Dr Jaclyn NEO is a Consultant in WongPartnership, focusing on administrative law, constitutional law, citizenship law, as well as pro bono employment law issues. Jaclyn has done pro bono legal work for the Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (H.O.M.E.) and HealthServe, two civil society organisations that promote migrant workers' rights.

Jaclyn is currently an Associate Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore ("NUS"). She is the co-founding convenor of the Muslim Law Practice Course at NUS Law, a collaboration with the Singapore Syariah Court and the MUIS Academy. A graduate of NUS Faculty of Law, Jaclyn was recruited upon graduation to join WongPartnership as a Legal Associate. She later left to pursue her Masters of Law (LL.M.) at Yale Law School under a full scholarship from NUS and subsequently received another full scholarship to complete her doctorate at Yale Law School.

Jaclyn has served on numerous academic and practice committees, locally and internationally. She currently sits on the Singapore Academy of Law's Law Reform Committee and the Law Society's Public and International Law Committee. In 2018 and 2019, she was the Deputy Director of the Asian Law Institute (ASLI) at NUS. She has sat on committees for the International Academy of Comparative Law, the Association for American Law Schools, and was recently elected to the Council of the International Society of Public Law (ICON-S). In 2018, Jaclyn co-founded the Singapore Chapter of ICON-S.

Jaclyn has delivered papers and lectures by invitation at numerous universities in the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Chile, and Vietnam. She has held visiting positions at the Cluster of Excellence ‘The Formation of Normative Orders’ at Frankfurt University, University of Münster, University of Trento, and Melbourne Law School.

Jaclyn is admitted to the Singapore Bar.

  • Jaclyn has published numerous noteworthy articles in local and international journals, including the International Journal of Constitutional Law (I-CON), Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, Human Rights Quarterly, and the Singapore Journal of Legal Studies.
  • She is the sole editor of a volume on Constitutional Interpretation in Singapore: Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2017), in which leading scholars of constitutional law provide their theoretical insights to recent constitutional developments.
  • She also co-edited the Singapore Academy of Law Journal’s first ever special issue on public law (2017).
  • In addition, Jaclyn's scholarship focuses on comparative studies within Asia, and she is a co-editor of Pluralist Constitutions in Southeast Asia (Hart, 2019), and Regulating Religion in Asia: Norms, Modes, and Challenges (CUP 2019). Her article on domestic incorporation of international human rights law in a dualist state was awarded the Asian Yearbook of International Law’s DILA International Law Prize.
  • Jaclyn's writing has been cited by the Singapore courts and by the Supreme Court of India.