SMU Yong Pung How School of Law Assistant Professorship in Singapore

  • Phd
  • Salaried
  • 15 September 2021
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The Singapore Management University (SMU), Yong Pung How School of Law invites scholars to apply for Professors/Associate Professors/Assistant Professors (tenure-track) to begin in January or August 2022.
As a premier university in Asia, SMU is internationally recognised for its world-class research and distinguished teaching. SMU’s mission is to generate leading-edge research and produce broad-based, creative and entrepreneurial leaders for the knowledge-based economy. This mission has resulted in SMU being ranked No. 11 among the world’s specialist universities, including established academic institutions.
The Yong Pung How School of Law is among SMU’s six schools and offers LL.B., J.D., and LL.M. degrees. Located in Singapore’s Central Business District, SMU Yong Pung How School of Law has forged strong cooperation with leading law firms and technology companies. Its academic research focuses on cutting-edge issues of transnational commercial law in Asia, law and technology, and dispute settlement. SMU faculty members have diverse experiences in multiple jurisdictions and have published widely in leading international journals.
Job Descriptions
Professors/Associate Professors/Assistant Professors will contribute to undergraduate or post-graduate teaching and conduct research in their fields.
They will also be involved in projects or events organised by the Yong Pung How School of Law or its research centres including the Centre for Commercial Law In Asia (CCLA), the Centre for AI and Data Governance (CAIDG), Centre for Computational Law (CCLAW), and the Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy (SIDRA).


Professors/Associate Professors: Tenure positions for academics with international reputation for their research and teaching, as well as leadership roles in their fields.
Assistant Professors: Entry-level, tenure-track positions for junior academics. The first contract is for a four-year period and assistant professors are supposed to apply for tenure before the end of the second four-year contract.
Candidates for assistant professors must possess 1) post-graduate degrees in law from reputable universities. Holders of graduate degrees in other disciplines or current lecturers/assistant professors in other jurisdictions will be considered if they possess outstanding publication records. 2) Applicants should also have three substantive publications (published or accepted for publication), preferably in leading international academic journals. Work experiences in appellate courts, international organizations, law firms or technology companies are preferred.
Scholars with research in all areas of law are welcome, although subject areas of particular interest include the following:
  • Law and Technology (such as AI governance, digital law and computational law). Senior academics may be considered for administrative roles in these research areas. 
  • Law and Sustainability (such as energy law, environmental law or corporate/financial law related to sustainable development)
  • Criminal Law and Justice


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SMU offers a highly competitive salary in addition to medical and other benefits. Professors at all ranks are also eligible for travel and research funding.


Interested applicants should submit 1) a cover letter; 2) a detailed CV including publications; 3) soft copies of 3 recent representative publications; 4) a 3-5 page description of research and teaching interests; and 5) a list of 3 referees with full contact information to
Applicants are advised to refer to the SMU Yong Pung How School of Law Research Report:
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