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About Jack Tsen-Ta LEE

I graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1995 and qualified as an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore the following year. After practising for about six years as a litigator with a Singapore law firm, I took up postgraduate studies at University College London on a British Chevening Scholarship and was conferred an LLM in 2003. I then returned to Singapore and worked as an Assistant Director for the Singapore Academy of Law, a professional association of judges, lawyers, government legal officers and law academics. I completed my PhD studies at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, in 2012. My doctoral research examined the interpretation of bills of rights from a comparative law perspective.

I taught at the School of Law, Singapore Management University, from 2008 to 2017, and continue to have research interests in administrative law, constitutional law, human rights law, media law, and cultural property and heritage law. I have rejoined the Singapore Academy of Law as its Deputy Research Director.


August 2017 Present Deputy Research Director, Singapore Academy of Law ‐ Law Reform Committee
November 2008June 2017 Assistant Professor of Law, Singapore Management University ‐ School of Law
20052008 Visiting Lecturer and Postgraduate Teaching Assistant, University of Birmingham, UK ‐ Birmingham Law School
20032005 Assistant Director (Publications), Singapore Academy of Law

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Human Rights Law, Media Law, and Law of Cultural Property and Heritage

Honors and Awards

  • Law Club Colours Award for extracurricular contributions to the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (1994)
  • British Chevening Scholarship for LLM studies, University College London (2002–2003)
  • Postgraduate Teaching Assistantship for PhD studies, University of Birmingham (2006–2008)
  • Lee Foundation Fellowship for Research Excellence (2009–2010)
  • School of Law Most Promising Teacher Award 2010–2011


  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Law and the Changing Media Environment


20052012 PhD in Law, University of Birmingham, UK ‐ Birmingham Law School
20022003 LLM, University College London (UCL) ‐ Faculty of Laws
19911995 LLB (Hons), National University of Singapore ‐ Faculty of Law

1. Interpretation of Constitutions and Bills of Rights (10)

2. Constitutional and Human Rights Law (21)