Jaclyn Neo

Institution: National University of Singapore, Faculty of Law

Dr Jaclyn L. Neo is an Associate Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and former Deputy Director of the Asian Law Institute. She specializes in comparative constitutional law, with a focus on Southeast Asia and comparative constitutional law and religion. Dr Neo is a graduate of NUS Faculty of Law and received two full scholarships from NUS to complete her Masters of Law (LL.M.) and Doctor of the Science of Law (J.S.D.) at Yale Law School.

Dr Neo has published in leading journals in her field, including the International Journal of Constitutional Law (I-CON), Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, Human Rights Quarterly, and the Singapore Journal of Legal Studies. She is the sole editor of Constitutional Interpretation in Singapore: Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2017) and co-editor of Pluralist Constitutions in Southeast Asia (Hart, 2019), and Regulating Religion in Asia: Norms, Modes, and  Challenges (CUP 2019). Dr Neo has also served as a guest editor for the Singapore Academy of Law Journal, Journal of Law, Religion, and State, as well as the Journal of International and Comparative Law. Her article on domestic incorporation of international human rights law in a dualist state won the Asian Yearbook of International Law’s DILA International Law Prize. In 2017, in recognition of her research on religious freedom in Southeast Asia, she was awarded the SHAPE-SEA Research Award.

Dr Neo has held visiting positions at the Cluster of Excellence ‘The Formation of Normative Orders’ at Frankfurt University, University of Münster, University of Trento, and Melbourne Law School. She currently sits on the editorial boards of the Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, the Asian Journal of Comparative Law and the Asian Yearbook of International Law. Starting from July 2019, she will be an elected member of the International Society for Public Law (ICON-S). Besides her academic engagements, Dr Neo also serves on the Singapore Law Society’s Public and International Law Committee and the Singapore Academy of Law’s Law Reform Committee.

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