Tan Lee Meng

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Tan Lee Meng
Senior Judge of the Supreme Court of Singapore
Assumed office
1 February 2015
Appointed by Tony Tan
Judge of the Supreme Court of Singapore
In office
1 August 1997 7 July 2013
Appointed by Ong Teng Cheong
Judicial Commissioner of Singapore
In office
2 February 1997 1 August 1997
Appointed by Ong Teng Cheong
Personal details
Born (1948-07-07) 7 July 1948 (age 69)
Nationality Singaporean
Alma mater University of Singapore; University of London

Tan Lee Meng (simplified Chinese :陈利明; traditional Chinese :陳利明; pinyin :Chén Lì Míng; born 7 July 1948) [1] is a Senior Judge [2] of the Supreme Court of Singapore. He was first appointed as a Judicial Commissioner on 2 February 1997, and then appointed Judge in August 1997, [3] serving until he reached the mandatory retirement age of 65 [4] on 7 July 2013. [1]

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Early life and education

Tan attended the University of Singapore (now the National University of Singapore), and graduated from its Faculty of Law with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) with first class honours in 1972. He subsequently obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of London in 1974, and was admitted to the Bar as an advocate and solicitor in 1976. [5]

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Career as academic

Tan joined the University of Singapore's Faculty of Law in 1972, eventually rising to the position of Dean in 1987 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the National University of Singapore in 1992. [5] [6] From 1980 to 1997, he also served as Master of Raffles Hall, staying on campus with students of the National University of Singapore hostel.[ citation needed ]

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Tan is the author of the books The Law in Singapore on Carriage of Goods by Sea (1986) [7] and Insurance Law in Singapore (1988), [8] and various law journal articles.

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  1. 1 2 "Supreme Court judge Tan Lee Meng to retire on 7 July", Today, 5 July 2013, archived from the original on 5 November 2013, Supreme Court judge Tan Lee Meng will retire on July 7, his 65th birthday..
  2. Lee, Amanda (6 January 2015). "Ex-Chief Justice Chan among five senior judges appointed". Today Online. Singapore. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  3. Judges, Judicial Commissioners and Registrars, Supreme Court of Singapore, 10 August 2010, archived from the original on 19 July 2011, retrieved 9 June 2011.
  4. Constitution of the Republic of Singapore ( 1985 Rev. Ed.,1999 Reprint ), Art. 98(1).
  5. 1 2 Retirement of High Court Judge, Justice Tan Lee Meng, Supreme Court of Singapore, 5 July 2013, archived from the original on 25 December 2013.
  6. History of the Faculty, National University of Singapore Faculty of Law, archived from the original on 3 September 2011, retrieved 21 March 2011.
  7. Tan Lee Meng (1986), The Law in Singapore on Carriage of Goods by Sea, Singapore: Malayan Law Journal, ISBN   9789971700492 .
  8. Tan Lee Meng (1988), Insurance Law in Singapore, Singapore: Butterworths, ISBN   978-0-409-99566-4 .