Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Prof Tan Yew Lee, Kevin


Professor

S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

Email: ISKTAN@NTU.EDU.SG
Phone: (+65)6790 4146
Office: S4:B4C:41

Education
  • Doctor of the Science of Law Yale Law School 1995
  • Master of Law Yale Law School 1988
  • Bachelor of Law National University of Singapore 1986
Biography
Kevin YL Tan is Adjunct Professor at the School. He was born and educated in Singapore, graduating with LLB (Hons) from the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore in 1986. He joined the teaching staff of the same faculty that same year. Subsequently he obtained his LLM (Master of Laws) and JSD (Doctor in the Science of Law) at Yale Law School.

From 1986 to 2000, he taught at the Law Faculty, specializing in Constitutional and Administrative Law, Law and Government, Law and Society and International Human Rights. In 2000 he left the University to start his own consultancy but continues to teach law on the part-time basis at both the National University of Singapore and the Nanyang Technological University. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Asian Yearbook of International Law.

Beyond his university duties, he has been active in many organisations, serving as National Programme Commissioner in the Singapore Scout Association; Council Member of the National Youth Achievement Award Council; Council Member, Singapore Red Cross Society; Board Member, Preservation of Monuments Board; Member, Singapore Academy of Law Legal Heritage Committee; Executive Secretary, Society of International Law, Singapore; President, The Roundtable; President, Singapore Heritage Society; and Chairman, Foundation for the Development of International Law in Asia (DILA).

He has published widely in his areas of specialization and his Constitutional Law in Malaysia and Singapore is the standard casebook in use in Malaysia and Singapore. He is author/ editor of Managing Political Change in Singapore: The Elected Presidency (Routledge, 1997); Lee's Lieutenants: Singapore's Old Guard (Allen & Unwin, 1999) (both with Lam Peng Er); The Singapore Legal System (Singapore University Press, 1999); Scouting in Singapore: 1910-2000 (Singapore Scout Association/National Archives, 2002) (with Wan Meng Hao); Essays in Singapore Legal History (Marshall-Cavendish Academic, 2004); Baden-Powell's Scouting for Boys: Singapore-Malaysia Edition (Brownsea, 2004); Introduction to Singapore's Constitution (Talisman, 2006); Evolution of a Revolution: Forty Years of the Singapore Constitution (Routledge, 2009) (with Thio Li-ann); Singapore and International Law: The Early Years – Essays in Memory of S Tiwari (Centre for International Law, 2010); and Asian Approaches to International Law and the Legacy of Colonialism (Routledge, 2012) (with Jin-Hyun Paik & Seok-Woo Lee).
Research Interests
International Law
International Human Rights
Constitutional Law & Theory
Legal History of Singapore

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