About Me

I am a scholar specializing in comparative business law, with particular research interests in the corporate law and governance of Singapore and Japan, as well as Asia more generally. Private international law (or conflict of laws) is also developing into an area of interest.

 

My work has been published or is forthcoming in journals including:

  • American Journal of Comparative Law 

  • University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law

  • Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law

  • Modern Law Review

  • Law Quarterly Review

  • Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly

  • Journal of Corporate Law Studies

  • Asian Journal of Comparative Law

  • Journal of Japanese Law

  • 旬刊商事法務 (Junkan Shōji Hōmu) [Commercial Law Review] (Japan)

  • 金融・商事判例 (Kin’yū Shōji Hanrei) [The Financial and Business Law Precedents]

In the context of high-profile international collaborations, I have made or am finalizing contributions to edited collections by Cambridge University Press, Mohr Siebeck, and Springer. As service to the Singapore legal profession, I co-author the Company Law part of the Singapore Academy of Law's Annual Review of Singapore Cases.

My current main project is a sole-authored book titled Shareholder Protection in Close Corporations: Theory, Operation, and Application of Shareholder Withdrawal in Leading Economies, to be published by Cambridge University Press in its International Corporate Law and Financial Market Regulation series. In this book, I conduct a comparative analysis of a family of shareholder protection devices I call 'withdrawal remedies' in four jurisdictions - United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan - and develop a model remedy.

In research and teaching, I take the law seriously, both on its own terms as a system of thought and organization, as well as a phenomenon situated within institutional and ideological contexts that are often jurisdiction- and time period-specific. My stance is that law matters sometimes as an empirical reality, and to an extent that is less than what jurists like to believe but probably more than what non-jurists seem to believe. Insofar as my research areas are concerned, I believe that law should (with some exceptions) generally matter more and be taken more seriously than it is right now. Accordingly, I have little patience for excessive ethnocentrism, overgeneralizations, or anything demonstrably irrelevant to the lived experience of natural persons as legal actors.

Based in Singapore, I am an Assistant Professor of Law at Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University, where I currently teach corporate law and governance from a Singapore perspective. Before that I was a Research Associate at the Centre for Asian Legal Studies (CALS) at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (NUS Law), and an Associate Editor of the Asian Journal of Comparative Law. I also taught contract law as Sheridan Fellow at NUS Law briefly after earning my first law degree. 

I am called to the Singapore Bar (admitted 2017).

I am fluent in Japanese and Mandarin Chinese (both spoken and written), and possess some working proficiency in German (primarily written).

Contact

alan [insert a dot] koh [at] ntu [ dot ] edu [.] sg

 

alankkohjuris [AT ] gmail [dot] com

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