Associate Professor, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne

Joo-Cheong Tham is an Associate Professor at the Law Faculty and has taught at the law schools of Victoria University and La Trobe University.

His key research areas are the regulation of non-standard work and political finance law. He has also undertaken considerable research into counter-terrorism laws. He has published over 25 book chapters and refereed articles. His research has also been published in print and online media with Joo-Cheong having written more than 30 opinion pieces. He has also given evidence to parliamentary inquiries into terrorism laws and political finance law.

He is currently working on two separate areas. The first concerns the challenges posed by temporary migrant work in Australia. He is working with Dr Iain Campbell, Centre for Applied Social Research, RMIT University in a project examining the precariousness of such work. He is also coordinating an interdisciplinary team which is undertaking a project on temporary migrant work and social justice based on a case-study of temporary migrant work in the Victorian nursing sector.

In the area of political finance, Joo-Cheong's book, Money and Politics: The Democracy We Can't Afford was published by UNSW Press in 2010. He is also currently editing two books, both of which will be published in 2011: one to be published by Routledge is devoted to international perspectives on political finance while the other, which has the working title, 'Electoral Regulation and Prospects for Australian Democracy', will be published by Melbourne University Press. Together with Associate Professor Graeme Orr, University of Queensland and Professor Brian Costar, he is leading an Australian Research Council project, Dollars and Democracy: The Dynamics of Australian Political Finance and its Regulation (2010-2013).


  • –present
    Associate Professor, Melbourne Law School


  • 2006 
    Melbourne University, Phd in Law