Justice Andrew Phang was appointed Judicial Commissioner in January 2005, High Court Judge in December 2005 and Judge of Appeal in 2006. He retired on 15 December 2022 before returning as Senior Judge on 6 January 2023.
Justice Andrew Phang received his Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1982. He pursued his postgraduate studies at Harvard University, where he was conferred his Master of Laws and Doctor of Juridical Science degrees in 1984 and 1988, respectively. In 1990, he was admitted as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore.
Justice Phang taught at the NUS Law Faculty from 1982 to 2000 and was appointed Professor of Law in 1999. In 2000, he was appointed Professor of Law at the Singapore Management University (SMU), and a year later, became Chair of the Department of Law at SMU’s Business School. In 2004, he was appointed Senior Counsel. He was also appointed Distinguished Term Professor of Law at the Yong Pung How School of Law, SMU in January 2023 and is currently a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Reading.
In addition to over 260 publications, Justice Phang has also authored close to 400 judgments. His judgments have also been published not only on LawNet and in the official Singapore Law Reports but also in many international law reports (including the All England Reports (Commercial Cases), Lloyd’s Law Reports, Law Reports of the Commonwealth, Fleet Street Reports, Construction Law Reports, Building Law Reports, Medical Law Reports and International Trust & Estate Law Reports). Many of his judgments have also been the subject of academic commentary in local and international journals, as well as cited and/or discussed in many books and articles as well as leading textbooks both locally and internationally.
His judgments have also been referred to in both local courts as well as in courts internationally (including the UK Supreme Court, the High Court of Australia, the Federal Court of Malaysia, the Hong Kong Final Court of Appeal, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (on appeal from the Supreme Court of Mauritius), as well as the Court of Appeal of England and Wales, the New Zealand Court of Appeal, the Court of Appeal for British Columbia, and the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa).
In recognition of his contributions to legal scholarship both as a legal academic as well as a judge over a period of four decades, the President of the Republic of Singapore awarded him the Meritorious Service Medal (Pingat Jasa Gemilang) in August 2022.