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Representative of Malaysia to the AICHR (2016-2018)

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Representative of Malaysia to the AICHR

H.E. Mr. Edmund Bon Tai Soon

The Representatives of the AICHR (a total of 10 Representatives) are selected and appointed by their respective Governments with due consideration to gender equality, integrity and competence in the field of human rights. The AICHR Representatives have a term of office of three years, and may be re-appointed for one more term (three years).

H.E. Mr. Edmund Bon Tai Soon was appointed by the Government of Malaysia in April 2016.



LL.B. Laws Honours, University College of London, England (Malaysian Scholarship). 

MSt in International Human Rights Law, University of Oxford, England (British Chevening Scholarship). 



2016: Head of Chambers (Civil), AmerBON Advocates, Kuala Lumpur. 

2014-2016: Head of Chambers, BON Advocates, Kuala Lumpur. 

2012-2014: Partner, Chooi & Company, Advocates & Solicitors, Kuala Lumpur. 

2011: Co-founder of the Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism & Human Rights (MCCHR). 

2010: Co-author of Halsbury’s Laws of Malaysia on “Citizenship, Immigration, National Security & the Police” (Volume 27). 

2009-2011: Chairperson, Constitutional Law Committee, Bar Council. 

2007-2009: Chairperson, Human Rights Committee, Bar Council. 

2006-2011: Elected member, Bar Council, Malaysia. 

2006-2008: Secretariat member, Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM). 

2006-2008: Chairperson, National Young Lawyers’ Committee, Bar Council. 

2006: Co-founder of blawg (legal blog), 

2005-2008: Legal Counsel, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). 

2004-2014: Member, National Human Rights Society (HAKAM). 

2002-2012: Senior Associate, Chooi & Company, Advocates & Solicitors, Kuala Lumpur. 

1998-2002: Associate, Chooi & Company, Advocates & Solicitors, Kuala Lumpur. 

1998: Advocate and Solicitor, the High Court of Malaya (Admitted to the Bar of Malaya in June 1998). 

1997: Utter Barrister, the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn (Admitted to the Bar of England & Wales in September 2007). 

1998-2016: More than 50 public interest cases reported in the media and law journals, and more than 800 hours of training and capacity-building programmes conducted locally and regionally. 


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