Asian Society of International Law 8th Biennial Conference and PhD Students Workshop



9.00am to 5.00pm


What place for international law in the Asian future?

8th Biennial AsianSIL Conference – 24-28 May 2021

PhD Students Workshop – 20-21 May 2021


Call for Abstracts now open (submissions close on Monday 8 March)!


Theme of the Conference

Covid-19 has challenged the post-World War II global order in ways that few had imagined. The ravages of this pandemic are having far-reaching implications for the international order, as well as highlighting existing structures of inequality within and between nations. All this is happening at a time when populism, nationalism and isolationism are on the rise. What will these developments and the intensification of US-China rivalry mean for the future of Asia and what place will international law have in that future? How well have our established and emerging institutions of global governance responded to the challenges arising from the pandemic and States’ responses to it? The conference will explore the role of international law in managing the challenges faced by post-pandemic Asia and seeks to identify and address key legal issues relating to the place of international law in the future of Asia.


The AsianSIL Annual Conference 2021

For the first time in its history, the biennial conference of the Asian SIL is to be held online. The conference will be held from 24 to 28 May 2021 (plenary conference*).

The conference will include sessions in a range of formats including an opening plenary, academic presentation sessions, curated discussions/roundtables and networking sessions, and a PhD Students Workshop. The conference organising committee welcomes suggestions of innovative ways in which the online format could be used to enhance participation in the conference from around the region and more broadly (send to

This Call for Abstracts invites members of the Society and others to submit abstracts for short presentations at the biennial conference. We are also inviting expressions of interest from higher degree research students who wish to participate in the PhD Workshop which is part of the conference. Unless speaking in another capacity, PhD Students are asked to apply to present at the dedicated workshop rather than at the conference.


Key Topics of Discussion for Academic Presentation Sessions

We encourage participants to submit proposals for individual presentations or panels addressing the broad conference theme or the following and related topics (the list is not exhaustive and we welcome other proposals):

  • International Institutions and the Challenges Posed by the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • International Dispute Settlement in Asia
  • International Climate Change Law
  • Teaching and Research in International Law
  • History and Theory of International Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Economic Development Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Environmental Law & Governance
  • International Law of the Sea
  • International Economic/Investment Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Law in Domestic Courts


For more information, please visit the Conference Website. Enquiries may be addressed to:

*Meetings of the Society’s Interest Groups and business meetings will take place online from 16-18 August 2021 as the second part of the conference.


 Call for Abstracts now open!