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Dr. James ChunHan Loi

Lecturer in Law
LLB(Hons) London; MEd(EdMgmt) OUM’sia; GradCertRes&InnoMgmt, PhD Swinburne

School of Foundation Studies

Office No:+60 82 260 646
Fax No:+60 82 260 815
Room No: G813
Email: chloi@swinburne.edu.my
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James obtained his Bachelor of Laws from the University of London and his Master of Education majoring in Education Management from Open University Malaysia prior to completing his Doctor of Philosophy and Graduate Certificate of Research and Innovation Management with Swinburne University of Technology Australia. He has experience in paralegal service (i.e. conveyancing, banking, civil litigation, agreements, property, and family matters). He also spent four years working for church-based organisations, providing a range of administrative, community, and religious services. Prior to joining Swinburne Sarawak Campus, James was a program coordinator with SEGi College Sarawak, responsible for the management and the development of courses under the Faculty of Law.

Since joining Swinburne Sarawak, James has been responsible for the development of several law units and served as a Program Coordinator for the Swinburne Foundation Studies for a number of years. Apart from lecturing, James has also undertaken consultation corporate entities. He also actively contributes toward the overall university community, having served on the University’s Behaviour Risk Assessment and Management Committee and Staff Recreation Club, among others.

In term of research, James’s research focuses on the phenomenon of shadow education (private supplementary tutoring) and the effect of the phenomenon on students’ wellbeing. Additionally, James is a founding member of the Swinburne Sarawak Research Ethics Working Group, which has since been upgraded to a sub-committee of the Swinburne University Human Research Ethics Committee. Apart from his continuing service on the sub-committee, James is also an Ethics Advisor to researchers at Swinburne Sarawak Campus.

Apart from on campus contribution, James is also actively involved in the University’s outreach programs to schools. He frequently conducts workshops and seminars for secondary schools throughout Malaysia as part of the University’s corporate social responsibility program.

Outside of academia, James has been involved in youth leadership training and motivation locally and aboard since 2002, a passion which has taken him to Singapore, Indonesia and the United States of America. In addition to his position in Swinburne Sarawak Campus, James continues to mentor youths and conduct youth leadership training programs with various non-profit organisations.

Research Interests

  • Shadow education
  • Comparative education
  • Education for all/equality in education
  • Research ethics
  • Jurisprudence and legal theory

Professional Memberships

  • Member, Comparative & International Education Society
  • Member, Comparative Education Society of Asia


  • Thesis: Loi, JCH 2024, Shadow education in Malaysia: Effect of private supplementary tutoring upon secondary school students’ mental health, PhD thesis, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Australia.
  • Conference proceeding: Loi, JCH, Wyatt, S, Badiozaman, I & Quinn, S J 2018, Shadow education in Malaysia: The effect upon secondary school students’ mental health, Swinburne Research Conference 2018, Melbourne, 10 May.
  • Conference proceeding: Loi, JCH 2016, ‘The dark side of education: The need for research in Malaysia’,4th Borneo Research Education Conference, MARA University of Technology, Kota Samarahan, pp.197-203.
  • Media: Loi, JCH 2020, ‘What have we learnt?’, The Borneo Post, 8 July, p.10. 
  • Media: Loi, JCH 2019, ‘ One serving of charcoal burnt steak, please’, The Borneo Post, 13 June, p.10.
  • Media: Loi, JCH 2016, ‘After-school tuition: Is it worth the cost and time?’, The Borneo Post, 9 November, p.15.
  • Media: Loi, JCH 2015, ‘The dark side of education’, The Borneo Post, 30 September, p.14.
  • Poster presentation: Loi, JCH, Wyatt, S, Badiozaman, I & Quinn, S J 2018, Shadow education in Malaysia: The effect upon secondary school students’ mental health, Swinburne Research Conference 2018, Melbourne, 10 May.
  • Research report: Dash, DP, Chang, WYY, Ait Saadi, I, Lim, BCY, Loi, JCH, Tan, KTL, Jeyaraj, JJ, Leong, HJ & Ong, LT 2016, Criteria and Guidelines for Self-regulation or Co-regulation in the Private Higher Education Sector (Research Report), Higher Education Policy Study Research Project with Ministry of Higher Education, Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus, Kuching, Malaysia.