CIL Fireside Chat Series

Hosted by Prof S Jayakumar and Prof Tommy Koh, two of Singapore’s eminent diplomats and international lawyers, the Centre for International Law’s Fireside Chat Series on International Law and Diplomacy explores the interplay between diplomacy and international law by inviting leading experts on international law and international affairs to share their insights on important global issues.

The CIL Fireside Chat Series provides a rare opportunity for attendees to have a free and frank discussion with renowned experts on critical topics that have challenged the international community such as the Syrian conflict and the South China Sea disputes or on topics of significance to Singapore such as Pedra Branca Case and the Land Reclamation Case.

For more information about past Fireside Chats (2012-2016), please see below.

Past Fireside Chats

Award on Merits of the Arbitral Tribunal: Republic of the Philippines vs the People's Republic of China
14 July 2016 | CIL Fireside Chat Series

In this Fireside Chat, three international lawyers discussed the decision of the Tribunal and its implications for managing potential conflicts in the South China Sea. Read more...
Arbitration between the Philippines and China: Award on Jurisdiction
15 January 2016 | CIL Fireside Chat Series

The 16th Session of the CIL Fireside Chat Series examined the Award on Jurisdiction of the Arbitral Tribunal and discuss the implications of the Award on the South China Sea disputes. Read more...
Resolution of International Commercial Disputes: The Role of Singapore
6 March 2015 | CIL Fireside Chat Series

The 14th Session of the CIL Fireside Chat Series reviewed these developments and discussed the potential of Singapore to further its contributions to the resolution of international commercial disputes. Read more...
The Judicial Regulation of Shared Freshwater Resources: Indus Waters Kishenganga Arbitration (Pakistan v. India)
27 October 2014 | CIL Fireside Chat Series

CIL organised the 13th session of the Fireside Chat Series on International Law and Diplomacy on the Indus Waters Kishenganga Arbitration (Pakistan v. India). Read more...
Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan): International Law, Science and the Environment
19 September 2014 | CIL Fireside Chat Series

This Fireside Chat session examined the judgment of the International Court of Justice in the 'Whaling in the Antarctic' case and discussed the whaling issue from environmental, scientific and international political perspectives. Read more...
CIL Fireside Chat Series: The Preah Vihear Temple Case at the ICJ
12 August 2014 | CIL Fireside Chat Series

Ambassador Plasai and Mr Bundy examined the dispute's genesis and history, the interplay of domestic situation and foreign policy, the role of ASEAN, the first ICJ case, the second ICJ case and other aspects of international law and diplomacy... Read more...
CIL Fireside Chat on Syria and International Law
8 November 2013 | CIL Fireside Chat Series

The final session of the 2013 CIL Fireside Chat Series took place on 8 November 2013 and considered "Syria and International Law". Read more...
CIL Fireside Chat on ASEAN and Human Rights
11 October 2013 | CIL Fireside Chat Series

Professor S Jayakumar and Professor Tommy Koh hosted the penultimate session of the 2013 CIL Fireside Chat Series on 11 October 2013. Four distinguished panelists gave their views on the topic "ASEAN and Human Rights". Read more...
CIL Fireside Chat on International Humanitarian Law
6 September 2013 | CIL Fireside Chat Series

The third installment of the 2013 CIL Fireside Chat Series on International Law & Diplomacy, focusing on "International Humanitarian Law: A Singapore Perspective", took place on 6 September 2013. Read more...
The Practice of International Law by Government Officials
12 April 2013 | CIL Fireside Chat Series

The second session of the CIL Fireside Chat Series 2013 featured Minister K. Shanmugam, Minister of Law and Minister for Foreign Affairs who shared his insights on how the Singapore government addresses international law issues and the interplay between international law and foreign policy. Read more...
The South China Sea Disputes: A Role for International Law?
22 February 2013 | CIL Fireside Chat Series

The aim of the discussion of this Fireside Chat was to explore the advantages and limitations of using international law to settle contentious and intractable disputes between States. Read more...
Lessons in Negotiating Multilateral and Bilateral Agreements
12 October 2012 | CIL Fireside Chat Series

This final session of the CIL Fireside Chat Series for 2012 brought together leading international lawyers and diplomats to share their experiences as Singapore's negotiators for key bilateral and multilateral agreements. Read more...
CIL Fireside Chat Series: Singapore and the United Nations
31 August 2012 | CIL Fireside Chat Series

The discussion provided a unique insight into the inner workings of the UN, the skillful diplomacy and negotiations that transpires "in the corridors", and Singapore's experiences at the UN. Read more...
Territorial Disputes in Asia: Lessons from Pedra Branca
30 March 2012 | CIL Fireside Chat Series

This instalment of CIL's Fireside Chat Series explored Singapore's first experience in international litigation when Singapore and Malaysia agreed to submit their sovereignty dispute over Pedra Branca, Middle Rocks and South Ledge to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Read more...
The Land Reclamation Case: Lessons in Law and Diplomacy
2 March 2012 | CIL Fireside Chat Series

In the second of CIL's Fireside Chat Series, the Panel and the audience engaged in a lively and frank discussion on Singapore's land reclamation dispute with Malaysia. Read more...
Diplomacy and International Law: A Singaporean Perspective
13 January 2012 | CIL Fireside Chat Series

The first in the newly launched CIL Fireside Chat Series. Professor S Jayakumar had a frank exchange with students on the topic "Diplomacy and International Law: A Singaporean Perspective". Read more...