ASEAN Law Academy 2018

The Centre for International Law (CIL) will hold its inaugural ASEAN Law Academy from 19 to 26 July 2018. The Academy is a seven-day intensive programme, co-directed by Professor Joseph Weiler and Assistant Professor Tan Hsien-Li. It is based on CIL’s ASEAN Integration through Law book series published by Cambridge University Press and is an annual event that aims to promote ASEAN legal education curriculum among policy makers, practitioners and academics, especially in the areas of international trade and investment law.

The Academy features modules created and taught by experienced professors and practitioners from Singapore and around the world. It employs practice-based learning for greater relevance to the workplace and will cover a range of topics, including enhancing of the administration of ASEAN rules, and laws and policies in public bureaucracies; laws regulating non-tariff barriers, rules of origin, and investments in the ASEAN Economic Community; ASEAN’s external trade and political relations; and modalities of dispute settlement in ASEAN. Participants with working in the fields of law, economics, political science, and governance may be particularly interested.

The programme also includes an optional mock trial on 26 July 2018, Thursday, 4–6 pm at the Raffles City Convention Centre. The mock trial titled ‘The Role of National Courts, if any, in Ensuring Compliance with ASEAN Obligations’ will be presided over by Chief and Senior Justices of ASEAN member states. The event by the ASEAN Law Association will demonstrate the various modalities of how ASEAN obligations could be justiciable and adjudicated in the national jurisdictions of member states, and what the possible outcomes can be, depending on the domestic legal system. For more information, please visit the ASEAN Law Association website. 

Interested candidates should send in a statement of interest of not more than 200 words and their resume.


Registration has closed on 6 July 2018, 11.59 pm Singapore time. For enquiries, please email Ms Gerry Ng at 


The course fee is USD 3,000 net (inclusive of government taxes, exclusive of bank charges).

Academy Programme 

For the programme, please click here.

Recommended Accommodation

The Elizabeth Hotel

Single Deluxe Room with • Daily Buffet Breakfast • Internet • Airport Arrival Shuttle

The Quincy Hotel Studio Room with • Daily Buffet Breakfast • All-Day Light Refreshments • Airport Arrival Shuttle • Evening cocktails from 6.00pm to 8.30pm daily • Mini bar replenished daily • Unlimited Wi-Fi access and local calls • 2 pieces of laundry (available with minimum 2 nights stay)

Travel Budget Estimates

Please click here for the estimated expenditure that you may incur during your stay.


NUS News: NUS launches ASEAN Law Academy, 28 April 2018 

Channelnewsasia: Important for ASEAN to ‘redouble integration and community-building’ efforts in order to stay relevant: PM Lee

Straits Times: Big plans for Asean

Presentation Slides

Day 1 – 19 July 2018: Public Bureaucracy by Professor Jon Quah & Dr David Jones

Day 2 – 20 July 2018: International Actor by Professor Jurgen Ruland 

Day 3 – 21 July 2018: AEC by Dr Chia Siow Yue

Day 3 – 21 July 2018: Economic Cooperation by Professor Mike Plummer

Day 3 – 21 July 2018: Trade in Goods and Services by Mr Stefano Inama

Day 4 – 23 July 2018: Rules of Origin by Mr Stefano Inama – ASEAN Rules of Origin, Drafting RoO for ASEAN, RoO in the Multilateral Trading System, The Significance of RoO in International Trade