Law Chair

CAPI is pleased to announce the appointment of Victor V. Ramraj as the CAPI Law Chair, starting July 2014. 

Dr. Ramraj is currently based at the Faculty of Law at the National University of Singapore (NUS), and will be joining the University of Victoria in July 2014. He has qualifications in law (LLB, Toronto; LLM, Queen’s University Belfast) and philosophy (BA, McGill; MA, PhD, Toronto) and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario, Canada). He served as a judicial law clerk at the Federal Court of Appeal in Ottawa and as a litigation lawyer in Toronto before moving to Singapore in 1998. He twice served as the NUS law faculty’s Vice-Dean for Academic Affairs (2006-2010, 2011-2012), and for one year (2010-2011) as a co-director of the Centre for Transnational Legal Studies (CTLS) in London. 

Dr. Ramraj has held visiting appointments at, among others, Kyushu University, Japan and the University of Toronto. He has edited/co-edited many books including Emergencies and the Limits of Legality (2009), and Emergency Powers in Asia: Exploring the Limits of Legality (2010) for Cambridge University Press. His work on comparative constitutional law has been published in leading journals including Chicago-Kent Law Review, Hong Kong Law Journal, ICON: International Journal of Constitutional Law, Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, and Transnational Legal Theory. His current research interests include comparative constitutional law (with a particular interest in emergency powers in Southeast Asia), the legal history of state and company (with a particular interest in the British East India Company and its comparison with modern state-owned enterprises), and the theoretical and practical implications of transnational law and legal pluralism. Professor Ramraj is currently working on a manuscript on the implications for domestic constitutional law of transnational corporations and global regulation entitled Mapping Constitutionalism: States, Companies, and Regulators in a Post-National World. 

The Law Chair position at CAPI is shared with the UVic Law Faculty.

“It is with great pleasure that I welcome Victor Ramraj to the Centre,” says Helen Lansdowne, CAPI Associate Director. “Dr. Ramraj brings a wealth of experience in law in the Asia-Pacific region and I am excited to see how that contributes to programming and events at the Centre.”