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Education CV


  • LLM (Legal History), University College London
  • LLB, National University of Singapore


  • Sheridan Fellow at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (2014-)


  • Cambridge Trust NUS Cambridge Scholarship (2017-)


  • Treasurer, Cambridge International Law Journal (2017-2019)
  • General Editor, Cambridge International Law Journal (2017-2018)
  • Editor, UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence (2015-2016)


  • Legal Methods (undergraduate supervisions, Cambridge, 2018)
  • Law of Torts (undergraduate tutorials, Singapore, 2014-2015)

Fields of research

Legal and imperial history; criminal law


British Jurisdictional Practice and the Origins of Extradition in Colonial Hong Kong


My dissertation explains the interconnected origins of Sino-British extradition and British criminal jurisdiction in Hong Kong. Chronologically, it covers the three decades following the Treaty of Nanking, i.e. 1842 to c. 1875. Legal concepts and ideas explored include imperial protection, subjecthood (nationality or allegiance), territorial sovereignty, personal and (extra-)territorial jurisdiction, and tensions between due process and substantive justice.


Representative Publications

'British Extradition Practice in Early Colonial Hong Kong,' law&history 6:1 (2019): 85-114.

‘Sino-British Extradition and Extraterritoriality in the Mid-Nineteenth Century’ (presented at the conference of the International Society for Chinese Legal History, National Taipei University, May 2019; and at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, June 2019)

‘The Imperial Politics of British Treaty Performance in China, 1842–1870’ (presented at the Student Research Colloquium of the 48th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Legal History, Rice University, November 2018; and as part of the London Legal History Seminars, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London, December 2018)

‘The Protector of Chinese Inhabitants: British Sovereignty and Criminal Jurisdiction in Hong Kong after the Treaty of Nanking, 1842–1850’ (paper presented at the Faculty of Law Research Seminar Series, National University of Singapore, September 2017; and at the Yale Law School Doctoral Scholarship Conference, November 2017)

'Common Intention and the Presumption of Joint Possession in the Misuse of Drugs Act,' Singapore Journal of Legal Studies (2014): 419

Start Date

Jan 2017