Teaching and Researching International Law in Asia (TRILA)

OVERVIEW

Teaching and Researching International Law in Asia (TRILA) programme deals with a historic concern in which Asia is seen as a continent that accepts rules that others have made. In other words, Asian societies are viewed as rule-takers instead of rule-makers in the making of international law. This, however, is not a desirable situation given the emergence of Asian in the current global system. To change this historic condition, it is imperative for Asian scholars and practitioners to have the necessary skills and expertise that would enable them to effectively participate, innovate and make necessary changes that are crucial to enhance the international rule of law. The teaching and researching of international law are foundational to achieve this purpose. In this regard, TRILA programme serves as united effort of Asian law schools to identify the challenges being faced Asian scholars, practitioners, and students, and address those challenges in an informed, coherent, and collaborative manner.

The teaching component of TRILA focuses on getting the students interested in international law, discussing the different teaching methodologies, and formulating an international law course syllabus that reflect the goals and needs of teachers and students alike.

The research component of TRILA systematically addresses the issue on growing demand for scholars to publish. TRILA programme aims to provide guidance, especially to young scholars, in writing and publishing scholarly papers.

The establishment of TRILA programme is in line with NUS Centre for International Law’s vision ‘to become a regional intellectual hub and thought leader for research on and teaching of international law.’

TOPICS

Conferences

TRILA on the Road

‘TRILA on the Road’ project was developed after the 2018 TRILA Singapore Conference. These are country-specific workshops which are aimed at discussing in depth the agendas set forth in the 2018 conference.  TRILA team goes to specific countries to meet the scholars there, understand the local situation, and create a forum in which we can focus on the issues on teaching and research. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the recent workshops were conducted online. But, the goal remains the same. Each country has a different programme depending on the needs of local participants.

Symposia and Other Projects

Sample Syllabuses

  • Introduction to Public International Law
    • Amiel Ian Valdez, De La Salle University (Syllabus on International Law)
    • Antony Anghie, National University of Singapore (Syllabus on Current Problems in International Law)
    • Antony Anghie, University of Brasilia (Syllabus on Developing States in a Changing World Order)
    • Dany Channraksmeychhoukroth, Royal University of Law and Economics (Syllabus on Public International Law)
    • Dodik Setiawan Nur Heriyanto, Islamic University of Indonesia (Syllabus on International Law)
    • JR Robert Real, Far Eastern University (Syllabus on Introduction to Public International Law)
    • Koesrianti, Universitas Airlangga (Syllabus on International Law)
    • Khin Lay Win, Dagon University (Syllabus on International Law)
    • Ravindra Pratap, South Asian University (Syllabus on International Law)
    • Rohini Sen, O. P. Jindal Global University (Syllabus on The International Law Course Manual)
    • Roland Glenn Tuazon, Ateneo de Manila University, School of Law (Syllabus on Public International Law)
    • Thol Theany, University of Cambodia (Syllabus on Introduction to International Law)
    • Winsherly Tan, Universitas Internasional Batam (Syllabus on International Law)
  • Specialised Courses on Public International Law
    • Dany Channraksmeychhoukroth, Royal University of Law and Economics (Syllabus on the Law of the Sea)
    • Jessica Los Baños, Universitas Pelita Harapan (Syllabus on Space Law)
    • Ravindra Pratap, South Asian University (Syllabus on Advanced International Legal Issues)
    • Rohini Sen, O. P. Jindal Global University (Syllabus on The Many Faces of International Law)
    • Sergey Sayapin, KIMEP University (Syllabus on International Conflict and Security Law)
    • Sergey Sayapin, KIMEP University (Syllabus on International Criminal Law)
    • Sergey Sayapin, KIMEP University (Syllabus on International Institutions and Law)
    • Sergey Sayapin, KIMEP University (Syllabus on International Human Rights Law)
    • Winsherly Tan, Universitas Internasional Batam (Syllabus on Alternative Dispute Resolution)
    • Winsherly Tan, Universitas Internasional Batam (Syllabus on International Business Law)
    • Winsherly Tan, Universitas Internasional Batam (Syllabus on International Environmental Law)
    • Winsherly Tan, Universitas Internasional Batam (Syllabus on Law of the Sea)
    • Winsherly Tan, Universitas Internasional Batam (Syllabus on Private International Law)
    • Josefe C Sorrera-Ty, Philippine Legal Education Board (Syllabus on International Environmental Law Clinical Legal Education Seminar Course)

TRILA Database of Asian Cases, Treaties, and Reading Materials

The TRILA Database of Asian Cases, Treaties, and Reading Materials is an index of relevant materials that have special focus on Asia. The database is aimed at assisting teachers of international law in formulating a reading list that emphasizes Asian perspective, and one that is accessible to students. The database is equally helpful to researchers who are writing on specialised areas of international law that deals with Asia.

The database will be updated regularly.

Access the database here

TEAM MEMBERS

Professor Antony Anghie
Head of Programme

Amiel Ian Valdez
Research Associate