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Contract Law Reform: Privity of Contract and Third Party Rights - Lessons from Reform Initiatives
Presenters : Dr. Burton Ong, Mr. David Fung & Prof. Jason Chuah
Posted in : Company and Corporate Law
CPD Activity (2.0 credits)
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About the Course
The Bar Council Corporate and Commercial Law Committee, in collaboration with the University of Malaya and the Legal Affairs Division under the Prime Minister's Department, is organising a seminar entitled "Contract Law Reform: Privity of Contract and Third Party Rights Lessons from Reform Initiatives". The seminar is part of the Committee’s initiative in charting out issues for contract law reform. The Contract (Rights of Third Parties) Act 2001 ("CRTPA") was enacted in Singapore shortly after the United Kingdom introduced its statutory reforms to the common law privity rule.  While the statute does not abolish the privity rule, it does create a new legislative exception to the privity rule to give contracting parties the ability to confidently confer legally enforceable rights upon interested third parties.  This seminar will present an overview of the key features of the CRTPA and explain how it operates to balance the interests of promisors, promisees, and third parties to a contract.  The seminar will feature experienced speakers on this subject matter who will highlight the need for reform for Malaysia and evaluate the Singapore experience.
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About the Presenters

Dr. Burton Ong
Dr. Burton Ong obtained his undergraduate and graduate legal training at the National University of Singapore and Oxford University, where he was awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal and the Vinerian Scholarship, as well as at Harvard Law School. He teaches and researches in the areas of Contract Law, Competition Law and Intellectual Property Law and has a special interest in the legal issues surrounding access to the use of, and benefit-sharing arising from, biological resources. He is interested in interdisciplinary pedagogical approaches to the study of law and received a University award for teaching excellence in 2008. Since 2012, he has volunteered as a pro bono legal advisor at a community legal clinic in his local neighbourhood. In 2015, he coached a team of his students in an international competition law moot competition – the inaugural Herbert Smith Freehills competition – where they emerged as champions.
Mr. David Fung
Mr. David Fung is an advocate practising civil litigation in Sabah, Malaysia. He heads the litigation practice of the firm Alex Pang & Co. His practice and academic interests are contract, unjust enrichment, torts, property, remedies, and constitutional rights. He is the author of Pre-contractual Rights and Remedies (Sweet & Maxwell Asia, 1999) which is based on the dissertation for his SJD with the University of Sydney.
Prof. Jason Chuah
Prof. Jason Chuah is Dean of Law at the University of Malaya. He also holds a Chair in Commercial and Maritime Law at City, University of London. He graduated with First Class Honours from the University of Malaya and when at the University of Cambridge for his postgraduate studies, held three scholarships including the Cambridge Commonwealth Fellowship. He is also Editor of several prestigious law journals. He has been involved in various consultations with the UK Government, the ICC, the Association of British Insurers, the UNCITRAL, etc. He has published 13 books and over 200 articles in academic and professional journals. His works have been cited by tribunals and institutions in the EU, US, UK and Asia.