Professor Ying Liew

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Dr Ying Khai Liew (LLB (KCL), PhD (Notts), AKC) joined the Melbourne Law School in 2017.

Ying teaches and researches in private law, specialising in the law of equity and trusts, the law of assignment, contracts, and remedies. His research has been published in leading peer-reviewed international journals, including the Cambridge Law Journal, Law Quarterly Review, Modern Law Review, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Sydney Law Review, UNSW Law Journal, and Melbourne University Law Review. He has also published in several major edited collections on equity, trusts, and succession law. His work has been cited by courts around the world, including the UK Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of India, the Federal Court of Australia, and courts in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Ireland, and the Cayman Islands.

Ying is the author of the monograph Rationalising Constructive Trusts (Hart Publishing 2017), and of the authoritative Anglo-Australian practitioners’ text Guest on the Law of Assignment which is currently in its fourth edition (Sweet & Maxwell 2021). Ying is also the founder of the Asia-Pacific Trusts Law project, the first ever initiative to assemble an Asia-Pacific-wide, inclusive community to discuss trusts law. He is the General Editor of the Asia-Pacific Trusts Law book series (Hart Publishing) which publishes papers presented at a biannual symposium. Two volumes have been published to date: Theory and Practice in Context (2021, with Matthew Harding) and Adaptation in Context (2022, with Ying-Chieh Wu). He is currently writing his second monograph, Rationalising Resulting Trusts (Hart Publishing), and organising the third Asia-Pacific Trusts Law symposium which will be held in Tokyo in 2023.

At Melbourne Law School, Ying delivers the JD Trusts and JD Contracts courses, and convenes a JD elective course (Advanced Trusts Law) and two MLM courses (Private and Commercial Trusts Law; Trusts Law in the Asia-Pacific Region). Ying is Associate Director (Private Law) of the Asian Law Centre and a member of the Obligations Group. He is also a faculty advisor of the Melbourne University Law Review, Chair of the Student Academic Misconduct Committee, and Advisor for incoming exchange students.

Outside the Law School, Ying is an Editor of the Journal of Equity and an External Editor of the Journal of Korean Law. As an independent consultant, Ying has advised on aspects of the law of assignment in Yang Foo-Oi by Leung Ping Chiu, Roy v Wai Wai Chen [2020] HKCFI 235. He also regularly delivers seminars for legal practitioners in Malaysia, Singapore, and Hong Kong, and presents at conferences around the world.

In the past, Ying held lectureships at King's College London and University College London. He has held visiting appointments at the National University of Singapore (2018, 2023), Singapore Management University (2023), City University of Hong Kong (2021, 2023), the National Taiwan University (2022), Seoul National University (2022), the University of Hong Kong (2016), BPP University (2012, 2013), and the University of Nottingham (2009 – 2011). He was also an examiner for the University of London International Programmes (2012 – 2017).

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Editor, Journal of Equity
  • External Editor, Journal of Korean Law
  • Advisory Board Member, LUMS Law Journal
  • Associate of King’s College (AKC)

Teaching (2023)

The Melbourne JD

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