Mr Joseph Lee

PhD Candidate
LLB (Hons) (Tasmania); LLM by Research (Tasmania); Barrister (ACT); Barrister & Solicitor (Tasmania); Advocate & Solicitor (Malaysia)

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Joseph is a naturalised Australian and a member of the ACT Bar Association. Born and raised in Malaysia, Joseph is a graduate of the University of Tasmania and has practised civil commercial litigation in Malaysia and Australia for 10 years. Since 2013, Joseph has taught the subjects of Corporations Law, Legal Theory and Equity at the University of Tasmania Faculty of Law. 

Joseph has a strong interest in Corporate Law, Medical Law, Investment 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)

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 (Article No. 2: pp1-19). This paper can be retrieved at <>.

    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.

    Please note, only a small selection of recent publications and activities are listed below.

    Conference papers & presentations

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

    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

    • Corporations Law (University of Tasmania):  2013-2018 (Tutor and Guest Lecturer)
    • Legal Theory (University of Tasmania): 2017-2018 (Tutor)
    • Equity (University of Tasmania):  2013 (Tutor)


    Reconceptualising the National Security Regulation of Chinese Companies' Investment in Australian Critical Infrastructure Assets


    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

    Further information

    This research aims to propose a theoretical and legislative framework for the regulation of Chinese companies' investment in water, electricity networks, ports, fuel gas facilities and telecommunications in Australia as the basis for the protection of these assets against espionage, sabotage, and coercion. The study focuses on the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018 (Cth) and Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).

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