Federal Counsel at the International Affairs Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers of Malaysia
Melati Abdul Hamid is Federal Counsel at the International Affairs Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers of Malaysia. Ms. Abdul Hamid’s professional concentration is public international law; she still retains a keen interest on the understanding of Islamic Law in modern contexts. Upon passing the New York Bar Exam in 2007, she returned to Malaysia to join government service and is now involved in negotiations for ASEAN Free Trade Agreements and bilateral investment treaties, in addition to the resolution of international legal disputes involving the Government of Malaysia. Ms. Abdul Hamid studied law at the International Islamic University Malaysia, during which she represented Malaysia during the International Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition annually held in Washington DC. In 2005, her team qualified for the final round of the Jessup Competition, beating over 100 other teams from 88 countries. She was named Best Oralist. She completed her Master’s in Law (LL.M) as a Fulbright scholar at Harvard Law School. Her LL.M Paper was on Islamic Constitutionalism, discussing the separation of powers between the three main branches of government in an Islamic country.