Asian Society of International Law

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The Asian Society of International Law (AsianSIL) is a region-wide forum for interaction among scholars and practitioners of public and private international law either based in or interested in Asia.[1] It was established in April 2007 at an inaugural meeting at the National University of Singapore.[2][3]

The Society is an international non-partisan, non-profit, and non-governmental organization with the following objectives:

  • To promote research, education and practice of international law by serving as a centre of activities among international law scholars and practitioners in Asia and elsewhere, in a spirit of partnership with other relevant international, regional and national societies and organizations;
  • To foster and encourage Asian perspectives of international law; and
  • To promote awareness of and respect for international law in Asia.[4]

The first president of the Society (2007-2009) was Hisashi Owada, former President of the International Court of Justice.[5] He was succeeded by Xue Hanqin (2009-2011) and V.S. Mani (2011-2013). The current president of the Society is Surakiart Sathirathai.[6] The Secretary-General of the Society is Simon Chesterman.[7]

In 2011, the Society launched its official journal, the Asian Journal of International Law, published by Cambridge University Press.[8]

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