Academic Profile

Prof Hannah Yee-Fen LIM is an internationally recognised legal expert and scholar and has been appointed to advise international bodies such as the World Health Organization, where she was an invited Expert External Reviewer for the WHO Guidance on Ethics & Governance of Artificial Intelligence for Health.

Hannah has also been advising the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) since 2019 on areas such as AI and Fintech and the digital economy.

She is currently one of 15 international legal experts appointed by the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) on its Digital Assets and Private Law Project to research on and draft new International Legal Instruments on Cryptocurrencies, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and other Digital Assets.

Hannah currently also serves on the Advisory Panel of the Law Commission of England and Wales. She is also a Co-Editor on the number 1 ranked interdisciplinary journal Big Data and Society which has an Impact Factor of 5.987.

She has been awarded numerous grants throughout her career, including a current Singapore National Research Foundation grant worth around SGD$500,000 as Principal Investigator (PI) and grants worth over AUD$2 million some 20 years ago in Australia as PI and Co-PI.

She is the author of 6 scholarly books on law and technology published by internationally established publishers such as Oxford University Press (OUP). Hannah is uniquely qualified with double degrees in Computer Science and in Law from the University of Sydney, Australia where she went on to complete a Master of Laws by Research with Honours under a Telstra Scholarship.

With her solid background in computer science, all of her legal research over the past three decades have been interdisciplinary in nature and have examined cutting edge technology and the law and regulation of such technology. For example, her dual expertise in computer science and law has enabled her to successfully conduct interdisciplinary research projects on the regulation of FinTech and projects on legal liability and ethical issues of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems and autonomous systems including Autonomous Vehicles (AVs). Her book "Autonomous Vehicles and the Law: Technology, Algorithms and Ethics" was published in 2018 by Edward Elgar Publishing, see

Hannah is also author of “Data Protection in the Practical Context: Strategies and Techniques” which is a leading work on, not just Singapore law, but also on the EU's General Data Protection Directive (GDPR) with coverage on data protection in the age of big data and Internet of Things. It is available at

She was a full-time Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law, NUS from 2007-2011. Prior to that, she taught at the University of Sydney and UNSW in Australia. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge and a Visiting Researcher at Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University.

Hannah is an internationally recognised legal expert in AI law and ethics, Technology & Internet law, Intellectual Property Law, E-commerce Law, Data Protection & Privacy Law, and Cybersecurity Law. She wrote one of the pioneering and seminal books on Internet law, "Cyberspace Law" in 2002 published by OUP and her research has been cited with approval by senior judiciary, most notably by the High Court of Australia.

Hannah is a sought-after speaker and has presented over 100 papers at scholarly international meetings, such as at Stanford University, and her speaking engagements extend beyond the US to include Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. She has also conducted training for the IP Academy of Singapore and conducted workshops serving government officials from ASEAN countries and conducted privacy impact assessments for large multi-nationals.

Hannah won the Research Excellence Award in 2012, 2014 and 2018 at NTU in the years when she was eligible.

Hannah has served on the Law Reform Committee of Singapore, SAL, which led to the introduction of the Remote Gambling Act 2014 and she has assisted the Ministry of Law, Media Development Authority and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore on legal matters. Hannah is an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore.

She is an appointed member of an International Working Group by the Centre for Biomedical Ethics, Yong Lin Loo School of Medicine, NUS on its Big Data Ethics in Biomedicine Project funded by the Singapore NMRC, which has produced a groundbreaking Ethics Framework for Big Data in Health and Research.

Hannah is a Renaissance Engineering Programme Fellow as well as a NISTH Social Impact Fellow.

Throughout her career, Hannah has taught nearly all compulsory "Priestley 11" law subjects in Australia. At NTU, in 2011, she developed and taught the compulsory elective course Legal and Ethical issues in Sustainability.

Her contribution to the pandemic response on COVID-19 and ethics can be found at
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Assoc Prof Lim Yee Fen
Associate Professor, College of Business (Nanyang Business School) - Division of Business Law

All aspects of law and ethics connected with technology, including Artificial Intelligence (AI) law, Autonomous Vehicles law, Blockchain, Cloud computing, FinTech, Internet law, data protection law, privacy law, data analytics law, intellectual property law, cybersecurity and cybercrime law, e-commerce law, tort law, encryption law, and electronic signatures law.

Hannah also has a special interest in ethics and moral philosophy, especially its role in guiding law and law making.
  • Future Health Technologies (FHT): Data Governance and Value Creation
  • Hannah YeeFen LIM. (2018). Autonomous Vehicles and the Law: Technology, Algorithms, and Ethics. Edward Elgar Publishing.

  • Hannah YeeFen Lim.(2018). Property Rights in Virtual and Augmented Reality: Second Life Versus Pokémon Go. Research Handbook on the Law of Virtual and Augmented Reality(568 - 603). US: Edward Elgar Publishing US.

  • Hannah YeeFen LIM. (2017). Data Protection in the Practical Context: Strategies and Techniques. Academy Publishing.

  • Hannah LIM Yee Fen. (2016). Trade marks, Territoriality and Trusts: An Uncomfortable Trinity. Singapore Academy of Law Journal, 2016(28), 277-285.

  • Hannah LIM Yee Fen. (2015). The Data Protection Paradigm for the Tort of Privacy in the Age of Big Data. Singapore Academy of Law Journal, 27, 789-821.