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Justice Andrew Phang was appointed Judge of Appeal (since re-designated Justice of the Court of Appeal) on 28 February 2006. He was appointed Vice-President of the Court of Appeal by Chief Justice on 28 September 2017.

Born in Singapore, he 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.

He 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. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2004.

Justice Phang was appointed Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court on 3 January 2005 and elevated to a Judge on 9 December 2005, before his appointment as Judge of Appeal.

Justice Phang is the Vice-President of the Singapore Academy of Law and co-chaired the Legal Publishing and Knowledge Cluster. He is currently Advisor in the Legal Research and Publications Committee.

His extensive publications include the local edition of Cheshire, Fifoot and Furmston’s Law of Contract and (together with Professor [now Judicial Commissioner] Goh Yihan) Contract Law in Singapore (Wolters Kluwer Law and Business, 2012 and 2nd Ed, 2021).  He is also General Editor of, as well as a contributor to, The Law of Contract in Singapore (Academy Publishing, 2012 and 2nd Ed, 2022).  In addition to authoring and co-authoring, as well as editing and co-editing, several other books and monographs, he has contributed many chapters as well as forewords to other books.  He has published in the leading Commonwealth journals, and has, in fact, published in over forty local as well as international journals (in the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia, Brazil, South Africa, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore). 

In addition to over 260 publications (many of which have been cited in articles and books published both locally as well as overseas), he 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).


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