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Mr Chan Sek Keong was born on 5 November 1937 in Ipoh and was a member of the inaugural batch of students admitted to the Faculty of Law of the then University of Malaya, now National University of Singapore in 1957. He graduated in 1961 and was admitted to the Bar in January 1962. He practiced as a lawyer for a number of years, first with Bannon & Bailey in Kuala Lumpur and then with Braddell Brothers and Shook Lin & Bok in Singapore, before being appointed the first Judicial Commissioner of Singapore in July 1986. Two years later, he became a Judge of the Supreme Court of Singapore.

 

In 1992, he was appointed the Attorney-General of Singapore, a position he relinquished in 2006 when he was sworn in as the third Chief Justice of Singapore. He retired in 2012, after having spent 26 years in legal service.

 

In July 2010, the National University of Singapore (NUS) conferred an honorary Doctor of Laws on Mr Chan in recognition of his leadership of the Singapore’s judiciary and his contribution to her criminal justice system. On 1 October 2013, Dr Chan was appointed as the NUS Faculty of Law’s first Distinguished Fellow and appointed as Pro-Chancellor of NUS on 29 April 2015.

 

On 21 November 2009, Dr Chan became the first Asian jurist to be given the International Jurists Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the administration of justice which had "enhanced the dignity of the judiciary in Asian countries".

 

Dr Chan was conferred the Order of Temasek (Second Class) by the Singapore government on 9 August 2008 for his outstanding contributions to the team representing Singapore in the Pedra Branca dispute against the Malaysian government before the International Court of Justice. In the same month, he became the first Singaporean law graduate to be made an honorary bencher of Lincoln's Inn.

 

Dr Chan was conferred the state award, Darjah Dato' Seri Paduka Mahkota Perak (SPMP), which carries the title Dato' Seri, by Sultan Azlan Shah of Perak, in 1999.

 

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