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Newsletter 2010/12 (Dec)

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Call for Submissions
Asian Journal of International Law
The first issue of the Asian Journal of International Law (AsianJIL) will be published by Cambridge University Press in January 2011. The Journal is now soliciting submissions for future issues. Articles should be between 8,000 and 12,000 words (excluding footnotes) and be submitted exclusively to the AsianJIL, with publication subject to double-blind peer-review and editorial discretion.

For details on style and the submission process, as well as information on how to subscribe, visit For enquiries, please email

Call for Papers
19th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (ANZSIL): The Promise and Limits of International Law
Canberra, Australia
Application deadline: 15 February 2011
19th Annual ANZSIL Conference will take place from Thursday, 23 June 2011 to Saturday, 25 June 2011 at University House, The Australian National University, Canberra. It is hosted by the Centre for International and Public Law, ANU College of Law. The Conference Organising Committee now invites proposals for papers to be presented at the Conference. Further information about the Conference is available at

Call for Papers
8th Asian Law Institute Conference 2011: Law in a Sustainable Asia
Kyushu University, Japan
Application deadline: 7 January 2011
The Asian Law Institute (ASLI) and the Faculty of Law, Kyushu University, Japan are pleased to call for papers for the 8th Annual ASLI conference, which will be held in Fukuoka, Japan on the 26 and 27 May 2011. Click here for details on the call for papers and the conference.

Call for Papers
4th European Society of International Law Research Forum
International Law and Power Politics: Great Powers, Peripheries and Claims to Spheres of Influence in International Normative Order
Tallinn, Estonia
Application deadline: 15 December 2010
The 4th European Society of International Law (ESIL) Research Forum –  International Law and Power Politics: Great Powers, Peripheries and Claims to Spheres of Influence in International Normative Order – will take place from 27 to 28 May 2011 in Tallinn, Estonia. Please click here for more information.

NUS Law School Post-Doctoral Fellowships
August 2011 to July 2012
Application deadline: Friday, 31 December 2010
As Asia’s Global Law School, the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore (NUS) is committed to fostering research and teaching excellence among young legal scholars. It is now, therefore, inviting applications for the position of Post-Doctoral Fellow for the academic year beginning August 2011 till July 2012. Please click here for more details.

All correspondence should be addressed to Professor Stephen GIRVIN, Vice Dean, Research and International Programmes. Email:

NUS Centre for International Law (CIL) ASEAN Documents Database
The ASEAN Documents Database is a free, user-friendly, internet resource of selected ASEAN and International Law Documents. More than 200 selected ASEAN documents and 170 International Law documents are now included in the database. Please click here to access the database.

Regular features

Directory of International Law Practitioners in Asia
AsianSIL members who would like to be listed on the directory of international lawyers in Asia for networking opportunities and possible project collaborations among AsianSIL members should denote their areas of interest and email .

AsianSIL Membership
Membership of the AsianSIL is open to any person or institution that has an interest in and respect for international law and supports the objectives of the Society. As the AsianSIL website is currently undergoing some upgrading, interested persons are requested to sign up for membership from October 2010.

Asia and International Law

Developments and news pertaining to Asia in various areas of IL

Environmental LawIndia expects to break logjam in climate talks (Reuters, 3 December 2010)
India's environment minister Jairam Ramesh said that its proposal requiring rich or rapidly developing countries that contribute more than 1 percent of global greenhouse gases should report their actions and their emissions to the United Nations every three years. The Indian proposal would also not penalise poor countries if they did not meet pledges on emissions reductions. Ramesh noted that this proposal was meant to bring the US onboard the final pact through some progress in transparency. While Jonathan Pershing, the deputy US climate negotiator, has not commented on Ramesh's assessment, he noted that there were signs of convergence towards the concluding pact.

Human Rights – Myanmar transition should include those who did not take part in polls – UN envoy (UN News Centre, 2 December 2010)

The United Nations envoy to Myanmar, Vijay Nambiar, has urged the Myanmar government to work out a broad-based political transition that includes those who did not participate in recent elections. Among these is the recently released Nobel Peace Prize laureate and pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD). Nambiar said that his visit was unusually open and he was permitted to meet the people he wished to see. Nambiar stressed that there was an ongoing “role for the United Nations both in the context of the political developments as well as the broader context of the socio-economic development”.

International Economic Law ­– Chinese ambassador urges quick delivery of revised text for Doha Round (Xinhua, 1 December 2010)
Sun Zhenyu, the Chinese ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO), has stressed the urgency for the Doha Development Round to centre on the Chair-led multilateral process and come up with a revised text. He noted that “across-the-board trade-offs could have a better chance when we have the texts on the table”. Sun also reiterated the stance on honouring the leaders' instructions through “building on the progress already achieved” to achieve a balanced outcome which prioritises development and the concerns of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Vulnerable Economies (SVEs).

Please click here for Lamy Pascal’s, WTO Director-General, exhortation on the Doha negotiations on 30 November.

International OrganisationsCountering China, Obama Backs India for U.N. Council (NYT, 8 November 2010)
By endorsing India for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council during his visit there in early November, US President Barack Obama on Monday signalled America’s intention to create a deeper partnership of the world’s two largest democracies that would expand commercial ties and check the influence of an increasingly assertive China. The US now holds standing promises to support Japan’s and India’s bid for a permanent seat on the Council. Obama spoke of India as an “indispensable” partner for the coming century, noting that in Asia and around the world, India had “emerged”. Obama’s endorsement notwithstanding, reforming the Security Council could take years. China is viewed as far less eager for its Asian neighbours to acquire permanent membership in the Council.

China warned against Security Council expansion: Wikileaks (, 3 December 2010)
In a 2009 discussion over the possible expansion of the Security Council to have ten permanent members, an anonymous Chinese official was noted to have told the US Charge d’Affaires, Dan Piccuta, that such a development was “not good” for China and the US. The Chinese official also said that it would be difficult for the Chinese public to accept Japan as a permanent member of the Security Council. Piccuta replied that “it was hard to envision any expansion of the Council that did not include Japan, which was the second largest contributor to the UN budget” and that the Permanent Five (P-5) should allow other member states to “state their positions” on an expanded Council “freely and openly without undue P-5 influence”.

Click here to read the Foreign Policy post on the US-China correspondence.

Law of Armed Conflict (IHL) – China issues warning over US-S. Korea-Japan talks (AFP, 3 December 2010)
China has warned the US, Japan and South Korea not to "intensify confrontation" at their meeting next week in Washington. The three countries are already carrying out major naval drills in a show of force against North Korea which had earlier launched a deadly artillery attack on South Korea and boasted about a new uranium reprocessing plant. The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said that China intended to keep a close watch on the Washington discussion after US, Japan and South Korea rejected China’s proposal for six party talks among the two Koreas, China, Japan, Russia and the US. US Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said that China needed to "step up" pressure on North Korea and that its call for the six-nation talks "will not substitute for action".

Law of the SeaASEAN Navigating Rough Waters in Sino-American Standoff Over Seas (Jakarta Globe, 2 December 2010)
Recent US affirmation of its “national interest” in maintaining the “freedom of navigation” and “respect for international law” in the disputed South China Sea prompted China’s opposition. Having close historical ties to both China and the US, ASEAN states frequently find themselves at the receiving end of Chinese and American actions, for better or worse. As a result, they have developed a keen sense of pragmatism, granting them flexibility in manoeuvring between these two major powers. Maintaining low-key diplomacy, whenever possible, is vital. Peaceful dialogue and negotiations, coupled with references to legal agreements and international law, are called upon as means to resolve the issue. Even ASEAN states like Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, which have a direct stake in China’s overlapping EEZ claims, still opt for ASEAN to avoid Sino-US spats, in hopes of preventing a tripartite confrontation with ASEAN caught in the crossfire.

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