Symposium: Teaching and Researching International Law – Global Perspectives

The NUS Centre for International Law recently released its report on ‘Teaching and Researching International Law in Asia’ (TRILA) on the back of its inaugural conference in 2018. The TRILA Report presents a comprehensive empirical survey of the state of international law teaching and research in Asia. While the Report is focused on Asia, it is intended to contribute to the growing global discussion on teaching and researching international law around the world.

In this online Symposium, Afronomicslaw and NUS Centre for International Law bring together junior and senior scholars and researchers from across the world to critically and comparatively reflect on important issues that the academics, face daily, such as teaching approaches and the challenges and opportunities the teaching of international law that technology presents. This rich set of essays also helpfully reflect on ways that we could consider collectively reassessing the international law canon currently centered on the experiences of the Global North. Needless to point out, the essays also take into account the drastic changes that the COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated both in our teaching of international law and in the remaking of institutional priorities.

The Symposium will run for three weeks. The categories we have used to sequence the order in which the essays will be published does not therefore mean that the essays do not raise cross-cutting themes. In Week One, the theme of the symposium will be “Country or Regional Studies” on the teaching of international law based on perspectives from Africa, Asia and Latin America.

In Week Two, the focus moves on to the “Institutional Frameworks and Reflections.” The essays in week 2 will focus on critical international law scholarship especially for teachers and researchers from the Global South. It will consider questions such as hosting events and other for a for critical international law scholarship and teaching, but also the challenges and opportunities relating to publication, and the accessibility of materials for scholars and teachers in the Global South.

Finally, in Week Three, the essays will be on the theme “What Needs to be Done”. These contributions analyze concrete ways that we can apply some of the interventions in this symposium.

In this symposium, the Department of International Law under the Faculty of Law Universitas Padjadjaran (UNPAD) represented by Dr. Irawati Handayani contributed titled writing ” Problem-Based Learning as an Alternative Approach for Teaching International Law ” as a contribution to teaching and researching International Law in Asia.

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