About the study tour
Malaysian Law Immersion is an elective subject in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes offered by the Faculty of Law. This subject serves to prepare students to work in an increasingly global working environment and marketplace. In order to render sound legal advice and in the practice of legal practitioner mobility, lawyers practising in the Asia-Pacific region, and globally, require an understanding of both the common law framework (as practised in Australia); and the common law and shariah legal frameworks (as practised in Malaysia). After all, Malaysia is, geographically, the common law country closest to Australia that also practises shariah law.
Enterprise throughout Asia is conducted using multi-jurisdictional frameworks. This Subject gives Australian law students an immersion experience in Malaysian law and culture and comprises law lectures at leading Malaysian Universities such as the University of Malaya and prominent commercial and Islamic bankers; visits to the Malaysian Courts and meetings with the Judiciary; briefings with major Malaysian law firms (both in Malaya and Borneo); visits to the Malaysian Solicitor-General’s and Attorney-General’s Chambers and Offices and briefings by the Solicitor-General and AGC Heads of Departments. Besides the briefing by the AGC’s prosecution department covering crimes; and as financial crimes are a serious concern globally, students will also visit one of Malaysia’s prison complexes and will learn more about criminal law, criminal procedural law, administration of justice and law enforcement.
This Subject also examines alternate dispute resolution processes in Malaysia, covering both arbitration and mediation. Students will benefit from visits to the Asian Arbitration Centre and the Ombudsman for Financial Services coupled with briefings by arbitrators and mediators. This Subject, which also has a commercial emphasis in its coverage, entails visits to Malaysia’s Central Bank, Bank Negara Malaysia and the professional bodies of bankers – the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers and the Islamic Banking and Finance Institute Malaysia. During these visits, banking regulators and AICB and IBFIM officials will talk about the Malaysian financial system and its regulatory framework, conventional banking and Islamic banking and finance.
Students will also gain an insight and first-hand understanding of the diverse Malaysian cultures through cultural exchange and informal interaction. There will be special emphasis and in-depth immersion into the Bidayuh (one of the native tribes in Borneo) culture, customary laws and practices.
Overall, this Subject prepares students to be global legal practitioners in the Asian region, with a specific understanding of Malaysian law, culture and jurisdictional issues.
This subject will be taught in Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur and Kuching). Future dates for the immersion program are yet to be determined.
Please note that our itinerary (although well-planned and schedules) is not definitive as we are dependent on the changing availability of judges, government departments, lawyers, bankers etc. As such our planned itinerary may change or may need modification dependent on external requirements and therefore flexibility is required to accommodate last-minute changes.
Students are invited to attend a Law Immersion Information Session on the Wednesday 29 May (Week 3) at 12 pm in Case Study Room 1 (BLD04_3_37).
- Complete an expression of interest and submit to Professor Mei Pheng Lee - Expression of Interest Form
- All interested parties will be invited to a comprehensive information session on Friday, 14 June 2019.
- Continuing interested parties will be asked to confirm by email creating a short list of genuine applicants.
- That short list then goes to the Law Faculty Dean for final determination depending on applicant numbers.
- Successful applicants will then be provided with a pack of relevant formal application documents and invited to formally sign and return same.
- Students will then be provided with an invoice for a $1,000.00 non-refundable deposit which may be paid via the University cashier. You then present the deposit receipt to the Law Faculty to secure your position on the tour.
- Please note that you will not be formally registered in the subject and your position on the tour confirmed until the deposit has been received.
This subject will be delivered intensively in the semester break between the 192 and 193 semesters.
Prior to departure for Malaysia, students will be required to attend one Pre-Tour Briefing during the 192 semester on Thursday 22 August 2019. The purpose of this session will be to:
- Discuss the tour, administrative tasks, and prerequisite knowledge that will be needed.
- Students will be required to have read and viewed the prescribed textbook (BUSINESS LAW, 3rd Edition, Oxford, 2018) prior to departure.
20% Participation – In-country and on-campus participation including briefings, talks, seminars and practical interactions with industry professionals.
20% `Reflections’ Written Exercise – Due on 30 September 2019
60% Research Paper – On a chosen topic on Malaysian Law & Practice – Due on 30 November 2019
In addition to the normal subject fee, students are also required to pay the sum of $3,900 (single room) or $3,250 (twin share) to cover the costs of international and internal Malaysian airfares and transportation costs, accommodation, most meals, admission fees, airport transfers etc. A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 will be payable by 1 August 2019, with the balance due by 16 August 2019. Please see below for scholarship opportunities.
In 2019, a number of scholarships including New Colombo Plan may be available for eligible students, which may reduce this cost.
For any further information please contact:
Honorary Adjunct Professor Mei Pheng Lee
Faculty of Law, Level 2, Room 66
The information published in this document is intended as a guide and the University reserves the right to change its program offerings and subjects without notice.