Ms Denise Cheong
Head, Nuclear Law & Policy
Ms. Denise Cheong is a Senior Research Fellow and the Head of the Nuclear Law and Policy at the Centre for International Law (CIL), National University of Singapore (NUS). She was the CIL Project Coordinator for a three-and-a-half year multidisciplinary research project funded by Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF) which successfully completed in 2019. The project focused on research, capacity and network building and forging collaborations in the areas of nuclear safety, security and civil liability for nuclear damage in the context of nuclear power development. Prior to CIL being awarded the NRF research grant, she was part of CIL’s ocean law and policy team where she focused on issues related to the protection and management of the marine environment.
Her current research interests include the governance of floating nuclear power plants and the use of environmental-law mechanisms to promote transboundary consultation within the context of nuclear power development – law and policy issues that cut across the nuclear, ocean and environmental sectors. At the regional level, her research work has involved, and continues to involve, a documentary analysis of ASEAN instruments to identify those relevant to the governance of nuclear power in Southeast Asia and the mapping of the associated legal and institutional frameworks.
She is a member of the International Nuclear Law Association and the Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law. She has a University Diploma (Diplôme d’Université – D.U.) in International Nuclear Law from the University of Montpellier and a diploma from the Rhodes Academy of Ocean Law and Policy. Prior to joining CIL in 2014, she practised as an international lawyer in Singapore and Tokyo and as a foreign lawyer in Sydney for close to 15 years. She is an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore and a Solicitor of England and Wales. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Master of Science (Environmental Management) (winner of the Shell Medal and Prize Winner for best overall performance and Shell Best Dissertation Award) from NUS.