Centre for International Law

Research Positions

Research Position in International Law and International Dispute Resolution Programme

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant in the Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore for a period of one (1) year.

Job Description

The duties of the Research Assistant will involve:

  • assisting the Principal Investigator in research and preparation of international law teaching materials with an Asian focus, which may include regional travel to Universities in order to launch the Centre’s new Teaching of International Law in Asia Programme;
  • assisting with conceptualising and organising one of CIL’s signature events – the Singapore International Arbitration Academy and events associated with the Teaching of International Law in Asia Programme, such as programme design and implementation, event management, and facilitating sessions of the Academy and Programme;
  • conducting in-depth research into topics of international law, as assigned.

Candidates must possess a minimum qualification of an LL.B. but an LL.M. is highly desirable. Candidates should have a good knowledge of international law; highly developed writing ability and initiative; strong organisational and communications skills; and the IT and publishing skills necessary to prepare teaching materials for online use. Candidates with knowledge of regional language(s) and/or prior working experience will have an advantage.

CIL provides a lively and congenial work environment and the opportunity to engage with experts in different aspects of international law. The candidate will be expected to participate in the activities of the Centre in general and is also encouraged to pursue his or her own research project, with a view to publication.
Interested candidates please apply by 31 July 2017.

Research Positions in International Dispute Resolution Programme

Applications are invited for a Practice Fellow in the Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore to commence as soon as possible for a period of two (2) years.

The CIL Practice Fellows Programme is designed to expose young practising lawyers in Singapore and the region to the practice of international dispute resolution, with particular focus on investment treaty arbitration. Practice Fellows will gain hand-on experience and training in professional arbitration practice and exposure an academic research environment. Unlike the Research Fellows and Associates at the Centre, Practice Fellows are expected to return to private practice.

Job Description

Practice Fellows are assigned to work with senior CIL lawyers serving as arbitrators in international disputes. Similar to a clerking position with a judge, Practice Fellows are given discrete research and drafting assignments and, where the disputing parties and other arbitrators consent, are permitted to attend hearings. This allows them to gain a more sophisticated understanding of international legal practice and international law, develop their own networks of colleagues outside of Singapore, and gain exposure to leading counsel, arbitrators and international judges from around the world. Practice Fellows also collaborate in research projects aimed at publication in peer-reviewed journals and monographs.

Job Qualifications

The successful candidate should preferably be already admitted to the Singapore Bar or possess requisite requirements to pass the Bar, and possess prior experience in law practice and an interest in international dispute resolution, investment treaty arbitration and international law more generally. Fluency in spoken and written English is essential as is a proven ability to write to publication-level quality.

Applications closed.

Research Positions in Investment Law and Policy Programme

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow and a Research Associate in the Centre for International Law (CIL), National University of Singapore to commence as soon as possible for a period of two (2) years.

CIL is expanding its dedicated Programme on Investment Law and Policy (ILP). The goal of the ILP Programme is to establish CIL as a hub for world class, practically-oriented research and debate.

Research in the ILP Programme is founded on three principles: first, an interdisciplinary approach and consideration of the law in practice; second, a comparative examination of the development of international investment law within states and across regions; and third, a commitment to the production of theoretically informed and practical research designed to provide policy makers, arbitrators and other decision makers, and practitioners with an advanced understanding of the state of the law, the dynamics of its development, and the impacts of its application.

Job Description

The Research Fellow and Research Associate will participate in identifying, developing and implementing new research and publication/delivery streams.

Job Qualifications

The successful candidate will have a well-rounded knowledge of public international law and international investment law with some experience or familiarity with empirical research. Research Fellow candidates should preferably hold a doctorate in law while Research Associate candidates should have an LL.M with relevant work experience in an international organisation, government department or private practice. Fluency in spoken and written English is essential as is a proven ability to write to a publication-level of quality. In light of the nature of the research, experience with field work and knowledge of other languages (especially Asian languages) would be an advantage, but is not a prerequisite.

Applications closed.

Ocean Law and Policy Research Positions Available for Candidates with Background in Shipping Law

The Centre for International Law (CIL) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) recently secured a research grant from the Singapore Maritime Institute to conduct research on issues relating to the international regulation of shipping and governance of the marine environment. This grant will supplement CIL’s programme in Oceans Law and Policy. The grant is for a term of 3 years and will focus on issues of interest to Singapore including: (i) the regulation on navigation in the straits used for international navigation; (ii) the governance of shipping in the Arctic; and (iii) governance of the marine environment, including the marine environment in areas beyond national jurisdiction.

CIL is seeking to recruit two full-time researchers who possess a minimum qualification of an LL.B. from a university that is approved by the Ministry of Law. Candidates with an LL.M. in international law and prior work experience of between 2 to 5 years in maritime law, law of the sea, international law or environmental law will be preferred.

For further information about CIL’s Ocean Law and Policy Programme, please click here.

Applications closed.

Research Positions in ASEAN Law and Policy

The Centre for International Law (CIL) of the National University of Singapore (NUS) will be expanding its ASEAN Law and Policy research programme, especially in the areas of ASEAN legal integration, law of international organisations, the law of treaties and regional instruments. Candidates with a doctorate in international law are preferred, but CIL will also consider applicants with an LL.M. in international law if they also have practical experience in ASEAN law and policy issues.

Applications closed.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Interested applicants are invited to mail or email a covering letter, a short statement of research interests, a detailed curriculum vitae, 2 samples of written work if available, the names/contact information of two referees, the NUS personal particulars form (download here) and the NUS Personal Data Consent for Job Applicants (download here) to:

Address:
Centre for International Law (CIL)
National University of Singapore, Bukit Timah Campus
469A Bukit Timah Road
Tower Block, #09-01
Singapore 259770

Email: cil.jobs@nus.edu.sg

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.