LLM (International Business Law) -
Teaching Faculty

Adjunct Professor Lawrence BOO
Adjunct Professor Lawrence Boo obtained his LLB (Hons) and LLM degrees from the National University of Singapore, and is a Chartered Arbitrator and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London (FCIArb), the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (FSIArb), the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand (FAMINZ) and the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA). He is currently the Deputy Chairman of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and is well recognised as one of Singapore's leading international arbitrators. He has sat as arbitrator in more than 150 arbitrations and written numerous arbitral awards. He is on the Panel of International Arbitrators and Mediators of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) New York, the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), China Maritime Arbitration Commission (CMAC), Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB), the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC). He also serves as Law Reform Consultant to the Attorney-General's Chambers and on many Government and quasi-Government bodies. Associate Professor Boo is also a frequent speaker at international conferences and seminars and has published many articles on arbitration, mediation and ADR. He is the author of Halsbury's Laws of Singapore - Arbitration and the chapter on Singapore in the book "International Handbook on Commercial Arbitration". He is an advisor to the China Law Reports and is Singapore's National Correspondent to UNCITRAL's Case Law on UNCITRAL Text (CLOUT).

Mr Chen Li is a Global Associate at the Centre for International Law. He received his legal education at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, National University of Singapore, New York University, Washington University and Oxford University. His research interests include Public International Law, International Economic Law, International and Commercial Trusts Law and Comparative Human Rights Law.

Dr DANG Xuan Hop
Dr Dang Xuan Hop is a partner with Allens Arthur Robinson in Hanoi. He advises on foreign investment projects and commercial matters with particular emphasis on large-scale infrastructure, power and petroleum projects; contracts with governments; project financing; EPC contracts; and resolution of commercial disputes, especially through arbitration. He is a fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and has been a Reserve Arbitrator at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre since May 2008. Dr Dang holds law degrees from both Vietnam and Australia and has recently completed his doctoral thesis at the University of Oxford in the area of international investment law. He has been teaching with NUS Law since 2006.

Adjunct Professor Neale R GREGSON
Neale Gregson qualified as a lawyer in 1985 in the City of London and moved to Singapore in 1991. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Law from the Universities of Wales and London, respectively, and is a University Prize winner. Neale qualified as a Chartered Arbitrator in 2001 and is a Fellow and Panel Member of various arbitral institutions, including the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (as well as being a Panel Member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration, the Kuala Lumpur Regional Arbitration Centre and the Pacific International Arbitration Center in Vietnam). Having worked for many years as a Partner in international legal practice (during which time he served as head of a thriving litigation and arbitration department in a major offshore firm in Singapore, Neale joined The Arbitration Chambers, Singapore in 2004 as a full-time professional arbitrator and mediator. Neale has served as an adjunct Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore since 2003 where he teaches carriage of goods by sea, other maritime law subjects and international arbitration.

Associate Professor LIM Lei Theng
Associate Professor Lim Lei Theng, who has an LLB (Hons) from the National University of Singapore and an LLM from Harvard Law School, is a Deputy Director of the Legal Writing Programme in the Faculty of Law. She was a member of the Faculty's teaching staff before becoming a litigation lawyer at Messrs Drew & Napier, which is one of Singapore's largest and leading law firms. Her legal practice centred on civil suits and arbitrations involving cross-border transactions. She is also an active mediator. She has since returned to the Faculty and has taught a variety of legal skills courses, including trial advocacy, moots, writing, negotiation and mediation. As a Deputy Director of the Legal Writing Programme, she convenes and teaches two courses for second year law students, Introduction to Trial Advocacy and Legal Case Studies. The former allows students to do a mock trial, while the latter takes students through a corporate transaction. She also teaches in the first year Legal Analysis, Writing and Research course, and assists in coaching the NUS moots teams. In May 2004, she co-conducted a workshop on "Teaching Legal Skills" for the Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong.

Associate Professor Alexander LOKE
Associate Professor Alexander F H Loke JSD, LLM (Columbia), LLB (Hons)(NUS) is Associate Professor with research interests in contract law, international business transactions, corporate finance and securities regulation. He was Visiting Associate Professor, East China University (2002), Visiting Scholar, Columbia University (2000-2001), and Visiting Lecturer, Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City (1999). He was a contributor to Halsbury Laws of Singapore vol 7: Contracts and Walter Woon on Company Law, 3rd ed (2005). Representative publications include: "The Protected Interests in the Private Right of Action for Insider Trading: A Comparative Perspective" (2007) 7 J Corp L Stud 307, "The Investors' Protected Interest against Market Manipulationin the UK, Australia and Singapore" (2007) 21 Aus J Corp L 22, "From the Fiduciary Theory to Information Abuse: The Changing Fabric of Insider Trading Law in the U.K., Australia and Singapore" 54 Am J Comp L 123 (2006), "A (Behavioural) Law and Economics Approach to Reforming Asian Corporate Governance" (2002) 20 C & S LJ 250, "Fiduciary Duties and Implied Duties of Good Faith in Contractual Joint Ventures" [1999] JBL 538, "The valuer's liability for negligent valuation toward a more principled allocation of the risk of market decline" (1999) 1 Legal Studies 47

Associate Professor Burton ONG
Assoc Prof Burton Ong LL.B (NUS), DPhil / B.C.L (Oxon), LL.M (Harv) is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore (NUS) where he teaches and researches in the areas of Competition Law, Intellectual Property Law and Contract Law. He is a founding member of the Asian Competition Forum, a Hong-Kong based organization that promotes competition law and policy scholarship in Asia, and sits on its Academic Board. He also serves as the Chairman of the Gas Market Surveillance Panel, the branch of the Energy Market Authority responsible for regulating competition in the Singapore gas industry.

Associate Professor Stephen PHUA
Associate Professor Stephen Phua, who has an LLB from the National University of Singapore, was formerly the Director of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies. Since obtaining his LLM (Tax) from the University of London where he won the coveted Speechley Bircham prize in the tax program, he has devoted himself to teach and research in Tax Planning, Goods and Services Tax, Corporate Taxation and International Tax Law at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore over the last 15 years. He has delivered and published many articles in international conferences and journals in the various areas of taxation laws. He has organised many international and local conferences/seminars on tax and commercial laws. His most recent work is: Editor of the "Current Developments in Financial Regulation and Capital Markets" (2003) and is currently editing a book on "Excise Taxation in Asia" due end 2005. His contributions extend beyond the academia. Besides being a tax consultant to public institutions and leading private law firms, he is a member of all three tax tribunals in Singapore where all tax appeals are heard at first instance: Income Tax Board of Review, Goods and Services Tax Board of Review and Valuation Review Board. In those capacities, he has co-authored several landmark decisions on income tax and property tax laws. He is also a member of the Tax Advisory Group of the Ministry of Finance, Singapore. In 2005, he became a member of the Steering Group of the International Network of Tax Researchers formed under the prestigious Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD. Over the years, he has also taken up various visiting positions in different capacities at leading universities such as Harvard University, New York University, University of British Columbia and Kyushu University.

Assistant Professor Dan W. PUCHNIAK
Assistant Professor Dan W. Puchniak specialises in company law with an emphasis on comparative corporate law in Asia—particularly Singapore and Japan. Dan is the past recipient of numerous academic awards including the Jean and Joseph McCombe Memorial Prize for placing first in his Bachelor of Arts Degree and the Monbukagakusho Scholarship to complete an LLM and LLD at Kyushu University. Dan has published widely on comparative, Japanese and Singapore corporate law and governance and is regularly invited to present his scholarship and lecture at leading law schools around the world. Dan’s research paper on shareholder litigation in Japan was selected for presentation at the 2010 Harvard-Stanford International Junior Faculty Forum. A revised version of the paper was recently published (with Masafumi Nakahigashi) in the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law and selected for reprint in the Corporate Practice Commentator as one of the top corporate law articles in 2012. In addition, in 2012, Dan’s forthcoming article on derivative actions in Asia was awarded the Best Paper Prize at the annual Corporate Law Teachers Association Conference. He is also a recent recipient of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 National University of Singapore Annual Teaching Excellence Awards and the 2011, 2012 and 2013 NUS Faculty of Law Annual Teaching Excellence Awards. Dan has recently been placed on the National University of Singapore Annual Teaching Excellence Award Honour Roll for his sustained excellence in teaching. Dan is currently the ASEAN Convener for the Australian Network for Japanese Law and a member of the Editorial Board for the Max Planck Institute's Journal of Japanese Law. Prior to entering academia, Dan worked as a corporate commercial litigator at Torys LLP in Toronto, Canada.

Professor SHI Xiaoxiang
Dr. Sampsung Xiaoxiang Shi graduated from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia with a Ph.D. degree in Law (2010), and also received degrees of Master in Civil and Commercial Law (2006) and Bachelor in Law (2003) from the East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL). Dr. Shi has become a lecturer of intellectual property law in ECUPL since March 2010, and worked for the Bureau of Coordination for Shanghai World Expo as a legal manager, handling intellectual property issues from March to December 2010. He was also a post-doctoral research fellow at the Faculty of Law of QUT from August 2011 to March 2012. Dr. Shi was accepted into the annual Summer Doctoral Programme (SDP) run by the Oxford Internet Institute in partnership with The Berkman Centre for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School in 2007.

Professor SI Pingping
Professor Si Pingping obtained his LLB and LLM degrees from East China University of Political Science and Law. He is also a lawyer at Trust Justice Law Firm in Shanghai, China. He teaches both international law and anti-monopoly law at ECUPL. He taught international law as a visiting professor at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam in 2004 and conducted a course on the Chinese legal system at the University of San Francisco Law School in 2001. He was also previously a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan Law School and King's College, London. He lectured at the London Headquarters of Linklaters and Alliance as well as on the reform of Chinese contract law at the British China Law Association. He co-coached the ECUPL moot team which participated in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington DC in 2004. He has published articles in China's leading journals such as Legal Jurisprudence and Legal Studies. He has also co-authored several books, namely, Jurisprudence on International Law (Law Publications, 1998) and International Anti-Monopoly Law (Shanghai People's Publications), as well as contributed to A Great Dictionary of International Legal System (Law Publications 1994).

Professor TAN Yock Lin
Professor Tan is an engineering graduate of the Imperial College, London and a law graduate of Oxford University. He has had a varied career, in the Economic Development Board of Singapore, the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Faculty of Law where he became a professor in 2000. Reflecting his varied interests, he has taught in and written on diverse areas of the law. He has a book on the legal profession, The Law of Advocates and Solicitors in Singapore and West Malaysia, which is in the second edition. His other books include a loose-leaf reference text, Criminal Procedure, which has been well received and has been updated 10 times since its first appearance, and Halsbury's Laws of Singapore: Evidence (with Professor Pinsler), which has enjoyed a good measure of success. His latest book is Halsbury's Laws of Singapore: Equity and Trusts (with others). In the fields of commercial law and private international law, he has published a book, Conflicts Issues in Family and Succession Law, and presented numerous papers on aspects of commercial law and on conflicts issues in international commerce. His other publications appear in leading international journals such as the Law Quarterly Review, Legal Studies, Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly and the Singapore Journal of Legal Studies. As a result of his strong interest in law reform, he continues to serve in the Law Reform Committee of the Singapore Academy of Law where he is also a member of the Senate. Law reform papers which he has prepared for the Law Reform Committee include reform of private international law, the Bills of Sale Act, contractual illegality and aspects of trust law. He has provided legal advice to various government ministries, has been consulted by lawyers in Singapore, Brunei, and Malaysia, and has acted as amicus curiae.

Assistant Professor Umakanth VAROTTIL
Assistant Professor Umakanth Varottil specializes in corporate law and governance, mergers and acquisitions and cross-border investments. While his work is generally comparative in nature, his particular focus is on India. He has co-authored a book on Singapore corporate governance, published articles in international journals and founded the Indian Corporate Law Blog. He has also taught on a visiting basis at the Fordham Law School, New York and at various law schools in India. Prior to his foray into academia, Umakanth was a partner at Amarchand Mangaldas, an eminent law firm in India. In 2006 and 2007, he was ranked as a leading corporate/mergers & acquisitions lawyer in India by the Chambers Global Guide.

Assoc Prof Wang Jiangyu

Dr. Wang Jiangyu (SJD & LLM, University of Pennsylvania; MJur, Oxford; MPhil in Laws, Peking University; LLB, China University of Political Science and Law) is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore. He was on secondament as an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law of The Chinese University of Hong Kong from August 2006 to July 2009. His teaching and research interests include international economic law, Chinese corporate and securities law, law and development, and Chinese legal system. He practiced law in the Legal Department of Bank of China and Chinese and American law firms. He served as a member of the Chinese delegation at the annual conference of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Conference in 1999. He is a member of the Chinese Bar Association and the New York Bar Association. He is also a director on the Executive Board of the WTO Institute of the China Law Society, a Senior Fellow at the Law and Development Institute (LDI), and a fellow of the Asian Institute of International Financial Law (Hong Kong). He has also been invited expert/speaker for the WTO, International Trade Centre (UNCTAD/WTO) and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). He recently received the 2007 Young Researcher Award of The Chinese University of Hong Kong in recognition of his accomplishment in research from 2006-2007. Dr. Wang has published extensively in Chinese and international journals and newspapers on a variety of law and politics related topics. He is a regular contributor to leading newspapers and magazines in Singapore, Hong Kong, and mainland China.

Assistant Professor WEE Meng Seng
After graduating from the NUS Law School, Assistant Professor Wee Meng Seng practiced law for a few years before joining the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) as a senior tutor. He obtained his BCL (First Class) and D Phil from the University of Oxford. His doctoral thesis is on contracts and corporate insolvency proceedings. His research interests are in the fields of Corporate Insolvency and Company Law.

Associate Professor Helena WHALEN-BRIDGE
Associate Professor Helena Whalen-Bridge has a B.A. (with Distinction) and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut, and an LL.M. from the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law. She convenes courses on the Common Law Legal System of Singapore and Legal Ethics. She has been recognized as an Excellent Teacher by NUS and has a keen interest in international legal education. Her research interests include comparative legal skills, legal ethics and legal narrative. Her recent publications include articles on comparative legal skills (Journal of Legal Education 2008) and a comparative rhetoric of argument (Asian Journal of Comparative Law 2006), and she has presented papers at international conferences and seminars in North America and Asia. She is the Faculty Advisor to the Law Faculty's student Pro Bono Group and was a founding and continuing member of the Law Society of Singapore's Project Law Help.