Yvonne Tew

Lecturer in Law

Office: Jerome Greene Hall, Room 509
435 West 116th Street
New York N.Y. 10027
Tel: 212-854-0266
Email: ytew@law.columbia.edu
  • B.A. (Double First Class Honors), 2007, University of Cambridge
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.), 2008, Harvard Law School
  • Ph.D. in Law, 2013, Gates Cambridge Scholar, University of Cambridge

Yvonne Tew’s research and teaching interests are in constitutional law, comparative public law, family law, contracts, and law and religion. She comes to Columbia Law School from the University of Cambridge, where she received her Ph.D. in constitutional law in 2013 and was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. In 2012, she was awarded the Distinction in Research Prize in the Arts and Humanities by St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, for her scholarship. While at the University of Cambridge, Yvonne served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Cambridge Student Law Review.

Yvonne received her first law degree at the University of Cambridge, where she consistently placed in the top 5% of her class each year and graduated with Double First Class Honors. She then completed her Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Harvard Law School after winning the Cambridge Benefited Place Award for top final-year graduates from the University of Cambridge admitted to the Harvard Law School LL.M. program. After graduating from Harvard, she worked as an attaché at the Permanent Mission of Malaysia to the United Nations in New York and assisted the Vice Chancellor of the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur in editing an evidence law casebook. Yvonne has taught constitutional law at the University of Cambridge and is admitted to the bar in New York.

Selected Publications


The Constitutional Core: Constitutional Adjudication in Southeast Asia (Oxford University Press, under contract) (forthcoming, 2015)


Originalism at Home and Abroad, 52 Colum. J. Transnat'l. L. 781 (2014)

Arbitrating God: Secular Enforcement of Faith (work in progress)

Shorter Works

And They Call It Puppy Love: Young Love, Forced Marriage, and Immigration Rules, 71(1) Cambridge L. J. 18 (2012) (peer reviewed)

Reassessing Human Rights Protection in Malaysia and Singapore, 15 Thammasat Rev. (Special issue) 7 (2012) (peer reviewed)

No Longer a Privileged Few: Expense Claims, Prosecution, and Parliamentary Privilege, 70(2) Cambridge L. J. 282 (2011) (peer reviewed)

A Tale of Two Courts: The Malaysian Legal System, 19(1) Comm. Jud. J. 3 (2011)

Book Review, 70(2) Cambridge L. J. 481 (2011) (reviewing Tom Bingham, The Rule of Law (2010)) (peer reviewed)

Book Review, 69(2) Cambridge L. J. 413 (2010) (reviewing Vernon Bogdanor, The New British Constitution(2009)) (peer reviewed)

Research Interests

  • Constitutional law
  • Comparative law
  • Family Law
  • Contracts
  • Law and Religion
  • Arbitration
  • Human Rights