“Asia’s Ambivalence Towards International Law”, a Conversation with Professor Simon Chesterman

  • DATE / TIME:
    2014•10•17    18:30 - 19:30

    On 17 October 2014 the United Nations University will host “Asia’s Ambivalence Towards International Law”, a conversation with Professor Simon Chesterman, Dean of the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law. This event will start at 6:30 PM at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    It is well known that Asian countries are significantly under-represented in the institutions of global governance, but Asia also participates less in international organizations. Only one-third of Asian countries have ratified the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, for example, compared with three-quarters of the rest of the world. Asian countries are also the least likely to have accepted the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice or to have joined the World Trade Organization.

    Professor Simon Chesterman will join UNU Rector David M. Malone for a conversation exploring the factors contributing to Asia’s relative ambivalence towards international law and institutions, and how this uncertainty shapes the roles of Asian countries in addressing global challenges ranging from climate change and financial system reform to the protection of human rights.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 16 October) is required. Please click on the REGISTER above to access the registration page.

    About the Speaker

    Professor Simon Chesterman is Dean of the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law. He is also Editor of the Asian Journal of International Law and Secretary-General of the Asian Society of International Law.

    Professor Chesterman is a recognized authority on international law, whose 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.

    Educated in Melbourne, Beijing, Amsterdam, and Oxford, Professor 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 has previously worked for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Yugoslavia and interned at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

    Professor Chesterman is the author or editor of twelve books, including One Nation Under Surveillance (Oxford University Press (OUP), 2011); Law and Practice of the United Nations (with Thomas M. Franck and David M. Malone, OUP, 2008); You, The People (OUP, 2004); and Just War or Just Peace? (OUP, 2001).



    2F Reception Hall
    United Nations University
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    Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925