC in Singapore.  Singapore has excellent career development opportunities and makes for a great second home because the city-state has so much to offer." 


Saught (meaning “to seek peace”) is a social business that creates products from the metal of war remnants (including unexploded ordnance, i.e. artillery shells, bombshells, and landmine fragments), that enable sustainable development in post-conflict countries. The Saught founding team includes NUS Law graduates Pamela Yeo ’11 and Ng Sook Zhen ’11, and SMU Economics and Business graduate Adeline Heng. 
Pamela and an artisan
Pamela explains, "The current jewellery collection is handcrafted by artisans from NGO income generation initiatives in Cambodia that teach locals in the skills of silversmith work. Our supply of metal is from de-mining and munitions cutting NGOs in Cambodia. Also, our current range of jewellery is made in collaboration with Temasek Polytechnic’s School of Design."


Saught is available online at and is stocked at Actually at Seah Street, Hansel at Mandarin Gallery, and Rockstar by Soon Lee at Orchard Cineleisure.


Pamela's vision is to spread the message of peace-building and hope to the world through meaningful products made by communities in post-conflict countries. The team plans to expand their work to other post-conflict countries around the region – East Timor, Laos, and Sri Lanka.


How you can support the work: Join our PeaceLovers community by visiting their online store at, and spread the word to your friends via facebook:
If you’d like to be a Saught advocate by
  • hosting an event with Saught products; 
  • collaborate with us on a limited edition collection; 
  • place a bulk order for your friends, family, or company; or 
  • are interested in getting in touch;
 – you can email Pam at


Zhao Shuang (LLM ’12) is now working in the legal department of Petrochina, focusing on trading and shipping law.


Tom Jansson (Exchange ’12) has returned to his home in Helsinki, Finland, and will graduate from the University of Helsinki in May 2013.






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