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Vivien obtained her law degree with honours from the Australian National University. Having worked as a solicitor in commercial legal practice, she completed her Masters degree in law at the University of Malaya, and authored a book on self-dealing by company directors.

Vivien's PhD research investigates systemic weaknesses in the Malaysian corporate regulatory framework.  She was awarded the best paper prize at the Corporate Law Teachers Association conference in 2013 and 2018, and a graduate student article award by the Asian Law and Society Association in 2018.  Prior to commencing her role as a lecturer in the Department of Business Law and Taxation, she was a teaching associate in the department and a research assistant at the Centre for Corporate Law and Securities Regulation, Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne. She has previously held an academic position at an overseas university.

Her publications include articles on Australian and Malaysian corporations law and financial regulation in the ASEAN Economic Community.  She investigates the impact of fringe credit on consumers in financial stress together with researchers from Melbourne Law School and partner organisations, including consumer advocates and financial counselors, as part of the Harmful Financial Products project. Her contribution to international collaborative research includes serving as research associate on the China, Law and Development project, The University of Oxford China Centre.


Education/Academic qualification

PhD (Monash)

LLM (Malaya)

BA (Asian Studies), LLB (Hons) (Australian National University)

External positions

Research Associate, University of Oxford China Centre

2020 → …

Honorary Research Fellow, Harmful Financial Products Project, University of Melbourne

2019 → …

Research area keywords

  • Shareholder protection law, corporations law, law in the ASEAN Economic Community, financial consumer protection, personal insolvency


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