Singapore Chapter

Mission of the Singapore Chapter

The aim of the Singapore Chapter is to pursue the mission of ICON•S within Singapore.

The Chapter is established in order to:

  1. Promote the values of ICON•S, and in particular the commitment to an inter-disciplinary approach to public law that engages constitutional, administrative and international law scholars and practitioners so as better to understand global and transnational legal developments;
  2. Work with ICON•S to promote knowledge of and membership in the organization globally;
  3. Promote the capacity and engagement of junior scholars, and scholars from the global South, within the work of ICON•S;
  4. Complement and work cooperatively with, but remain distinct from existing national and regional organizations; and
  5. Promote intellectual exchange and cooperation among public law scholars in Singapore, as well as with the country’s judiciary and the legal profession.

The chapter shall:

  1. Be organized in a way that reflects ICON•S commitments to transparency, accountability and good governance, as well as to gender equality and diversity in governance;
  2. Regularly disseminate notice of their events and activities via ICONnect, and communicate an annual summary of their activities to the ICON•S Executive Committee;
  3. Be subject, in its scope, governance and membership, to periodic review (approximately every 3 years) by the members of the ICON•S Executive Committee, and chapters may be asked on the advice of the Executive Committee, with reasonable cause, to dissolve, reconstitute or alter their scope and membership;
  4. Require members in the chapter to join ICON•S and pay the ICON•S annual membership fee;
  5. Submit information on its activities to ICON•S and such information shall, where appropriate, be featured on the ICON•S website.

Governance of the Chapter

The Chapter will be governed by two co-chairs that will take decisions by agreement. The founding members will be the first two co-chairs. The identity of the co-chairs shall reflect the chapter’s commitment to gender equality and diversity in governance. Each year, the two co-chairs will communicate an annual summary of their activities to the ICON•S Executive Committee and to the members of the Chapter.


Co-chairs will hold office for three years and may be re-elected once. Following a one-term interval, co-chairs will again for eligible to stand for election. Elections for the two co-chair positions will be by majority vote and will take place every three years. Only members of the Singapore Chapter are eligible to stand for and vote in these elections.

Membership of the advisory committee

Membership of the advisory committee will be based on excellence in public law scholarship. The first two co-chairs will choose the first advisory committee by agreement. This first advisory committee will be formed by three distinguished scholars, judges or governmental officials, who will hold office for three years.

Upon the expiry of the initial three-year term, the two co-chairs, in consultation with the existing members of the advisory committee, will appoint new members to the advisory committee for terms of three years. Existing members can be re-appointed once, but at least 40% of the board must consist of new appointees, which may include retiring co-chairs. Advisory committee members would again be eligible for appointment after a one-term vacancy. In deciding whether to reappoint a committee member, the co-chairs will have regard to the need to ensure both continuity of experience and change of perspective within the committee as a whole. A retiring co-chair will automatically become a member of the advisory committee for a term of three years. The number of members of the advisory committee shall be not less than three and not more than five.

Working groups

The co-chairs may establish working groups of the Chapter to organise events and activities.

Membership of the Singapore Chapter

Based on his or her merits as a public lawyer, a candidate will have to receive the endorsement of at least one of the two co-chairs and one member of the advisory committee to be admitted to the Singapore Chapter.

Rights and duties of Chapter members

All members of the Singapore Chapter have the following rights and duties:

  1. Participate in the activities of the Chapter on a regular basis.
  2. Join ICON•S and pay the ICON•S annual membership fee.
  3. Promote the mission and values of ICON•S.

Failure to take seriously the rights and duties associated with membership may result in suspension or termination of membership.

Annual meeting

Each year, the Singapore Chapter will organize a national conference or workshop on a theme decided by the co-chairs in consultation with the Chapter members. Distinguished scholars, judges or governmental officials may be invited to participate in the proceedings. For this purpose, the Chapter can collaborate with existing national and regional organizations.

The Chapter will also support other workshops, symposia and colloquia as considered appropriate by the co-chairs.


The Chapter rules can be amended by a majority vote among the two co-chairs and the advisory board. Voting can be conducted via email.

Founding Co-Chairs

Jaclyn L Neo (National University of Singapore)
Maartje de Visser (Singapore Management University)