Teaching and Researching International Law in Asia



Asian societies have played a relatively minor role in the making of modern international law. If this historical condition is to change, if Asia is to become a `rule maker’ rather than `rule taker’, then it is imperative for Asian scholars and practitioners, officials and diplomats to be highly skilled, knowledgeable and expert in understanding and shaping a continuously changing international environment. It is crucial for Asia to engage with global debates and develop initiatives that enhance the international rule of law. The teaching and researching of international law are foundational to these projects.

And yet, despite the emergence of many international law societies within Asia, no sustained and united effort has been made recently to identify the challenges facing Asian law schools and to address them in an informed, coherent and collaborative manner. This conference on Teaching and Researching International Law in Asia is the first in many years to provide a forum where scholars from Asia and throughout the world can meet to discuss crucial questions, including teaching methods, materials for teaching international law in Asia, the development of skills, and the development of a research culture that fosters scholarship and publication. This conference will be the first in a series of events that explore these vital issues.

20 June: Junior Faculty Workshop

The workshop is directed at exploring the challenges junior faculty members confront at the beginning of their careers in establishing themselves as teachers and in developing a scholarly agenda. The workshop will include a forum that will deal with topics including developing a research agenda, the relationship between teaching and scholarship, the elements of good scholarship, and preparing an article for publication.

21–22 June: Conference on Teaching and Researching International Law in Asia (TRILA)

The broad purposes of the conference are to assess the current state of teaching and research in international law in the Asia Pacific region, to identify commonly experienced challenges for teachers of international law, and to formulate a programme of  action and activities to assist individuals in their teaching and research. This conference follows in the footsteps of the successful conference held on the same topic in Singapore in 2001. It also complements the ongoing work of the Asian Society of International Law.

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How to Participate

Calls for papers for the Junior Faculty Workshop and the TRILA conference are closed. The Junior Faculty Workshop does not allow observers. 

Interested TRILA conference participants are invited to register here by 15 April 2018. We will confirm your registration by 30 April 2018.

Registration Fee

There is no registration fee for this conference, and lunch and snacks will be provided at the venue.  


For inquiries, please contact Mr Robert Real (rgreal@nus.edu.sg).