The 5th Biennial Conference of the Asian Society of International Law 2015
Plaza Athénée Bangkok, A Royal Méridien Hotel
26 & 27 November 2015, Thursday & Friday

* Programme is subject to further changes. Last updated on 12 November 2015.

Click on the paper titles below to view the paper abstracts and speakers' biographies.

Day 2 : Friday, 27 November 2015

8:30am to 9:45am

Dialogue with Regional Societies of International Law
Venue : Grand Hall

H.E. Mr. Robert S. M. DOSSOU
President of the African Association of International Law

President of the Latin American Society of International Law

H.E. Professor Dr. Surakiart SATHIRATHAI
President of the Asian Society of International Law

Professor Ruth WEDGWOOD
President of the International Law Association (TBC)

Professor Luis HINOJOSA
Vice-President of the European Society of International Law

Ms.  Lucy F. REED
Honorary Vice-President and Former President of the American Society of International Law

9:45am to 10:00am

Coffee Break
Venue: Grand Hall Foyer and in front of parallel session rooms

Parallel Panels Session 4


Asian and Other Regional Perspectives in IL (I)
10:00am to 11:15am
Venue : London II

Chairperson: Prof Upendra ACHARYA, Gonzaga University

Greater China Research has the Potential to Enrich Positive International Legal Theory
Prof Roda MUSHKAT, Hopkins-Nanjing Center, Johns Hopkins University

The Constitutional Role of International Norms: the Case of Greater China
Dr Wim Chien-Liang MULLER, Maastricht University

Mirage In The Desert: The Arab League and International Judicialization
Prof Cesare ROMANO, Loyola Law School

China, India and Public International Law: A Comparison
Mr Prabhakar SINGH, National University of Singapore


Challenges to Human Rights Theory in Asia (II)
10:00am to 11:15am
Venue : London I

Chairperson: Dr Sarah McCOSKER, International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva

The Advocate’s Burden: Understanding the Role and Impact of Human Rights Advocacy in South-East Asia
Ms Sarala SUBRAMANIAM, Attorney-General's Chambers, Singapore

Coordination through Resistance against the Security Council: The Role of Regional Organizations in Targeted Sanctions against Alleged Terrorists
Mr DAIDOUJI Ryuya, Waseda University and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

All in the Family: Re-examining International Law and Gender Equality Demands in Asian Societies
Dr Sita SUMRIT, Thailand Institute of Justice and Dr Shailaja FENNELL, University of Cambridge


10:00am to 11:15am
Venue : London III

Chairperson: Prof Simon CHESTERMAN, National University of Singapore

Counter Terrorist Financing: A Study in Effectiveness and The Rule of Law in Global Administrative Law
Mr Doron GOLDBARSHT, University of New South Wales

Institutionalizing State Responsibility in Counterterrorism Contexts: The Interplay between the Security Council and International Law
Dr Vincent-Joël PROULX, National University of Singapore

International Criminal Court: Towards an Effective Criminal Justice Response to International Terrorism
Mr Devasheesh BAIS, Jindal Global Law School

On the Legality of Joint Military Activities against Terrorist Groups
Assoc Prof Eric CORTHAY, Bahrain Polytechnic


ASEAN Integration (II)
10:00am to 11:15am
Venue : Japan

Chairperson: Mr Thanes SUCHARIKUL, Former Ambassador of Thailand

ASEAN Single Aviation Market: One Sky but Different Approaches toward the Right of Air Passengers with Disabilities
Ms Lalin KOVUDHIKULRUNGSRI, Thammasat University

The Safeguarding of Southeast Asia’s Intangible Cultural Heritage in the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community
Mr Rangga Aditya DACHLAN, Universitas Gadjah Mada

ASEAN Judiciary Cooperation on Recognition and Enforcement of Civil and Commercial Judgement
Ms Masitoh INDRIANI RUSLAN, Universitas Airlangga


Peaceful Settlement of Disputes (I)
10:00am to 11:15am
Venue : China I

Chairperson: Dr Sorajak KASEMSUVAN, Saranrom Institute of Foreign Affairs

Recent Developments in the South China Disputes and the Road Ahead for a Rule-Based-Maritime Order in the Asia-Pacific Region
Dr Vasco BECKER-WEINBERG, NOVA University of Lisbon

From Confrontation to Cooperation: Rethinking Maritime Confidence Building Measures in the South China Sea
Ms Jacqueline Joyce ESPENILLA, Department of Justice of the Philippines

Positivism and History in International Territorial Disputes
Assoc Prof TOYODA Tetsuya, Akita International University

ICRC’s Session

The New Commentaries to the Geneva Conventions – Geneva Convention I
Presented by Fiona BARNABY
10:00am to 11:15am
Venue : Atheneum I & II

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and a team of renowned experts are carrying out a major project to update the Commentaries on the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols of 1977, which date back to the 1950s and 1980s respectively. Since then, the Geneva Conventions and Protocols have been put to the test, and there have been significant developments in how they are applied and interpreted in practice. The new Commentaries seek to document these developments and provide an up-to-date interpretation. This presentation will explain the purpose of the Commentaries and highlight significant features of the first volume to be released in December.

ETDA’s Session

Internet Governance
10:30am to 1:00pm
Venue : Grand Hall I

Keynote Address: The Future Stewardship of the World Internet: After the Transfer of IANA

Mr Kuek Yu-Chuang, Stakeholder Engagement in ICANN Asia Pacific Hub

Keynote Address: Internet Jurisdiction
BERTRAND DE LA CHAPELLE, Internet & Jurisdiction Project

Panel Discussion: Internet Governance-Multi-stakeholder Bottom up Approach

- Assoc Prof Sudharma Yoonaidhama, University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (moderator)
- Dr Joan Barata, University of Pennsylvania
- Dr Chaichana Mitrpant, Electronic Transactions Development Agency
- Prof Suwan Kim, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (TBC)
- Mr Kuek Yu-Chuang, Stakeholder Engagement in ICANN Asia Pacific Hub

Parallel Panels Session 5


Asian and Other Regional Perspectives in IL (II)
11:15am to 12:30pm
Venue : London II

Chairperson: Prof Jaturon THIRAWAT, Thammasat University

Tianxia and International Rule of Law:  A Chinese Perspective
Dr GUO Sanzhuan, Flinders University

Double Transition in Taiwan and Paraguay: A Comparative Research to the Protection of Indigenous Land Rights in Postcolonial and Post-Authoritarian Societies
Mr Jeroen Johannes Petrus Gerardus VAN BEKHOVEN, National Taiwan University

Exploitation of Natural Resources and Protection of Communal Property over Indigenous Peoples’ Traditional Lands and Territories. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ Safeguards.
Dr Alejandro FUENTES, Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law


Human Rights Issues in the ASEAN
11:15am to 12:30pm
Venue : London I

Chairperson: Prof Harry ROQUE, University of Philippines

Developments in the ASEAN Human Rights Process
Ms Boualaphiane SISOUK, Nagoya University

Promoting and Protecting Migrant Worker’s Rights in ASEAN: Toward an ASEAN Framework Instrument
Ms Nguyen THUY DUONG, Hanoi Law University

The ASEAN Human Rights Declaration: A Principle of Subsidiarity to the rescue?
Prof Andreas FOLLESDAL, University of Oslo


International Regulation of Cyberspace
11:15am to 12:30pm
Venue : London III

Chairperson: Prof PARK Ki Gab, Korea University

Determining Jurisdiction over Online Misconduct: ASEAN’s Cyber Security Challenge
Mr Ankur GUPTA, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore

How to Regulate Giant IT Corporations: Prospects on Personal Data Protection for APEC and ASEAN
Mr Tossapon TASSANAKUNLAPAN, Chiang Mai University


International Arbitration (I)
11:15am to 12:30pm
Venue : Japan

Chairperson: Dr Markus PETSCHE, Central European University

Collective Proceedings and the Changing Landscape of Investment Treaty Arbitration
Mr Manish AGGARWAL, Three Crowns LLP

Moral Damage in Investor-State Arbitration: A Substantial Change for Moral Injury to State
Dr YAMASHITA Tomoko, Kyoto University

Anti-Arbitration Injunctions as a Roadblock in the "Asian age of Arbitration"
Asst Prof Aakanksha KUMAR, National Law University, Jodhpur


Peaceful Settlement of Disputes (II)
11:15am to 12:30pm
Venue : China I

Chairperson: Prof Surya SUBEDI, University of Leeds

The UNCLOS Dispute Settlement System and Its Role in Resolving Maritime Disputes in Asia
Ms Lan Ngoc NGUYEN, University of Cambridge

Peaceful Resolution of Territorial Disputes in Asia: Drawing Lessons from Land Boundary Agreements
Prof Ishwara BHAT, The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences Kolkata

A Philosophical Inquiry into the Concept of Territorial Sovereignty
Ms HU Henan, The University of Hong Kong

12:45pm to 1:45pm

Venue: Grand Hall II

Parallel Panels Session 6


International Humanitarian Law
1:30pm to 2:45pm
Venue : London II

Chairperson: Prof Borhan Uddin KHAN, University of Dhaka

Environmental War Crimes in Internal Armed Conflict: A Fallacy of the Enforcement of Humanitarian Law?
Asst Prof Mete ERDEM, Max Planck Institute for International Law

Environmental Warfare: Lessons from Iraq Liability for Environmental Damage In The Gulf War
Ms Eliana Teresa CUSATO, National University of Singapore


Cultural Property Crimes
1:30pm to 2:45pm
Venue : London I

Chairperson: Dr TAN Hsien-Li, National University of Singapore

International Cooperation against Cultural Property Crimes In Asia
Assoc Prof Stefan GRUBER, Kyoto University

Protecting Cultural Heritage during Armed Conflicts: Reflections on the Contemporary Challenges and Way Forward
Asst Prof Shishir TIWARI, North-Eastern Hill University


International Arbitration (II)
1:30pm to 2:45pm
Venue : London III

Chairperson: Mr Shiro KUNIYA, Oh-Ebashi LPC and Partners

Investor-State Arbitration in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC): Some Unresolved Issues
Dr Shahrizal M ZIN, University Technology MARA

Should Mediators be Allowed to Act as Arbitrators in Subsequent Arbitration Proceedings? A Comparative Analysis of Approaches Followed in Singapore, Hong Kong and the People’s Republic Of China
Dr Markus PETSCHE, Central European University


State Responsibility and Necessity
1:30pm to 2:45pm
Venue : Japan

Chairperson: Dr Vincent-Joël PROULX, National University of Singapore

International Law in Times of Emergencies: Necessity and International Rule of Law
Mr LIU Yang, The University of Hong Kong

Identifying Obligations Erga Omnes Partes in Human Rights Treaties: The Contribution of the World Court
Mr Phattharaphong SAENGKRAI, Thammasat University

2:45pm to 3:45pm

Venue: Grand Hall I

3:45pm to 4:00pm

Coffee Break

4:00pm to 5:00pm

5th General Meeting of the AsianSIL
Venue : Grand Hall I