Our Research

Our Faculty does highly impactful legal research and publications relevant to the business world. They explore the interface between law and other disciplines, such as business, tax, management, medicine and technology and ethics. Our research areas range from corporate law, insolvency law, FinTech and legal risk management, conflicts of law to ethics, mediation, torts, contract law, philosophy of law and employment Law. Corporate law, taxation and Intellectual property law, media and technology law are key strengths in our research, along with data, AI and blockchain. Some of our researchers are internationally recognised and have been appointed as legal experts by international bodies such as UNIDROIT, UNCITRAL and the WHO.

Research Focus

Business LawOur Faculty members  specialise in a wide range of legal areas  in their research in business law,  including research in the law of contracts, torts, with particular foci on employment law, intellectual property, media and technology law, and dispute resolution. The research conducted by our faculty is highly interdisciplinary, investigating, for example, the interactions between law and other areas relevant to businesses, such as data, technology, ethics, sustainable development, AI, FinTech and human rights.
Corporate LawThe research of our faculty examines diverse areas of corporate law, such as comparative and transnational perspectives, aspects of corporate law and governance systems (such as board accountability and shareholder litigation mechanisms) in various economies in the Asia-Pacific, Europe, and North America, as well as insolvency law and the law of commercial transactions and legal risk management. Our faculty serve as valued advisors and participants in corporate law reforms in Singapore, and the impact of our work, which have been cited by the Singapore Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, can be felt both in and out of Singapore. 
Tax Law
Tax faculty in the Division have published papers in international peer-reviewed tax journals. Their special expertise areas include Singapore taxation, international taxation, tax treaties, transfer pricing, tax dispute resolution, and tax policy issues such as equity effects of consumption tax reform, tax expenditure analysis and fiscal consciousness.

The faculty have contributed to the tax profession and industry by serving in directorial and other positions with the Tax Academy of Singapore, as members of the Income Tax and GST Boards of Review, as a member of the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore’s Transfer Pricing Roundtable, as Examiners and Reviewers for taxation modules of various professional examinations, and as transfer pricing and international tax consultant/adviser


Selected Publications

Jow, Lee Ying (2020). ‘The Arms-Length Principle and Transfer Pricing’. In: Darren Koh, Poh Eng Hin, and Tang Siau Yan (eds.). The Law and Practice of Singapore Income Tax, 3rd ed. LexisNexis

Koh, Darren, Poh, Eng Hin, and Tang, Siau Yan (eds.) (2020). The Law and Practice of Singapore Income Tax, 3rd ed. LexisNexis

Koh, Alan K. (2020). ‘Shareholder Protection in Close Corporations and the Curious Case of Japan: The Enigmatic Past and Present of Withdrawal in a Leading Economy’. Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, 53(4), 1207–1264

Bonadio, Enrico, & Marsoof, Althaf (2020). ‘Logo? No logo? The WTO dispute on plain packaging of tobacco, and beyond’. In: Geiger, Christophe (eds.). Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Investment Law. Edward Elgar, 339–365

Tan, Corinne (2020). ‘Copyright Interrupted: Building Trust in Blockchain-Based Content Platforms’. European Intellectual Property Review, 42(11), 698–706

Koh, Alan K., Puchniak, Dan W., and Tan, Cheng Han (2020). ‘Company Law’. Singapore Academy of Law Annual Review of Cases, 19, 198–229

Lim, Hannah YeeFen (2020). ‘Ethics Education for Successful Infectious Disease Control of COVID-19’. Asian Bioethics Review, 12(2), 243–251

Goto, Gen, Koh, Alan K., and Puchniak, Dan W. (2020). ‘Diversity of Shareholder Stewardship in Asia: Faux Convergence’. Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, 53(3), 829–880 

Marsoof, Althaf, & Perera, Rajiv (2020). ‘Legitimate advertising or trademark infringement? An analysis of the practice of keyword advertising amid the COVID-19 crisis’ European Intellectual Property Review, 42, 589–602

Koh, Alan K., Nakahigashi, Masafumi, and Puchniak, Dan W. (2020). ‘Land of the Falling “Poison Pill”: Understanding Defensive Measures in Japan on Their Own Terms’. University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, 41(3), 687–754 
Nakahigashi, Masafumi, Koh, Alan K., and Puchniak, Dan W. (2019). ‘Anti-Takeover Defensive Measures in Japan’. In: Fleischer, Holger, Kanda, Hideki, Kim, Kon-Sik, and Mülbert, Peter (eds.). German and East Asian Perspectives on Corporate and Capital Market Law: Investors versus Companies. Mohr Siebeck (Beiträge zum ausländischen und internationalen Privatrecht series), 189–201

Lysaght, Tamra, Hannah Yeefen Lim, Xafos, Vicki & Ngiam, Kee Yuan (2019). ‘AI-Assisted Decision-making in Healthcare: The Application of an Ethics Framework for BigData in Health and Research’. Asian Bioethics Review, 11(3), 299–314

Vicki Xafis, G. Owen Schaefer,  Markus K. Labude, Iain Brassington, Angela Ballantyne,  Hannah Yeefen Lim, Wendy Lipworth, Tamra Lysaght, Cameron Stewart, Shirley Sun, Graeme T. Laurie & E Shyong Tai, ‘An Ethics Framework for Big Data in Health and Research’. Asian Bioethics Review, 11(3), 227–254 (2019)

Marsoof, Althaf, & Ong, Dennis (2019). ‘Resolving the Anomaly in Contract Formation under the UNCITRAL Rules and the Common Law in Modernization of National Commercial Laws and the Role of International Legal Harmonization’. Hors Serie Volume XXV. New Zealand: Victoria University of Wellington

Marsoof, Althaf (2019). Internet Intermediaries and Trade Mark Rights. Routledge, 263 pp.

Marsoof, Althaf, & Gupta, Indranath (2019). ‘Shielding internet intermediaries from copyright liability—A comparative discourse on safe harbours in Singapore and India’. Journal of World Intellectual Property, 22, 234–270
Lim, Eugene C. and Samtani, Anil. (2019). ‘Acoustic Branding, Non-Traditional Trademarks and the Graphical Representation Requirement: A Conceptual and Empirical Analysis’. European Intellectual Property Review, 41(1), 5–13
Koh, Alan K. (2018). ‘(Non-)Enforcement of Directors’ Duties in Corporate Groups’. Modern Law Review, 81(4), 673–688

Lim, Hannah YeeFen (2018). ‘Property Rights in Virtual and Augmented Reality: Second Life Versus Pokémon Go’. In: Woodrow Barfield & Marc Blitz (eds). Research Handbook on the Law of Virtual and Augmented Reality. Edward Elgar Publishing US, 568–603

Lim, Hannah YeeFen (2018). Autonomous Vehicles and the Law: Technology, Algorithms, and Ethics. Edward Elgar Publishing UK

Lim, Hannah Yee Fen (2018). ‘Data Protection in the Employment Setting’. In: Chesterman, Simon (ed.). Data Protection Law in Singapore: Privacy and Sovereignty in an Interconnected World. 2nd ed. Academy Publishing

Tan, Corinne (2018). ‘Regulating Social Media: Copyright’s Regulation of Content-Generative User Behaviours on Instagram’. Intellectual Property Quarterly, 2018(2), 140–157

Tan, Corinne (2018). Regulating Content on Social Media: Copyright, Terms of Service and Technological Features. UCL Press, xii + 276 pp.

Roy, Alpana, & Marsoof, Althaf (2018). ‘The brave new world of ICANN’s “new gTLDs”: an overview’. European Intellectual Property Review, 40,  649–658
Tan, Joo Seng, Lum, Kit-Wye, and Du Toit-Low, Valerie (2018). ‘The Role of Culture in Mediation: A Singapore Perspective’, Asian Journal on Mediation, 1, 94–110 

Marsoof, Althaf (2018). ‘Local Working of Patents: The Perspective of Developing Countries’. In Ashish Bharadwaj, Vishwas H. Devaiah, and Indranath Gupta (eds.). Multi-dimensional Approaches Towards New Technology: Insights on Innovation, Patents and Competition. Springer, 315–337

Ramsay, Ian and Tan, Corinne (2018). ‘Social Impact Bonds in Australia’. Journal of Banking and Finance – Law and Practice, 29(3), 248–257

Yeo, Victor C.S., Lee, Joyce, et al. (2018). Commercial Applications of Company Law in Singapore. 6th ed. Wolters Kluwer, xxviii + 1073 pp.