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Wan Mohd. Zulhafiz Bin Wan Zahari

Academic Qualification

  • Ph.D. in Law (Oil and Gas Contracting) - Doctor of Philosophy, University of Aberdeen
  • Master of Laws (Corporate Law) - Masters Degree, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)
  • Master of Business Administration in Energy Management - Masters Degree, Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP)
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (Hons) - Bachelor Degree, International Islamic University Malaysia

Wan Mohd. Zulhafiz Bin Wan Zahari (Assoc. Prof. Dr.)

Associate Professor
IIUM Gombak Campus


Other's position:

Deputy Dean, Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws

Expert Profile

Associate Professor Dr Wan Mohd Zulhafiz bin Wan Zahari is an experienced academic who presently serves as the Deputy Dean (Academic & Internationalisation) at Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws (AIKOL), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). He is also the IIUM Company Secretary and was previously the IIUM Deputy Legal Advisor. His expertise includes Energy Law (in particular Oil and Gas Contracting), Corporate and Commercial Law, Legal Research, and Legal Writing. 

Dr Wan Zulhafiz is a competent legal expert with a solid academic background. He received his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (Hons) from IIUM. He was admitted to the Malaysian Bar as an advocate and solicitor in the High Court of Malaya in 2009. He obtained a Master of Law (LLM) in Corporate Law from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), which has expanded his knowledge of corporate legal concerns. Furthermore, he holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) with a specialisation in Oil & Gas Law from the prominent University of Aberdeen, indicating his dedication to a thorough understanding of the complexity of the oil and gas industry.

Dr Wan Zulhafiz also has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Energy Management from the Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP). Because of his unique blend of legal and business knowledge, he is an indispensable academic capable of handling legal issues in the energy industry. His commitment to education and broad experience makes him a strong force in law, making substantial contributions to the academic community with a distinct focus on the complexities of corporate and energy-related legal concerns.

Area of Specialisation

  • Social Science ~ Social Science ~ Law ~ Energy Law - Oil and Gas Law
  • Social Science ~ Social Science ~ Law ~ Commercial Law - Commercial Contracting
  • Social Science ~ Social Science ~ Law ~ Contract Law - Risk Allocation
  • Social Science ~ Social Science ~ Law ~ Corporations and Associations Law - Company Law

Professional Membership

  • Member of Profesional Body / Association: (Working Group Committee), Malaysian Corporate Counsel Association

Teaching Responsibilities

COMPANY LAW I 2023/2024 2022/2023 2021/2022 2020/2021 2019/2020 2018/2019 2017/2018 2016/2017
COMPANY LAW II 2023/2024 2022/2023 2021/2022 2020/2021 2019/2020 2018/2019
ISLAMIC CAPITAL MARKET & DOCUMENTATIONS 2020/2021 2019/2020 2018/2019
ISLAMIC FINANCE CONTRACT 2019/2020 2018/2019


الحماية المالية لشركة الشخص الواحد ذات المسؤولية المحدودة في القانون العماني والاماراتي.
Financial Protection For A One-Person Company With Limited Liability In Omani And Emirates Law.
Ph.D Completed 2023 Member Supervisory Committee
Strengthening Existing Regulatory Framework On Related Party Transactions For Asean With Special Reference To The Role Of Independent Directors And Minority Shareholders.
Ph.D Completed 2023 Co-supervisor
Formulating A Statutory Framework For Carriage Of Goods By Sea In Malaysia.
Ph.D Completed 2021 Member Supervisory Committee
Renewable Energy Law And Policy In Malaysia: A Critical Analysis.
Ph.D Completed 2018 Co-supervisor
Formulating The Legal And Regulatory Framework For Non-Performing Loans Sale In Malaysia.
Ph.D In Progress Co-supervisor
Protecting The Rights Of Orang Asli Children In Malaysia: The Legal Frameworks.
Ph.D In Progress Co-supervisor
Recognition And Enforcement Of Foreign Arbitral Awards In Libya: Constraints And Proposed Reforms.
Ph.D In Progress Co-supervisor
Lifting The Corporate Veil: Director'S Liability On Company'S Tax Debts.
Master Completed 2022 Main Supervisor

Research Projects

2022 - 2022 Review on general terms and conditions pertaining to the exclusive agreement
2022 - 2022 Review on General terms and conditions pertaining to the provision of supply & services of desander equipment and its associated accessories for Petronas Carigali Sdn. Bhd.
2022 - 2022 Kajian Keberkesanan Pelaksanaan Badan Berkanun yang Diasingkan Saraan dan Dibebaskan (BBDSB), Lembaga Pelabuhan Johor
2021 - 2021 Review on Qualification and Deviation from ITB for Talent Acquisition Services for Petronas Dagangan Berhad
2020 - 2020 Receiving BGO Tender - Provision of Talent Acquisition Services for PETRONAS
2019 - 2019 Consultant for reviewing the umbrella contract for supply and services of desander equipment and its associated accessories for PERTONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd.
2019 - 2023 Developing a new legal framework on renewable energy and enabling environments for Southeast Asia
2019 - 2023 Developing a new legal and regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies businesses in Malaysia.
2019 - 2020 Consultancy for reviewing contractual terms pertaining to the Helideck Authorised Training Organisation (HATO) by Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia
2019 - 2023 Maqasid al-Shari'ah Framework for Activating Temporary Waqf as Contemporary Social Micro-financing Mechanisms in Malaysia.
2016 - 2017 The Legal Regulatory Framework for Unfair Risk Allocation in Oilfield Service Contracts in Malaysia
2024 - Present Review of Criteria, Qualifications and Requirements under Part 1 of the New Guidelines on Qualifications and Requirements to Qualify to Sit for the Malaysian Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP) Examination (For Law Degrees from the United Kingdom) ("UK Guidelines") and Part 1 of the Guidelines for Recognition of Australian and New Zealand Law Degrees ("ANZ Guidelines")
2021 - Present Curricula Development on Climate Change Policy and Law (CCP_Law) ERASMUS+ CBHE project ID 618874_CCP- Law
2020 - Present Exploring the effectiveness of inquiry-based learning approach to develop critical thinking skills among undergraduates in a virtual learning environment
2018 - Present Leadership Style and Strategies Across Malaysian Universites

Award & Recognition

06 Nov, 2022 High Achiever for Master Program by Coursework (MBA in Energy Management) - Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS University
11 Dec, 2019 Murabbi Award (Best Dressed Lecturer) - Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws & Law Students' Society IIUM 2018/2019 KCDIO
10 Jun, 2015 Best Presenter - Second International Conference on Interdisciplinary Legal Studies 2015 at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada International
24 Dec, 2013 Principal's Excellence Award by Ede & Ravenscroft - University of Aberdeen, UK University



2023 Energy efficiency management towards sustainable development: the need for an energy efficiency legal framework. IIUM Law Journal, 31 (2) pp. 179-206
2023 Evolving trends in production sharing agreements & cost recovery systems. Oil and Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Journal, 8 (3) pp. 603-692
2023 Rethinking higher education services and the complaint handling framework in Malaysia. UUM Journal of Legal Studies, 14 (1) pp. 189-213
2022 Integrating socio-digital skills in the industry 4.0 era for graduates' employability: an employers’ perspective. Journal of Positive School Psychology, 6 (3) pp. 8493-8507
2022 ضمانات دائني شركة الشخص الواحد ذات المسؤولية المحدودة في قانون الشركات العماني والإماراتي وطرق حمايتها = Creditors' guarantees of a one-person limited liability company in the Omani and UAE companies law and ways to protect them. International E-Journal of Advances in Social Sciences, 8 (23) pp. 553-576
2021 The legal framework of shareholders activism in Malaysia in promoting environmental, sustainability and governance (ESG). Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal, () pp.
2020 Feed-in tariff, auctions and renewable energy schemes in Malaysia: lessons from other jurisdictions = Tarif galakan, skima bidaan dan skim tenaga boleh baharu di Malaysia: panduan dari bidangkuasa yang berbeza. IIUM Law Journal, 28 (1) pp. 113-137
2020 Host granting instrument models: Why do they matter and for whom. Oil and Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Journal, 6 (1) pp. 23-97
2020 Legal perspectives on nuclear energy and sustainable development in Malaysia. Journal of Nusantara Studies, 5 (1) pp. 169-188
2020 The distribution of petroleum resources in Malaysia: unpacking federalism. The Journal of World Energy Law & Business, (00) pp. 1-17
2020 Unfair risk allocation in oil and gas upstream service contracts in Malaysia: the necessity for Oilfield Anti-indemnity Act. International Journal of Business and Society, 21 (S1) pp. 177-191
2020 توزيع مخاطر عقود صناعة البترول: "Knock-for-Knock" نموذجًا = Contractual risk allocation in petroleum industry: “Knock-for-Knock” as a model. International Review of Law, 9 (2) pp. 298-317
2019 Renewable energy development and climate change mitigation in Malaysia: a legal study. Journal of Sustainability Science and Management, 14 (3) pp. 110-116
2018 Kisah hak minyak,gas Sarawak. Utusan onine, () pp.
2018 Minyak dan gas di Sarawak: Menurut kaca mata sejarah dan undang-undang. Malaysian Digest, () pp.
2018 Perception of contractual risk allocation in the oil and gas contracts in Malaysia. International Journal of Trade and Global Markets, 11 (1-2) pp. 127-137
2018 Tarif galakan bagi pembangunan tenaga boleh baharu di Malaysia: Suatu kajian perundangan tenaga baharu. Kanun: Jurnal Undang-undang Malaysia, 30 (2) pp. 312-337
2018 The role of Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC) as a regional hub for oil and gas sector. International Journal of Engineering & Technology, 7 (3.21 (Special issue 21)) pp. 345-350
2018 Whistleblowing: a western and Shari’ah perspective = Pemberi maklumat: perspektif barat dan Shari‘ah. IIUM Law Journal, 26 (1) pp. 99-120
2017 A comparative analysis on the enforceability of knock-for- knock indemnities in Thailand and the United Kingdom. Journal of Malaysian and Comparative Law, 44 (1) pp. 33-42
2017 Graduan tempatan tak lah bodoh sangat pun. Astro Awani, () pp.
2017 On the contractual risk allocation in oil and gas projects. The Law Review (LR), () pp. 168-193
2017 Recent trends in allocation of risk post-macondo: the growing tension between oil and gas standard forms of contract, and contractual practice. International Energy Law Review (I.E.L.R), 35 (5) pp. 174-183
2017 We are definitely not as bad as Danish dropouts.. Malay Mail, () pp.
2015 Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977: does it provide a good model in regulating risk allocation provisions in oilfield contracts in Malaysia?. Int. J. Trade and Global Markets, 8 (1) pp. 3-21
Conference or Workshop Item

2023 The scripless trading of share transfer: analysing the role of information technology in paperless trading in Indonesian and Malaysian stock exchange. In: International Conference on Mathematical and Statistical Physics, Computational Science, Education and Communication (ICMSCE 2023),
2021 The governance of proposed model of temporal cash waqf account: a maqasid approach. In: 9th Global Waqf Conference 2021,
2020 Contemporary legal issues in the oil and gas industry in Malaysia. In: Pahang Bar Monthly Lecture 2020/2021,
2020 Decision making skills. In: Youth Empowerment 2020,
2020 Ethics & etiquette of law students during internship: dos and donts. In: Ethics & Etiquette of Law Students During Internship: Dos and Donts,
2020 Kaedah penyelidikan undang-undang dan penyiasatan kes. In: Kursus Lanjutan Penyiasatan dan Pendakwaan Undang-undang,
2020 Managing operational and legal risks in oil and gas projects: An insight into the contractual approach.. In: International Virtual Conference on Artificial Intelligence for Smart Community (IVC – AISC 2020),
2020 Overview of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and evaluating ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC) Blueprint 2025. In: International Lecture on Law and Economic Development,
2020 Social media ethics and academic integrity. In: Department Of English Language And Literature (DELL) KIRKHS Taaruf Gathering,
2020 The power of positive thinking. In: Youth Empowerment 2020,
2020 Understanding MOU and MOA. In: Understanding MOU and MOA,
2019 From North Sea to the South China Sea: the implementation of Industry Mutual Hold Harmless (IMHH) deed in Asean oil and gas industry. In: ASEAN Law Academy Conference 2019,
2019 The dilemma of petroleum rights and ownership in Malaysia: Federal vs. State. In: 16th Asian Law Institute (ASLI) Conference 2019,
2018 Academic integrity. In: One-Day Postgraduate Workshop, Kulliyyah of Information & Communication Technology, IIUM,
2018 Academic interaction and ICT industrial linkage. In: Academic Interaction and ICT Industrial Linkage,
2018 Promoting socio-economic goal through government procurement: the case of South Africa and Malaysia. In: 7th International Conference on Law And Society (ICLAS 7),
2018 The Malaysian legal system and administration of justice. In: Invited Lecture at the Faculty of Law, Chulalongkorn University,
2018 Unfair contractual risk allocation in offshore projects in Malaysia: should oilfield anti-indemnity act be enacted?. In: 7th International Conference on Law And Society (ICLAS 7),
2017 Allocation of offshore risk in Malaysia: a call for the application of the Industry Mutual Hold Harmless (IMHH) deed. In: 14th Asian Law Institute Conference,
2017 Allocation of risk in the oil and gas contracts in Malaysia: An empirical study. In: SIBR-UniKL 2017 Kuala Lumpur Conference on Interdisciplinary Business & Economics Research.,
2017 Alternative dispute resolution in oil and gas industry. In: ASIA School of Business (ASB) Research Colloquium,
2017 Common disputes in oil and gas industry and the ADR process. In: International Conference on Dispute Resolution 2017 (ICDR 2017),
2016 Enforceability of knock-for-knock indemnities in oilfield service contracts in Thailand. In: The Fifth International Conference on Advancement of Development Administration 2016—Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies (The 5th ICADA 2016—SSIS),
2016 Governance and new rules relating to directors. In: Workshop on the New Companies Act,
2016 Risk allocation in the oil and gas contracts. In: 15th Management in Construction Researchers' Association (MiCRA) Annual Conference and General Meeting 2016,
2015 An empirical study on the contractual risk allocation and indemnity and hold harmless clauses in the oilfield service contracts in Malaysia. In: Second International Conference on Interdisciplinary Legal Studies (ICILS) 2015,
2015 Risk allocation in oilfield service contracts in Malaysia, the UK and USA. In: UCALL Conference - Law in the Risk Society,

2023 Professional legal for non-legal for higher education sector (ProLeNoL). Akademi Kepimpinan Pendidikan Tinggi, ISBN: 978-967-2177-40-1
2020 The Annotated Malaysian Companies Act 2016, 2nd ed.. Sweet & Maxwell, ISBN: 9789672339687
2018 Joint operating agreement: applicability and enforceability of default provisions. Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, USA, ISBN: 978-1-943497-19-5
Book Section

2023 Lessons from the application of knock-for-knock clauses under Malaysian law. In: Informa Law from Routledge, ISBN: 978-1-032-07408-5, pp. 251-290
2023 Module 4: Duties & liability of university authority (Part II). In: Office of the Legal Adviser, IIUM & Higher Education Leadership Academy, ISBN: 978-967-2177-40-1, pp. 52-75
2018 Introduction. In: Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, USA, ISBN: 978-1-943497-19-5, pp. xxi-xxiii

2023 Direction of legal education in Malaysia. In: Penerbit USIM,
2017 The legal regulatory framework for unfair risk allocation in oilfield service contracts in Malaysia. In: ,