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Justice Andrew Phang


Justice Andrew Phang received his Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1982. He pursued his postgraduate studies at Harvard University, where he was conferred his Master of Laws and Doctor of Juridical Science degrees in 1984 and 1988, respectively. In 1990, he was admitted as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore.


He taught at the NUS Law Faculty from 1982 to 2000 and was appointed Professor of Law in 1999. In 2000, he was appointed Professor of Law at the Singapore Management University (SMU), and a year later, became Chair of the Department of Law at SMU’s Business School. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2004.


Justice Phang was appointed Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court on 3 January 2005 and elevated to a Judge on 9 December 2005, before his appointment as Judge of Appeal on 28 February 2006.  He was appointed Vice-President of the Court of Appeal on 28 September 2017.  He retired on 15 December 2022 and was appointed a Senior Judge of the Supreme Court with effect from 6 January 2023.  He was also appointed Distinguished Term Professor of Law at the Yong Pung How School of Law, Singapore Management University in January 2023 and is presently also a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Reading.


In addition to over 260 publications (many of which have been cited in articles and books published both locally as well as overseas), he has also authored close to 400 judgments.  His judgments have also been published not only on LawNet and in the official Singapore Law Reports but also in many international law reports (including the All England Reports (Commercial Cases)Lloyd’s Law ReportsLaw Reports of the CommonwealthFleet Street ReportsConstruction Law ReportsBuilding Law ReportsMedical Law Reports and International Trust & Estate Law Reports).  Many of his judgments have also been the subject of academic commentary in local and international journals, as well as cited and/or discussed in many books and articles as well as leading textbooks both locally and internationally.


His judgments have also been referred to in both local courts as well as in courts internationally (including the UK Supreme Court, the High Court of Australia, the Federal Court of Malaysia, the Hong Kong Final Court of Appeal, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (on appeal from the Supreme Court of Mauritius), as well as the Court of Appeal of England and Wales, the New Zealand Court of Appeal, the Court of Appeal for British Columbia, and the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa).


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