A Judge for the Ages - Essays in Honour of Justice Chao Hick Tin

Justice Chao Hick Tin’s contribution as a judge is of the first rank. Born in Singapore, Justice Chao studied at Catholic High School before reading law at University College London. He was appointed Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court of Singapore on 1 October 1987. This marked the commencement of a distinguished judicial career from 1987 right through to 2017 – a remarkable period of approximately three decades (excluding two years, between 2006 and 2008, when he was Attorney-General) and a total period of half a century in service of his country. Justice Chao was appointed Judge of Appeal on 2 August 1999 and Vice-President of the Court of Appeal on 18 April 2008. 

In this book, experts from the Judiciary, practice and academia explore Justice Chao’s jurisprudence in 12 areas of private, public and international law. These essays honour Justice Chao’s lasting legacy as a role model for all who aspire to be judges of the highest calibre.


Essay 1  – Introduction
Essay 2 – Developing the Law in the Pursuit of Justice – The Judgments of Justice Chao in Civil Procedure and Evidence
Essay 3 – Form, Substance and Context in Company Law
Essay 4 – Cosmos from Chaos: Justice Chao’s Contributions to the Conflict of Laws
Essay 5 – Justice Chao Hick Tin and Singapore Contract Law – Certainty in Elucidation and Innovation in Development
Essay 6 – Guardian of the Rule of Law: Chao JA’s Contributions to Criminal Law and Procedure in Singapore
Essay 7 – The Wisdom of Justice Chao in Family Law Judgments
Essay 8 – An Exceptional Generalist-Jurist in a Lex Specialis – Judge of Appeal Chao Hick Tin and Intellectual Property Law
Essay 9 – Justice Chao Hick Tin and Public International Law – Cosmopolitan Outlook, National Sensibilities
Essay 10 – Land Law
Essay 11 – “Sensible and Practical” – Justice Chao Hick Tin’s Contributions to Public Law
Essay 12 – The Development of Tort Jurisprudence in Singapore: A Tribute to the Honourable Judge of Appeal Justice Chao Hick Tin
Essay 13 – A Maritime Journey

General Editors

Judge of Appeal Justice Andrew Phang Boon Leong
Associate Professor Goh Yihan 


Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon
Judge of Appeal Justice Andrew Phang Boon Leong
Judge of Appeal Justice Steven Chong
Jeffrey Pinsler SC
Pearlie Koh
Lee Pey Woan
Hans Tjio
Yeo Tiong Min SC (honoris causa)
Goh Yihan
Kow Keng Siong
Mohamed Faizal Mohamed Abdul Kadir
Leong Wai Kum
Ng-Loy Wee Loon
Thio Li-ann
Teo Keang Sood
Jaclyn L Neo
Gary Chan Kok Yew





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Sep 2017

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