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Mr Wygene Chong

Research Assistant to the Dean
UWA Law School

Contact details
UWA Law School
The University of Western Australia (M253)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 2945
Wygene is a research assistant at the UWA Law School, where he completed a Juris Doctor in November 2017. He previously graduated from the University with a Bachelor of Commerce in Business Law, including a semester in international law at the University of Oslo, Norway, and holds a Diplôme d'études en langue française from the Ministry of National Education, France. Wygene specialises primarily in Polar Law and provides research and administrative assistance to the Dean and staff of the Law School on an ad-hoc basis. He is also the private Research Assistant to the Hon Robert French AC, Chancellor of the University and former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia.
Key research
Polar Law
Public International Law
Comparative Law
Books/Extended Research
Blakeney, Michael and Wygene Chong (eds), University of Western Australia Law Review (University of Western Australia, vol 43(1), 2018) (70th Anniversary Issue).
Techera, Erika, Wygene Chong and Kim Friedman, Law, Policy and Governance of Mangroves in Small Island Developing States (Food and Agriculture Organisation, 2018) (forthcoming).

Scholarly Articles
Chong, Wygene, 'International Trade, Polar Environments and Sustainable Development' (2018) (Under Review)
Chong, Wygene, 'Innocence, Prosecutors and the Role of Society' (2018) (Under Review)
Chong, Wygene, 'An Arctic Treaty: A Fresh Exploration' (2018) (Under Review)
Chong, Wygene, 'Harmonisation in Comparative Law: Lessons in Diplomatic Immunities' (2018) 2 Perth International Law Journal 1.
Chong, Wygene, 'Fragile Barriers: International Humanitarian Law in the Polar Regions' (2017) 42(2) University of Western Australia Law Review 111.
Chong, Wygene, 'Thawing the Ice: A Contemporary Solution to Antarctic Sovereignty' (2017) 53(4) Polar Record 436.
Chong, Wygene, 'Arbitrating in Harmony: The Effect of the Model Law on the Choice of Seat of Arbitration' (2016) 1 Perth International Law Journal 82.

Blog Articles
Chong, Wygene, '2017 Nobel Peace Prize: Prohibition or Non-Prohibition for Nuclear Weapons?' (2017) JusT Cogens (
Chong, Wygene, 'In the sledge tracks of Amundsen' (2016) JusT Cogens (
Chong, Wygene, 'The EU in a nutshell for law students' (2016) JusT Cogens (
Chong, Wygene, 'Svalbard: Where everyone, including polar bears, roams free' (2016) JusT Cogens (
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Research Assistant to the Chancellor
Research Assistant to the Dean of Law
French (working proficiency)
Italian (limited working proficiency)
Norwegian (limited working proficiency)
Hokkien (simple)
Icelandic (basic)
Farsi (basic)
Previous positions
Administrative Assistant, UWA Law School
Research Assistant, UWA Law School
Co-coordinator, Sino-Australian Law Deans Conference, Council of Australian Law Deans
A/Executive Assistant, UWA Oceans Institute
Co-editor, JusT Cogens, Blog of the UWA International Law Club
Member, Editorial Board, UWA Law Review
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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