ONG Tze En, Burton
Full C.V.

Associate Professor

LL.M. (Harvard), BCL (European & Comparative Law) (Oxford), LL.B. (NUS) Advocate & Solicitor (Singapore), Attorney & Counsellor (New York State)

  • Deputy Director, Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law
  • Fellow, IP Academy
Email Address:
Office Tel: (65) 6516-6463 
Office Fax: (65) 6779-0979 
Office Address

Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
Eu Tong Sen Building
469G Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259776
Research Interests

Competition Law
Intellectual Property Law
Law of Unfair Competition
Contract Law and Theory
Legal Regulation of Access to Genetic Resources

Subjects Taught

Comparative Competition Law
Law of Contract
Law of Intellectual Property
Introduction to Environmental Law

Brief Biodata

Burton pursued his undergraduate and graduate degrees at NUS, Oxford University, and Harvard Law School. He graduated at the top of his LLB class at NUS and BCL class at Oxford, where he was also awarded the Vinerian Scholarship. Since joining the Law Faculty in 1999, he has taught Legal Methods and System, Contract Law, Intellectual Property Law and Competition Law. His current teaching portfolio includes jump-starting the first year students in his Contract Law tutorial groups with common law concepts and theory, and exploring the expanding galaxies of Intellectual Property and Competition Law with the third and fourth year students enrolled in these courses. He recently organised an international conference on "Intellectual Property and Biological Resources" in December 2003 on behalf of APCEL and its partner institutions.

Representative Publications

1. Intellectual Property & Biological Resources [Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Academic, 2004] (Editor and Chapter Contributor)

2. Anti-Competitive Refusals to Grant Copyright Licences: Reflections on the IMS Saga, [2004] European Intellectual Property Review (Volume 26, Issue 11) 505

3. Fissures in the Facade of Fair-Dealing: Users' Rights in Works Protected by Copyright, [2004] Singapore Journal of Legal Studies 150.

4. Patenting the biological bounty of Nature: Re-examining the status of organic inventions as patentable subject matter, 8 Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review [Winter 2004] 1.

5. Why Moral Rights Matter: Recognizing the Intrinsic Value of Integrity Rights, 26 Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts 297 [2003]

Publication List