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Rokiah Alavi

Academic Qualification

  • Economics - Doctor of Philosophy, University of East Anglia, Norwich
  • Development Economics - Masters Degree, University of East Anglia, Norwich
  • Analytical Economics - Bachelor Degree, Universiti Malaya (UM)

Rokiah Alavi (Prof. Dr.)

IIUM Gombak Campus


Expert Profile

Rokiah Alavi is a Professor at the Department of Economics, International Islamic University Malaysia. She received her Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours) from University of Malaya in 1986. She obtained her Masters in Development Economics and her PhD from University of East Anglia, England. She has been actively involved in research, teaching and training on WTO and international trade issues. Her research interests are in the area of economics of intellectual property protection, services trade, competition policy and development economics.
She was the Head of Department of Economics, IIUM in 2003 until 2006 and led the Globalization and WTO Unit for 10 years since 2003. She has been the trainer for the Regional Trade Policy Course organized by the WTO since 2004 until 2014 and was part of the teaching team for training programs organized by JICA, IIUM, University Malaya as well as the Malaysian National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN). She has been awarded research grants from various international organizations such as World Bank, OECD, JIPO, ICTSD, SEATCA and UNCTAD and has published few books and many articles in international journals. She is actively involved in various NGOs and local community associations.

Area of Specialisation

  • Economics, Business And Management ~ Economics, Business And Management ~ Economics/Applied Economics ~ International Trade (Including Competitiveness, Globalisation, Trade Issues and Policies) - Globalization, Economic Integration, ASEAN, WTO and Economics of Intellectual Property

Teaching Responsibilities

ECONOMICS FOR MANAGERS 2003/2004 2005/2006
GLOBAL TRADE ISSUES 2007/2008 2008/2009 2005/2006 2009/2010 2003/2004 2006/2007 2004/2005
INTERNATIONAL MONETARY ECONOMICS 2021/2022 1996/1997 2013/2014 2015/2016 2003/2004 2000/2001 2008/2009 1997/1998 2005/2006 2020/2021 2002/2003 2004/2005 2018/2019 2016/2017 2010/2011 2012/2013 2017/2018 1999/2000 2019/2020 2007/2008 1994/1995 2009/2010 2014/2015 2011/2012
INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT 2011/2012 2019/2020 2020/2021 2003/2004 2017/2018 2002/2003 2007/2008 2001/2002 2008/2009 2013/2014 1990/1991 2016/2017 2009/2010 2018/2019 2004/2005 1998/1999 1999/2000 2015/2016 2014/2015 1997/1998 1996/1997 2010/2011 2012/2013
MULTILATERAL ISSUES AND REGIONAL INTEGRATION IN ASIA PACIFIC 2017/2018 2020/2021 2018/2019 2016/2017 2021/2022 2019/2020
PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS 2009/2010 2007/2008 2013/2014 1995/1996 2000/2001 2008/2009 1996/1997 2014/2015 2003/2004 2017/2018 2010/2011 2002/2003 2015/2016 2004/2005 2005/2006 2012/2013 2020/2021 2018/2019 2001/2002 2011/2012 1999/2000 1997/1998 2016/2017 2019/2020

Research Projects

2015 - 2019 Establishing Legal and Economic Framework to Protect Malaysian Copyright Based Industries from the Possible Negative "Effects" of the Proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
2011 - 2014 Health Tourism as an Export Industry: Moving up the Services Value Chain
2011 - 2014 Incorporating Merger Control Into Competition Law: An Analysis of Policy Consideration and the Legal Framework
2009 - 2013 Innovation and Intellectual Property in Malaysia
2008 - 2011 Copyright Protection and Software Piracy in Asia
2007 - 2008 Liberalization of Distribution Service: The Impact of Foreign Hyper-markets in Malaysia
2004 - 2005 GATS the Malaysian Health Care
- 2010 Malaysian Science and Technology Indicators 2010
2016 - Present Positioning Malaysia as Global Islamic Apparel Hub: Leveraging Free Trade Agreements in Facilitating the Creation of Original Brand Manufacturers
2004 - Present Trade, Regulation and Policy Research Unit



2019 Potential impact of trips-plus provisions on Malaysia’s domestic pharmaceutical industry. Science International (Lahore), 31 (3 (May-June)) pp. 397-400
2019 The copyright reward system and content owners in the creative industry: a study of the Malaysian film and TV industry. The Journal of World Intellectual Property, 22 (3-4) pp. 129-145
2018 Guidelines and legal ecosystem for the creation of Islamic content in Malaysia: towards consumer empowerment = Garis panduan dan ekosistem undang-undang bagi penciptaan kandungan kreatif Islam di Malaysia: mendepani pemberdayaan pengguna. IIUM Law Journal, 26 (1) pp. 121-140
2018 The potential impact of Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) on Malaysia’s trade. Science International (Lahore), 30 Section B (6 November-December) pp. 877-883
2017 In search for support for the extension of copyright term under the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: A preliminary study of the Malaysian music industry. Journal of International Trade Law and Policy, 16 (1) pp. 34-48
2017 Service quality, value, satisfaction and future intention in medical tourism. Journal of Tourism, Hospitality, and Culinary Arts, 9 (3) pp. 42-53
2015 Country perspective on medical tourism: the Malaysian experience. Leadership in Health Services, 28 (1) pp. 43-56
2015 Liberalisation of services in malaysia: is malaysian professionals ready to compete?. Journal of International Trade, 1 (2) pp.
2015 Medical tourism service quality: finally some empirical findings. Total Quality Management & Business Excellence, 26 (9-10 (Special Issue)) pp. 1017-1028
2013 Assessing policies for attracting international students: case of Malaysia. Asia Pacific Journal Of Education , 33 (1) pp. 112-126
2013 Public research, open science and innovation: creating the path for sustainable resource-led industrialisation in Malaysia . International Journal of Trade , Economics and Finance , 4 (3) pp. 145-149
2011 The determinants of non-tariff barriers in Malaysia’s agricultural sector. Terengganu International Finance and Economics Journal (TIFEJ), 1 (2) pp. 15-25
2009 Sanitary standards in the EU: the impact of Malaysian fishing industry. Journal of Economic Cooperation Among Islamic Countries, 30 (4) pp. 51-86
2009 Spillover effects of foreign hypermarkets on domestic suppliers in Malaysia . International Journal of Retailing & Disrtribution Management , 37 (3) pp. 226-249
2009 The implications of trips to the pharmaceutical sector and access to medicine: Malaysian experience. Asian Journal of WTO and International Health Law and Policy , 4 (225) pp. 225-248
2008 Liberalization of retail sector and the economic impact of the entry of foreign hypermarkets on local retailers in Klang Valley, Malaysia. International Journal of Economics and Management, 2 (2) pp. 323-342
2008 Narrowing development gaps in ASEAN. Journal of Economic Cooperation Among Islamic Countries, 29 (1) pp. 29-60
2001 The impact of Trims on Malaysian automotive SME vendors. KAJIAN MALAYSIA, X1X (NO. 2) pp.
Conference or Workshop Item

2018 The Malaysian creative content industry: how do we fare vis a vis United States and South Korea?. In: 7th International Conference on Law and Society (ICLAS 7) 2018,
2017 Copyright in Malaysian creative industry: empowerment or restriction?. In: International Conference on Education, Business, Islamic and Technology 2017 (ICEBIT 2017),
2017 Creative industries in Malaysia: Copyright reforms, incentive theory and state intervention. In: 36th Annual ATRIP (International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property) Congress : The Object and Purpose of Intellectual Property,
2016 Rethinking liability of internet intermediaries in Malaysia: a comparative legal analysis with the European Union and the United States. In: The 3rd International Academic Conference on Social Sciences (IACSS 2016),
2016 Transpacific partnership agreement and Internet policing?. In: 5th International Conference on Law and Society (ICLAS V) 2016,
2016 Transpacific partnership agreement and ISP liabilities: a comparative overview between Malaysia and other member countries. In: International Conference on Social Sciences,
2015 The potential impact of Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) on Malaysia's access to medicine. In: Academics World 2nd International Conference,
2015 The potential impact of Trans-pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) on Malaysia's trade. In: Academics World 2nd International Conference,
2015 Too much protection too little benefits: the case with copyright extension under the TPPA. . In: 34th ATRIP CONGRESS 2015,
2014 Medical tourism service quality…finally some empirical findings. In: 17 QMOD-ICQSS International Conference on Quality and Service Science,
2013 Competition law in Malaysia: issues and challenges in regulating market behaviour. In: 2013 IAITL Conference,
2013 Issues and challenges in medical tourism: an interdisciplinary perspective. In: 2nd Applied International Business Conference 2013 (AIBC 2013),
2013 Regulating firms' behaviour in the market under the competition law : Issues and challenges. In: International Conference on Law and Society I (ICLAS 1),
2011 Malaysian science and technology indicators. In: IIUM Research, Invention and Innovation Exhibition (IRIIE) 2011,
2011 The determinants of non-tariff barriers in Malaysia’s manufacturing sector. In: 2011 International Conference on Economics and Business,
2011 The impact of liberalization on higher education and domestic regulation. In: National Higher Education Symposium,

2018 Islamic economics: principles & analysis. International Shari’ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA), ISBN: 978-967-16568-2-2
2009 Intellectual property system and industrial development in Malaysia. IIUM Press, ISBN: 9789675272332
Book Section

2018 The impact of liberalization on higher education and domestic regulation. In: Springer, Singapore, ISBN: 978-981-10-6276-6, pp. 245-261
2014 Malaysia’s participation in the ASEAN economic community. In: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, ISBN: 978-981445968-6 / 978-981445969-3, pp. 227-260
2013 Competition law in Malaysia: issues and challenges in regulating market behaviour. In: International Association of IT lawyers (IAITL), ISBN: 9788799485437, pp. 317-329