Staff profile - Kim Teh

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Dr Kim Teh

Position: Lecturer
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Business & Law
Department: Law
Campus: Warrnambool Campus
Phone: +61 3 55633321 +61 3 55633321
Email: kim.teh@deakin.edu.au

Biography

Biography

Dr Kim Teh was called to the English Bar in July 1995 and to the Singapore Bar in 1996 before practising law in one of Singapore’s top firms. Dr Teh was also formerly a school teacher and head of department, and, in 2003, she used both her teaching background and experience as a lawyer to develop a course on Education Law, and taught the same for two years at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.


Dr Teh’s major field of expertise is in International Education Law. In her research, Dr Teh examined the types of legal issues that were emerging on the international scene and has tackled topics such as bullying, negligence and student injuries, educational malpractice and sexual misconduct of teachers. Dr Teh believes that developments in education law across various countries show similar trends emerging, which have relevance and implications for schools. An area of concern for Dr Teh is how schools might implement policies to avert and manage legal risk and to avoid unwelcome incidents in schools.
In 2009, Dr Teh won a prestigious international award, the Ann Shorten Doctoral Thesis Award, for the best thesis in the field, and this award was presented in a special ceremony in Melbourne. Dr Teh has also published in the leading journals on education law in Australia and England, and has published book chapters in the USA and the Netherlands.


Apart from her work in this area of law, Dr Teh has taught Property Law, Tort, Commercial Law, and Legal Principles and Skills in the LLB program at Deakin, and Corporations Law, Business Law and Marketing Law to Commerce students at her former university. She has been involved as a supervisor in doctoral studies and has a keen interest in work-based learning.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Southern Queensland, 2009
  • Bachelor of Law(s), University of London, 1994


Affiliations

Member of the Australia and New Zealand Education Law Association


Academic

Teaching Interests

Education Law

Law of Torts


Subjects and units currently teaching

Legal Principles and Skills

Commercial Law

Torts


Expertise summary

Dr Teh's major field of expertise is in International Education Law. In her research, Dr Teh has examined the types of legal issues that have been emerging on the international scene, and has tackled topics such as bullying, negligence and student injuries, educational malpractice and the sexual misconduct of teachers. Dr Teh is interested in the developments in education law across various jurisdictions and the trends emerging, which may have relevance and implications for schools. An area of concern for Dr Teh is how schools might implement policies to avert and manage legal risk and to avoid unwelcome incidents in schools.

Student supervision

Doctor of Professional Studies (completed February 2015)


Conferences and seminars

Educational Research Association of Singapore Conference 2003

Australia and New Zealand Education Law Association Conference 2004

Academy of Principals Singapore Global Education Conference 2004

Australia and New Zealand Education Law Association Conference 2007

Australia and New Zealand Education Law Association Conference 2009

Australia and New Zealand Education Law Association Conference 2010

Australia and New Zealand Education Law Association Conference 2010

Australia and New Zealand Education Law Association Conference 2013

Australia and New Zealand Education Law Association Conference 2014

Awards

Awards and prizes

Dr Ann Shorten Doctoral Thesis Award 2009 for the most outstanding PhD thesis in education law research and its contribution to education law and practice.


Research

Research interests

Education Law

Torts


Publications

Publications

  • Mui Kim Teh, "Principals and Legal Risk: Contrasting Perspectives" International Journal of Law and Education (2014) 19(1), 55-71
  • Mui Kim Teh, ‘The Changing Shape of Misdemeanor in Singapore Schools’ in Charles J. Russo (eds) Global Interest in Student Behavior  (Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group, 2015), 51-67
  • Mui Kim Teh, "The Case for Legal Literacy for Educators" Education Law Journal (2014) 15(4), 252-268
  • Bryan Tan and Mui Kim Teh, ‘Singapore’ in Charles J. Russo (eds) Handbook of Comparative Higher Education Law (Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group, 2013), 275.
  • Mui Kim Teh, "Educational negligence – Comparative Cases and Trends" Education Law Journal (2013) 14(3), 200-216.
    Bryan Tan and Mui Kim Teh, ‘Singapore’ in Charles J. Russo (eds) Handbook of Comparative Higher Education Law (Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group, 2013), 275.
  • Mui Kim Teh, 'Corporal punishment - archaic or reasonable discipline method?' (2012) 17(1) International Journal of Law and Education, 73-86.
  • Mui Kim Teh and Sook May Chia (2012) 'Singapore', in Glenn, Charles L.; De Groof, Jan and Candal , Cara Stillings (eds), Balancing freedom, autonomy and accountability in education: volume 4, pp. 227-238, Wolf Legal Publishers, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
  • Mui Kim Teh, 'Singapore' in Charles J. Russo (eds) The Legal Rights of Students with Disabilities: International Perspectives' (Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group, 2011), 179.
  • Mui Kim Teh and Kenneth Stott, 'Singapore' in Charles J. Russo and Jan DeGroof (eds), The Employment Rights of Teachers: Exploring Education Law Worldwide (Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group, 2009) 173.
  • Kim Teh, 'Student Injuries and Negligence: Lessons from the International Scene with Implications for Singapore's educators' (2008) 17(4) International Journal of Educational Reform, 341.
  • Mui Kim Teh, 'Educational Malpractice: Legal Cases and Educators' Views' (2008) 36(1) Education Journal, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 137.
  • Mui Kim Teh, 'Globalisation, Rights and Issues in Education Law in Singapore' (2005) 1(1-2) International Journal for Education Law and Policy, 119.


Link to publications

http://www.deakin.edu.au/research/admin/pubs/reports/database/dynamic/output/person/person.php?person_code=tehkim


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