Hoong Lee

Emeritus Prof


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Professor Hoong Phun (HP) Lee commenced his academic career as a Teaching Fellow at Monash in 1973. He was Acting Dean (Aug 2009-Oct 2009, and Oct 2003 - Jan 2004), Deputy Dean (2003-04, 2006-09), Associate Dean (Staffing) (2001-03), Associate Dean (International) (1998-99), He held the Sir John Latham Chair of Law at Monash University from 1995-2014. He is an Emeritus Professor and a Teaching Associate, and co-convenor, with Professor Marilyn Pittard, of the Lucinda Lecture Series and the Fiat Justitia Lecture Series.

He was a visiting scholar at Wolfson College, Cambridge University in 1985-86. He was appointed an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Northern Territory University (now the Charles Darwin University) (1995-2001), Adjunct Professor at the City University of Hong Kong (2009-11 and 2011-14), The Cheng Chan Lan Yue Distinguished Visitor in Constitutional Law, Hong Kong University (27/3/17 – 31/3/17). He has examined doctoral theses from University of Cambridge, Adelaide University, Australian National University, Murdoch University, University of Queensland, University of New South Wales, International Islamic University (Malaysia), University of Malaya, National University of Singapore, and Waikato University (New Zealand). He was an external examiner to the law faculties in the University of Malaya and the City University of Hong Kong.

He was Chairman, International Humanitarian Law Advisory Committee of the Australian Red Cross Victoria (1998-2000). He was a member of the Australian Press Council (1987-2010), Deputy Chair of the Freedom of the Press Committee (1994-2010), Vice-Chairman of the Australian Press Council (2004-2010). He was a member of the International Board of Advisors of the Weeramantry International Centre for Peace Education and Research. He is an advisory member for Journal of International and Comparative Law, Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, Singapore Academy of Law Journal, and Asian Journal of Comparative Law.

Professor Lee's publications include: Emergency Powers in Australia (2nd ed. Cambridge University Press, 2019) (co-author), Constitutional Conflicts in Contemporary Malaysia, (2nd ed. Oxford University Press, 2017), The Australian Judiciary (2nd ed. Cambridge University Press, 2013) (co-author), Winterton's Australian Federal Constitutional Law: Commentary and Materials (3rd ed. Lawbook, 2013) (co-author), In the Name of National Security - The Legal Dimensions (Law Book, 1995) (co-author). He is the co-editor of Asia-Pacific Judiciaries: Independence, Impartiality and Integrity (Cambridge University Press, 2017), Australian Constitutional Landmarks (Cambridge University Press, 2003), The Constitution of Malaysia: Further Perspectives and Developments (Oxford University Press, 1986), The Constitution of Malaysia: Its Development 1957-1977 (Oxford University Press, 1978), Australian Administrative Law: Fundamentals, Principles and Doctrines (Cambridge University Press, 2007), Constitutional Landmarks in Malaysia: The First Fifty Years 1957-2007 (LexisNexis, 2007), Constitutional Advancement in a Frozen Continent: Essays in Honour of George Winterton (Federation Press, 2009). He is the editor of Judiciaries in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

He delivered The Twentieth-First Lucinda Lecture (Monash University, 2015); The 2015 George Winterton Memorial Lecture (University of Western Australia, 2015); The Sixth Tun Mohamed Suffian Memorial Lecture (University of Malaya, 2005); The 13th Singapore Law Review Lecture (National University of Singapore, 2000).

He received the following awards: the Australian Press Council Medal (2011); the Inaugural LAWASIA Research Institute Fellowship (1994): AVCC (Australian Vice-Chancellor’s Committee) Visiting Fellowship (1988); Fellowship by the International and Comparative Law Centre, Southwestern Legal Foundation to attend the Tenth Academy of American and International Law, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas (May-June 1973).

Research interests

Australian Constitutional Law

Comparative Constitutional Law

Constitutional Law of Malaysia and Singapore

National Security Law

The Australian Judiciary

Monash teaching commitment

LAW4112 Advanced Constitutional Law SEM2/T3




Research area keywords

  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • The Judiciary
  • National Security
  • Malaysian Constitution

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