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Jaclyn Ling-Chien Neo

Jaclyn L. Neo is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore (NUS). After graduating from the NUS Faculty of Law with a Bachelor of Law (Honours), she was recruited to join Wong Partnership, a leading law firm in Singapore. After qualifying for the Singapore bar, she was offered a position as a Legal Associate at Wong Partnership's Litigation and Dispute Resoltuion Department.  During her time there, Jaclyn worked with senior lawyers, including Senior Counsels, on major commercial and criminal litigation, and arbitration cases. At the same time, Jaclyn also tutored Constitutional and Administrative Law (part-time) at her alma mater.

Jaclyn was accepted to Yale Law School to pursue her Masters of Law in 2007 whereupon she was offered the Overseas Graduate Scholarship by the National University of Singapore for her year at Yale.  Upon graduation, Jacyln returned to the National University of Singapore to join the Faculty of Law, and was offered a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor.  She was accepted to the J.S.D. program in 2009, and was offered a 3-year scholarship by the National University of Singapore's Faculty of Law to complete her doctorate at Yale Law School. 

Jaclyn’s research focuses on how constitutions manage diversity and difference. She has published articles interrogating the modalities of racial, religious, ideological and gender differentiation on constitutional democracies. For example, her article on “Anti-God, anti-Islam and anti-Quran”: Expanding the Range of Participants and Parameters in Discourse over Women’s Rights and Islam in Malaysia (21 UCLA PACIFIC BASIN LAW JOURNAL 29 (2004)) examines the clash between universalistic standards of women’s rights and patriarchal demands justified by religious orthodoxy in Malaysia. Her chapter contribution on Minorities and the Constitution: A Judicious Balance? to Forty Years of the Singapore Constitution analyses how racial differences impact Singapore’s constitutional practice.

Jaclyn's dissertation studies the cohabitation of democratic constitutionalism and religion, with specific focus on Asia.  She proposes a new constitutional model called 'mixed constitutions,' and studies three modalities of state-religion interactions in such constitutional systems. 


JSD Committee
Bruce Ackerman (Supervisor)
Paul Kahn (Reader)
Jed Rubenfeld (Reader)

Education
LL.M., Yale Law School, 2008
LL.B. (Honours), National University of Singapore, 2003
Advocate & Solicitor (Supreme Court of Singapore)