Top Law Don from Yale to join NUS Law

21 May 2015 | Education
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Professor Alec Stone Sweet will be appointed inaugural Saw Swee Hock Centennial Professor in Law

The National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Law is pleased to announce that Professor Alec Stone Sweet, an internationally renowned professor of comparative constitutional law and comparative politics, will be joining NUS Law in January 2016. Prof Stone Sweet, who has been with the Yale Law School since 2004, will be giving up his tenured position to join NUS.

Prof Stone Sweet will be the inaugural Saw Swee Hock Centennial Professor in Law, a tenured full-time position at NUS Law. The Saw Swee Hock Centennial Professorship in Law is generously supported by Professor Saw Swee Hock, President 's Honorary Professor of Statistics at NUS, who has supported numerous education and research related ventures at universities worldwide. The Professorship is one of the most distinguished appointments at NUS.

Professor Simon Chesterman, Dean of NUS Law, said, "Alec Stone Sweet is one of the very best scholars in the world on comparative constitutional law and comparative politics. We are thrilled that he will be the first Saw Swee Hock Centennial Professor of Law. Having been a tenured professor at Yale for a decade, his decision to give up that post and move to Singapore is an indication of how far and how fast NUS Law has risen. Given Alec 's scholarship on the evolution of legal systems, in particular the economic and political impact of courts, it is also a natural move that places him at the heart of Asia 's premier legal hub."

Prof Stone Sweet said, "I have chosen to move to NUS because my future research will focus on Asian law and institutions, and NUS Law is clearly the most important law school in Asia."

He added, "There are three main reasons for taking up this exciting opportunity. First, given my current book is on the evolution of international arbitration, Singapore 's growth as the dispute resolution hub for Asia is extremely attractive to me. NUS Law hosts the Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI) and will allow me to watch closely the development of the newly launched Singapore International Commercial Court. My research also covers regional integration and being in Singapore will place me at the heart of the developments in ASEAN. Finally, as one of my fields of research is comparative law, the NUS Law Centre for Asian Legal Studies, which has already become an important and widely-respected research institution, has made the study of constitutionalism its top priority."

Prof Saw, whose generosity established the Professorship, said, "The Saw Swee Hock Centennial Professorship in Law was created to push NUS Law to new heights of excellence. I am delighted that it has led to the appointment of Prof Alec Stone Sweet, a tenured full professor who is giving up his position at Yale Law School to move to NUS. I am confident that Prof Stone Sweet will make a tremendous contribution to the research and teaching mission of NUS Law."

In the latest report by London-based Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject 2015, NUS Law was placed 14th in the world and was also the top performer in Asia for its law programme. Widely regarded as the region's leading law school, NUS Law sees itself as part of a global conversation about the study and practice of law. Its diverse faculty includes 60 full-time academics together with many adjuncts and visitors; its 1,200 undergraduate and postgraduate students include some of Singapore 's top school leavers as well as outstanding scholars from all over the globe.

Please refer to the Annex for Prof Stone Sweet 's biography.