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Yvonne Tew

Associate Professor of Law

B.A., Ph.D., University of Cambridge; LL.M., Harvard

Areas of Expertise:

Comparative and Foreign Law, Constitutional Law, Religion

Professor Yvonne Tew teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law and comparative constitutional law. Before joining the faculty at Georgetown, she taught at Columbia Law...

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Professor Yvonne Tew teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law and comparative constitutional law. Before joining the faculty at Georgetown, she taught at Columbia Law School as an Associate-in-Law and was a Hauser Global Research Fellow at the New York University School of Law. She completed her Ph.D. in comparative constitutional law at the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. Her dissertation was awarded the Distinction in Research Prize in the Arts and Humanities in 2012 by St. Catharine's College, University of Cambridge. While at the University of Cambridge, she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Cambridge Student Law Review (the flagship student-run law review).

Professor Tew received her first law degree from the University of Cambridge graduating with Double First Class Honors. She then graduated from Harvard Law School with a Master of Laws (LL.M.) after winning the Cambridge-Harvard Law Link scholarship awarded to the top two final-year law graduates from the University of Cambridge admitted to Harvard Law School. She has worked as an attaché at the Permanent Mission of Malaysia to the United Nations in New York and is a member of the New York state bar. She has taught at the University of Cambridge and Columbia Law School. Her work has been published in the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, the Cambridge Law Journal, the Washington International Law Journal, and several edited book volumes. Her book on constitutional adjudication in Southeast Asia is forthcoming with Oxford University Press.

Featured Scholarship

  • Yvonne Tew, Stealth Theocracy, (working paper).   
  • Yvonne Tew & Jamal Greene, Comparative Approaches to Constitutional History, in Comparative Judicial Review (Rosalind Dixon & Erin Delaney eds., Edward Elgar forthcoming 2017).   
  • Yvonne Tew, Malaysia's Invisible Constitution, in The Invisible Constitution: Comparative Perspective (Rosalind Dixon & Adrienne Stone eds., Cambridge University Press forthcoming).   
  • Yvonne Tew, Comparative Originalism in Constitutional Interpretation in Asia, Sing. Acad. L.J. (Special Issue) (forthcoming 2017).   
  • Yvonne Tew, Country Chapter: Malaysia, in The Oxford Handbook of Constitutional Law in Asia (Wen-Chen Chang, Albert Chen & David Law eds., Oxford University Press forthcoming 2018).   
  • Yvonne Tew, The Constitutional Core: Constitutional Adjudication in Malaysia and Singapore (Oxford: Oxford University Press forthcoming).   
  • Yvonne Tew, Constitutionalizing and Politicizing Religion: The Case of Malaysia, Kyoto Rev. Se. Asia (working paper).   
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Forthcoming Works and Works in Progress

  • Yvonne Tew, The Constitutional Core: Constitutional Adjudication in Malaysia and Singapore (Oxford: Oxford University Press forthcoming).   
  • Yvonne Tew, Country Chapter: Malaysia, in The Oxford Handbook of Constitutional Law in Asia (Wen-Chen Chang, Albert Chen & David Law eds., Oxford University Press forthcoming 2018).   
  • Yvonne Tew & Jamal Greene, Comparative Approaches to Constitutional History, in Comparative Judicial Review (Rosalind Dixon & Erin Delaney eds., Edward Elgar forthcoming 2017).   
  • Yvonne Tew, Malaysia's Invisible Constitution, in The Invisible Constitution: Comparative Perspective (Rosalind Dixon & Adrienne Stone eds., Cambridge University Press forthcoming).   
  • Yvonne Tew, Comparative Originalism in Constitutional Interpretation in Asia, Sing. Acad. L.J. (Special Issue) (forthcoming 2017).   
  • Yvonne Tew, Constitutionalizing and Politicizing Religion: The Case of Malaysia, Kyoto Rev. Se. Asia (working paper).   
  • Yvonne Tew, Stealth Theocracy, (working paper).   

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Yvonne Tew, 64 Am. J. Comp. L. 1024-1030 (2016) (reviewing Po Jen Yap, Constitutional Dialogue in Common Law Asia (2015)).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Yvonne Tew, On the Uneven Road to Constitutional Redemption: The Malaysian Judiciary and Constitutional Politics, 25 Wash. Int'l L.J. 673-696 (2016).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN]
  • Yvonne Tew, Originalism at Home and Abroad, 52 Colum. J. Transnat'l L. 780-895 (2014).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [WWW]
  • Yvonne Tew, And They Call It Puppy Love: Young Love, Forced Marriage and Immigration Rules, 71 Cambridge L.J. 18-21 (2012).    [W] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Yvonne Tew, 70 Cambridge L.J. 481-483 (2011) (reviewing Tom Bingham, The Rule of Law (2010)).    [W]
  • Yvonne Tew, No Longer a Privileged Few: Expense Claims, Prosecution and Parliamentary Privilege, 70 Cambridge L.J. 282-284 (2011).    [W]
  • Yvonne Tew, 69 Cambridge L.J. 413-415 (2010) (reviewing Vernon Bogdanor, The New British Constitution (2009)).    [W]

Selected Contributions to Other Publications

  • Yvonne Tew, The Malaysian Legal System: A Tale of Two Courts, 19 Commonwealth Jud. J. 3-7 (2011).   
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In the News

 "Flynn pleads the 5th: Why contempt of Congress may be an empty threat", coverage in CBC News on May 25, 2017, quoting Professor Yvonne Tew

"Trump's appeal of travel ban suspension pits executive against judiciary," coverage by CBC News, February 7, 2017, quoting Professor Yvonne Tew.

"What happens next as Trump's travel ban heads through the courts," coverage by CBC News, February 6, 2017, quoting Professor Yvonne Tew.  

“Las ordenes de Trump pueden poner en jaque el orden constitucional de EE.UU”, coverage in El Confidencial, February 5, 2017, featuring Professor Yvonne Tew.

 "A wave of litigation": How Trump's immigration order could be struck down, coverage in CBC News, January 30, 2017, quoting Professor Yvonne Tew.

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 "Flynn pleads the 5th: Why contempt of Congress may be an empty threat", coverage in CBC News on May 25, 2017, quoting Professor Yvonne Tew

"Trump's appeal of travel ban suspension pits executive against judiciary," coverage by CBC News, February 7, 2017, quoting Professor Yvonne Tew.

"What happens next as Trump's travel ban heads through the courts," coverage by CBC News, February 6, 2017, quoting Professor Yvonne Tew.  

“Las ordenes de Trump pueden poner en jaque el orden constitucional de EE.UU”, coverage in El Confidencial, February 5, 2017, featuring Professor Yvonne Tew.

 "A wave of litigation": How Trump's immigration order could be struck down, coverage in CBC News, January 30, 2017, quoting Professor Yvonne Tew.

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