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About Society of International Law (Singapore)

The Society of International Law Singapore (SILS) is an independent non-profit and non-partisan organisation established in the early 1990s by Ambassador-At-Large- Tommy Koh and other local legal luminaries with a shared interest in international law. Over the years, SILS has galvanized support amongst various sectors of Singaporean community, both inside and outside the government, for a common purpose - the study, reception, practice and promotion of international law in Singapore.

SILS has been fortunate to have the support of representatives of the International Affairs Division of the Attorney-General's Chambers, the Singapore Judiciary, the Ministries of Defence, Law and Foreign Affairs of Singapore, NGOs, and scholars and practitioners of international law. SILS has organized conferences, seminars, brown-bag lunches/dinners and other events, and has attracted key personalities in public and private international law to speak at them, including Sir Christopher Greenwood, Professor. Philippe Sands Q.C. and Professor Joel P. Trachtman. These speakers have addressed topics as diverse as international aviation, maritime, economic, arbitration, environmental and humanitarian law.

SILS has been actively involved in promoting international law in the region as well. In particular, SILS members have been instrumental in the negotiation and establishment of the Asian Society of International Law. The current Chairman of SILS, Professor Walter Woon, David Marshall Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore, is keen to continue SILS's esteemed traditions. Since 2008, SILS has also co-operated with Singapore Management University's School of Law, which kindly hosts the SILS secretariat. SILS hopes to raise Singapore's emerging profile as a global hub in international law scholarship, education and practice in collaboration with interested local and foreign institutions and individuals.  

Last updated on 04 May 2016 .