Academic Team - Andrew Harding, Proffessor of Law

Academic Team

Andrew Harding | Professor of Law

Andrew HardingProfessor Andrew Harding is a leading scholar in Asian legal studies and comparative constitutional law. He is a former Head of the Law School at SOAS, University of London; a former Director of the Centre for Asian Legal Studies (CALS) at the National University of Singapore (NUS), and founding editor of the book series, Constitutional Systems of the World (Hart/ Bloomsbury). He is currently Visiting Research Professor at CALS, Visiting Professor at the Law Faculty, Hong Kong University, and Law Faculty Senior Adviser at Thammasat University, Thailand.



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Speciality areas


Comparative constitutional law, Constitutional law in SE Asia, Asian legal systems, Law and development, Legal history

Highest qualification and awarding body

PhD (Monash)

UoRM programmes taught/supervised

 Public Law

Research interests

Constitutional law in SE Asia, decentralisation

Current projects


Monograph with Hart/ Bloomsbury, ‘Decentralised governance in SE Asia’; Special issue for the Asian Journal of Law and Society on Asian monarchies

Recent publications

  • The Constitution of Malaysia: A Contextual Analysis (2nd edition, forthcoming April 2022, Hart/ Bloomsbury)
  • Is the “Basic Structure Doctrine” a Basic Structure Doctrine?’, in R Abeyratne and Bui Ngoc Son (eds), The law and Politics of Unconstitutional Constitutional Amendments in Asia (2021, Routledge)
  • A Harding and D Shah, ‘Governance by Memorandum: Constitutional Soft Law in Malaysia’, ICONN Blog, November 2021
  • ‘Law and Development in Malaysia: A Vision Beyond 2020?’ in Salim Ali Farrer and P Subramaniam (eds), Law and Justice in Malaysia: 2020 and Beyond (Thomson Reuters, 2021)
  • Ed A Harding and M Pongsapan, Thai Legal History: From Traditional to Modern Law (2021, Cambridge UP)



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