Biography

Professor Dato’ Dr Sothi Rachagan is the Vice Chancellor of Nilai University. Prior to this he has served as Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya and as Vice Chancellor of Perdana University. Prof. Dato’ Sothi holds a B.A. (Malaya), Post-Grad Dip Arts (Otago), M.A (Otago), LL M (Bristol) and PhD (London). He is a Barrister-at-Law (Lincoln’s Inn) and Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya.

He has been a Commissioner of the Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) and Chairman of its Working Committee on Advocacy since the inception of the MyCC in 2011.

Professor Dr Sothi serves on the UNCTAD International Expert Panel on Consumer Protection. He has over the years worked closely with the Competition Law and Policy and Consumer Protection Branch of UNCTAD and drafted the consumer and competition laws of several developing and less developed countries. He wrote the original version of the UNCTAD Consumer Protection Manual and did its Review of Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms. He also served as the Chair of the UNCTAD Working Committee on Financial Services for the revision of the UN Guidelines on Consumer Protection. He was the Alternate Head of Delegation for Malaysia for the First Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Consumer Protection and Policy 17 – 18 October, 2016 organised by UNCTAD in Geneva.

He is a member of the Advisory Panels of Consumer and Competition Law Centres of several universities and is a past-president of the International Association of Consumer Law.

Professor Dr Sothi has published widely and presented papers and keynote addresses on environmental, human rights, competition, and consumer and election laws.

 

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  • Environmental law
  • Human rights law
  • Competition law
  • Consumer law
  • Election law

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