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Patricia Meyer


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The interview covered: first involvement with SMU, university education in Singapore, curriculum, CIRCLE values, private university, logo, teaching pedagogy, interview students for admissions, legal aspects, incorporation of SMU, first day of class, law school, challenges, student recruitment, law internships, Juris Doctor programme, challenges.


Associate Professor of Law, SMU, 2000–present

Member of SMU start-up team

Professor Low Kee Yang joined the start-up team for SMU in 1998; one of his responsibilities was supervising legal matters. He served as deputy dean of the business school from 1999 to 2002 and chaired the organising committee for the Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition (2001–2004). Since 2003 he has served as disciplinary appellate officer, deciding on the appeals of findings and sanctions made by the disciplinary hearing panel. In 2005, he chaired the department of law and the law school task force. He was interim dean of the SMU School of Law from 2006 to 2007. He also served as deputy dean from August to November 2007.

He is currently an associate professor with the School of Law, teaching in the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and serving as director of the School of Law's master of laws programme. His areas of interest and expertise are tort law, financial advisers’ law, law of guarantees, corporate law and commercial law.

Prior to joining academia, he worked as a legal manager in the Singapore office of British law firm Freshfields. He was founding editor of the Asia Business Law Review and head of the Division of Business Law at Nanyang Technological University.

Professor Low is the author of several books on law, including The Law of Guarantees in Singapore & Malaysia and The Executive's Guide to Business & the Law (co-authored). He is also the editor of five law books. Professor Low is a member of several Singapore Academy of Law committees.

Low Kee Yang obtained his undergraduate degree from the National University of Singapore and his master of law and PhD from King's College, University of London, UK.


Asian Studies | Higher Education | Higher Education Administration | Legal Education

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This is an abridged version of the original interview. Please contact Li Ka Shing Library at libIR@smu.edu.sg for access to the full version of the transcript and/or audio recording.

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