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New Faculty

We are only two months into the academic year, but it has already been an eventful one. We’ve appointed two new faculty, welcomed our latest intake of students, and launched major new scholarships. We were also privileged to host the Chief Justice of England and Wales, as well as a slew of other public events.

Assistant Professor Swati JhaveriOur new Assistant Professor Swati Jhaveri holds a first class B.A. in Jurisprudence and a Bachelor of Civil Law (Distinction) from the University of Oxford. She joins us from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she taught from 2006-2012. Her areas of research include public law and the law of torts, with publications in the major journals. Among the honours she received while in Hong Kong was a Vice Chancellor’s Exemplary Teaching Award. She was also awarded a competitive research grant from the General Research Fund of the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong to investigate the post-1997 impact of judicial review on legislative process and content. 

She has previously practiced law at Allen & Overy, specialising in international commercial arbitration. She is qualified to practice in the Hong Kong SAR and England & Wales and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Assistant Professor Mark McBrideOur second new Assistant Professor, Mark McBride, holds advanced degrees in Law from Cambridge and in Philosophy from Oxford. He has published work on diverse topics, ranging from the nature of law in general, the goal or aim of legal proof, the relationship between justifications and excuses in the criminal law, the nature of practical authority, the nature of practical reasons, and the doctrine of double effect.

He will be teaching criminal law as well as subjects in jurisprudence.

New Students

The new academic year also brought in a new cohort of undergraduate and graduate students. Our new Student Affairs team worked with the Law Club’s Freshman Orientation Central Committee to welcome the students and help them settle in.

Mingling at the Graduates Welcome eventAmong the innovations this year was a career networking session. Taking place before our new students had taken a single class, the intention was to help show the many pathways available to law students in the different areas and forms of practice.

I take this opportunity to thank outgoing President of the NUS Law Club Kenneth Kong and all his colleagues, and to welcome the new President, Kenny Low, and his team.


With Vice Dean, Assoc Prof Joel Lee (2nd from left), Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Ms Grace Lam,Assistant Manager for Student Affairs, Mr Sean Lin (extreme right), and members of the Law Club, past and present. Law Club president Kenny Low is in the front row, 3rd from the right.

New Scholarships

We recently had the great honour of establishing two new scholarships in honour of Singapore’s longest serving Chief Justice, Mr Wee Chong Jin. Created by his widow, Mrs Ceclia Wee, and her family, the new scholarship will recognise values that epitomise the former CJ: supporting financially needy students who are of high academic standing as well as being active in community or charity work, and displaying a spirit of sportsmanship and collegiality.

Mrs Cecilia Wee Chong Jin (centre) introducing the biography, The First Chief: Wee Chong Jin – A Judicial Portrait, to the inaugural Wee Chong Jin Scholarship in Law recipients - NUS law undergraduate Seng Han Ting (left) and SMU law undergraduate Eugene Neo Zhi Wei (right).

 As NUS Law strives to be one of the very best law schools in the world, it is important that we do so without leaving deserving students behind. Through the generosity of the Wee family, these scholarships help us achieve that aim — while also celebrating the memory of an outstanding jurist and a role model for the next generation of lawyers and judges.

Another new scholarship was set up with the support of Allen & Gledhill, coincidentally the firm at which Mr Wee worked for a decade in the 1940s.

Lucien Wong, Chairman and Senior Partner of Allen & Gledhill LLP, presents a cheque to create a new scholarship at NUS Law.

Now celebrating its 110th anniversary, A&G took the opportunity to create a new scholarship at NUS Law to support academically exceptional but financially needy students.


In other events, we held our second Kwa Geok Choo Distinguished Visitors Lecture. Prof Andrew Christie, of Melbourne Law School, gave a wonderful presentation on the globalisation of intellectual property jurisprudence.

We were also privileged to welcome on campus the Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Igor Judge. In Singapore to deliver the 19th Singapore Academy of Law Annual Lecture, he also visited NUS Law and discussed legal education with faculty and students.

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Best wishes,

Simon Chesterman

Dean, NUS Law 





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