CIL Singapore Academy of International Law (CIL eAcademy 2021)

An Online Advanced Training on International Law and Practice
September – December 2021




Thanuki Natasha GOONESINGHE, Sri Lanka

… Thank you CIL NUS for making the programme accessible to me. I am from Sri Lanka and do not see a way of travelling abroad to learn by attending similar programmes for some time to come, until this pandemic settles down. This was an amazing opportunity for me to expand my knowledge and be exposed to the new and unique thoughts and takes of amazing academics that I could only dream of meeting in person. There was a lot that I took back with me and have now some clarity as to what my path as a future lawyer ought to be. I felt heard at every point of each lecture I attended and that to me was very special. I sincerely hope to join your future online programmes because they were undoubtedly amazing!

Gil Anthony AQUINO, Philippines

… It was truly a privilege to learn from and interact with esteemed experts in various fields of international law. I gained a lot of new knowledge to bring with me to my law practice. This format allowed us to remain productive during this pandemic, and I look forward to future editions.

Mara Angeli VILLEGAS, Philippines

The lessons were particularly helpful as it cited updated cases that can be used in practice or alignment of legal strategy. Thank you for the patience of allowing us to go on a limited presence at times which allows those of us who are at work to be able to attend. Very thankful to you and ms Gerry for the level of organization and sending out the guides and reminders on every class day that allowed me to attend the entire program (considering that it’s easy to miss with work commitments or overlapping meetings).

Sheila KONG MUKWELE, Cameroon

I have to say that participating in this year’s CIL e-academy has been a great experience. The wealth of knowledge on International Law that was given to us … was beyond expectations. My appreciation goes to the entire team of CIL and special thanks to Professor Patrícia Galvão Teles and Dr Nilüfer Oral

Marina Soares da Fonsêca, Brazil

Participating in the e-Academy was an incredible experience that gave me a different view on such important areas of international law. I am absolutely sure that the knowledge acquired will enable me to perform better academically and professionally, as well as to develop my research.

Shelan Jane Dela Cruz TEH, Philippines

I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the lecturers for imparting to us their knowledge and answering our questions, the teaching assistants for helping us participants in our concerns, and my co-participants for sharing their insights and making the sessions even more interesting. … Thank you to CIL for this fruitful experience, and I hope it continues to offer seminars/courses to participants all over the world.

Murshamshul Kamariah MUSA, Malaysia

I would like to say that this program has deepened my interest in international law and enhanced my knowledge in most areas. I am always excited to attend the lectures and the fact that we have not only knowledgeable academics but real-life practitioners of int law to provide insights into the practice of IL makes it more interesting and practical.

Costa Ramadhani BAKARI, Tanzania

It’s been a tremendous opportunity to spend these weeks virtually with CIL Academy … It has been a pleasure to get connected virtually with the professionals who have succeeded a lot in the field of International laws like members of the International Law Commission. Lastly but not least, I would like to thanks all the professors and doctors who took their time to offer these tremendous lectures online. They were approachable virtually, listening and kind as they could give opportunities of interfering lectures with the questions. To my fellow participants of the CIL Academy, I wish you all the best in your future endeavors. Let’s keep learning as International laws will never be static and will keep evolving depending on the time and circumstances we are living in. Thank you so much.

Wei Xuan Joel FUN, Singapore

My experience has been an extremely positive one, having had the chance to interact with not only the professors and lecturers, but also some of the participants through the various breakout rooms. I would also like to thank the organisers for arranging such an awesome and enriching programme, which has greatly enriched my understanding of international law.

Rumana Yasmin FERDAUSI, Bangladesh

I am very glad to join the academy to hear the voices of the stars of the sky of current International Law. It was an outstanding programme via distance learning which was beyond my expectation. The organizers were so swift to arrange the whole programme and communication that all the matters become so easy for me even the busy schedule. I have learnt and got many ideas and thoughts as well as clarification of my understanding of International Law. The academy gives me many resources also which are invaluable for me. I have deep gratitude to Nilufer Oral, Patricia mam, Knowledge angel to me GerryNg and all of the CIL team with all the scholars who tried to make us enlightened. Thank you very much.

Shehzadi TALIB, Pakistan

Greetings from Pakistan to everyone, I owe my gratitude to the CIL e-academy for providing me an opportunity to be a part of this year’s International Law course. I am fortunate enough to meet the outstanding professors at the academy who have enlightened my soul with new insights and shifted my perspective by providing ample knowledge on the legal discourse in the international arena. I am also thankful to Dr.Nilufer Oral and Dr. Patricia Galvao Teles for their continuous support throughout the e-academy sessions and their big smiles always pushed me to put forward my questions. I really enjoyed learning every single module and discussion with other participants. Thank you everyone once again.

Pandiaraj SANKARALINGAM, India

I am expressing my heartfelt gratitude and profound appreciation for giving me an invaluable opportunity to expand my international legal horizon. No doubt, the Five Sessions that I had attended were very useful, thought-provoking and enriching… Thanks also to the materials prepared meticulously and shared happily. Thanks to all the Panelists for sharing their valuable thoughts with us. Also thanks to all the teaching assistants for facilitating the entire exercise energetically.

Arianne Joy FABREGAS, Philippines

Hi. I am very thankful for this wonderful opportunity to learn from the prestigious international law experts … This has given an in-depth analysis on the International Law and hopefully in the near future to practice in the field. With all my heart thank you so much.



The CIL Singapore Academy of International Law (CIL eAcademy) 2021 will provide part-time online training for law students, young academics, diplomats and lawyers that want to advance their training on International Law. Training certificates to be awarded by the Centre for International Law upon successful completion of the courses. 

Programme (updated as at 24 September 2021)

Course Design

The Course will provide weekly interactive thematic courses delivered by highly-qualified academics and practitioners from all over the world, including Singapore, with additional weekly special lectures from high-profile guests. The lecturers include, among others, current and former judges of the International Court of Justice and other International Courts and Tribunals, members of the United Nations International Law Commission, ambassadors, lawyers from top international law firms, and leading academics in the different subjects offered. Materials will be provided in advance of each module to enhance the interactive character of the courses. The recordings* of thematic courses will be made available to enrolled participants.

Subject to the approval of the Trainers

Registration Fee Structure

5 Modules | SGD 700 (USD 535 inclusive of 7% VAT/GST)
10 Modules | SGD 1,400 (USD 1,070 inclusive of 7% VAT/GST)
15 Modules | SGD 1,700 (USD 1,200 inclusive of 7% VAT/GST)

Weekly Session Duration

Thematic courses (2.5 hours x 2 times a week) | Tuesday, Thursday (unless or otherwise informed)
Special Guest Lecture (1 hour x 1 time a week) | Wednesday (unless or otherwise informed)
Total hours of training = 6 hour

Programme Timing

Tuesdays & Thursdays: 4.00pm – 6.30pm, Singapore Time (unless or otherwise informed)
Wednesdays: 4.00pm – 5.00pm, Singapore Time (unless or otherwise informed)
You may wish to use the Time Converter to check the equivalent time in your country.

Modules / Thematic Courses for Selection

CIL eAcademy participants get exclusive Zoom access to interact with the guest lecturers at the Special Guest Lectures. Special Guest Lectures, which may be made public via live stream on a social media platform, are scheduled to be on Wednesdays, subject to changes.


Week 1 [Tue-Thu, 7, 8, 9 Sep 2021] International Law Making
Week 2 [Tue-Thu, 14, 15, 16 Sep 2021] International Peace and Security
Week 3 [Tue-Thu, 21, 22, 23 Sep 2021] International Organizations and Regional/Global Governance
Week 4 [Mon, Wed, Thu, 27, 29, 30 Sep 2021] International Responsibility


Week 5 [Tue-Thu, 5, 6, 7 Oct 2021] Diplomatic Law and Immunities under International Law
Week 6 [Tue-Thu, 12, 13, 14 Oct 2021] Environmental Law
Week 7 [Tue-Thu, 19, 20, 21 Oct 2021] Law of the Sea
Week 8 [Tue-Thu, 26, 27, 28 Oct 2021] Climate Change Law


Week 9 [Tue, Wed, 2, 3 Nov 2021] Human Rights Law
Week 10 [Tue-Thu, 9, 10, 11 Nov 2021] International Humanitarian Law/International Criminal Law
Week 11 [Tue-Thu, 16, 17, 18 Nov 2021] International Law concerning Refugees and Migration
Week 12 [Tue-Thu, 23, 24, 25 Nov 2021] Global Health Law


Week 13 [Tue-Thu, 30 Nov, 1, 2 Dec 2021] International Trade Law
Week 14 [Tue-Thu, 7, 8, 9 Dec 2021] International Investment Law & International Dispute Settlement
Week 15 [Tue-Thu, 14, 15, 16 Dec 2021] Current developments in International Courts and Tribunals


Professor Robert BECKMAN Head, CIL Ocean Law & Policy Programme, National University of Singapore
Dr Ayelet BERMAN, Lead, CIL Global Health Law and Governance, National University of Singapore
Professor Pierre BODEAU-LIVINEC Professor of Public International Law, University Paris Nanterre and Director of the CEDIN / Director of Studies of the International Law Association (ILA)
Professor Laurence BOISSON DE CHAZOURNES Professor of International Law, University of Geneva School of Law / Director of the LL.M. in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS) / Co-director of the Geneva Center for International Dispute Settlement (CIDS)
Rodman BUNDY Senior Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
Professor Gian Luca BURCI Adjunct Professor of International Law / Academic Adviser, Global Health Centre / Director, Joint LLM in Global Health Law and Governance / Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Professor N Jansen CALAMITA Head, CIL Investment Law & Policy Programme, National University of Singapore
Professor Simon CHESTERMAN, Dean, NUS Law School / Deputy Chairman, CIL Governing Board
Professor Vincent CHETAIL Professor of International Law, Head of the International Law Department, Graduate Institute Geneva / Director, Global Migration Centre
Dr Tara DAVENPORT Senior Research Fellow, CIL Ocean Law & Policy Programme, National University of Singapore
Monica FERIA-TINTA Twenty Essex
Professor Patrícia GALVÃO TELES Member, UN International Law Commission (ILC) / Professor of International Law at the Autonomous University of Lisbon
Professor Dr Charles C JALLOH Member, UN International Law Commission / Professor of Law, Florida International University
Judge Kriangsak KITTICHAISAREE Judge, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea / Member, UN International Law Commission
Professor Jesse G. KREIER Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center and at the American University Washington College of Law
Professor Keun-Gwan LEE Professor of International Law, Seoul National University School of Law
Professor LYE Lin Heng Adjunct Professor, Environmental Law, National University of Singapore
Dr Vilawan MANGKLATANAKUL Director-General, Department of Treaties and Legal Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand
Professor Gabrielle MARCEAU UNIGE and Sr. Counsellor, WTO Research Division
Professor Alina MIRON Professor of International Law, University of Angers
Judge Georg NOLTE, International Court of Justice
Dr Nilüfer ORAL Member, UN International Law Commission (ILC) / Director, NUS Centre for International Law
Professor Photini PAZARTZIS Professor of International Law and Director of the Athens Public International Law Center, National & Kapodistrian University of Athen / Member and Vice-Chair, UN Human Rights Committee ICCPR / President of the European Society of International Law and Member of the ESIL Board
Professor August REINISCH Member, UN International Law Commission / Professor of International and European Law, University of Vienna
Dr Sergey SAYAPIN Associate Professor and Associate Dean at KIMEP University´s School of Law
Daren TANG Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Professor Dire TLADI Member, UN International Law Commission / Professor of International Law, University of Pretoria
Her Excellency Jo TYNDALL New Zealand High Commissioner to Singapore
Professor Larissa VAN DEN HERIK Professor of Public International Law, Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Leiden University
Professor Christina VOIGT Department of Public and International Law, University of Oslo, Norway / Member, IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL)
Professor Philippa WEBB Professor of Public International Law, King’s College London
Dr Romesh WEERAMANTRY Head, CIL International Dispute Resolution Programme, National University of Singapore
Professor Joseph WEILER New York University Professor / Joseph Straus Professor of Law / European Union Jean Monnet Chaired Professor / Co-Director, Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law and Justice
Professor Rüdiger WOLFRUM Professor of International Law, Heidelberg University Faculty of Law / Director Emeritus of the Heidelberg Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law / Former judge, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (1996 to 2017)

Training Assistants

Charalampos GIANNAKOPOULOS (Harry)
Violet HUANG
JIANG Zhifeng
Alvin YAP