POSTPONED: Art at the Fringes of the Law

A very urgent court case cropped up and our speaker has to attend to it. So, this event has to be postponed until we find a clear date for it. We apologise for this terrible inconvenience.


Art being what it is, sometimes, it treads the borders of the law. What happens when artists challenge aspects of society in a way that may infringe legal boundaries? Where does one go for advice and counsel?

This session invites prominent lawyer Josephus Tan to discuss these and related issues.

Date: 8 June 2015, Monday
Time: 7.30-9.30pm
Venue: Independent Archive, 67 Aliwal Street, Singapore 199942
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Josephus Tan is an Associate Director at Fortis Law Corporation and specialises in criminal defence litigation. He volunteers actively with the various pro bono initiatives by the Law Society of Singapore such as the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (CLAS), Project Schools, and the Community Legal Clinics. He was the Project Chairman for the Law Society’s biennial community outreach project “Legalese” which provides basic legal knowledge to local social enterprises in 2013 and also the Vice-Chairman for the inaugural Singapore Law Week 2013 event jointly organised by the Singapore Academy of Law and the Law Society. He is currently spearheading the inaugural “Street Smart Initiative” which aims to provide free legal advice to sex workers on the streets.

In 2010, Josephus became the youngest recipient of the CLAS Gold Award and in 2012, he was co-opted into the Council of the Law Society as a Council Member. In the same year, he was appointed as Lead Counsel for the Legal Assistance Scheme for Capital Offences (LASCO) by the Supreme Court of Singapore, again, the youngest to be so appointed. Josephus is also one of the awardees of the JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (Merit Award) Singapore 2013 and was a recipient of the prestigious Pro Bono Ambassador of the Year Award accorded by the Law Society in 2013. In 2014 and 2015, he was nominated by the Ministry of Law for the Singapore Youth Award (Community Category), the highest accolade given to a young person in Singapore.