This Timeline is a record of key milestones in my professional career. To use it, please click on a relevant date on the timeline itself to understand what occurred on that date. Work in Progress as we are looking into alternative ways to display the information on the Timeline, so it is more user-friendly for you.

2019

UN intervention sought for contempt of court charges against Malaysian lawyer, Arun Kasi

2018

Ongoing collaboration with Malaysian lawyers in a Judicial Review action involving a point of law on ouster clause and branch of Malaysian Federal Constitution and international Human rights relating a Haebus Corpus application (PP v Louis Pius Gilbert)

2018

Ongoing collaboration with environmental lawyers in Indonesia on legal action on haze pollution under local and international environmental law.

2017

Ongoing collaboration with Human Rights and Legal Centre of Tanzania in bringing a constitutional challenge against the mandatory death penalty in Tanzania under local and international human rights law.

2016

Appointed National Representative (Singapore) to South East Asian Public Interest Lawyers

2016

Presented an International Court of justice (ICJ) memorandum to the Malaysian Government on a death penalty case involving a Malaysian facing unlawful execution in Singapore and subsequently collaborated with Malaysian lawyers on the filing of judicial Review application in Malaysia to compel the Malaysian government to file ICJ complaint against Singapore (Prabagaran v Attorney General of Malaysia)

2015

Mounted a constitutional challenge against caning as Torture under both local and international law (Yong Vui Kong v Attorney General)

2014

Constitutional Challenge filed in High Court for declation that the government cannot sue on defamation (Han Hui Hui v Council of Private Education)

2014

Landmark judgment that clarified the limits on constitutional right to counsel by placing a higher standard/burden on the prosecution when there is denial of access to counsel to accused persons in police custody/remand (James Raj Arokiasamy)

2013

Landmark judgment by the Court of Appeal which declared the holding of by-elections as mandatory and no longer discretionary as asserted by the Prime Minister (Vellamma v Attorney General)

2012

Landmark judgment delivered by the Court of Appeal giving standing to all members of the gay community who are affected by section 377A (Tan Eng Hong Hong v Attorney General) to challenge Section 377A.

2011

Landmark constitutional case on prosecutorial discretion (PP v Ravinthran Ramalingam)

2010

Presidential Clemency Process in death penalty cases was challenged in court where the government admitted that the President does not have Clemency Powers but exercises the will of the Cabinet (Yong Vui Kong v Attorney General)

2010

Landmark judgment delivered on freedom of expression involving contempt of court where a 40-year-old test was overturned (from inherent tendency to real risk) (Attorney General v Alan Shadrake)

2010

Filed Singapore’s first constitutional challenge against section 377A on decriminalisation of Homosexuality (Tan Eng Hong v Attorney General)

2010

Mounted a constitutional challenge against the law on mandatory death penalty and asubsequent challenge that led to a one-year moratorium on death penalty resulting in zero execution in 2010 (PP v Yong Vui Kong)

2009

Successfully obtained Singapore’s first last ditch attempt for a stay of execution (48 hours before execution) to reopen a death penalty case in the Court of Appeal involving a young Malaysian (PP v Yong Vui Kong). Became a landmark decision Court of Appeal decision widening the scope for reopening capital and criminal cases

2008

First and last Singapore lawyer to cross examine Lee Kuan Yew in a defamation trial (Lee Kuan Yew & Lee Hsein Loong v Chee Soon Juan and others)

2007

Completed internship with European Parliament

2006

Obtained a Certificate on Innovative Teaching of Law from Central European University, Hungary

2006

Collaborated with Nigerian lawyers to file a novel application in the Nigerian Court to compel the Nigerian government to file a complaint against Singapore at the International Court of Justice for a stay of execution of a young Nigerian footballer (Amara Tochi v Government of Nigeria) from being executed in Singapore

2006

Addressed the European Parliament’s Sub Committee on Human Rights on the Unfair Trial Process in Capital/Criminal cases in Singapore

2006

His first international Human rights case where he went to Nigeria and successfully lobbied the Nigerian Parliament together with Civil Liberties Organisation of Nigeria to get a Parliamentary Motion passed to halt the execution of a Nigerian footballer (PP v Amara Tochi)

2006

First application in Singapore to succeed in applying to have a High Court judge disqualified from hearing a case on grounds of rule of biasness (Lee Kuan Yew v Chee Soon Juan & Others)

2006

Mounted a constitutional challenge against the amendment to the Rules of Court to allow Summary Judgment in defamation proceedings (Lee Kuan Yew & Goh Chok Tong v Chee Soon Juan)

2005

Brought the death penalty fight to the UN by engaging the UN Complaints Mechanism and successfully obtained UN intervention calling on the Singapore government to halt the execution of an Australian citizen (PP v Van Ngyuyen)

2005

Landmark case on Freedom of Assembly – Chee Siok Chin v Minister of Home Affairs

2005

Founded Singapore’s first anti death penalty group – Singapore Anti Death Penalty Campaign (SADPC) and Founding member of Anti Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN) in Hong Kong.

2003

Filed Singapore’s first last ditch constitutional challenge in the Court of Appeal to reopen a death penalty case on the eve of the execution involving a Malaysian (PP v Vignes Mourthy)

1998

Successfully defended his first murder case, jointly represented by Mr Subhas Anandan (PP v Tamilselvan)

1997

Called to the Singapore Bar

1996

Completed Arbitration Course and became Associate of Singapore Institute of Arbitrators

1995

Volunteered as an intern with renowned lawyer and politician, Mr JB Jeyaretnam

1995

Graduated in Law (LL.B) from Cardiff Law School, United Kingdom

1993

Graduated in Political Science and Sociology (B.A) from National University of Singapore

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