Mr K Shanmugam: The End of the Singapore Miracle?
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law (12 Jul 2013)

About the Speaker

Mr K. Shanmugam was educated at Raffles Institution from 1972 to 1977.  He then read law at the National University of Singapore (NUS), where he graduated at the top of his class with First Class Honours, in 1984. He was admitted to the Singapore Bar as an Advocate & Solicitor in 1985. 

Mr Shanmugam went into private practice and became one of the Senior Partners and head of Litigation & Dispute Resolution at Allen & Gledhill LLP, which was the largest law firm in Singapore.  Mr Shanmugam had a successful practice and was consistently recognised, in various international publications, as one of the top litigation, arbitration and insolvency Counsel in Asia and Singapore. 

In 1998, he was appointed a Senior Counsel of the Supreme Court of Singapore at the age of 38, one of the youngest lawyers to be so appointed.
He has also acted for the Chief Justice of Singapore, in 2005. 

Prior to accepting public office, Mr Shanmugam served in various committees and Boards, including the Advisory Board of the NUS Faculty of Law; the Raffles Institution Board of Governors; the Media Development Authority, and Sembawang Corporation Industries Ltd.  

Mr Shanmugam became a Member of Parliament (MP) in September 1988. On 1 May 2008, Mr Shanmugam was appointed to the Cabinet. He is now the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law, and is an MP for Nee Soon GRC.



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12 July 2013
National University of Singapore
Shaw Foundation Alumni House
11 Kent Ridge Drive, Singapore 119244
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