By Amelia Tan
IN JULY last year, Professor Tan Cheng Han said he was stepping down as dean of the National University of Singapore's law faculty. He was to hand over the baton by May this year, even naming his potential successors.
But in a surprising U-turn, the NUS said on Thursday that Prof Tan will be re-appointed for a further three-year term, making him the longest-serving dean of the faculty. The university did not give any explanation for its change of heart, saying 'details on how the section was made is confidential'. Prof Tan said he is not able to comment.
NUS law professor Michael Hor who was previously named as one of the two candidates to take over from Prof Tan said he is not 'at liberty to discuss the matter'. The other candidate is Professor John Phillips from King's College London who is on leave.
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