Mr. Michael Grainger

Associate Fellow Tembusu College National University of Singapore

Michael is an Associate Fellow of Tembusu College and a member of the residential team in Ora House. His interests are in criminal and tort law; he is currently writing his dissertation on the philosophical foundations of defences in these areas. He teaches the Senior Seminar Negotiating in a Complex World, and previously co-convened the Junior Seminar CSI: Truth from Evidence.

Prior to joining Tembusu, Michael trained as a barrister in London after taking his LLM (focusing on legal and political theory) at the University of Cambridge. He also spent time working as a head-hunter in London, where he specialised in placing senior finance professionals in “blue chip” companies and professional services firms.

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.