Note: Professor Yvonne Tew will based at the Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London as the Faculty Director and Academic Co-Director for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Professor Yvonne Tew has expertise in constitutional law, globally and in the U.S., and law and religion in global perspective. She is Professor of Law and Anne Fleming Research Professor at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., as well as the Faculty Director of the Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London. She is the author of Constitutional Statecraft in Asian Courts (Oxford University Press, 2020). Her scholarship has been published in the American Journal of Comparative Law, Virginia Journal of International Law, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, and Cambridge Law Journal, amongst others, as well as in book collections from Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Edward Elgar Publishing, and Routledge. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the American Society of Comparative Law and on the Executive Editorial Board of the American Journal of Comparative Law. She has also advised international organizations and government officials on constitutional matters including judicial power, rights protection, and constitutional reform.

Professor Tew holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. Her doctoral 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. She received her first law degree from the University of Cambridge graduating with Double First Class Honors. She graduated with a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Harvard Law School after winning the Cambridge-Harvard Law Link scholarship awarded to the top two final-year law graduates from the University of Cambridge entering Harvard Law School. She is a member of the New York state bar. Before joining the faculty at Georgetown Law, she held research fellowships at Columbia Law School and New York University School of Law.

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Featured Scholarship

Yvonne Tew, Strategic Judicial Empowerment, Am. J. Comp. L. (Online First), June 14, 2024, art. no. avad040, at 1-65.
Yvonne Tew, Constitutional Statecraft in Asian Courts (New York: Oxford University Press 2020).
Yvonne Tew, Stealth Theocracy, 58 Va. J. Int’l L. 31-96 (2018).
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Yvonne Tew & Jamal Greene, Text, History, and Precedent, in Research Handbook on Constitutional Interpretation (Carlos Bernal, Sujit Choudhry & Kate O’Regan eds., Edward Elgar forthcoming 2024).
Yvonne Tew, Malaysia, in The Oxford Handbook of Constitutional Law in Asia (David Law, Alex Schwartz & Holning Lau eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press Online ed. 2023).
Yvonne Tew, Monarchy and Democracy in Modern Malaysia, in The Entrenchment of Democracy: The Comparative Constitutional Design of Elections, Parties and Voting (Tom Ginsburg, Tarun Khaitan & Aziz Huq eds., Cambridge University Press forthcoming 2024).
Yvonne Tew, Religious Freedom in Malaysia (& Southeast Asia), in The Oxford Handbook on Comparative Human Rights Law (Neha Jain & Mila Versteeg eds., Oxford University Press forthcoming 2024).
Yvonne Tew, Judicial Heroines on Malaysia’s Apex Court, in Constitutional Heroines? Female Chief Justices and Court Presidents in Comparative Perspective (Rosalind Dixon & Erin Delaney eds., Edward Elgar forthcoming).