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Senior Research Fellow Ms Denise Cheong and Research Associate S Nivedita participated in the 9th meeting of the Nuclear Energy Experts Group held from 6 to 7 February 2020 in Singapore. This meeting was organised by the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) together with the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS). Participants discussed ways to strengthen nuclear governance in the Indo-Pacific, in light of activities and plans of current and potential nuclear power user/exporter countries; the role of ASEANTOM; and capacity-building and higher education initiatives on nuclear safety and security. Participants also considered the potential governance implications of new technologies such as artificial intelligence and small modular reactor technology including transportable nuclear power plants.

Research Associate Professor (CIL) N Jansen Calamita, Head of CIL’s Investment Law and Policy Programme, presented the finalised draft of APEC Handbook on Obligations in International Investment Treaties, in a side event organised by the Australian government at the 38th session of UNCITRAL Working Group III held in Vienna.

The APEC Handbook project is funded by the Australian government and is designed to assist non-specialist, front-line government officials to better understand and implement international investment commitments. 

CIL participated as observer in the resumed 38th session of UNCITRAL Working Group III held in Vienna, Austria on 20– 24 January 2020. CIL was represented by Research Associate Professor (CIL) N Jansen Calamita, Head of CIL’s Investment Law and Policy Programme, and CIL Postdoctoral fellow Charalampos Giannakopoulos.

The Working Group brings together more than 200 government officials, UN officials and NGO representatives, with a mandate to identify concerns raised by the current mechanisms for resolving investor-State disputes, discuss the desirability of reform, and propose relevant solutions. During the resumed meeting in Vienna, discussions focussed on (i) the likely features and modalities of an appellate mechanism or a multilateral investment court to hear investment disputes; (ii) the possible sources and methods of financing such institutions; and (iii) the selection and appointment of adjudicators in a reformed system.

Research Associate Professor (CIL) Calamita and Dr Giannakopoulos contributed to the discussions by raising the question of enforcement of the awards produced by a possible appellate mechanism or a multilateral investment court, framing it against the existing legal framework, and presenting delegations with the associated challenges that would have to be overcome.

Senior Research Fellow Vu Hai Dang participated in the workshop by China-Southeast Asia Research Center (CSARC) on Regional Cooperation on Marine Environmental Protection in the South China Sea in Bali, Indonesia. Dr Vu Hai Dang presented on sensitive and protected marine areas under international law and the value of MPA network in the South China Sea. In particular, he spoke on CIL’s research on area-based management tools in the South China Sea: map of sensitive marine and coastal areas in the South China under international law, ‘Moving from MPAs to Area-based Management Measures in the South China Sea’, ‘National MPA Laws in the South China Sea: A Comparison and Suggestions for MPA Law Reform in China’.

Senior Research Fellows Youna Lyons and Tara Davenport participated in a workshop on Informal-Law Making in the Law of the Sea organised by Professor Natalie Klein at the University of New South Wales from 9 to 10 December 2019 in Sydney, Australia. The workshop is part of a long-term research project on informal law-making and law of the sea led by Professor Klein under an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship Grant. Ms Lyons presented on ‘IMO Measures to Limit Impact from International Shipping’ and Dr Davenport presented on ‘Formal and Informal Lawmaking by the International Seabed Authority’.

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