Lau Pin-Lean

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Pin Lean has aspirations in forging a meaningful and lasting career in academics and research in her area of interest, in particular, to participate as a key actor in the establishment of policy development and framing, dissemination of information, and research training in the field of reproductive technologies, with particular interest in Europe and Southeast Asia. Prior to joining the doctoral programme in CEU, she was a lawyer in private practice for almost 10 years, spending 4 years in general, commercial and banking litigation; and thereafter, for another 5 ½ years, handling cross-border corporate transactions specializing in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance, whilst holding the position of the head of the real estate and private and corporate banking unit, in a leading full service law firm in Malaysia. After she left private practice, she joined the law department of a private university, taking on the role of a senior lecturer in Corporate Law and Intellectual Property Law, programme director of the University of London LLB (Hons) International Programmes, and the university's mooting coach and advisor. She served as the Acting Dean of the law department for almost 2 years whilst the institution went through a transitional period of restructuring and formal accreditation of its university status.

She is fluent in English and Bahasa Malaysia, and conversationally proficient in Chinese (Cantonese and Hokkien) and Thai. Her primary research interests are in the area of bioethics/biomedicine and genetic interventionist/modification technologies in reproductive technologies, and its co-relation to human rights considerations and distributive justice within a constitutional and institutional framework. She is also interested in intellectual property law issues relating to the patentability of genetic material, the legal developmental framework of neuroscience technologies and issues relating to legal responsibility and civil rights of artificial intelligence in the laws of robotics.

Pin Lean is currently a tutor in CEU's Roma Graduate Preparatory Programme (RGPP), teaching International Human Rights Law. She is presently also a Teaching Assistant to Professor Judit Sandor, in CEU's Legal Studies Department, focusing on research relating to surrogacy in various jurisdictions, reproductive trafficking and its ill-effects on the perpetual marginalization of under-represented and vulnerable members of society, and the commodification and sexualization of the female body in reproduction; and assisting in the teaching of the Law and Bioethics course.


Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) (Hons) (Second Upper Class Division), University of London
Master of Laws in Maritime Law (LL.M) (Merit), University of London
Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP), Legal Profession Qualifying Board of Malaysia
Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaysia, Bar Council of Malaysia
Advocacy Training Council, UK (Member)