TRILA Myanmar Workshop, 24–25 July 2019
The TRILA delegation of Tony Anghie, Eugenio Gomez-Chico and Amiel Ian Valdez conducted a two-day intensive workshop on Teaching and Researching International Law in Asia (TRILA) at the University of Taunggyi in Myanmar. Fifty-one faculty members and students attended the event, which included lectures and facilitated discussions on topics such as teaching techniques, developing a syllabus, the history of international law, and researching and writing for publication. The CIL team thanks the participants for their lively engagement and illuminating contributions, particularly Professor Yin Yin Win of Taunggyi University and her assistants for making all the necessary arrangements and extending warm hospitality to the CIL team.
The Centre for International Law at the National University of Singapore, in collaboration with Taunggyi University Department of Law, is delighted to host a workshop from 24 to 25 July 2019 on Teaching and Researching International Law in Asia (TRILA). This event is part of a series of country-specific conferences, which are set to share and discuss the specific challenges in the teaching and research of international law faced by local scholars in different Asian countries.
The workshop will be held at Taunggyi University, Taunggyi, Shan State, Myanmar.
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 a ‘rule taker’, then it is imperative for Asian scholars and practitioners, officials and diplomats to be highly skilled and knowledgeable in understanding and shaping a continuously changing international environment.
In 2018, the CIL held a conference on Teaching and Researching International Law in Asia, which was attended by roughly 150 scholars and teachers from Asia, Europe, Australia and the United States. The Conference explored major issues including the following:
- Materials to be used for the teaching of international law
- Creation of syllabus and course outline in international law
- Effective techniques in the teaching of international law
- Challenges of researching, writing and publishing
Having identified and discussed these broad issues, the CIL is now collaborating with law faculties in different Asian countries, including in Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Cambodia, to organise local workshops that will explore these issues in depth in a local context. This approach is devised to maximise local participation and effectively address the specific and unique challenges faced by teachers in a particular country. These workshops aim to provide guidance and assistance to young scholars and teachers to enable them to be more effective in their work.