PUBLIC LAW: SPEAKERS



Mr. Shaun Kang WEI Hsiang (Former special advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross)

Shaun had worked in numerous international legal and diplomatic roles throughout his career. He was formerly Special Advisor at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), where he worked closely with stakeholders in Singapore, including the government, academia, and the diplomatic corps to promote International Humanitarian Law and the ICRC's position on key humanitarian issues. He has also served as the ICRC's Legal Adviser in Kuala Lumpur. Prior to that, he also served in different capacities at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague, and the Centre for International Law at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Shaun holds a Master of Laws (LLM) in International Law from the National University of Singapore (NUS), Bachelor of Laws (LLB), a Graduate Diploma in Oceans Law and Policy (Rhodes Academy) and has been admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya. He is now a Career Coach at the National University of Singapore (NUS), working with youths and undergraduates to find fulfilling careers.



Ms. Prema Arivanathan,  President, All-Women's Action Society Malaysia (AWAM)

Premo Arivananthan read law at University of London (External) and graduated in 2000. Upon obtaining her degree, she pursued her career in the corporate sector as a legal advisor for 10 years. Looking for greater challenges, she expanded her repertoire and obtained the Certificate in Legal Practice. She was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 2014. Her primary area of practice is Family Law particularly domestic violence, divorce, custody, guardianship and maintenance matters and adoption. 



Ms. Tee Michelle, All-Women's Action Society Malaysia (AWAM)


Prior to commencing her pupillage, she was employed as a full-time Legal Advisor in Rockwills Trustee Berhad (708932-T) under Legacy Management. Her job scope included, inter alia, appointing panel Advocates and Solicitors for the application for the Grant of Probate/Letters of Administration for estates of deceased clients, liaising with third-parties [i.e. the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN), banks, insurance companies, investment brokers, etc.] on behalf of the estate, facilitating the transmission and transfer of movable and immovable assets in the estates, dealing with the respective Trust accounts for assets held on trust by the Executor, and handling the overall administration of clients' estates (testate and intestate). During her employment, she had also dealt with various contentious matters involving, inter alia, claims against the estates, caveats entered by third-parties on individual estates, tax-related matters brought against estates by LHDN, and other disputes by beneficiaries, heirs or next-of-kin during the administration of the estates. Michelle was promoted to the position of Senior Legal Advisor before deciding to pursue her pupillage in Messrs. Rahayu Partnership in October 2018.



Mr. Kenneth Cheng (Suara Rakyat Malaysia – SUARAM)

Kenneth Cheng is the Documentation and Monitoring Officer of Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM). SUARAM being one of the key human rights organisations in Malaysia, is a non-governmental organization established in 1989 to monitor and advocate for human rights issues in Malaysia. As a documentation and monitoring officer, Kenneth will be responsible of gathering information from victim of human rights abuses, monitoring the media and reporting on political trends related to human rights issues. The information and data that has been compiled and analysed will be published through the SUARAM's Malaysia Human Rights Report annually. Other than that, Kenneth is has also conducted thematic research on human rights issues such as torture, deaths in custody, detention without trial laws and freedom of expression in Malaysia. Kenneth is also a social activist where he was invited to speak on various political and human rights issues and you can find his opinions through his weekly column at The Malaysian Insight.




Ms. Lee Su-Anne (Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF)

Su-Anne Lee is a Child Protection Specialist with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Malaysia, focusing on children affected by migration. Prior to UNICEF, she worked on governance for development and institutional reform with the United Nations Development Programme, and refugee protection with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Malaysia. She also worked in the areas of migration, anti-trafficking, and business and human rights in the international nonprofit sector in Hong Kong and Tokyo. She holds an LLB from the University of Sheffield and an LLM from Columbia Law School.



Mr. Lai Mun Onn (Senior Lecturer, Taylor's Law School, Taylor's University)

Lai Mun Onn is a Senior Lecturer at Taylor's Law School, Taylor's University. Prior to joining Taylor's Law School in 2007, Mun Onn was an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya and has been a practising lawyer for 7 years.  Mun Onn's area of research includes International Human Rights Law and Criminal Law. He is also involved in research on Teaching & Learning of law, specifically on e-Learning. He teaches International Human Rights Law, Criminal Law, Public International Law as well as the Mooting modules.


Ms. Cynthia Silva (TAYLOR'S UNIVERSITY)


Mr Simon Wood (Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Malaya)

I am currently enrolled in a PhD under the supervision of Assoc Prof Ramy Bulan at University Malaya on the topic of remedies for indigenous peoples for loss of their lands within Malaysia, Australia and Canada.  My paper deals with aspects of that research topic, particularly recent significant case law. Apart from a recent article on indigenous rights under the Federal Constitution, I have also written published papers on human rights, constitutional law, tort law and court practice. And I have received grants for research on anti-terrorism laws, law student mentoring and film censorship. I am currently teaching professional practice subjects, advocacy and drafting, at University Malaya and also help coach and organise some University Malaya student mooting and interview competitions. Before coming to Malaysia, I practised law for many years in Australia in the areas of administrative law, immigration law and criminal law.  I am a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and Solicitor and Attorney of the High Court of Australia.





Dr Tamara Joan Duraisingam (Taylor's Law School, Taylor's University)


Dr Tamara Joan obtained her Bachelor of Laws in 1998 from the University of Malaya.  She then completed her Pupillage in Chambers and was called to High Court of Malaya and admitted to the Malaysian Bar in 1999.  Subsequently, she pursued her Master of Laws also with the University of Malaya and completed the same in the year 2000.   She completed her PhD studies in University Kebangsaan Malaysia on Domestic and International Legal Analysis on the protection of Stateless Persons residing in Malaysia in 2014.  Tamara Joan has served in the academia since the year 2001 in various portfolios.  In addition to the teaching of law, she served as the Head of the Law Programme at the Faculty of Business, Communication and Law in INTI International University from 2011 to 2013 and Deputy Dean of Taylor's Law School, Taylor's University from 2014 to 2017. She currently serves as a senior lecturer in law at the Faculty of Business and Law, Taylor's University.



Ms Marini Arumugam (Taylor's Law School, Taylor's University)

Marini was admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor to the High Court of Malaya in 2001. She has close to 20 years of legal and academic experience. She is currently the Programme Director of the Bachelor of Laws Programme at Taylor's Law School. Her main teaching areas is the Law of Tort, Medical Law and Land Law. Her main area of research include Human Rights and Medical Law.





Dr Wilson Tay Tze Vern (Taylor's Law School, Taylor's University)

Dr Wilson Tay Tze Vern is Senior Lecturer at Taylor's Law School. His areas of teaching and research are constitutional law, administrative law, and the legal systems of England and Malaysia. Previously he was a Research Fellow at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore and Deputy Editor of the Asian Journal of Comparative Law. Wilson has also previously served in the Judicial & Legal Service of Malaysia as a Senior Assistant Registrar of the High Court at Kuala Lumpur (Commercial Division).



MS. SUZANNA HADI (Taylor's Law School, Taylor's University)

Suzanna Abdul Hadi has been in academia for 14 years. Currently a lecturer at Taylor's Law School, Taylor's University, Malaysia, her main areas of teaching are Malaysian Legal System and Malaysian Family Law. Her research interests are on Family Law and Children's Rights. Suzanna has presented in several conferences throughout her career, both nationally and internationally . She also supervises postgraduate and undergraduate students. Suzanna is also one of the supervisors of the Legal Aid and Streetlaw Program at the University.


Mr Nakeeran Kanthavel (Taylor's Law School, Taylor's University)

"There is always an unthinkable perspective for any story." These 9 words, said to me by a prison officer and his wife, planted a seed of passion for law in me at 9-years-old. Upon reflection, I discern that my parents were conveying that situations are never binary; the truth dwells in grey areas. The morality of an issue always depends on the perspective one views it from. Thoughts such as these were commonplace growing up as I fathom that being a lawyer is more than a profession; it is being the defender of justice, fairness and equity.


I, Nakeeran Kumar S/O Kanthavel, graduated from Taylors Law School with a First Class degree in Bachelor of Laws and has won various academic awards throughout my undergraduate journey. Apart from the recognition and commendations, the greatest gift the law school bestowed me was making me realise that an intellectual, fair and just community of legal practitioners can redefine the future of our country. As I have practised and interned in five of the best-known legal firms of the nation, I have indulged myself in various areas of practices such as litigation, conveyancing, banking, corporate and alternative dispute resolution. Being a scholar of Johor Corporation, I have always prioritised social welfare over my personal interest. Being innovative and ingenious in interpreting and applying legal principles, I have a profound passion for advocacy and exceptional adroitness in handling pressure under highly tense situations. In the long run, I believe I would be able to contribute my fair share of creating an equitable society by providing fair accessibility towards justice for the unfortunate and deplorable using my prodigious ability & skills in explicating the legal regimes.



Ms Koh Ker xuan (Taylor's University)


Ker Xuan (Shinn) received her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Reading (UK) and her Master of Laws degree from Taylor's University Malaysia. She is now a first year PhD candidate at Taylor's University, Lakeside Campus. Her current research interests focus on international human rights law, especially on the right to education of marginalised communities in Malaysia. 

She also holds the position of Senior Legal Executive in Rockwills Corporation Sdn Bhd, with extensive experience in the estate planning industry. As a legal trainer, she has conducted numerous legal training sessions, workshops, and seminars under the topic of wills and trusts. 



Prof Dr Ashgar Ali Ali Mohamed (Professor, Ahmad Ibrahim Kuliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia)

Prof. Dato' Sri Dr. Ashgar Ali bin Ali Mohamed graduated with Bachelor of Law (LL.B (Hons)) and Master of Comparative Laws (MCL) from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Master of Laws (LL.M (Hons)) from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and Doctor of Philosophy in Business Law (PhD) from the Graduate School of Management, University Putra Malaysia. He was admitted to the Malaysian Bar as an Advocate and Solicitor by the High Court of Malaya in 1992. He is currently a Professor and Dean of the Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia with more than 30 years of teaching experience. Prof. Dato' Sri Dr. Ashgar Ali has authored and/or edited several books on employment law, alternative dispute resolution and Malaysian Legal System. Besides the above, he is frequently sought after contributor for annotation of the Malaysian Statutes (ASM) by LexisNexis Malaysia Sdn Bhd. As at April 2015, he had annotated more that 40 statutes for the above publisher. Apart from the above, he has written numerous articles published in both local and international journals/reports and has also presented papers at numerous local and international conferences in the area of employment law, alternative dispute resolution and civil litigation, among others. His area of interest includes Employment Law, Civil Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Shariah Law and Practice in Malaysia. He is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of several local and international journals namely, Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues, Journal of Administrative Sciences, Shariah Law Reports and Journal of Law and Criminal Justice.


Ms Chithra Latha Ramalingam (Senior Lecturer, HELP University)





Dr A Vijayalakshmi Venugopal (Senior Lecturer, Taylor's Law School, Taylor's University)

Vijaya has written 3 books and numerous articles in international journals. She has been teaching for 20 years and currently supervises LLM and PhD theses.





Mr Lim Wei Jiet (Secretary-General, National Human Rights Society – HAKAM)

Wei Jiet is a dispute resolution lawyer at Messrs Sreenevasan. He regularly appears as counsel/co-counsel in landmark & high-value disputes at all tiers of the Malaysian courts. He is also versed in international & domestic arbitration. His core areas of practice are commercial, intellectual property & industrial relations law. A Deputy Chairperson of the Bar Council Constitutional Law Committee, Wei Jiet likewise maintains a portfolio of constitutional & administrative law cases. Among others, he acted for the Selangor State Government in the constituency boundaries litigation leading up to the historic 14th General Elections. He is the author of several publications on this subject, including Halsbury's Laws of Malaysia on the Federal Constitution (2019 Reissue). In 2018, Wei Jiet was elected as Secretary-General of the National Human Rights Society of Malaysia (HAKAM), a leading civil society organization. He writes for & is commonly cited by the media on issues relating to human rights & democratic governance in Malaysia. He is actively engaged in law reform with the Government, particularly in media law & national security legislations.






Prof. Andrew Harding (Visiting Research Professor, National University of Singapore)

Professor Andrew James Harding is Visiting Research Professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore. Professor Harding is a leading scholar in the fields of Asian legal studies and comparative constitutional law. He commenced his academic career at NUS before moving to SOAS, University of London, where he became Head of the School of Law. He joined NUS from the University of Victoria, BC Canada, where he was Professor of Asia-Pacific Legal Relations and Director of the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives. At NUS he held the positions of Director of the Centre for Asian Legal Studies, Director of the Asian Law Institute, and Chief Editor of the Asian Journal of Comparative Law. Professor Harding has worked extensively on constitutional law in Malaysia and Thailand, and has made immense contributions to scholarship in comparative law, and law and development, having published 20 books as author or editor. He is co-founding-editor of Hart Publishing's book series 'Constitutional Systems of the World', a major resource for contextual analysis of constitutional systems, and has authored the books on Malaysia and Thailand in that series (2011, 2012). His most recent book is Constitutionalism and Legal Change in Myanmar (2017).


Mr Srimurugan A/L Alagan (Practitioner and Legal Scholar, Messrs Srimurugan & Co.)

Mr. Srimurugan Alagan is a senior lawyer and a litigator who is passionate about constitutional law. He had authored numerous books and journals which had been cited extensively by judges in Malaysia. He also teaches in public as well as in private universities.



Mr Andrew Khoo Chin Hock (Co-Chair, Bar Council Constitutional Law Committee, Malaysian Bar).

Andrew Khoo is a graduate of King's College London and was called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of Gray's Inn, and is an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya.  He has been in active legal practice for more than 26 years, initially in corporate and commercial work and then later in anti-trafficking in persons, anti-money laundering, freedom of religion or belief, refugee rights, rights of indigenous peoples, human rights, public interest litigation and constitutional law.  He served as a member of the Bar Council Malaysia (2009-2019) and still co-chairs the Bar Council Constitutional Law Committee (2018 - present).  He was Co-Chair of the Bar Council Human Rights Committee from 2009-2018.  In his work he has held watching briefs at up to the Federal Court level in cases involving election petitions, constituency redelineation, child custody, and citizenship matters. He has led numerous Malaysian Bar teams to monitor public assemblies dating back to 2007.  He has also represented the Anglican Diocese of West Malaysia, Council of Churches Malaysia and the Bible Society of Malaysia in freedom of religion cases.  He has briefed Members of Parliament on numerous legislative issues, including on the proposed amendments to the Universities and University Colleges Act, the DNA Identification Bill, the various Harmony Bills, on the accession to the International Criminal Court, the abolition of the death penalty and amendments to the Penal Code and the Dangerous Drugs Act. 

 

Andrew was the principal author of the Malaysian Bar's submission to the Universal Periodic Review in 2008, 2013 and 2018, and has addressed the United Nations Human Rights Council on several occasions.  He has spoken at side events at the UN in both New York and Geneva, and has also served as a consultant to the United Nations Country Team Malaysia on selected human rights reports and reviews. 

 

Apart from his legal training, Andrew has undertaken studies in theology and the history and philosophy of religion.  He holds an Associateship of King's College London and a Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies from Seminari Theoloji Malaysia.  Andrew is the Chancellor (Principal Legal Officer) of the Anglican Diocese of West Malaysia and a Lay Canon of St. Mary's Cathedral in Kuala Lumpur.  He has also previously worked in Canada and Jamaica in community development, and in Gulu, northern Uganda on a relief and rehabilitation programme for internally displaced persons.  He is currently a member of the Anglican Communion Safe Church Commission which focuses on safeguarding, and on the Board of Trustees of the Anglican Alliance, which is an agency of the worldwide Anglican Church focusing on development, relief and advocacy.  


Mr Sachin Menon (Taylor's University)



Associate Professor Dr Khairil Azmin Mokhtar (Ahmad Ibrahim Kuliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia)

He is a senior law lecturer at the International Islamic University Malaysia. He has LLB (Hons) and Master of Comparative Laws degree. He was also awarded PhD in Law from Aberystwyth University, Wales, United Kingdom. He teaches undergraduate and postgraduate course in various law subjects including constitutional law, administrative law, comparative constitutional laws, and 

human rights. He has supervised thesis writing for PhD and master's degrees in various topics relating to constitutional law, human rights, international human rights law, and comparative constitutional laws. He has co-authored several books including 'Democratic Transition and Constitutional Justice: Post Reformasi Constitutional Adjudication in Indonesia', and edited several books including 'Constitutional Law and Human Rights in Malaysia' and 'Election Law'. He has contributed more than 100 publications which have been published as chapters in books and law journals as well as papers in local and international conferences. His experiences include been appointed as Deputy Dean of the Faculty, Head of Public Law Department, and Coordinator of various courses and academic matters. He has done many research projects sponsored locally and internationally.





Mr Hani Adhani (Ahmad Ibrahim Kuliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia)

My name is Hani Adhani. I am a PhD candidate at Ahmad Ibrahim of Kulliah Law (AIKOL), International Islamic University Malaysia and working at The Constitutional Court of Republic Indonesia as a deputy registrar since 2003. Live in Bekasi City, about 30 km from Jakarta (capital city of Indonesia). Besides work as a court officer, I also work as a lecture in some universities in Jakarta and Yogyakarta city and become a speaker in any event of the constitutional court to teach a topic about judicial review and constitutional court to the people.


Mr Harpajan Singh (Lecturer, INTI Education Group Malaysia)



Dr JOHANNA MAHADEVAN Bsc (Vet-Biosc) DVM

Dr. Johanna Mahadevan graduated as a Veterinarian from the University of Adelaide in 2015. She then worked as a small animal general practitioner for two years, embedding and putting her day one skills to practice whilst also taking on a small number of ornamental fish cases. In 2017 she was able to fully transition to working in aquaculture. Her career in research and aquatic medicine began with government and industry based research working for the University of Adelaide investigating reduced survivability in Southern Rock Lobster. This new position at the University allowed her to immerse herself in the diverse field of aquaculture working with teams in the tuna, oyster, lobster as well as the ornamental fish industry. The lack of evidence-based information related to aquatic animal husbandry, health and care has fueled Jo's endeavors in this field. She hopes to close come of these key gaps and provide applicable information to those involved within the aquatic animal sector. This is reflected in her research outputs including the creation of blood biochemistry panels for a myriad of aquatic species such as the southern rock lobster, the southern Bluefin tuna, the pacific oyster as well as silver perch. Always keen to expand her knowledge, Jo attended the prestigious aquatic pathology course in Rhode Island, America conducted by Cornell University. She is currently studying to sit her Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists membership examinations of Medicine and Management of Aquaculture Species. While she continues to lecture and conduct research in the field of aquatic husbandry, health and medicine at the University of Adelaide she has also recently co-founded and acts as a primary veterinarian of For Fish Veterinary Services a private sustainability based company in Adelaide, Australia.





dr. Sachin Menon (Assistant Professor in Co-operative School of Law, Thodupuzha) 

 Sachin Menon is currently enrolled as Research Scholar in Taylor's University, Malaysia. He completed his undergraduate and post-graduate course from School of Legal Studies, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kerala. A recipient of the Dr. A.T. Markose Gold Memorial merit award for securing highest mark in Post Graduate examinations, he is also one of the founding members of the Dr. A.T. Markose Memorial Moot Court Competition held annually at School of Legal Studies. Majored in Environmental and Maritime Law and having presented papers in several national and international seminars in India, he is currently working as Assistant Professor in Co-operative School of Law, Thodupuzha.


Ms. Cynthia Sylvia (Taylor's University)

Cynthia is a graduate of Taylor's Law School. As a student, she studied International Human Rights Law as one of her electives and for her final year, she did a dissertation on the plight of refugees in Malaysia




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