Professor Cheah You Sum

Professor Cheah You Sum

  • Professor
Center for Commercial Law & Justice


Professor Cheah has gained many years of working experience in the financial services industry which includes experience in an established bank, general and life insurance companies. A large part of that experience is gained at middle to senior management level. He has gained overall exposure ranging from technical knowledge to business development and being the Chief Executive Officer with the overall responsibility for the bottom line performance of the company. He has worked with and led teams from diverse background, religious beliefs and culture as a result of his working experience in local companies, a foreign based company and foreign university partner. He is currently a Technical Committee Member of the Finance Accreditation Agency which operates under the auspices of Bank Negara Malaysia and the Securities Commission. He is also serving as a Member of the Academic Committee of the Malaysian Insurance Institute.

Academic & Professional Qualifications

PhD in Law, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia (2017)
LLM, University of London, (2016)
DBA, Southern Cross University, (2002)
MSc, Glasgow Caledonian University, (1999)
LLB, University of Wolverhampton, (1993)

Research Interests

  • Insurance and Banking Laws
  • International Trade Laws
  • Corporate Laws

Teaching Areas

  • Law

Courses Taught

  • Business Law

Notable Publications

2020 -

Michael Furmston, Cheah You Sum, et al, The Future of The Law of Contract, [], Routledge, UK.

2019 -

Cheah Y.S., Hasani Mohd Ali and Ruzian Markom, Legal Issues Concerning Insurable Interest in Property under Insurance Law and Takaful with special reference to Malaysia, Islamic Finance, [] UKM Publishing.

2018 -

Cheah Y.S. and Michael P Furmston, Malaysian Insurance Law, [] Sweet and Maxwell.

2018 -

Cheah Y.S., Hasani Mohd Ali and Ruzian Markom, The Legal Issues in the Requirements for Insurable Interest at the Time of Loss for Motor Insurance and Motor Takaful Contracts, [] 19 International Journal of Business and Society.

2017 -

Cheah Y S “The Legal Issue in The Requirements for Insurable Interest at The Time of Loss for Motor Insurance and Motor Takaful Contracts”, [] 9 CLJ xvii

2017 -

Cheah Y.S., “Legal Realism and Pragmatism in Lex Mercatoria Causing Lacuna in Laws for the Requirements of Insurable Interest in Life Assurance”, [] 6 MLJ xlix

2014 -

Cheah, Y. S., et al, The Law for Business, [] Sweet and Maxwell