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Great News on Great Negotiator

The best news I heard this week was the one about Harvard Law School giving its 2014 Great Negotiator Award to Professor Tommy Koh.

Published on Apr 13, 2014 1:38 AM
 

The best news I heard this week was the one about Harvard Law School giving its 2014 Great Negotiator Award to Professor Tommy Koh.

I was thrilled for personal and professional reasons. Personal, because I worked with Prof Koh for my first book on Sars, back in 2004, and came to know and like him. We’ve gone on to have lunch at the White Rabbit and tau suan at Tiong Bahru, among other meetings. He’s always great company: interesting, knowledgeable, with a phenomenal memory for names and facts, and even-tempered.

I was glad for professional reasons too, because Prof Koh is a regular columnist for us at The Straits Times. He was among the first to accept our invitation to be a regular columnist for our By Invitation slot, which appears in the Opinion pages of ST on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

An expert on international law and diplomacy, he has dissected conflicting claims in the South China Sea. He’s also written on museums and heritage. He’s also, incidentally, an expert on hawker food, and sits on the Singapore Hawker Masters judging panel.

 
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