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Congratulations to Professors Kumaralingam Amirthalingam, Simon Chesterman and Stephen Girvin on their appointments to the Deanery, on 1 June 2010.




Professor Kumaralingam Amirthalingam is our Vice Dean for Academic Affairs.  He joined the Faculty in 2000 and was appointed Director, International Programmes in 2003.  In 2008, he was appointed Director, Asian Law Institute and Vice Dean (International Programmes).  As Vice Dean (Academic Affairs), he oversees the core undergraduate and graduate LLB programmes – including double and concurrent degrees – and coordinates all teaching-relating activities at the law school.  This includes setting academic policies for students, planning the academic programmes, developing the curriculum and allocating teaching duties.  Professor Amirthalingam's research interests are in criminal law (particularly with respect to cross-cultural issues, vulnerable classes and moral blameworthiness) and tort law (particularly negligence, medical malpractice and economic loss).  He teaches torts and criminal law. Professor Simon Chesterman is our Vice Dean for Graduate Studies, where he also directs the New York University School of Law Singapore Programme. As Vice Dean, he oversees the graduate programmes, including the Master of Laws (LL.M.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), and the development of a new Juris Doctor (J.D.) programme. He is also responsible for the Law School’s coursework diplomas and the Part A Bar Course. Professor Chesterman’s research and teaching focus on changing conceptions of public authority, including the rules and institutions of global governance, state-building and post-conflict reconstruction, and the changing role of intelligence agencies. His next book, One Nation Under Surveillance: A New Social Contract to Defend Freedom Without Sacrificing Liberty will be published in February 2011. Professor Stephen Girvin is our Vice Dean for Research and International Programmes. He was educated in South Africa and completed a doctorate at the University of Aberdeen. He taught at Aberdeen and Nottingham universities before joining NUS in 2002. After a period as Professor of Maritime Law and Vice Dean (Taught LLM) at the University of Birmingham, he rejoined NUS in 2008. Stephen is a specialist in maritime and shipping law and in company law. He is the author of Charlesworth’s Company Law 18 th ed (2010) and Carriage of Goods by Sea 2nd ed (due 2011) and will be working on the 14th ed of Marsden’s Collisions at Sea during 2011.





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