Research Associate (ASEAN Law & Policy)

Date: 6 Jul 2024

Location: SPECIALTY RESEARCH INST/CTRS, Bukit Timah Campus, SG

Company: National University of Singapore

Job Description

CIL invites applications for a Research Associate position from candidates with a graduate degree in international law and/or international relations with a demonstrable interest in ASEAN law and policy, trade, economic integration, and external relations. Candidates living outside of Singapore are welcome to apply; candidates with research and/or publishing experience are strongly encouraged.

As a Research Associate, the candidate will be expected to publish academic writing such as articles, legal blog posts/Op-Eds and/or policy papers on international law issues. In tandem, the candidate will be exposed to legal editorial work, including the managing the production and publication process as an Assistant Production Editor of the  Asian Journal of International Law, and as a Managing Editor of CIL’s international law blog, CIL Dialogues.

The candidate will also assist the team in organising international and regional capacity-building academic conferences and workshops, including CIL’s Flagship ASEAN Law Academy.  Other tasks include managing and updating the CIL Document Database, providing substantive research support to the team’s co-directors, and carrying out administrative duties.

CIL provides exciting opportunities for incoming staff to be mentored, engage in joint research, as well as attend regional and international conferences, workshops, and symposiums.


  • Master’s degree in international law (e.g. LLM or equivalent degree);
  • At least 1 year working experience in research institution/equivalent
  • Demonstrable interest in ASEAN law and policy and/or regional/multilateral institutions; 
  • Driven, adaptable, independent worker with strong analytical skills and attention to detail;
  • Good command of English and writing skills;
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, Google Drive, Wordpress

Application Procedures

Interested applicants are invited to apply online via the NUS Career Portal with the following documents by 9 May 2024:

 •     A covering letter (no more than 1 page) detailing, why they want to work at CIL; relevant experience, and any particular research interests;

•      A detailed curriculum vitae (no more than 3 pages) setting out their educational and work history;

•      2 samples of written work; and

•      Names and contact details of 2 referees.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an online Zoom interview.

More Information

About Centre for International Law (CIL)

CIL is a university-level research institute at NUS engaging in legal and multi-disciplinary research on diverse international law issues. CIL’s mission is to enable Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region to play a more significant role in the promotion and development of international law. More broadly, it endeavours to become an intellectual hub providing thought-leadership for research and teaching of international law. Notably, CIL training and mentorship enable its researchers go on to successful careers in government, academia and international organisations.


About ASEAN Law and Policy Programme

ASEAN Law and Policy is one of CIL’s core programme areas. It is co-headed by Professor Joseph Weiler and Dr Tan Hsien-Li. This programme carries out academic and policy-oriented research and conducts intensive capacity-building training and education on ASEAN Law and Policy as well as its associated parameters in international and comparative law. The programme contributes substantively towards a decisive and long-lasting contribution to the understanding of ASEAN and its strong commitment to the rule of law both within the region and in the world.