Welcoming New Associates

Dr Yee-Fui Ng

Yee-Fui Ng is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Monash University. She researches at the intersection of public law and politics, utilising empirical, doctrinal and comparative methodologies. 

Yee-Fui is the author of The Rise of Political Advisors in the Westminster System (Routledge, 2018) and Ministerial Advisers in Australia: The Modern Legal Context (Federation Press, 2016), which was a finalist of the Holt Prize. Dr Ng also co-authored Douglas and Jones’s Administrative Law (Federation Press, 8th ed, 2018).

Dr Ng has previously worked as a Policy Adviser at the Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, a Senior Legal Adviser at the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, as well as a Manager at the Victorian Department of Justice. Learn more about Dr Ng here.

Dr Amber Tan

Amber is an Assistant Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Monash University and joined the Castan Centre as an Associate in August 2019.

Since joining the Centre, Amber has been sourcing suitable projects for the Centre’s Human Rights Clinic. She also hopes to bring much of her research into human rights issues under national security laws in Asia and other developing countries to the Centre’s regional focus.

Amber holds a Bachelor of Laws (1st Class) from King’s College London. Prior to academia, Amber was in private practice as a litigator. Upon relocating to Melbourne with her partner, Amber completed a PhD with the Faculty of Law, Monash University under an Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship. Her thesis critically examined national security and public order laws in Malaysia and their impact on constitutionalism and the rule of law. She also conducted extensive research into human rights abuses under these laws.

Amber’s other research interests span the fields of comparative constitutional and administrative law with a focus on law reform in developing democracies, as well as the interaction of law, institutions, politics and society. She is currently writing a monograph based on her doctoral thesis to be published by Hart’s Constitutionalism in Asia Series.

When not writing or researching, Amber can be found painting, tending to her many indoor plants, taking long walks in the Botanic Gardens or organising her local community singing group. Born and raised in Ipoh, Malaysia, Amber is inevitably a food snob and barely tolerates bean sprouts grown elsewhere. Learn more about Dr Tan here.

Professor Moira Paterson

Moira’s research interests are in information law, including privacy/data protection and Freedom of Information (all now acknowledged to varying degrees as human rights).

She has a specific interest in the impact of modern technologies, including AI, on privacy and other rights (including rights to non-discrimination) arising from technologies that rely on the processing of personal information.

Moira was a member of the Privacy Advisory Committee to the Australian Office of the Information Commissioner from 2011 to 2014. She was also a member of the Advisory Committee to the ALRC for to its inquiry into the Privacy Act and a member of the Consultative Committee to the VLRC for its inquiry into Surveillance in Public Places.

She has worked closely with Melissa Castan on projects related to record- keeping for children in out of home care and both are CIs for a recently awarded ARC Discovery project titled ‘Real-time rights-based record-keeping governance’ (with Joanne Evans & Elizabeth Shepherd). Learn more about Professor Paterson here.

Associate Professor Normann Witzleb

Normann Witzleb is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law of Monash University, Australia.

Prior to joining Monash University in 2008, he worked at the University of Western Australia (2001–2007) and the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) (1996–2000), where he also obtained his PhD.

He has published widely on Australian and European privacy and data protection law, torts law and remedies. His recent publications include Big Data, Political Campaigning and the Law; Democracy and Privacy in the Age of Micro-Targeting (Routledge, 2020), co-edited with Moira Paterson and Janice Richardson; and Remedies: Commentary and Materials, 7th ed (Thomson Reuters, 2020), with Elise Bant, Simone Degeling and Kit Barker. Learn more about Associate Professor Witzleb here.

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