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We are pleased to introduce our esteemed Adjunct Professors.

Mr Philip Koh Tong Ngee
Senior Partner of Messrs
Mah-Kamariyah & Philip Koh.
3A07, Block B, Phileo Damansara II
15 Jalan 16/11, Off Jalan Damansara
46350 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Adjunct Professor , University Malaya teaching elective Law & Literature.

  1. Tenure: 9 April 2021 - 8 April 2024

Mr Philip Koh Tong Ngee

Graduated with LL.B(Hons)from Faculty of Law, University Malaya(1978). LL.M from University of London, King’s College reading Jurisprudence, Company law , Restitution and Credit & Security(1980).Called to the Malaysian Bar as Advocate & Solicitor, High Court of Malaya on 1978.Masters of Arts( Theology)( Australian Catholic University)(2003)
Taught Law of Contract, Company law and co-ordinated Clinical Legal Education between 1980-1985.
Took up legal practice and involved in fields of banking regulatory, capital and security markets’ company law. Also appeared as co-counsel in public law cases e.g. Chief Ministers  Sabah crises; as panel of Defence Counsels in the Tribunal hearings for the Impeachment of five(5)Supreme Court judges ; ISA detainees; Chief Minister disputes and Speaker’s cases in Perak ;
As counsel and co -counsel at High Court, Court of Appeal and Federal Court  in cases relating to breach of fiduciary duties, contract and public law ; also  in  Suhakam (Human Rights Commission Hearings) for Enforced Disappearances.
Executive Director in a Public Listed Company in Financial and Capital Markets for 5 years .Served in Committee set up by Securities Commission Malaysia for Law reform in response to economic crisis .
Fulbright scholar under Oliver Hart , Nobel laureate economics at Harvard University (1999).
Served as Adjunct staff at Handong International law school and Adjunct Professor , Taylor’s School of Law .
Served in Corporate Law Reform under the Corporate Commission Malaysia .Also served in Executive Committee for Financial Stability of Bank Negara, Malaysia .
Publications in areas of Contract law , Constitutional Law ; Capital Markets & Public Law.
Panel of Arbitrators AIAC .Chaired arbitrations and also  as single arbitrator for Commercial Contracts Disputes and Power projects.
Served as Board member of Minority Shareholder Watch Group ( MSWG) .
Served as Selection Committee for Asian Public Intellectuals .
Published in areas of contract , company & constitutional law.
Served as Member  board of  directors of World Vision Malaysia and World Vision International; a humanitarian relief organisation.

Dato’ Dr Fauziah Mohd Taib


  1. Tenure: 24 Mar 2021 - 23 Mar 2022

Dato’ Dr Fauziah Mohd Taib

She is Malaysia’s former ambassador to the Fiji Islands and to the Netherlands. She was also Malaysia’s Permanent Representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) from 2008 to 2015. At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr Fauziah has helmed the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR) as well as the Department of Policy Planning and Strategy.

Dr Fauziah’s ambassadorship to the Netherlands brought with it a number of landmark events. In 2013, the OPCW received the Nobel Prize for Peace and Dr Fauziah was chosen to represent the Asian region at the ceremony.

Dr Fauziah is a published author of several books and articles on international relations. She is by qualification an ADR International accredited Civil Commercial Mediator since 2018.

Dr Fauziah studied International Relations at the University of Malaya, the University of Paris 1, and the University of Kent at Canterbury. Her exposure to the various legal and judicial entities in the Hague, including the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the International Criminal Court, and the International Court of Justice prompted her to read law at the University of Exeter upon her retirement in 2015.

On 4 January 2021, Dr Fauziah was appointed as Team Member within Mr Jakup Krasniqi’s Defence Team in the case “Specialist Prosecutor vs Hashim Thaci, Kadri Veseli, Rexhep Selimi and Jakup Krasniqi” currently before the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, in The Hague, Netherlands.

Professor Dr Azrini Wahidin

Department of Sociology, Social Sciences Building, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK


  1. Tenure: 1 Sept 2021 - 31 Aug 2024

Professor Dr Azrini Wahidin

She researches on the issues of imprisonment, penal policy, youth justice, former female ex-combatants, violence against women, women in the criminal justice system, transitions out of custody, the criminalisation of migrants, the engendering of punishment, trans prisoners and the experiences of elders in prison in the UK and USA. Her previous work focused on older women in prison, managing the needs of elders in prison, the meaning of death and dying for prisoners, youth justice, older LGBT persons, resettlement, the body and dirt. Azrini has a wide interest in the links between criminal justice and social justice, looking at race, sexuality, gender and social exclusion. She also has a strong interest in research methodologies and research ethics.

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Dr Alima Joned

Alima Joned, Esq
Medel Sanfilipo
1701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006
Tele: (US) 202-683-2008

email: ajoned@verizon.net


  1. Tenure: 30 Apr 2021 - 29 Apr 2022
  2. Tenure: 27 Jan 2020 to 21 Feb 2020

Dr Alima Joned

Alima Joned holds a doctoral degree in law (J.S.D.) from Yale law School, LL.M. degrees from both Yale Law School and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and an LL.B. (with Honours) from Universiti Malaya.  She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, New York, and West Malaysia. 

Alima currently practices with Washington, DC-based Messrs. Medel Sanfilipo. Prior to joining this firm, she practiced for nearly 18 years at the Washington, DC office of Foley Hoag LLP where she led that firm’s Malaysia Practice, representing major Malaysian interests from both the public and private sectors. 

    With foreign investment law and trade regulation as her focus areas, Alima has counseled clients on political, strategic, trade and investment issues. She is also active in a variety of pro bono projects. Below is her representative experience on these matters. 

  • Advised the Washington, DC office of a Malaysian industry organization on a variety of U.S. legal issues, including the U.S. Trafficking in Persons Report that linked the industry with forced labor/child labor practices and the viability of claims under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade arising from an anti-palm oil state bill 
  • Coordinated a team that assisted Malaysia to manage the country’s reputation arising from an organized anti-Malaysia campaign following the imposition of capital controls and domestic political issues
  • Advised a national oil company on US unilateral sanctions regimes, including those against Iran and Sudan amidst (in the case of Sudan) NGO campaigns 
  • Coordinated the legal teams that successfully defended two major Malaysian companies in two separate lawsuits filed in the U.S. courts 
  • Negotiated complex international investment and commercial agreements, including a 30-year concession agreement on behalf of a major Asian plantation firm and an African government     
  • Analyzed and advised clients on the immunity of foreign states from suits in U.S. courts under the U.S. Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act  
  • Assessed the viability of claims by a client against a foreign sovereign for violation of a bilateral investment treaty  
  • Negotiated the resolution of criminal investigations of a U.S. corporation in a foreign country
  • Advised a multinational company with strategic, legal, and political issues related to its acquisition of a business located in a third country
  • Performed legal due diligence for a foreign client for the acquisition of a U.S. company
  • Successfully handled an appeal before the Social Security Administration (SSA) on behalf of an elderly client - the SSA reversed its earlier decision and restored the client’s benefits
  • Represented pro bono clients before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in their petitions for U-Nonimmigrant status 
  • Negotiated a release of an illegal immigrant from detention by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency

Alima teaches two UMCoRS’s seminars, Foreign Direct Investment and Malaysian Investment Abroad and Doing Business in the United States: A Guide to Malaysian Businesses.  She is currently working on an article that analyzes the procedural fairness of the CBP’s pre-WRO process and a booklet on US import bans on Malaysian palm oil and rubber gloves, which is based on the recent panel discussion on the same topic organized by UMCoRS.

Prior to joining private practice, Alima taught law at the Faculty of Law and clerked for Chief Judge Ellen B. Burns of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. 

Last Update: 22/11/2021