Ernest LimBack to People

Subjects: Law
Department: Law
Academic position: Robert S Campbell Visiting Fellow


I am a Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore. I am Chair of the Faculty Search Committee responsible for faculty recruitment. I received my D.Phil. and B.C.L. from Oxford, LL.M. from Harvard Law School, and LL.B. from the National University of Singapore. Prior to joining academia, I worked in the New York and Hong Kong offices of Davis Polk where I represented startups, Fortune 500 companies and investment banks in global capital market transactions.


I have taught a variety of subjects including company law, contract law, commercial law, comparative corporate governance, and corporate social responsibility.


My research focuses on corporate law and governance, specifically sustainability, fiduciary duties, corporate attribution, and social entrepreneurship. I have also written on the legal implications of artificial intelligence. I am also interested in the relationship between private law and public law. I am the sole-author of three monographs with Cambridge University Press:  A Case for Shareholders’ Fiduciary Duties in Common Law Asia (2019), which won the Society of Legal Scholars Peter Birks Runner-Up Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship; Sustainability and Corporate Mechanisms in Asia (2020); and Social Enterprises in Asia: A New Legal Form (2022, forthcoming).


Selected Publications

  • E Lim, Sustainability and Corporate Mechanisms in Asia (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020), i- xix + 409 pages
  • E Lim, A Case for Shareholders’ Fiduciary Duties in Common Law Asia (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019), i-xxv + 628 pages
  • E Lim, Social Enterprises in Asia: A New Legal Form (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022) (forthcoming)
  • E Lim, “A New Legal Form for Social Enterprises in Asia” (2022) 69 American Journal of Comparative Law (forthcoming)
  • E Lim, “Concentrated Ownership, State-Owned Enterprises and Corporate Governance” (2021) 41 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 663-691
  • I Chiu and E Lim, “Technology vs Ideology: How Far will Artificial Intelligence and Distributed Ledger Technology Transform Corporate Governance and Business?” (2021) 18 Berkeley Business Law Journal 1-64
  • E Lim and F Urbina, “Understanding Proportionality in the Illegality Defence” (2020) 136 Law Quarterly Review 575-598
  • K Kwok and E Lim, “Optimal Deterrence, the Illegality Defence, and Corporate Attribution” (2020) 21 European Business Organization Law Review 641-664
  • E Lim and C Chan, “Problems with Wednesbury Unreasonableness in Contract Law: Lessons from Public Law” (2019) 135 Law Quarterly Review 88-113
  • E Lim, “Attribution: A New Controversy?” (2021) 84 Modern Law Review 581-592
  • E Lim, “Attribution in Company Law” (2014) 77 Modern Law Review 794-807