Barrister at Law / National Vice President, Asian Australian Lawyers Association / Chair, Asia Practice Section, Commercial Bar Association of Victoria / Australia Day Ambassador / Past President, Chinese Professional Business Association


Day 1 – 13 Nov 2017

Parallel Session D: Law and Investment on One Belt One Road and China's Outward Investment Strategy: Implications and Issues for Belt and Road Countries | 3.30 pm - 4.45 pm

William Lye, OAM (黎威廉先生) is a third generation Chinese born in Penang, Malaysia, and has since 1982 lived in Melbourne. He was educated at Monash University and at the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship where he graduated as dux of the Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation degree. He also holds a Master of Laws in Intellectual Property; and a Bachelor of Science majoring in Computer Science.

Since 2010, William has been the Chair of the Asia Practice section of the Commercial Bar Association of Victoria with responsibility for the development of strategic alliances between Victoria and Asia. He is also the National Vice President of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association, an organisation that promotes cultural diversity within the legal profession. He practises as a commercial and corporate barrister in Australia. He is an Accredited Mediator and a Victorian Bar Conciliator.

William is the Past President of the Chinese Professional and Business Association of Victoria; a former Honorary Advisor to the Federation of Chinese Associations of Victoria; and a current Honorary Legal Advisor to the Chinese Community Council of Australia. He is also a Language Ambassador, an initiative of Community Languages Australia and the Victorian Government.

William is passionate about education, and serves as Chief Examiner of Contract Law at Monash University Law Chambers and teaches at other Law Schools across Australia.

On 1 September 2017, William won the legal industry’s Lawyers Weekly 2017 Australian Law Awards for Barrister of the Year, and the Excellence Award for being the ‘best of the best’.

In the 2017 Australia Day Honours, William was the recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to the law, to business, and to the promotion of cultural diversity.