Victor V. Ramraj

Director of the Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives

Victor V. Ramraj

Victor V. Ramraj

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Faculty of Law
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700, STN CSC
Victoria, BC  V8W 2Y2

Victor V. Ramraj joined the University of Victoria as Professor of Law and CAPI Chair in Asia-Pacific Legal Relations in 2014, after sixteen years at the National University of Singapore (NUS). As an Associate Professor in the NUS Faculty of Law, he twice served as the Faculty’s Vice-Dean for Academic Affairs (2006-2010, 2011-2012). He was also twice seconded to the Center for Transnational Legal Studies (CTLS), a consortium of global law schools in London, and served for one year (2010-2011) as its co-director. Professor Ramraj holds five degrees from McGill University, the University of Toronto, and Queen’s University Belfast, served as a judicial law clerk at the Federal Court of Appeal in Ottawa and as a litigation lawyer in Toronto, and remains a non-practicing membership in the Law Society of Upper Canada. He has held visiting teaching appointments at Kyushu University and the University of Toronto.

Professor Ramraj has edited/co-edited several books published by Cambridge University Press, including Emergencies and the Limits of Legality (2009) and Emergency Powers in Asia: Exploring the Limits of Legality (2010). His work has been published in leading journals around the world, including Chicago-Kent Law Review, Hong Kong Law Journal, ICON: International Journal of Constitutional Law, Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, South African Journal on Human Rights, Tilburg Law Review, and Transnational Legal Theory.

His research interests include comparative constitutional and administrative law, transnational regulation, and the history of and regulatory challenges arising from state-company relationships in Asia. He is a regular participant in international workshops on comparative constitutional and administrative law. As CAPI Chair, he has organized several international conferences and workshops, including the Asia Desk Forum in April 2015, which provided an opportunity for lawyers, academics, government officials, and NGOs to examine a wide range of legal challenges and developments in Asia. At the University of Victoria, he teaches States, Companies, and Legal Orders in Asia, Transnational Law in Theory and Practice, and the graduate seminar on Applied Legal Methodology. In response to a rising wave of nationalism and protectionism, he is currently revising a book manuscript on how national legal orders respond to and interact with economic globalization.

  • BA – McGill
  • MA – U of T
  • LLB – U of T
  • LLM – Queen's University Belfast
  • PhD – U of T


  • Emergencies and the Limits of Legality (ed.)(Cambridge University Press, 2009)
  • Emergency Powers in Asia: Exploring the Limits of Legality (Cambridge University Press, 2010) (co-edited with Arun K. Thiruvengadam)

Articles and Chapters

  • ‘Emergency powers and military rule’ in David Law et al, eds., Oxford Handbook of Constitutional Law in Asia, under contract with Oxford University Press, (forthcoming)
  • ‘Transnational Private Regulation and Constitutional Law in Thailand’ in David S. Law et al, eds., Constitutionalism in Context (forthcoming) (with Thitinant Tengaumnuay)
  • ‘Sources of Legal Authority in the Pre-Modern State Era: The East India Company, 1600-1757’ Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (with Neilesh Bose) (forthcoming)
  • ‘Security, Human Rights, and Nationalism’ in Benjamin Goold and Liora Lazarus, eds., Security and Human Rights, 2nd edn., under contract with Hart Publishing, (forthcoming)  
  • ‘Transnational Non-State Regulation and Domestic Administrative Law' in Susan Rose-Ackerman et al., Comparative Administrative Law, second edition (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2017), 582-97.
  • ‘The Elusive Quest for Precision in a Messy Pluralist Reality’ [review essay] (2017) 8 Transnational Legal Theory 1-8.
  • ‘Prospects for Judicial Review of Transnational Private Regulation: Singapore and Canada’ (2016) 21 Tilburg Law Review 230-54​
  • ‘Constitutional Interpretation in an Age of Glob​alization: Challenges and Prospects’ in Jaclyn L. Neo, ed., Constitutional Interpretation in Singapore: Theory and Practice (London and New York: Routledge, 2016), pp. 341-62.