ASEAN Law Academy 2019

Changemaker Programme: 15–21 August 2019 (Thursday–Wednesday)
Educator Programme: 15–23 August 2019 (Thursday–Friday) (Includes pedagogical workshop and conference)

The CIL held the second iteration of its highly acclaimed ASEAN Law Academy from 15 to 23 August 2019. Taught by an experienced, international faculty, the 2019 Academy maintains its three popular training specialisation tracks of trade in goods and rules of origin, investment, and ASEAN external relations, in addition to generalist topics of public bureaucracy and good governance, ASEAN Economic Community, compliance monitoring, and dispute settlement.

This year’s Academy received an overwhelming response in participation; a hundred practitioners and professors from all ten ASEAN states and other countries were equipped with skills for their daily work related to ASEAN law and policy.

ASEAN has for some time been an important political, economic and legal reality in its 10 Member States. The annual Academy aims to equip policymakers, practitioners and academics with a deeper understanding of ASEAN institutions and key developments in ASEAN’s economic integration, foreign affairs and legal framework.

From 15 to 23 August 2019, the Centre for International Law (CIL) of the National University of Singapore will hold the second edition of its acclaimed ASEAN Law Academy, a cross-disciplinary master’s level intensive course aimed at those working in the fields of politics and governance, economics and law. The Academy was initiated during the Singapore’s chairing of ASEAN in 2018. While the inaugural academy in 2018 was focused on policy makers and practitioners, the 2019 edition expands its focus with a programme created for tertiary educators.

“We in Southeast Asia, we have never been more important in the world, and relatively speaking now even more given the unclear situation in Europe.”
– Dr Surin Pitsuwan, former ASEAN Secretary-General

 Changemaker Programme 
15–21 August 2019

Registration fee: USD 3,000

Educator Programme
15–23 August 2019

Registration fee: USD 4,000

About ASEAN Law Academy’s Changemaker Programme is for professionals and executives involved in policy and practice. The Changemaker Programme offers the opportunity to engage in specialised content and practicums on selected topics. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to interact with academics spearheading research on ASEAN and the education of future generations of ASEAN practitioners. The Educator Programme is for researchers and teachers from academia. The Educator Programme offers the opportunity to engage in specialised content and practicums on selected topics and includes two additional days: a pedagogical workshop (22 August) and the ASEAN Law Academy Conference (23 August).The first part of the Educator Programme will review the essential building blocks of ASEAN in its central areas of activity. The second part will be dedicated to the didactics of teaching ASEAN — syllabi, classroom techniques, exams and the like. It will also be a forum in which one could share experiences and exchange views related to the teaching of ASEAN. The educator programme will conclude with an academic conference, recognising the correlation of pedagogical practice with the academic work of tertiary educators. 
Who should attend
  • Government officials from ASEAN member states involved in all areas of ASEAN cooperation and policymaking. Eg economics, trade, investment, law, foreign policy, etc
  • ASEAN Secretariat officials
  • Government officials from ASEAN’s external partner countries
  • Regional and international organisations’ officials with an interest in ASEAN
  • Legal practitioners and consultants advising clients in Southeast Asia
  • Companies looking to benefit from ASEAN economic integration and trade agreements
  • Lecturers in tertiary institutions currently teaching or interested in teaching ASEAN-related modules
  • Academics with a research interest in ASEAN and/or regional integration
  • Scholars from all disciplines are welcome. Those from the faculties of political science/international relations, law and economics will find this especially useful.

Directors and Trainers The Academy is directed by Professor Joseph Weiler (New York University) and Assistant Professor Tan Hsien-Li (National University of Singapore). The modules are created and taught by experienced professors and practitioners, who are international subject experts. Please click here for the Speakers’ Profiles.

“I loved the Academy! I learned so much and made very interesting realisations about the possibilities for ASEAN and probably what is needed to be done to achieve integration. My original ignorance on the matter has been replaced with optimism and hope.”
– ASEAN Law Academy 2018 participant

The curriculum is based on CIL’s ASEAN Integration through Law book series published by Cambridge University Press. The Academy employs practice-based learning for greater relevance to the workplace and covers key topics concerning current developments in ASEAN, including the following:

  • The governance and institutions of ASEAN
  • Public bureaucracy in ASEAN and its Member States
  • The ASEAN Economic Community—architecture, trade and investment
  • Compliance, enforcement, monitoring and dispute settlement across ASEAN
  • ASEAN external relations in the political and economic fields

For in-depth study, participants in both tracks will choose one specialisation most suited to their interests and expertise. Each specialisation will include one day of taught material followed by one day of practicum where participants will discuss realistic scenarios so as deepen their grasp of the material.

Three specialisations are offered in 2019:

  • The ASEAN Free Trade Area and Rules of Origin
  • ASEAN Investment Law
  • ASEAN Foreign Relations and Regional Trade Arrangements

ASEAN Law Academy Conference Call for Papers
As part of the Educator Programme, CIL is pleased to announce a call for papers for a conference on ASEAN Law and Policy on 23 August 2019. The Conference, themed ‘The Rules-based ASEAN Community’, seeks to identify the diverse issues emanating from and impacting upon ASEAN law and policy especially in the areas of politics and international relations trade and investment, and socio-economic development in the region. The aim is to foster a community of scholars from the faculties of economics, law and political science who are interested in or working on various aspects of ASEAN Law and Policy, to come together to discuss our work in August. The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to 15 July 2019. Click here for the call for papers.

Download the full programme and faculty list at the left sidebar of this page.

The Academy will be held at Mandarin Orchard Singapore.

Limited full and partial scholarships are available. Please indicate on your application if you would like to be considered for a scholarship. The full scholarship covers the following:

  • Registration fees of USD 3,000 or USD 4,000
  • Up to 10 nights of local accommodation (at an organiser-arranged hotel)
  • Local transport from accommodation to the course venue

Note 1: Airfare and per diem are not included.
Note 2: Please note that for the Educator Programme, full scholarships are available only to participants who are (1) attending the full 9-day programme, ­and (2) presenting a paper at the ASEAN Law Academy Conference.

Hotel Chancellor @ Orchard, Singapore
28 Cavenagh/Orchard Road Singapore (229635)
Tel: +65 6708 8788 Fax: +65 6708 8787
Reservation :

– Academy negotiated hotel rate: S$138++ / S$162.43nett per room per night, internet and daily breakfast included. Subject to availability of rooms.
– Transport to the Academy venue will be provided to all participants staying at Hotel Chancellor @ Orchard Singapore.

Estimated Costs for Participants
Please click here to see the expected costs when you attend the Academy.

To view the previous academy, please click here.