The Course is conducted in a series of 3-hour seminars, held weekly by Associate Prof Simon Tay. Each seminar will include an introduction to the seminar topic and exposition of theories and key legal issues. This will be followed by a discussion question, focusing on a specific example or emerging situation. The discussion will be led by Associate Professor Tay and to encourage broader and better prepared class participation, a number of students will be especially identified for each seminar's discussion. Students will be expected to have prepared the relevant readings.
Associate Professor Simon Tay has taught about public international law and Asia/ ASEAN at the NUS since 1995 and has also taught as visiting professor at Harvard Law School, Yale University and the Fletcher School. He chairs the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, the country's oldest think tank and one of the most highly rated in ASEAN. The SIIA is part of a network of ASEAN think tanks that shares its analysis and recommendations with ASEAN governments and the SIIA has advised the government of Myanmar during its ASEAN chairmanship. He is also Senior Consultant with WongPartnership, a major Singaporean law firm with offices and practices that span ASEAN as well as China and the MIddle East. He will draw from the theory and history of PIL as well as from the insights into policy and current situations from the SIIA and practice.