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), V.S. Mani (2011-2013), and Surakiart Sathirathai (2013-2015). The current president of the Society is Jin-Hyun Paik.[6]

S/N President Country Term of office
1. OWADA Hisashi  Japan 2007-2009
2. XUE Hanqin  China 2009-2011
3. V.S. Mani  India 2011-2013
4. Surakiart Sathirathai  Thailand 2013-2015
5. PAIK Jin-Hyun  South Korea 2015-

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]

Biennial Meetings[edit]

The Society organizes major conferences every two years. Meetings have thus far been held in:

  • Singapore (2007)
  • Tokyo (2009)
  • Beijing (2011)
  • New Delhi (2013)
  • Bangkok (to take place in November 2015)


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