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The current Director of the NUS Centre for International Law (CIL), Professor Lucy Reed , will be stepping down at the end of her term in June 2019. Before joining CIL and the Faculty of Law, Professor Reed led the international arbitration group of the international law firm, Freshfields; practised in the Legal Adviser’s Office of the US Department of State; and served as the President of the American Society of International Law.


CIL was established in 2009 at the National University of Singapore in response to the growing need for international law expertise and capacity building in the Asia-Pacific region and as a key element of the Singapore Government’s strategy to develop Singapore into a regional hub for expertise and thought leadership in international law.

CIL is a university-wide research centre that focuses on multidisciplinary research and works with other NUS and external centres of research and academic excellence. CIL collaborates very closely with the NUS Faculty of Law, which is ranked 15th in the world and 1st in Asia according to the QS World University Rankings 2018.

The Centre is located with the Faculty of Law on the historic NUS Bukit Timah campus in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Its 40-plus person team consists of the Director, the Heads of Programmes, seven academic faculty who hold joint positions in the NUS Faculty of Law, Research and Post-Doctoral Fellows, Research Associates and Research Assistants, as well as administrative and professional support staff.

Further information about the Centre may be seen online at


Reporting to the NUS Deputy President for Research and Technology, the Director of the Centre for International Law will provide intellectual leadership and serve as the Centre’s Chief Executive Officer.

He or she will receive strategic guidance from CIL’s International Advisory Panel and Board of Governors, and will consult regularly with the Dean of the NUS Faculty of Law. In addition to running CIL, it is expected that the Director will take a position as a full professor within the NUS Faculty of Law and will have the opportunity to teach advanced courses in international law.

As CIL enters its next phase of development and strives to become a regional and global thought leader in its main focus areas, the Director, as the Chief Executive Officer, will be expected to carry out the following responsibilities:

  • provide a vision for and leadership of the Centre for advancement in scholarship;
  • work in conjunction with the Programme Heads to plan and execute research projects and training programmes;
  • provide leadership on fiscal management, faculty development and administration of the Centre;
  • act as a major liaison between the Centre and the external community to further strengthen the Centre’s external relationships;
  • recruit other top academics to CIL and NUS Faculty of Law;
  • build and establish links with other leading international law centres in Asia and other parts of the world;
  • promote visitor programmes, lecture series and establish a wider programme of public engagement;
  • promote and encourage multi-disciplinary, collaborative research across the Centre, the Faculty of Law, the University and broader international networks;
  • lead the development of training and capacity building programmes to enhance the expertise of government lawyers from the ASEAN community in rule of international law.

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