Founding Dean, Law (2007-2012)

Professor Michael Furmston became the founding dean of the School of Law in August 2007. The second law school in Singapore, SMU’s undergraduate law programme has been noted for the significant proportion of business and finance courses. Its first students graduated in July 2011. In 2009, a postgraduate law programme was introduced, the juris doctor. During Professor Furmston’s tenure the number of law faculty nearly doubled and two law centres were launched—The Centre for Dispute Resolution and the International Islamic Law and Finance Centre, a collaboration with SMU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Business.

An internationally respected authority on contract and commercial law, Professor Furmston has taught law for over fifty years. He began his career in the UK at the University of Birmingham, and then taught at Queen’s University of Belfast and at the University of Oxford before moving to the University of Bristol in 1978. He served as dean of the faculty of law at the University of Bristol for two terms, and also served as pro vice-chancellor from 1986 to 1989. He retired in 1998 and was appointed emeritus professor and senior research fellow at Bristol. Following his retirement he taught at the University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney in Australia. Professor Furmston is a member of the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law working group on international commercial contracts law. He sits on the editorial boards of contract law and construction law journals. He has also written books and articles on the contract law, commercial law and construction law. For the last thirty years he has been the editor of Cheshire, Fifoot and Furmston Law of Contract. Professor Furmston was named as one of the ‘Ten Great Law Teachers’ in UK by the London Times in October 2007.

He studied law at the University of Oxford (UK). He was called to the bar at Gray’s Inn, London in 1960 and has been a bencher of Gray’s Inn since 1989. He was awarded an honorary doctoral degree by the Open University, UK in 2010.

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