Mr Joseph Lee

PhD Candidate
LLB (Hons) (Tasmania); LLM (by thesis)(Tasmania); Barrister-at-Law (ACT); Advocate & Solicitor (Malaysia)
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Born and raised in Malaysia, Joseph is a naturalised Australian and a member of the ACT Bar Association. He has practised civil and commercial litigation in Malaysia and Australia for 11 years. Joseph has a strong interest in Law of Obligations, Corporate Law, National Security Law, Foreign Investment Law, Medical Law, and Legal Theory. He is proficient in Mandarin and Malay, both at advanced level.


Honorary Research Associate, Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania (2013-2017)

Visiting Researcher, E W Barker Centre for Law and Business, National University of Singapore (1 February - 2 March 2018) and (7 January - 5 February 2020)

Visiting Researcher, Commercial Law Centre, University of Oxford (Hilary Term 2019)

Senior Visiting Student, Peking University Law School (13 May - 26 July 2019)

Significant research publications

Joseph Lee, 'The Standard of Medical Care under the Australian Civil Liability Acts - 10 Years On' (2014) 22 Journal of Law and Medicine 335.

Joseph Lee, 'The Standard of Medical Care in Malaysia - The Case for Legislative Reform' (2013) 14(2) Australian Journal of Asian Law 203.

Joseph Lee, 'Procedural Reform to the System of Expert Evidence in Medical Negligence Cases in Malaysia' (2012) 39 Journal of Malaysian and Comparative Law 6.

Recent news

Joseph Lee
Joseph Lee is a PhD candidate at ANU College of Law.

Conference papers & presentations

'Independent Directors in Australian Private Limited Corporations: From the National Security Perspective' at the Society of Corporate Law Academics Conference, University of Sunshine Coast, 5 July 2022.

'Political Influence on Chinese Private Corporations: A Reality Check and an Appropriate Response from Australia' at the Humanities and Social Sciences Higher Degree Research Conference, University of New South Wales, 14 October 2021.

'A National Security Approach to Corporate Governance in Australia - A Frivolous Thought or a Timely Necessity?' at the Corporate Law Teachers Association Annual Conference, University of Sydney, 8-9 February 2021.

'The Standard of Care in the Areas of Medical Diagnosis and Treatment in Malaysia - The Case for Legislative Reform' at the National Graduate Law Conference, Australian National University (2012)

'The Standard of Care of Doctors in Diagnosis and Treatment under the Australian Civil Liability Acts - Is the Legislative Reform Defensible?' at the Postgraduate Law Conference, University of Sydney (2011).

Government submissions

Joseph Lee, Submission to The New Zealand Treasury, Reform of the Overseas Investment Act 2005: Facilitating Productive Investment that Supports New Zealanders' Wellbeing (23 May 2019)

Joseph Lee, Submission to the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs, Australia's 2020 Cyber Security Strategy (1 November 2019).

Joseph Lee, Submission to the Australian Government Department of the Treasury, Economic Infrastructure Staples Tax Concession (Draft Guidance Note) (15 January 2020).

Joseph Lee, Submission to the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs, Protecting Critical Infrastructure and Systems of National Significance - Consultation Paper (16 September 2020).

Joseph Lee, Submission to the Australian Government Department of Treasury, Major Reforms to the Foreign Investment Review Framework - Tranche 2 (1 October 2020).

Joseph Lee, Submission to the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs, Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020 (Exposure Draft) (27 November 2020).


ANU Student Consultative Committee, ANU College of Law Higher Degree Research student representative (since April 2022).

ANU College of Law Research Committee, Elected Student Representative of the ANU College of Law Higher Degree Research Program (August 2021 - March 2022).


Philosophy & approach

Good legal teaching is one that stimulates students' interest even in some of the driest areas of law. My approach to teaching is to put the law in its simplest possible terms whilst giving students the practical aspects of legal principles and their theoretical underpinnings. I expect my students to come prepared for class, or at the very least, to arrive punctually and be equipped with the required learning materials. After all, one of the core values of law is discipline. 

Past courses

1.   Introduction to Cyber Security (UNSW-Australian Defence Force Academy): 2022 (Tutor)

2.   Equity and Trusts (ANU College of Law): 2021-2022 (Tutor)

3.   Torts (ANU College of Law): 2021-2022 (Tutor)

4.   Corporations Law

  • (University of Tasmania):  2013-2019 (Tutor and Sessional Lecturer)
  • (ANU College of Law)  : 2022 (Tutor)

5.   Legal Theory (University of Tasmania): 2017-2018 (Tutor)

6.   Equity (University of Tasmania):  2013 (Tutor)


Reconceptualising the National Security Regulation of Chinese Corporate Investment in Australian Critical Infrastructure


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Further information

My thesis analyses Chinese corporate investment in Australian critical infrastructure, focusing on electricity networks, gas facilities, ports, water facilities, and telecommunications networks with the ultimate aim of providing a theoretical framework that is based on corporate law for the national security protection of the investment. The research focuses on the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018 (Cth), the Telecommunications Act 1979 (Cth), Australia's Foreign Investment Review framework, and the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).

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