ONG Tze En, Burton
Full C.V.

Associate Professor

LL.B. (First Class Hons) (NUS), BCL/D.Phil. (Oxon), LL.M. (Harv), Advocate & Solicitor (Singapore), Attorney & Counsellor at Law (New York State)

  • Director (Competition Law), EW Barker Centre for Law and Business
  • Chairman, Continuing Legal Education Committee
  • IP Adjudicator, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore
  • Panel Member, CRA (Casino Regulatory Authority) Dispute Resolution Board
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

Dr Burton Ong obtained his undergraduate and graduate legal training at the National University of Singapore and Oxford University, where he was awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal and the Vinerian Scholarship, as well as at Harvard Law School. He teaches and researches in the areas of Contract Law, Competition Law and Intellectual Property Law and has a special interest in the legal issues surrounding access to the use of, and benefit-sharing arising from, biological resources. He is interested in interdisciplinary pedagogical approaches to the study of law and received a University award for teaching excellence in 2008. Since 2012, he has volunteered as a pro bono legal advisor at a community legal clinic in his local neighbourhood. In 2015, he coached a team of his students in an international competition law moot competition - the inaugural Herbert Smith Freehills competition - where they emerged as champions.

Representative Publications

1. Competition Law and Policy in the ASEAN region: origins, objectives and opportunities, in The Regionalisation of Competition Law and Policy within the ASEAN Economic Community, edited by Burton Ong (Cambridge University Press, 2018)

2. Biodiversity and the Law: Mapping the International Legal Terrain, in Routledge Handbook of Biodiversity and the Law, edited by Charles R McManis and Burton Ong (Routledge, 2018)

3. Regulating International Trade in Endangered Species -Transhipments of CITES-listed species via Singapore, (2016) Singapore Journal of Legal Studies 277 (with Lye LH and J Chun)

4. Catching cartels and Other Anti-Competitive Agreements in Singapore, in Cheng, Marco-Colino and Ong (eds),Cartels in Asia: Law and Practice (Kluwer, 2015) 185.

5. Compulsory Licences of Pharmaceutical Patents to Remedy Anti-Competitive Practices, in Hilty and Liu (eds), Compulsory Licensing: Practical Experiences and Ways Forwards (Max Planck Institute Studies on Intellectual Property and Competition Law, 2014) 235.

6. Interpreting Intellectual Property Statutes in Singapore - What are the Limits of Judicial Creativity?, 24 Singapore Academy of Law Journal (2012, Special Issue: Intellectual Property Law) 1020.

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