Name

CHUA Lynette J.
 
 
Designation

Assistant Professor
 
Qualifications

Ph.D. (UC Berkeley), M.A (UC Berkeley), LL.B. (NUS), B.Sc. (Ohio)
 
Appointment(s)

Executive Committee, Centre for Asian Legal Studies
Email Address: lynettechua@nus.edu.sg; lynette.chua@gmail.com
Office Tel: (65) 6516-5416 
Office Fax: (65) 6779-0979 
Office Address

Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
Eu Tong Sen Building
469G Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259776
 
Research Interests

Law and society
Socio-legal studies
Law and social change
Law and social movements
Qualitative, empirical scholarship
 

Subjects Taught

Sociology of Law
Law and Social Movements
Understanding Law and Social Change
Public Law
 

Brief Biodata

Lynette is a socio-legal scholar with research interests in law and social change, and law and social movements. Her forthcoming book published by Temple University Press, Mobilizing Gay Singapore: Rights and Resistance in an Authoritarian State, analyzes the emergence, development, and strategies and tactics of Singapore's gay and lesbian movement, and explicates the complex role of law and meanings of rights. Her 2012 Law & Society Review article, "Pragmatic Resistance, Law, and Social Movements in Authoritarian States: The Case of Gay Collective Action in Singapore," which was based on the same project, was awarded the Law & Society Association Honorable Mention for Article Prize in 2013.

Besides her ethnographic study of Singapore's gay and lesbian movement, Lynette is conducting fieldwork on and writing about the emergence of LGBT rights mobilization in Myanmar at a time of political transition. She has also initiated a broader collaborative project to examine the development of LGBT rights activism across various Asian countries.

In addition, Lynette is working in collaboration with various scholars to develop NUS Law into a center for socio-legal research on Southeast Asian societies. She co-organized a workshop on Southeast Asian-based socio-legal research on 10-12 December 2012, bringing together leading law and society scholars and regional researchers to examine the intellectual possibilities and challenges, articulate potential research themes and directions, and define a research agenda. The next event is a conference entitled, Researching State and Personhood: Law and Society in Southeast Asia, to be held in December 2014.

Lynette currently holds a Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant and an Academic Research Fund Tier 1 grant, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Centre for Asian Legal Studies at NUS. She was a Fulbright Scholar, and held grants from the Social Science Research Council and the U.S. National Science Foundation.


Representative Publications

1. Mobilizing Gay Singapore: Rights and Resistance in an Authoritarian State (2014). Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

2. "Pragmatic Resistance, Law, and Social Movements in Authoritarian States: The Case of Gay Collective Action in Singapore" (2012) Law & Society Review, Vol. 46(4): 713-748. (Law & Society Association Honorable Mention for Article Prize, 2013)

3. "Rights Mobilization and the Campaign to Decriminalize Homosexuality in Singapore" (forthcoming) Asian Journal of Law & Society. (DOI:10.1017/als.2013.6)

4. "From Health Crisis to Rights Advocacy? HIV/AIDS and Gay Activism in China and Singapore" (with Timothy Hildebrandt) (forthcoming) Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Non-profit Organizations. (DOI:10.1007/s11266-013-9429-7)

5. "Sexual and Gender Minorities in Transition: LGBT Rights and Activism in Myanmar" (with David Gilbert) (forthcoming in 2015) Human Rights Quarterly.

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