Tan Lee Meng

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Tan Lee Meng
Judge of the Supreme Court of Singapore
In office
1 August 1997 – 7 July 2013
Appointed by Ong Teng Cheong
Judicial Commissioner of Singapore
In office
2 February 1997 – 1 August 1997
Appointed by Ong Teng Cheong
Personal details
Born (1948-07-07) 7 July 1948 (age 68)
Nationality Singaporean
Alma mater University of Singapore; University of London
Religion Christian

Tan Lee Meng (simplified Chinese: 陈利明; traditional Chinese: 陳利明; pinyin: Chén Lì Míng; born 7 July 1948)[1] was a Singaporean judge of the Supreme Court. He was first appointed as a Judicial Commissioner on 2 February 1997, and then appointed Judge in August 1997,[2] serving until he reached the mandatory retirement age of 65[3] on 7 July 2013.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Tan attended the University of Singapore (now the National University of Singapore), and graduated from its Faculty of Law with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) with first class honours in 1972. He subsequently obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of London in 1974, and was admitted to the Bar as an advocate and solicitor in 1976.[4]

Career as academic[edit]

Tan joined the University of Singapore's Faculty of Law in 1972, eventually rising to the position of Dean in 1987 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the National University of Singapore in 1992.[4][5] From 1980 to 1997, he also served as Master of Raffles Hall, staying on campus with students of the National University of Singapore hostel.[citation needed]

Tan is the author of the books The Law in Singapore on Carriage of Goods by Sea (1986)[6] and Insurance Law in Singapore (1988),[7] and various law journal articles.

Selected works[edit]


  • "Insurance Agents and the Proposal Form", Malaya Law Review, 17: 104–116, 1975 .
  • "Insurance Warranties: Some Criticisms and Proposals for Reform", Malaya Law Review, 21: 258–265, 1979 .
  • "The Shipowner's Right to Withdraw His Vessel upon Non-payment of Hire", Malaya Law Review, 22: 20–28, 1980 .
  • "The Carriage of Goods by Sea Act 1972 and the Hamburg Rules", Malaya Law Review, 22: 199–212, 1980 .
  • "Insurable Interest in Life Policies", Malaya Law Review, 23: 137–146, 1981 .



  1. ^ a b "Supreme Court judge Tan Lee Meng to retire on 7 July", Today, 5 July 2013, archived from the original on 5 November 2013, Supreme Court judge Tan Lee Meng will retire on July 7, his 65th birthday. .
  2. ^ Judges, Judicial Commissioners and Registrars, Supreme Court of Singapore, 10 August 2010, archived from the original on 19 July 2011, retrieved 9 June 2011 .
  3. ^ Constitution of the Republic of Singapore (1985 Rev. Ed., 1999 Reprint), Art. 98(1).
  4. ^ a b Retirement of High Court Judge, Justice Tan Lee Meng, Supreme Court of Singapore, 5 July 2013, archived from the original on 25 December 2013 .
  5. ^ History of the Faculty, National University of Singapore Faculty of Law, archived from the original on 3 September 2011, retrieved 21 March 2011 .
  6. ^ Tan Lee Meng (1986), The Law in Singapore on Carriage of Goods by Sea, Singapore: Malayan Law Journal, ISBN 9789971700492 .
  7. ^ Tan Lee Meng (1988), Insurance Law in Singapore, Singapore: Butterworths, ISBN 978-0-409-99566-4 .

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