Archived Issues

Newsletter 2011/8

AsianSIL Events and Announcements

Call for Submissions
Asian Journal of International Law (AsianJIL)

The Society’s Journal is 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

As part of the launch, many articles are available FREE for download at We encourage readers to make full use of this opportunity to access the latest international law scholarship. Please also visit our new Facebook page and recommend AsianJIL to your friends and colleagues.

To make AsianJIL accessible to as many as possible, especially within the region, please encourage your institutional libraries to subscribe to our Journal. More details are available here.

Call for Papers - 3rd NUS-AsianSIL Young Scholars Workshop 2012
The National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Asian Society of International Law (AsianSIL) are pleased to invite applications to attend the 3rd NUS-AsianSIL Young Scholars Workshop 2012 - Asian Approaches to International Law. The Workshop will be held at NUS in Singapore from Thursday, 23 February to Friday, 24 February 2012

Click here to view more information on the workshop website.

To submit a proposal, please complete the Online Abstract Submission Form by Friday, 16 September 2011.

The 3rd Biennial Conference of the AsianSIL
Asia and International Law: A New Era

Sunworld Dynasty Hotel,
Beijing, PRC
27-28 August 2011

The Third Biennial Conference of the Asian Society of International Law – Asia and International Law: A New Era will be held in Beijing, People’s Republic of China, on Saturday and Sunday, 27 and 28 August 2011. The Conference will provide a forum for a wide ranging and in-depth exploration of the major international law issues confronting the peoples of Asia and the international community more generally. Registration for this exciting event of the Society is now open. We look forward to seeing you in Beijing this August!

Please click here for more information and to register for the 3rd Biennial Conference.

Call for Papers – 9th Asian Law Institute Conference 2012

Law: An Asian Identity?

The Asian Law Institute (ASLI) and the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore will hold the 9th Annual ASLI Conference in Singapore on 31st May and 1st June 2012. The purpose of the annual conference is to bring together scholars of Asian law from within and outside Asia to interact, share ideas and build collegial networks which may facilitate dialogue and research collaborations.

The conference format remains broadly the same as last year: there will be five rounds of six parallel sessions over two days. The broad theme of the 2012 conference is "Law: An Asian Identity?

Please visit our conference web site at for selection criteria, guidelines for abstract or paper submissions and other related conference information.

For enquiries regarding the conference, please contact the ASLI Secretariat at

Launch of the New AsianSIL Webpage
The Asian Society of International Law is pleased to unveil its new interactive website <>. Members can use the enhanced functionalities to create their personal profiles for opportunities to network and collaborate on projects, denote their areas of international law expertise, join an online platform to publicise their publications, and advertise international law events. Membership entitles you to the above privileges, a monthly newsletter updating you of the Society’s events and international law developments in Asia, as well as a subscription to the Society’s flagship publication, the Asian Journal of International Law.

The AsianSIL membership registration portal is now operational. Please click here to join the Society.

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.

Asia and International Law

Developments and news pertaining to Asia in various areas of IL

Human RightsMalaysia set for swap as early as Sunday (Sydney Morning Herald, 3 August 2011)

Under the deal signed in Kuala Lumpur on 25 July 2011, up to 800 asylum seekers that arrive in Australia by boat will be transferred to Malaysia for processing in exchange for 4000 people who have already been given refugee status. The Malaysian government is preparing to receive the first asylum seekers covered under its swap arrangement with Australia as early as Sunday.

Myanmar: Ban underlines need to release all remaining political prisoners (UN News, 29 July 2011)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a telephone conversation with U Wunna Maung Lwin, Myanmar’s Foreign Minister, “underlined that he had publicly welcomed the reform measures announced by the new Government”. Ban expressed his hope that the Myanmar Government would now move toward concrete action and take the country forward towards peace, democracy and prosperity. He also called for “early action” on releasing Myanmar’s remaining political prisoners, describing their release as the “single most important step the international community expected to take”.

UN panel demands China free Nobel laureate (AP, 2 August 2011)

A UN panel of independent legal experts – the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention – is demanding that China immediately free Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo and his wife and pay them "adequate" compensation. The Working Group issued opinions saying China is violating international law by imprisoning Liu and holding his wife, Liu Xia, under house arrest. [China has not responded.]

International Criminal Law
Philippine Senate urged to back International Criminal Court (Sun.Star, 29 July 2011)
Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario has urged the Senate to give its concurrence to the Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court (ICC).
“The position that we take on this important issue reaffirms our country’s leading role in promoting justice, peace and the rule of law in Asia, being a model of democracy in this part of the world,” Del Rosario said. President Benigno Aquino III ratified the Rome Statute last May 6. Under the 1987 Constitution, treaties ratified by the President need the concurrence of the Senate before these can enter into force and effect

International Economic Law
­– India, EU reach settlement on drug dispute (Business Standard, 28 July 2011)
India and EU have reached an "interim settlement" under which none of the EU’s twenty-seven members will detain Indian generic medicines transiting through Europe on suspicion of intellectual property right (IPR) violations. EU will also issue interim guidelines to their customs and all member countries advising them how to take the core principles of our understanding into the EU legislation.

Nonetheless India will not withdraw its case against EU at the WTO filed in May 2010 unless the EU abides by what it promises. This was triggered by the repeated seizure of Indian pharmaceutical products at EU ports destined for Latin American countries. The EU Parliament is expected to take about 12-18 months to amend the legislation and then India would examine that law. Additional Secretary in the Commerce Ministry Rajiv Kher noted, "We will finally withdraw the dispute only after getting convinced."

Japan, ASEAN to develop plan for strategic economic cooperation (Mainichi News, 2 August 2011)

Economic ministers from Japan and the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will agree to develop a long-term plan for strategic economic cooperation at their annual meeting in Indonesia in August. They plan to launch a 10-year plan for promoting strategic partnerships in areas such as trade and investment, infrastructure development, connectivity, human resources development and technology transfer. An ASEAN official source said the proposal was floated by Japan in recent months and is seen as an effort to chart new directions for their economic cooperation, taking into account the impact of the earthquake and tsunami disaster that struck northeastern Japan in March this year, which disrupted supply chains and is widely expected to push more Japanese firms to look for investment opportunities outside Japan.

International Humanitarian Law –
Request for interpretation of the Judgment of 15 June 1962 in the Case concerning the Temple of Preah Vihear (Cambodia v. Thailand) (ICJ Press Release, No.2011/22, 18 July 2011)
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has given its decision on the request for the indication of provisional measures submitted by Cambodia in the case concerning the Request for the interpretation of the Judgment of 15 June 1962 in the Case concerning the Temple of Preah Vihear (Cambodia v. Thailand). The Court began by stating, by eleven votes to five, that both Parties should immediately withdraw their military personnel currently present in the provisional demilitarized zone, The Court also stated, by fifteen votes to one, that Thailand should not obstruct Cambodia’s free access to the Temple of Preah Vihear, or prevent it from providing fresh supplies to its non-military personnel; it said that Cambodia and Thailand should continue their co-operation within ASEAN and, in particular, allow the observers appointed by that organization to have access to the provisional demilitarized zone, and that both Parties should refrain from any action which might aggravate or extend the dispute before the Court or make it more difficult to resolve.

Law of the Sea
China issues guidelines to ease South China Sea tensions (Reuters, 2 August 2011)
China has unveiled rules (see the Chinese Foreign Ministry's website aimed at easing territorial disputes with Southeast Asian states. This follows the guidelines the Chinese Foreign Ministry issued after they were agreed upon at the ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers' Meeting in July. The People's Daily, the official newspaper, observed that China’s issuing of the rules promoting cooperation showed that Beijing was sincere about resolving the maritime tensions. However, it must be noted that China will not retreat from its own wide territorial claims in the South China Sea.

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