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Former Chief Justice named Distinguished Fellow at NUS Law

2 Oct 2013

NUS Faculty of Law has appointed former Chief Justice Mr Chan Sek Keong as its first Distinguished Fellow

The NUS Faculty of Law (NUS Law) has appointed former Chief Justice Mr Chan Sek Keong as its first Distinguished Fellow. In this new capacity, Mr Chan will be pursuing research and writing projects as well as engaging current students through “fireside chats” and lectures. The appointment takes effect from 1 October 2013.

On the appointment, Mr Chan, who is an NUS alumnus, said: “I am delighted to be able to return to the NUS Law School where it all began. My appointment will give me many opportunities to discuss the law in action with the students, and to encourage them to look at the law in all its manifestations.”

“It is a tremendous honour that one of our most outstanding alumni is returning to share his vast experience and knowledge after more than five decades spanning every aspect of the profession,” said Professor Simon Chesterman, Dean of NUS Law.

Mr Chan was in the pioneer batch of law graduates in 1961, from the then University of Malaya, NUS’ predecessor institution. Following a number of years in law practice, he was appointed the first Judicial Commissioner of Singapore in 1986. Two years later, he became a Judge of the Supreme Court of Singapore and served as the Attorney-General of Singapore from 1992 to 2006. In 2006, he was sworn in as the third Chief Justice of Singapore.

NUS conferred on Mr Chan in 2010 an honorary Doctor of Laws in recognition of his leadership and contributions to the legal field, as well as his support to NUS Law.