Professor Simon Chesterman

Dean, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore

  • Professor Simon Chesterman is dean of the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law. He also is secretary-general of the Asian Society of International Law and editor of the Asian Journal of International Law.

    Educated in Melbourne, Beijing, Amsterdam, and Oxford, Prof. Chesterman’s teaching experience includes periods at the Universities of Melbourne, Oxford, Southampton, Columbia, and Sciences Po. From 2006–2011, he was global professor and director of the New York University (NYU) School of Law Singapore Programme.

    Prior to joining NYU, he was a senior associate at the International Peace Academy and director of UN Relations at the International Crisis Group in New York. He previously worked for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Yugoslavia and interned at the international Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

    Prof. Chesterman a recognised authority on international law; his work has opened up new areas of research on conceptions of public authority, including the rules and institutions of global governance, state-building and post-conflict reconstruction, and the changing role of intelligence agencies.