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The President is elected at the General Assembly and holds office upon his election until the election of his successor at the next General Assembly.

The President acts as Chairman at all sessions of the Assembly and the Council. As the chief executive, he exercises general supervision over all ALA activities and ensures that the resolutions of the Assembly or the Council are implemented. He also performs such other duties and functions as the Council and the Assembly may determine or delegate.

The Honourable the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon

Chief Justice Menon was elected President of the ASEAN Law Association (ALA) on 28 July 2018 at the 13th General Assembly held in Singapore. He is also Chairman of the ALA National Committee of Singapore.

Born in 1962, Chief Justice Menon graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) in 1986. In 1991 he obtained a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School. He was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 1987 and as an Attorney and Counsellor-at-law of the Bar of the State of New York in 1992. From 1987, he practised law in the law firms of Shook Lin & Bok, Wong Partnership, Rajah & Tann and Jones Day.

From April 2006 to March 2007, he was appointed Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court. He was appointed Senior Counsel in January 2008.

From 1 October 2010 to 24 June 2012, Mr Menon served as the Attorney-General of Singapore. He was appointed to the Presidential Council for Minority Rights upon his appointment as Attorney-General in 2010 and as its Chairman upon his appointment as Chief Justice in 2012.

He was appointed Judge of Appeal on 1 August 2012 and was appointed the Chief Justice of the Republic of Singapore on 5 November 2012.


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