Dr May Cheong


LLB (Hons) (Malaya)


PhD (Sydney)

Diploma in Shariah Law and Practice (IIUM)




Dr May Cheong is a Senior Lecturer at the Thomas More School of Law, Australian Catholic University and also Visiting Fellow at UNSW Sydney. She was formerly Professor and Dean at the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya, and Adjunct Professor at Multimedia University Malaysia. May has also previously practiced as a commercial litigation lawyer at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia having being admitted as Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya.


May has more than twenty years’ experience in academia and has taught a wide range of subjects including contract, property and restitution. May has supervised candidates in private law subjects at doctoral, masters and undergraduate levels. Her main research areas are contract law, commercial law, consumer law, unfair contracts, remedies and comparative Asian law. May’s other research interest is competition law particularly on the legal and regulatory frameworks of competition law regimes in ASEAN member states. She has published extensively including in Journal of Contract Law and World Competition.


Cheong MF, 2010, Contract Law in Malaysia, 1, Thomson Reuters, Sweet & Maxwell Asia, Malaysia, http://www.sweetandmaxwellasia.com.my/products/prod_spec.asp?cvalue=a25a55a124a55&ProdId=2112

Journal articles

Cheong MF, 2018, 'Purposive Approach and Extrinsic Material in Statutory Interpretation: Developments in Australia and Malaysia', Journal of the Malaysian Judiciary, pp. 219 - 251

Cheong MF; Ding K, 2018, 'From Unconscionability to Unfairness: A Critique of Hong Kong's Unconscionable Contracts Ordinance with Australian Developments', Journal of Contract Law, pp. 118 - 145

May FC, 2012, 'Enforcement of Singapore's Competition Act 2004: Financial Penalties for Infringement of Section 34 Prohibition on Anti-competitive Agreements', World Competition: law and economics review, vol. 35, pp. 301 - 324

Cheong MF, 2011, 'State relations in the telecommunications industry in Malaysia', Macquarie Journal of Business Law, vol. 8, pp. 279 - 299, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=758469022994514;res=IELBUS

Book Chapters

Cheong MF, 2019, 'Contractual Fairness: Statutory Innovation and Statutory Interpretation', in Vines P; Donald MS (ed.), Statutory Interpretation in Private Law, Federation Press, Sydney, pp. 185 - 206

Wisuttisak P; Cheong MF, 2018, 'Competition law, state-owned enterprises and regional market integration in ASEAN', in Ong B (ed.), , Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom, pp. 94 - 139, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/9781108182058.006