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Education CV


Ph.D. in Law, University of Cambridge (2015 - present)

  • Research focuses on communitarianism and constitutional rights in Singapore
  • Editor-in-Chief of the Cambridge International Law Journal (2017-2018)
  • Managing Editor of the Cambridge International Law Journal (2016-2017)
  • Editor of the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law (2015-2016)
  • Main Convenor of the Cambridge Doctoral Workshop in Legal Theory 2017
  • Co-convenor of the Cambridge Doctoral Workshop in Legal Theory 2016
  • International Welfare Officer, Magdalene College MCR Committee (2016-2017)

LL.M. in Human Rights Law, London School of Economics and Political Science (2012 - 2013)

  • Graduated with Distinction in the top 10% of the class
  • Winner of the Law Department Prize for Best Performance in Human Rights
  • Placed 1st in International Human Rights

LL.B., National University of Singapore (2005 - 2009)

  • Graduated with Second Class Honours (Upper)
  • Placed on Dean's List in Final Year
  • Co-wrote script for Law IV charity musical


Professional Qualifications

  • Solicitor, Senior Courts of England and Wales (2015)
  • Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore (2010)

Professional Experience

  • Research Associate, Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore (March 2015 - September 2015)
  • Intern, Office of the Prosecutor (Appeals Division), International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (April 2014 - August 2014)
  • Associate, Capital Markets Department (Enforcement Division), Monetary Authority of Singapore (October 2011 - August 2012)
  • Associate, Litigation Department, Allen & Gledhill LLP (June 2010 - August 2011)
  • Practice Trainee, Commercial Litigation Department, Rajah & Tann LLP (December 2009 - May 2010)


  • Web Writer, Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2): Interviewed foreign workers about their experiences living and working in Singapore and wrote stories based on these interviews for the local charity's website
  • Researcher and Writer, MARUAH: Drafted the local human rights NGO's report for Singapore's 2016 Universal Periodic Review

Fields of research

Human rights theory, human rights law, constitutional law, political philosophy, human rights in Asia, jurisprudence, international human rights, public international law



Dissertation title: As One United People: Towards an Inclusive Communitarian Approach to Rights in Singapore (provisional)


Dr Kirsty Hughes and Dr Haris Psarras

Representative Publications


  • 'The Communitarian Case for Decriminalising Male Homosexuality for Singapore's Common Good', (2019) Asia-Pacific Journal on Human Rights and the Law (forthcoming)
  • Country report on Singapore, Update on the Rule of Law for Human Rights in ASEAN: The Path to Integration - Human Rights Resource Centre
  • Country report on Singapore, Human Rights Outlook in Southeast Asia 2014-2015

Conferences and Presentations

  • 'Existentialism and Humanism' by Jean-Paul Sartre - Cambridge Forum for Legal and Political Philosophy, University of Cambridge, 16 November 2018 (chair)
  • 'Identity and Communitarian Constitutional Rights in Singapore' - 5th International Society of Public Law Conference, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 25-27 June 2018
  • 'The Ethics of Nationality' from David Miller's On Nationality - Cambridge Forum for Legal and Political Philosophy, University of Cambridge, 21 March 2018 (chair)
  • 'The Right to Contextualised Self-Authorship: Constitutive Communities as a Theoretical Justification for a Communitarian Approach to Constitutional Rights’ - 7th Annual Doctoral Scholarship Conference, Yale University, United States, 10-11 November 2017
  • 'Should the Collective Always Prevail over the Individual? Challenging Singapore's Communitarianism' - 4th Legal Scholarship Workshop, Hong Kong University, Hong Kong, 1-2 June 2017
  • '"Before I Built a Wall I'd Ask to Know What I Was Walling In or Walling Out': Decriminalising Male Homosexuality for the Common Good of a Communitarian Society' - 9th Annual Human Rights in Asia Conference, University of Essex, United Kingdom, 25 March 2017
  • 'Exploring the Foundations of a Communitarian Justification for Constitutional Rights in Singapore' - Cambridge Legal Theory Discussion Group, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, 27 February 2017
  • '“The courts cannot become mini-legislatures”: The Curious Case of Lim Meng Suang v Attorney-General and the Role of the Judiciary in the Protection of Constitutional Rights' - 6th Asian Constitutional Law Forum, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 10 - 11 December 2015


Start Date

Oct 2015

End date

Sep 2019