Centre for International Law

British Institute of International and Comparative Law

British Institute of International and Comparative Law (The Institute), United Kingdom

On 21 March 2011, CIL signed an MOU with the Institute with a view to collaboration on a variety of Public International Law subjects of mutual interest to both institutes, such as treaty law and practice and customary international law’s applicability in domestic courts. The Institute’s mission includes the following: (i) to contribute to a better understanding of international and comparative law; (ii) to advance the rule of law in international affairs and (iii) to promote their application through research, publications and events. Likewise, CIL’s mission and vision to promote awareness of significant law and policy issues in Asia is consistent with that of the Institute.

On 16-19 January 2012, pursuant to the MOU and the Project Agreement concluded within its framework, CIL and the Institute held an International Workshop on Treaty Law and Practice at the Grant Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, Singapore. The aim of the Workshop was to set out broad criteria on good treaty practices by examining the treaty procedures and practices of selected civil law, common law and hybrid jurisdictions, as well as those of international organisations serving as treaty clearing-houses or depositaries. More than 35 participants from the 10 ASEAN Member States and the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC) attended the Workshop. The speakers at the Workshop included treaty experts formerly with the Foreign Commonwealth Office, the United Kingdom (FCO) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, as well as the legal advisor to the Council of Europe. Speeches included an opening speech by CIL Chairman Professor Tommy Koh and remarks by H. E. Bagas Hapsoro, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN.

CIL and the Institute are considering a follow-up Workshop on Treaty Law and Practice in 2013.