Vivi Tan


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Vivi has been a law academic for over twelve years. She has consistently delivered high-quality teaching in various undergraduate and postgraduate private law subjects including contract law, obligations, property law (foundations, real and intellectual), equity and trusts and business law. She has also recently taught consumer protection law and artificial intelligence, ethics and law subjects.

She researches across fields of consumer protection law, contract law and dispute resolution system and design, including alternative and online dispute resolution She is currently a member of CAIDE (Centre of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Ethics).

Her PhD (Melbourne Law School) explores the integration of information and communication technologies into judicial and extrajudicial dispute resolution processes and their implications for dispute resolution regulation and practice as well as for consumer protection law. She argues that given the increasing realisation and implementation of ODR within formal legal systems, it is crucial that attention is given to developing and utilising a robust dispute system design (“DSD”) framework to ground the design, implementation and governance of such ODR systems, especially in the consumer dispute context.

Vivi has also co-authored textbooks on contract law and commercial law which were published by Oxford and Cambridge University Presses and she has also presented in various topics including in legal education and mooting as well as protection of online consumers in Australia and overseas.

In addition, Vivi also has expert knowledge in higher education regulatory compliance. She has successfully managed end-to-end accreditation, re-accreditation, and course development processes of tertiary courses in business, accounting, social work, nursing and community welfare. She has experience in presenting a suite of complex information and arguments with sufficient details and accuracy to TEQSA and professional bodies as well as executive management. Finally, she also has a high-level familiarity and experience dealing with academic management as well as high-level administration functions and processes regarding course development, course review, academic assurance and quality reviews and student and staff recruitment.

Prior to joining Melbourne Law School, Vivi’s other significant academic and leadership roles at Victoria Law School included the Blended Learning Coordinator, Mooting Director, the Annual Michael Kirby Contract Law Moot Coordinator and the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Coach. She continues to be passionate in helping students develop fundamental legal practice skills while they complete their law degree.

Research Output:

Refereed book chapters

  • D, Thampapillai, Claudio Bozzi, Vivi Tan, Anne Matthews, Australian Commercial Law (2015) Cambridge University Press (3 out of 18 Chapters)
  • D, Thampapillai, Vivi Tan and Claudio Bozzi, Contract Law: Text and Cases (2012) Oxford University Press (8 out of 28 Chapters)

Journal article

  • “Online Dispute Resolution for Small Civil Claims in Victoria: A New Paradigm in Civil Justice” (2019) 24 Deakin Law Review 101-138

Conference presentations

  • “Online Dispute Resolution for Small Civil Claims in Victoria” will be presented in the upcoming Digital Citizens Conference, 24-26 July 2019, Melbourne Law School, Melbourne
  • “Regulatory Policy Options for the Protection of Online Consumers in Australia” Law and Courts in an Online World International Conference, 8-9 November 2016, Courts and Tribunals Academy, Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Melbourne
  • “Online moots: Leveraging Technology to Provide Greater Access and Opportunity for Meaningful Student Participation” ALTA Conference, 16-18 July 2015, La Trobe University Law School, Melbourne
  • “Off the Plan Sales: Inherent Contractual Risks and Unfairness” Melbourne University Obligations Group, 12 November 2015, Melbourne
  • “Designing a Systematic Mooting Program to Enable Incremental Learning of Applied Lawyering Skills and Problem-Solving Skills” ALTA Conference, 10-12 July 2014, Bond University, Gold Coast


Teaching (2023)