Academic Staff

KAAN Sheung-Hung Terry


Associate Professor

Department of Law

LLB (Hons) (NUS)
LLM (Harvard)

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Current Appointments (HKU)
Co-Director, The Centre for Medical Ethics & Law
Employment History
July 2014 – Present Department of Law,
Faculty of Law, HKU
1987 The National University of Singapore
1986 Tang & Tan
1982 Messrs Drew & Napier,
1984 Tat Lee Bank
  • The BMA (British Medical Association) Book Awards 2014, 'Highly Commended' in the 'Health & Social Care' category: "Genetic Privacy: An Evaluation of the Ethical and Legal Landscape"  Terry Sheung-Hung Kaan and Calvin Wai-Loon Ho—Imperial College Press, 2013 ISBN: 9781783263059 £84
  • 1994-2008, founding member of the Singapore National Medical Ethics Committee (appointed by the Minister for Health)
  • 2001-2006, founding member of the Singapore national Bioethics Advisory Committee (BAC) appointed by the Singapore Cabinet to advise it on the regulation of biomedical research in Singapore
  • 2001-2006, Chair of the BAC Human Genetics Subcommittee
  • 2003-2006, independent director on the board of directors of Singapore Health Services Pte Ltd (SingHealth), a holdings company wholly-owned by the Singapore government responsible for one of the main groups of government-subsidized hospitals and healthcare facilities in Singapore
  • 2000-2014, a statutory board member of the Singapore Nursing Board
  • 1998-2014, a member of the Singapore Ministry of Health’s Advisory Committee on Transplantation (the committee has statutory oversight of transplants carried out in Singapore)
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Merton College, Oxford University (Trinity Term, 2013)
  • Conferred the Public Service Medal, by the President of the Republic of Singapore on the occasion of the 2012 Singapore National Day Awards (The Public Service Medal “… may be awarded to any person who has rendered commendable public service in Singapore or for his achievement in the field of arts and letters, sports, the sciences, business, the professions and the labour movement”)
Courses taught in 2014-2015
LLAW1009 Law & Society
LLAW3040/JDOC6247 Medico-Legal Issues
Specialized Areas / Research Interests
Medical law
Regulation of biomedical research
Selected Publications
  1. Kaan, T., “Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine”, in The Routledge Handbook of Medical Law and Ethics (eds. Bartha Maria Knoppers and Yann Joly), (Routledge, 2014)
  2. Kaan, T., “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Exploring the Limits of Genetic Privacy in Singapore”, and Ho, C., and Kaan, T., “The Notion of Privacy”, both in Kaan, T. & Ho, C., (as joint editors, and also as contributors), Genetic Privacy:  An Evaluation of the Ethical and Legal Landscape (2013), (London: Imperial College Press).
  3. Kaan, T., “At the Beginning of Life”, (2010) 22 Singapore Academy of Law Journal [SAcLJ] Special Issue (Biomedical Law), 883-918
  4. Kaan, T., “Shifting Landscapes:  Law and the End of Life in Singapore”, in Singapore’s Ageing Population:  Managing Healthcare and End-Of-Life Decisions (ed. Chan, W.), (London & New York:  Routledge, 2011) pp. 137-161.
  5. Kaan, T., “The Regulation of Genetic Testing and the Protection of Genetic and Medical Information in Singapore”, in Genomics and Bioethics:  Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Technologies and Advancements (ed. Hongladarom, S.), (Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2011) pp. 199-219.
  6. Kaan, T., “The Worth of Consent:  The Ethics of Research in a Global Environment”, Santa Clara Journal of International Law,  5, part. 1  (2006): 78