Workshop: Comparative Law in Asia: Essays in Honor of Andrew Harding

Event date
30 June 2024
Event time
09:00 - 17:30
Oxford week
TT 11
Members of the University
Faculty of Law - The Cube


Professor Andrew Harding is a leading scholar in the fields of Asian legal studies and comparative constitutional law. He commenced his academic career at NUS before moving to SOAS, University of London, where he became Head of the School of Law. He joined NUS from the University of Victoria, BC Canada, where he was Professor of Asia-Pacific Legal Relations and Director of the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives. At NUS he held the positions of Director of the Centre for Asian Legal Studies, Director of the Asian Law Institute, and Chief Editor of the Asian Journal of Comparative Law. Professor Harding has worked extensively on constitutional law in Malaysia and Thailand, and has made extensive contributions to scholarship in comparative law, and law and development, having published 20 books as author or editor. He is co-founding-editor of Hart Publishing’s book series ‘Constitutional Systems of the World’, a major resource for contextual analysis of constitutional systems, and has authored the books on Malaysia and Thailand in that series (2011, 2012).

This workshop includes essays in honour Professor Harding. Written by Professor Harding’s colleagues and friends, the essays deal with themes in comparative law in Asia, including Legal transplants; Comparative constitutional law; Contextual analysis; Law and development; Legal pluralism; Decentralisation. The essays cover Asian countries/areas, such as Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, Southeast Asia, and Commonwealth Asia. 


Ngoc Son Bui, Professor of Asian Laws, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford

Munin Pongsapan, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Thammasat University


Connie Carter, Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy: TBC

Albert Hung-yee Chen, Cheng Chan Lan Yue Professor, University of Hong Kong, Dual State’ and Authoritarian Rule of Law

Benjamin L. Berger, Professor and York Research Chair In Pluralism And Public Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University: Religion And Law, Ethos And Worldview.

David M. Engel, Suny Distinguished Service Professor of Law Emeritus, The State University Of New York: “The Lived Reality of Law” In A Thai Village

Tom Ginsburg, Leo Spitz Distinguished Service Professor of International Law, University of Chicago: Southeast Asia in Comparative Law

Arif A Jamal, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore: Andrew Harding: A Better Grammar of Comparative Law Discourse

Jan Michiel Otto, Professor Emeritus Law and Governance in Developing Countries, Leiden University: Bandung’s Local Government In Pre-Independence Indonesia: Looking Back In Anger?

Mara Malagodi, Reader, School of Law, University of Warwick: TBC

David Law, E. James Kelly, Jr., Class of 1965 Research Professor of Law, School of Law, University of Virginia: TBC

Peter Leyland, Professor of Public Law, SOAS; Justin Orlando Frosini, Professor, Bocconi University: Why Comparative Public Law is No Longer a Neglected Discipline. A Tribute to Andrew Harding

Rawin Leelapatana, Assistant Professor, Thammasat University: From Unconstitutional Constitutional Amendment To (Possible) Unconstitutional Constitution: Lessons from The Thai Constitutional Court

Victor V. Ramraj, Professor, University of Victoria: Confronting Complexity and Crisis: Lessons from the “Nomic Din” in Southeast Asia

Surutchada Reekie, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Chulalongkorn University; and Adam Reekie,  Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Thammasat University: The Centenary of The 1923 Civil And Commercial Code: Failure Or Beta Test?

Dian Shah, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore: TBC

Lasse Schuldt, Assistant Professor, Thammasat University, Echoes of Veracity: The Judicialization of Truth in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand

Kevin Tan, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore: Comparative Constitutional Law in Asia: Conspectus and Prospectus

Bryan Dennis Gabito Tiojanco, Project Associate Professor, University of Tokyo: Comparative Political Process Theory (CPPT) As A Developmental Strategy

Khemthong Tonsakulrungruang, Lecturer, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University: Independence Misdesigned

Maartje De Visser, Professor of Law, Yong Pung How School of Law and College of Integrative Studies, Singapore Management University; and Jaclyn L. Neo, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore: Heralding The Turn To Southeast Asia In Comparative Constitutional Law

Maartje De Visser, SMU; and Harshan Kumarasingham, Reader in Politics and History, University of Edinburgh; Heads of State in South-East Asia – Traditions, Modernity and Power

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Comparative Law