Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Lim Yee Fen

Associate Professor, College of Business (Nanyang Business School) - Division of Business Law

Assoc Prof Lim Yee Fen

Prof Hannah YeeFen Lim is the author of six scholarly books on law and technology published by internationally established publishers such as Oxford University Press (OUP). An Australian, she graduated with double degrees in Computer Science and in Law from the University of Sydney, where she went on to complete a Master of Laws by Research with Honours under a Telstra Scholarship.

With her solid background in computer science, all of her legal research over the past three decades have been interdisciplinary in nature and have examined cutting edge technology and how such technology should be regulated, especially as they impact upon society.

She has been utilising her dual expertise in computer science and law in research projects tackling the legal liability and ethical issues of Artificial Intelligence (AI) machines and autonomous systems including Autonomous Vehicles (AVs). Her book "Autonomous Vehicles and the Law: Technology, Algorithms and Ethics" was published in 2018 by Edward Elgar Publishing, see

Hannah is also author of “Data Protection in the Practical Context: Strategies and Techniques which is a leading work on, not just Singapore law, but also on the EU's General Data Protection Directive (GDPR) as it deals with data protection in the age of big data and Internet of Things. It is available at

She was a full-time Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore from 2007-2011. Prior to that, she taught at the University of Sydney and UNSW. In 2013, she was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge and in 2010, she was a Visiting Researcher at Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University.

Hannah is an internationally recognised legal scholar in Technology & Internet law, Intellectual Property Law, E-commerce Law, Data Protection and Privacy Law, and Cybercrime Law. She wrote one of the pioneering and seminal books on Internet law, "Cyberspace Law" in 2002 published by OUP and her research has been cited with approval by senior judiciary, most notably by the High Court of Australia where her scholarship was adopted and formed one of the key reasons for decision.

Hannah is a sought-after speaker and has presented over 100 papers at scholarly international meetings, some at prestigious law schools such as Stanford Law School, and her speaking engagements extend beyond the US to include Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Hannah won the Research Excellence Award in 2012, 2014 and 2018 at NTU.

In addition to her legal expertise, Hannah also has considerable experience as an IT professional and was a consultant on numerous strategic database and Internet projects in the 1990s.

Hannah has served on the Law Reform Committee of Singapore, Academy of Law, and she has assisted the Ministry of Law, Media Development Authority and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore on legal matters. Hannah is an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore.

She is an appointed member of an International Working Group by the Centre for Biomedical Ethics at the Yong Lin Loo School of Medicine, NUS on its Big Data Ethics in Biomedicine Project funded by the Singapore NMRC, which has produced a groundbreaking Ethics Framework for Big Data in Health and Research.

Hannah is a Renaissance Engineering Programme Fellow as well as a NISTH Social Impact Fellow.

In 2019 and 2020, Hannah was invited by UNCITRAL and UNIDROIT as a legal expert to assist in the work of these two international organisations.

Her most recent publication on COVID-19 and ethics education can be found at

Her list of publications can be found at
Research Interests
All aspects of law and ethics connected with technology, including Artificial Intelligence law, Autonomous Vehicles law, Internet law, data protection law, privacy law, data analytics law, intellectual property law, cybersecurity and cybercrime law, e-commerce law, tort law, encryption law, and electronic signatures law.

Hannah also has a special interest in ethics and moral philosophy, especially its role in guiding law and law making.
Current Projects
  • Development of Law at the cutting edge: Technology Law and Data Protection law
Selected Publications
  • Hannah YeeFen LIM. (2018). Autonomous Vehicles and the Law: Technology, Algorithms, and Ethics. Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Hannah YeeFen Lim.(2018). Property Rights in Virtual and Augmented Reality: Second Life Versus Pokémon Go. Research Handbook on the Law of Virtual and Augmented Reality(568 - 603). US: Edward Elgar Publishing US.
  • Hannah YeeFen LIM. (2017). Data Protection in the Practical Context: Strategies and Techniques. Academy Publishing.
  • Hannah LIM Yee Fen. (2016). Trade marks, Territoriality and Trusts: An Uncomfortable Trinity. Singapore Academy of Law Journal, 2016(28), 277-285.
  • Hannah LIM Yee Fen. (2015). The Data Protection Paradigm for the Tort of Privacy in the Age of Big Data. Singapore Academy of Law Journal, 27, 789-821.

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