Research Position in International Dispute Resolution Programme

Research Position in

International Dispute Resolution Programme


Applications are invited for a Graduate Research Assistant in the Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore.


Job Description

This position reports to the Head of the International Dispute Resolution (IDR) programme at the NUS Centre for International Law, and works under the Research Associate and Senior Events and Programmes Manager on a regular basis, interfacing with external stakeholders when required.

The IDR programme will give the Assistant the opportunity to conduct research, analysis, editing and writing in the areas of international commercial arbitration, international investment arbitration and negotiation / mediation / conciliation/ alternative dispute resolution (ADR). One core task will to be assist with virtual interviews of Asian government officials and senior corporate officers involved in investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS), as part of an extensive empirical study on ISDS conciliation and mediation that is intended to be worked into a practical handbook on settling investment disputes (without having to resort to arbitration or court litigation). Another task will be to undertake supervised research of laws, negotiation and dispute settlement techniques, policies and inter-governmental decision-making frameworks in other Asian legal systems.

The IDR programme is also innovating with online and hybrid events programming. The Assistant will assist with the development and execution of a new training (continuing legal education) program on Public International Law for Commercial Lawyers, podcasts and ad hoc events. This will enable the Assistant to build expertise in using digital communication tools that will be used in future workplaces, as well as the ability to plan and execute digital events. Depending on prevailing travel and physical meeting restrictions, the Assistant may also assist the IDR programme with organising hybrid or in-person events.

CIL provides a lively and congenial work environment and the opportunity to engage with in-house and visiting international law experts. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in Centre events and activities. The candidate will also be allowed to spend up to 1 working day per week pursuing independent projects or professional development courses (such as auditing or taking classes at the NUS Law School), subject to agreement by the supervisor and prioritization of work given by the IDR programme.

Please note that this position does not count towards the Relevant Legal Training or Practice Training Period required by the Singapore Institute of Legal Education for admission to the Singapore Bar.

The successful candidate will be offered a 6-month full-time contract including salary and CPF contributions, which may be extended a further 6 months.


Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Researching, writing and analysis in support of IDR programme, including research on amicable settlement of investor-State disputes (i.e. through negotiation, conciliation or mediation; as opposed to arbitration); international investment law; and international commercial arbitration.
  2. Assist in organising and executing digital events (and in-person programs when they resume), including use of digital communications platforms, event design, management and post-event reporting
  3. Assisting and notetaking during virtual interviews and necessary follow-up


Job Skills:

  • Conducting academic and empirical research and analysis
  • Writing articles, short papers and blog posts
  • Organising virtual events
  • Digital communications skills
  • Effective oral and written management communication skills, and organisational skills



  • An undergraduate degree, with a preference for Law majors. Applicants with degrees from Business Schools, Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, and Yale-NUS College will also be favourably considered if they have undertaken coursework focused on cross-border investments, negotiations or alternative dispute settlement methods. Non-NUS and overseas graduates are welcome to apply.
  • The ideal candidate would have previously done coursework or be able to demonstrate an awareness and interest in commercial negotiation and dispute settlement, as well as International Law or International Investment Law (International Arbitration coursework optional)



Closing Date: 30 June 2021



Interested applicants are invited to apply online or email to Ms Tan Cher Ling (

  • a covering letter,
  • a detailed curriculum vita,
  • 2 samples of written work,
  • names/contact information of two referees,


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Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.