Biography

I research in private law doctrine, and its philosophy. So far this has largely been in contract and unjust enrichment, but increasingly it has extended to torts. I am particularly interested in private law's remedial aspects, and this is reflected in the questions I have sought answers to during my doctoral research.

Previously I obtained my LLB (2014) from the National University of Singapore (NUS) as top first, where I assumed my first appointment as an inaugural Sheridan Fellow. I came to Oxford as a Clarendon Scholar, reading for the BCL (2016, dist), then writing an MPhil (2017) and DPhil (2020) on Standing in Private Law under the co-supervision of Professors Robert Stevens and Sandy Steel. I was Stipendiary Lecturer in Law at Merton college, and taught Commercial Remedies on the BCL. In August 2020 I will commence a post at the NUS Faculty of Law, and can be contacted at timothy.liau@nus.edu.sg.

Publications

Featured publications

  • R Leow and T Liau, 'Birksian themes and their impact in England and Singapore: three points of divergence' [2021] Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly (forthcoming)
  • T Liau and R Leow, 'Proprietary Restitution' in Elise Bant, Kit Barker, and Simone Degeling (eds), Unjust Enrichment and Restitution Handbook (Edward Elgar Publishing 2020)
  • T Liau, 'Characterisation and Shams following Contextual Contractual Interpretation: a view from Singapore' [2014] Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly 13 [Case Note]

Journal Article (3)

R Leow and T Liau, 'Birksian themes and their impact in England and Singapore: three points of divergence' [2021] Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly (forthcoming)
Id: 12243
T Liau, 'Is Criminalising Directorial Negligence a Good Idea?' (2014) 14 Journal of Corporate Law Studies 175
Id: 11358
T Liau and R Leow, 'Unjust Enrichment and Restitution in Singapore: where now and where next?' (2013) Singapore Journal of Legal Studies 331
Id: 11359

Chapter (1)

T Liau and R Leow, 'Proprietary Restitution' in Elise Bant, Kit Barker, and Simone Degeling (eds), Unjust Enrichment and Restitution Handbook (Edward Elgar Publishing 2020)
Id: 11353

Case Note (3)

T Liau, 'Abolishing the fiction of fraud in the Misrepresentation Act' [2015] Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly 464 [Case Note]
Id: 11354
T Liau, 'Characterisation and Shams following Contextual Contractual Interpretation: a view from Singapore' [2014] Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly 13 [Case Note]
Id: 11357
T Liau and R Leow, 'Resulting Trusts: a Victory for Unjust Enrichment?' (2014) 73 Cambridge Law Journal 500 [Case Note]
Id: 11356

Review (1)

T Liau, 'Review of Paul S Davies, Accessory Liability (Hart Publishing, 2015)' (2015) Singapore Journal of Legal Studies 278 [Review]
Id: 11355

Research Interests

 Private Law (especially contract, unjust enrichment, personal property). Commercial law. Philosophy of Private Law.

Options taught

Contract, Commercial Remedies

Research projects