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Professor LOW, Kelvin

BCL (Oxon)
LLB (Hons) (NUS)
Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore

Professor
LLB Programme Director

Professor LOW, Kelvin

Contact Information

Office: YEUNG-P5511
Phone: +(852)-3442-4662
Email: kelvin.low@cityu.edu.hk

Research Interests

  • Property Law
  • Trusts Law

BOOKS

AUTHORED

  • Tan Sook Yee’s Principles of Singapore Land Law, 4th ed (Singapore: LexisNexis, 2018, forthcoming). (with Tang Hang Wu)
  • The Law of Personal Property, 2nd ed (London: Sweet & Maxwell, 2017). (with Michael Bridge, Louise Gullifer and Gerard McMeel)
  • Tan Sook Yee’s Principles of Singapore Land Law, 3rd ed (Singapore: LexisNexis, 2009). (with Tang Hang Wu and guest editors; Tan Sook Yee as consulting editor)

EDITED

  • Trusts and Modern Wealth Management (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018, forthcoming). (with Richard Nolan and Tang Hang Wu)

CONTRIBUTED

  • “Characterisation of Cryptocurrencies in East Asia” in David Fox and Sarah Green (eds.), Private Law Implications of Cryptocurrencies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018, forthcoming).
  • “Non-charitable Purpose Trusts: The Missing Right to Forego Enforcement” in Richard Nolan, Kelvin F.K. Low and Tang Hang Wu (eds.), Trusts and Modern Wealth Management (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2018, forthcoming).
  • “Legal Risks of Owning Cryptocurrencies” in David Lee and Robert Deng (eds.), Handbook of Blockchain, Digital Finance, and Inclusion, Volume 1 (Reed Elsevier, 2017), 225-248. (with Ernie G.S. Teo)
  • “Of Horses and Carts: Theories of Indefeasibility and Category Errors in the Torrens System” in Elise Bant and Matthew Harding (eds.), Exploring Private Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), Chapter 20, 446-467.
  • “Coming to Terms with The Great Peace in Common Mistake” in Jason W. Neyers, Richard Bronaugh and Stephen G.A. Pitel (eds.), Exploring Contract Law, (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2009), Chapter 13, 319-340.
  • “Sale of Land” in Michael Hwang S.C. and Yeo Tiong Min (eds.), Law Relating to Specific Contracts in Singapore (Singapore: Sweet & Maxwell, 2008).
  • “Developments in the Law of Equity” in Kenneth Tan S.C. (ed), Developments in Singapore Law between 1996 and 2000 (Singapore: Sweet & Maxwell, 2001) 437- 534. (with Michael Hwang S.C. and Andrew Chan)

LAW JOURNALS

JOURNAL ARTICLES

  • “Bunkers in Wonderland: A Tale of How the Growth of Romalpa Clauses Shrank the English Law of Sales” (2018) Journal of Business Law (forthcoming) (with Kelry C.F. Loi)
  • “Bitcoins and Other Cryptocurrencies as Property” (2017) 9 Law, Innovation and Technology 235-268. (with Ernie G.S. Teo)
  • “The User Principle: Rashomon Effect or Much Ado about Nothing” (2016) 28 Singapore Academy of Law Journal 984-1013.
  • “Fiduciary Duties: The Case for Prescription” (2016) 30 Trust Law International 3-25.
  • “Carbon Credits as EU like It: Property, Immunity, TragiCO2medy” (2015) 27 Journal of Environmental Law 377-404. (with Jolene Lin)
  • “Nonfeasance in Equity” (2012) 128 Law Quarterly Review 63-87.
  • “The Nature of Torrens Indefeasibility: Understanding the Limits of ‘Personal Equities’” (2009) 33 Melbourne University Law Review 205-234.
  • “The Use and Abuse of Taxonomy” (2009) 29 Legal Studies 355-375.
  • “The Story of ‘Personal Equities’ in Singapore: Thus Far and Beyond” [2009] Singapore Journal of Legal Studies 161-181.
  • “Recipient Liability in Equity: Resisting the Siren’s Lure” [2008] Restitution Law Review 96-106.
  • “Choice of Law in Formation of Contracts” (2004) 20 Journal of Contract Law 167- 192.
  • “The Relevance of Foreign Law to the Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction of Local Courts: Metall und Rohstoff and The TS Havprins Revisited” (2000) 12 Singapore Academy of Law Journal 412-427.
  • “Links, Frames and Meta-tags: More Challenges from the Wild Wild Web” (2000) 12 Singapore Academy of Law Journal 51-94. (with Loi Chit Fai, Kelry)
  • “Bridging the Great Divide Between Mistakes of Law and Fact in Restitution: Is the Bridge Safe to Cross?” (1999) 11 Singapore Academy of Law Journal 321-344 (with Loi Chit Fai, Kelry)
  • “Towards a Maintenance of Equality (Part II): The Effects of Unconstitutionality” (1999) 20 Singapore Law Review 103-133. (with Loi Chit Fai, Kelry and Wee Ai Yin, Serene)
  • “Towards a Maintenance of Equality (Part I): A Study of the Constitutionality of Maintenance Provisions that Sexually Discriminate” (1998) 19 Singapore Law Review 45-76. (with Loi Chit Fai, Kelry and Wee Ai Yin, Serene)
  • “‘Originality’ as a Prerequisite to Copyright Protection for Authors' Works: Clearing the Muddied Waters” (1998) 19 Singapore Law Review 231-276. (with Loi Chit Fai, Kelry)
  • “Amendments to the Sale of Goods Act: A Critical Analysis” (1997) 18 Singapore Law Review 172-215. (with Chua Bor Jern)

UPDATES

  • “Recent developments: Fiduciary Duties of Resulting Trustees; Joint Tenancies and the Enforcement of Judgment Debts; Developments in the Doctrine of Part Performance” (2017) 7 Property Law Review (forthcoming).
  • “Recent developments: Resulting trusts, common intention constructive trusts, proprietary estoppel and equitable accounting” (2016) 6 Property Law Review 131-136.
  • “Recent developments: Islamic charitable trusts, implied easements, compulsory acquisition, and laches as a defence to an action for an account” (2016) 6 Property Law Review 66-71.
  • “Recent developments: Leases, interests of specific legatees, indefeasibility and collective sales” (2016) 5 Property Law Review 191-194.
  • “Recent developments: Subterranean and cyber space” (2015) 5 Property Law Review 44-48.
  • “Recent developments: Sale of land, trusts and proprietary estoppel, conversion” (2015) 4 Property Law Review 212-218.
  • “Recent developments around leases: Non-derogation and quiet enjoyment; Evidence Act and tenancy by estoppel; remedy of distress” (2014) 4 Property Law Review 125-128.
  • “Legislation and Case Law Developments: Damages, Easements, Caveats, Trusts and Proprietary Estoppel” (2014) 4 Property Law Review 44-52.
  • “Equity and Trust” in Singapore Academy of Law Annual Review of Singapore Cases 2005 (2005) 6 SAL Ann Rev 234-258.
  • “Equity and Trust” in Singapore Academy of Law Annual Review of Singapore Cases 2004 (2004) 5 SAL Ann Rev 260-280. (with Tan Sook Yee)
  • “Equity and Trust” in Singapore Academy of Law Annual Review of Singapore Cases 2003 (2003) 4 SAL Ann Rev 225-242. (with Tan Sook Yee)
  • “Equity and Trust” in Singapore Academy of Law Annual Review of Singapore Cases 2002 (2002) 3 SAL Ann Rev 202-223. (with Tan Sook Yee)

CASE / LEGISLATION COMMENTS

  • “Digital Files as Property in the New Zealand Supreme Court: Innovation or Confusion” (2016) 132 Law Quarterly Review 394-399. (with David Llewelyn)
  • “Rescuing Uncertain Leases in English Law: A Study in Compatibility for Transplantation” [2012] Singapore Journal of Legal Studies 481-490. (with Rachel P.S. Leow)
  • “Certainty of Terms and Leases: Curiouser and Curiouser” (2012) 75 Modern Law Review 401-412.
  • “Demystifying the Doctrine of Encroachment” (2012) 42 Hong Kong Law Journal 687-700.
  • “Informal Dealings with Land: Retaining the Knotty Apron Strings” (2010) 22 Singapore Academy of Law Journal 704-719.
  • “Family Property & Interposed Companies” [2009] Conveyancer and Property Lawyer 524-532.
  • “The Many ‘Tests’ For Terms Implied In Fact: Welcome Clarity” (2009) 125 Law Quarterly Review 561-567. (with Kelry CF Loi)
  • “Apparent Gifts: Re-Examining the Equitable Presumptions” (2008) 124 Law Quarterly Review 369-373.
  • “Repair, Rejection & Rescission: An Uneasy Resolution” (2007) 123 Law Quarterly Review 536-541.
  • “Presumption of Advancement: A Renaissance?” (2007) 123 Law Quarterly Review 347-352.
  • “Unjust Enrichment & Proprietary Estoppel: Two Sides of the Same Coin?” [2007] Lloyd’s Maritime & Commercial Law Quarterly 14-18.
  • “Unilateral Mistake at Common Law and in Equity” [2005] Lloyd’s Maritime & Commercial Law Quarterly 423-428.
  • Bolam in Singapore: Special Treatment for Doctors?” [2003] Singapore Journal of Legal Studies 610-630. (with Lee Yuan Zhen)
  • “The Advocate's Immunity in Singapore: The End of a Fairytale” (1998) 19 Singapore Law Review 277-297.

BOOK REVIEWS

  • “Book Review: The Transfer of Property in the Conflict of Laws by Janeen M. Carruthers” (2006) 10 Singapore Year Book of International Law 385-387.
  • “Book Review: International Sale of Goods in the Conflict of Laws by James Fawcett et. al.” (2006) 10 Singapore Year Book of International Law 383-384.
  • “Book Review: The Law of Trusts edited by Geraint Thomas and Alastair Hudson” [2005] Singapore Journal of Legal Studies 306-309.
  • “Book Review: Choice of Law for Equitable Doctrines by T.M. Yeo” (2004) 8 Singapore Year Book of International Law 285-288.
  • “Book Review: The Hague Trusts Convention: Scope, Application and Preliminary Issues by Jonathan Harris” (2004) 8 Singapore Year Book of International Law 288- 293.
  • “Book Review: Lewin on Trusts (17th ed.) by John Mowbray et. al. and Underhill and Hayton: Law Relating to Trusts and Trustees (16th ed.) by David Hayton” [2004] Singapore Journal of Legal Studies 260-264.
  • “Book Review: Commercial Remedies edited by Andrew Burrows and Edwin Peel” [2003] Singapore Journal of Legal Studies 306-310.
  • “Book Review: Breach of Trust edited by Peter Birks and Arianna Pretto” [2002] Singapore Journal of Legal Studies 662-665.

CURRENT EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBERSHIPS

  • Trust Law International