Norha Abu Hanifah (Assoc. Prof. Dr.)

Contact Details

Designation: Assoc. Prof. Dr.
Full Name: Norha Abu Hanifah
Position: Associate Professor
Phone No.: 603 5544 4186
Fax No.: 603 5544 4121
Room Location: AL640
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Academic Qualifications

PhD: Biodiversity Management (Univ of Kent at Canterbury)
Master: Environmental Law (Univ of Aberdeen)
Advocates & Solicitors: Call to the High Court Malaya in 1998 (non-practising)
Postgrad Diploma in Syariah Law & Practice IIUM
Bachelor: LLB (Hons) IIUM

Teaching & Research Interest

1. Environmental Law
2. Legal Research & Methodology
3. Malaysian Legal System
4. Biodiversity Management

Previous Appointment & Duration of the Appointment

2017-2019 : Committee for Staff Disciplinary (Internal Action) UiTM
2017-2019 : Panel Assessor for Internal Research Grant UiTM
2017-2019 : Coordinator Risk Management (PTJ) Strategic Risk Management University
2017-2018 : Committee for 5S & OSHA, Quality Management Unit, FUU
2017-        : Advisor for the Environmental Law Court Regulation Committee
2016-        : Executive Director for the Centre for Continuing Legal Education (CCLE)
2016-2018 : Committee for PRO-PENS v2 FUU
2016-2018 : Chief Editor for UiTM Law Review
2016-2018 : Chief Editor for Law Tides
2016-2018 : Chief Editor for E-Class
2016-2018 : Chair for the Centre for Environmental Law, Governance and Policy (CELGoP)
2015-2018 : Committee for Promotion Exercise Faculty level
2015-2017 : Coordinator for Risk Management Faculty
2014-2017 : Faculty of Law Head of OSHA & 5S / Representative for OSHCO UiTM
2014-2017 : Chairperson for Academic Disciplinary Committee FUU
2014-2018 : Committee Panel for Disciplinary Board Bar Council
2009-2013 : Consultant for Exec Dip Enforcement Law (FUU – ILKAP)
2009-2011 : Guest Speaker for ILQAM Project Paper Supervision Program
2009-2010 : Deputy Dean for Research and Industrial Linkages FUU
2008-2009 : Coordinator for Research (RMU) FUU
2005-2008 : Coordinator for Research (URDC) FUU
2006-        : Advisor for Student’s Environmental Law and Awareness Club (EnLAC)
2006-2008 : Lead Assessor/Auditor for Academic Quality (InQKA) UiTM
2005-2006 : Coordinator for Postgraduate Studies FUU
1999-2000 : Law Coordinator/Course Tutor FUU
1996-1999 : Legal Adviser to the Disciplinary Board, UiTMT
1996-1998 : Law Coordinator, UiTMT
1996-1997 : Secretary to the Interview Board, UiTMT
1996-1999 : Resident Staff UiTMT/UiTM
1996-1998 : Guest speaker for under graduate orientation program, UiTMT
1995-1998 : Coordinator for Cultural Activities/co curriculum, UiTMT
1997-1998 : Guest speaker on Radio Terengganu Education program.

Research Project & Publications

Research Project:
1. Dissertation for Post Graduate studies: ‘Groundwater Regulation in the UK’. 1994-1995
‘Environment and the Law in Malaysia’, Research Project (IRPA grant) Lead researcher, 2000-2002
2. PhD Thesis ‘A Legal Analysis of Malaysian Biosafety Law on the Deliberate Release of GM Crops into the Environment with Special Reference to the EC and the UK Law’. 2001-2004
‘Ecotourism and the Law in Malaysia with Special Reference to Taman Negara – Bio Piracy Law and Policy on Genetic Resources’. Research Project (FRGS grant) UiTM in collaboration with Jab Perhilitan. Lead researcher, 2007-2009
3. “A Study of the Perak River for Capacity Building Needs Assessment (CBNA) for Strengthening the Water Sector” A focus group research for Cap-Net & AguaJaring Malaysia, co-researcher, October 2007
4. ‘A Study on the Proposed Model for No Fault Liability Scheme in Malaysia’ Research project (FRGS grant) co-researcher, 2009-2011
5. ‘Antarctica Treaty System and Madrid Protocol 1991: Implication to Malaysia’ Research project (LRGS grant) co-researcher, 2011-2014
6. 'Enhancing The Teaching of Environmental Law Through Volunteering Projects' (ARAS grant) Lead researcher, 2016-2018


  • “Access to Environmental Information”. Akademeia UiTMT, 1998.
  • “Groundwater Pollution and the Law: Lessons from UK Experience”. UiTM Law Review 2001.
  • ‘Environmental Hazards from Deliberate Release of GMOs: An Overview of the Malaysian Environmental Law’, (co-author) seminar paper presented for the 2nd International Conference on Disaster Management, Surabaya, INDONESIA, May 3-5, 2001.
  • ‘Marine Pollution: A Malaysian Perspective’, seminar paper for the 5th International Conference on Disaster Management, Langkawi, KEDAH, 8 May 2003.
  • ‘Regulation of Genetically Modified Organisms: A Malaysian Perspective’, paper presented at DICE, University of Kent, ENGLAND, Seminar Series, Michaelmas Term, 12 December 2003.
  • ‘Areas of Specialization under Environmental Law’ paper presented at FUU, UiTM SHAH ALAM, “Aktiviti Bulan Siswazah” 16 February 2005.
  • ‘Hill Slope Development and the Law in Selangor’ (co-author) seminar paper presented at the 2nd Southeast Asian Natural Resources and Environmental Management Conference (SANREM 2006), Kota Kinabalu, SABAH, November 21-23, 2006.
  • ‘Landfills Management System and Law: An Overview in Selangor’ (co-author) seminar paper presented at the 2nd Southeast Asian Natural Resources and Environmental Management Conference (SANREM 2006), Kota Kinabalu, SABAH, November 21-23, 2006.
  • ‘Forest Management Law in Malaysia: Policy and Legislation’ paper and poster presentation at the National Conference on the Management and Conservation of Forest Biodiversity in Malaysia, PUTRAJAYA Marriot Hotel, March 20-21, 2007.
  • ‘Wetlands Laws in Malaysia and the Issues Relating to Globalisation’ (co-author) seminar paper presented at the Law Conference 2007, EDC-UUM, Sintok, KEDAH, April 18-20, 2007.
  • ‘River Pollution Control and the Law in Malaysia’ paper presentation at the 4th Asian Law Institute Conference (ASLI) at the University of Indonesia, Jakarta, INDONESIA, May 24-25, 2007.
  • ‘Landfills Management System: An Overview in Selangor’ (co-author) LAW TIDES, Vol.1 Oct 2007, FUU, UiTM
  • ‘Hill Slope Development Law: Looking into Federal Territory and Selangor’(co-author) Chapters in a Book: Selected Issues in Legal Studies (2008) ATINER
  • ‘Wetlands Laws and Environmental Conservation in Malaysia’ poster presentation at the 4th Asian Wetland Symposium 2008 (IUCN), Hanoi, VIET NAM, June 22-25, 2008.
  • ‘Faculty of Law: New Directions in Legal Education’ (co-author) Paper Presentation for 4th International Conference on University Learning and Teaching: Transforming Learning and Teaching towards International Practices. Concorde Hotel, SHAH ALAM, October 20-21, 2008.
  • ‘Hill Slope Development Law in Malaysia: Looking at the Federal Territory and Selangor’ (co-author) LAW TIDES, Vol. 3 Jan 2009, FUU, UiTM
  • ‘Legal Education and the Social Environment’ (lead author) Paper Presentation for the International Conference on Law and Social Obligations (ICLSO – Kashmir 2009) Theme: “Law and Social Obligations: The Way Forward” University of Kashmir, INDIA, August 10-11, 2009.
  • ‘Plagiarism Frames’ Invited Speaker for Gateway to Excellence Program, Faculty of Business Management, UiTM, (DSB) Shah Alam, 11 July 2010
  • ‘The Madrid Protocol 1991 and its Environmental Impacts Towards the Quality of Life’(lead author) Paper Presentation for the Asia Pacific International Conference on Environment-Behaviour Studies (AicE-Bs 2011), Salamis Bay Conti Resort Hotel, Famagusta, NORTH CYPRUS, December 7-9, 2011.
  • ‘Good Food, Bad Food, You Choose…’ Paper Presented at the International Conference on Emerging Issues in Public Law: Challenges and Perspectives (ICPL 2011) FUU, UiTM, SHAH ALAM, December 13-14, 2011.
  • ‘The Mobile Phone Culture and the Law on E-Waste in Malaysia’ (lead author) paper presentation at the ASEAN Conference on Environment-Behaviour Studies, Bangkok, THAILAND,2012
  • ‘Impact of Human Activities in Antarctica: Dissecting the Concepts of Ecologically Sustainable Development and Natural Reserve for Peace and Science’ (lead author) ICESD 2012, HONG KONG, January 5-7, 2012.
  • ‘Oh Carol, Should We Protect You?’ (lead author) Paper Presented at the 2nd Coastal, Island & Tropical Tourism Conference, Kota Kinabalu SABAH, April 22-24, 2013
  • ‘We Need Corals and the Corals Need Us’ (lead author) Paper presented at the Global Conference on Business, Economics and Social Sciences Research (GBSR 2013), KUALA LUMPUR,
  • ‘Preparing the Act: Waste Control, Malaysian Style’ Paper presented at the SCAR History & Social Sciences Workshop “Past, Present and Future of Human Connections to the Antarctic”, (British Antarctic Survey (BAS)), Cambridge, ENGLAND, July 1-5, 2013
  • ‘Waste Not, Everyone…The Climate is Changing’ (lead author) Paper Presentation for the 6th Malaysian International Seminar on Antarctica (MISA6), Park royal Penang Resort, PENANG, October 8-9, 2013.
  • ‘Save The Corals, Take ‘Them’ To Court’ (lead author) Paper Presentation at the 7th UUM International Legal Conference Putrajaya, MALAYSIA, November 13-14, 2013.
  • ‘Illegal Logging: An Environmental Crime’ (co-author) Paper Presentation for the Conference on Current Southeast Asia Forestry and Mining Issues, PJ Hilton, Petaling Jaya, SELANGOR, November 27-29, 2013
  • ‘Reviewing the EQA 1974’ Speaker/Facilitator at the Minilab for Department of Environment, Oriental Crystal Hotel, Kajang, SELANGOR, May 27-30, 2014.
  • ‘The Challenge of Globalisation on Environmental Law and Policy: An Overview’ (lead author) Paper Presentation at the 4th International Conference on Law and Society: Law, Society and Globalisation (ICLAS IV) UniSZA, TERENGGANU, May 10-11, 2015.
  • ‘Ecotourism and Biopiracy: A Legal Perspective on The Sustainability of Tourism Destination in Malaysia’ (lead author) Paper Presentation at the Tropical Tourism Outlook Conference: Balancing Development and Sustainability in Tourism Destinations, Lombok, INDONESIA, July 29 – 31, 2015.
  • ‘Now You Know Legal Research and Methodology, What’s Next?’ (lead author) Paper Presentation at the Academic Conference 2016: Cutting Edge Legal Education (ACCON2016) Faculty of Law, UiTM, Holiday Inn Melaka, MALACCA, February 19 – 21, 2016.
  • ‘I Am Native and This Is My Environment’ (Lead author) Paper No:10139 Paper Presentation at the 2nd International Conference on Advanced Research in Business and Social Sciences 2016 (ICARBSS 2016) Bali, INDONESIA, September 7 – 8, 2016.
  • ‘Agenda 21 and the Importance of Women’s Participation in Protecting the Environment’ (Lead author) Paper presentation at the International Conference on Women And Children (ICWC2016) Grand Dorsett Subang, Selangor, MALAYSIA, October 17 - 18, 2016

Consultancy and Training
1. Trainer for Environmental Law Training Course (Training Sessions Court Judges) 10-13 July 2017, ILKAP


1. Exemplary Service Award UiTM 1997
2. Exemplary Service Award UiTM 2008
3. Exemplary Service Award UiTM 2015

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