Current research projects mentioned in this page reflect my current academic interests and they are tentative only and some of them may not lead to fruition.
Work in progress / under review
I am in the process of developing an editied volume project with Dharmita Prasad of O.P Jindal University exploring intersectionality / overlapping boundary between public international law and private international law. We have successfully secured the contract with Springer Nature Pte Ltd. The book is due to be released in early 2022.
I am in the process of co-authoring the book on international trade law with a practising solicitor in Hong Kong. This project is under the contract with LexisNexis Hong Kong with the manuscript due in late January 2022.
I am in the process of working for a chapter contribution on the treatment of foreign law in Thailand. This will be included in a book series published by Hart Publishing. The first draft of this chapter is expected late January 2022.
I am exploring a project in the realm of private international law to collaborate with Sai Ramani Garimella.
I am working on a book Marine Insurance - Comparative Common Law Perspectives in collaboration with Dr SO Lok Kan of the School of Business, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. This work is under contract with Springer Nature Pte Ltd until the first quarter of 2024.
This work took at the starting point the Marine Insurance Act 1906 of the United Kingdom. This piece of legislation may be viewed as a successful one due to two main reasons. First, it serves as a model for an identical statute in other common law jurisdictions. Secondly, throughout its over 100 years of use, there had been no amendment to this piece of legislation until very recently when the United Kingdom enacted the Insurance Act 2015 and the Enterprises Act 2016. Still, these two statutes do not bring "wholesale" changes to the Marine Insurance Act 1906.
Being such an old statute, the overall scheme of the Marine Insurance Act 1906 is supplemented by case laws and academic commentaries. However, courts in common law jurisdictions are not always consistent in their interpretation of a virtually identical statute. It is on such divergence in such statutory interpretation that becomes a primary focus of this work. The secondary focus of this work is in contemporary developments and attempts at statutory reform. In addition to the English marine insurance law, for comparative purposes, the Australian marine insurance law is examined given the Marine Insurance Act 1909 (Cwlth) is identical to the Marine Insurance Act 1906 of the United Kingdom. Likewise, the New Zealand marine insurance law with its Marine Insurance Act 1908 similar to that of the United Kingdom is also covered in this book. The scope of this book is also extended to the marine insurance law of Canada since the Marine Insurance Act 1993, which is a federal statute, is based on, if not identical to, the Marine Insurance Act 1906. This book will draw conclusion on convergence and divergence in interpretations of virtually identical texts to the Marine Insurance Act 1906. It will also suggest whether the approaches in the Insurance Act 2015 of the United Kingdom should be followed in other jurisdictions and, if not, which approaches countries in common law jurisdictions inherited legal principles enshrined in the Marine Insurance Act 1906 of the United Kingdom should adopt in considering reforms of their marine insurance legislation. Also, other areas which should be addressed by the statutory reform, but which were disregarded by the English and the Scottish Law Commissions, will be highlighted and suggestions for such reform will be made.