PROULX Vincent-Joël

Assistant Professor

D.C.L. (McGill), LL.M. (NYU), LL.B., LL.L. (Ottawa), Barrister & Solicitor (Ontario)

  • Executive Council Member, Asian Society of International Law
  • Member, Board of Experts, Talking about Terrorism
  • Member, International Law Association Study Group on Individual Responsibility in International Law
  • Executive Committee Member, Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (APCEL)
  • Rapporteur, Oxford International Organizations (OXIO) (Oxford University Press and Manchester International Law Centre)
  • Director of Studies, French section (2022), The Hague Academy of International Law
  • Member, Centre for Legal Theory
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Office Address

Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
Eu Tong Sen Building
469G Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259776
Research Interests

International Law
International Dispute Settlement
Counter-terrorism and National Security
International Organizations
International Relations
Comparative Law
Cyberspace Law

Subjects Taught

Transnational Terrorism and International Law
International Dispute Settlement
Legal Systems of Asia
State Responsibility: Theory and Practice

Brief Biodata

Dr Vincent-Joël Proulx joined the Faculty of Law in September 2015 as Assistant Professor, where he teaches and researches primarily in the areas of international law, international dispute settlement, and comparative law. Previously, he served a three-year term as Special Assistant to the President of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). His past appointments also included serving as Legal Officer to the Vice-President of the ICJ, Law Clerk at both the Court of Appeal for Ontario and ICJ, Québec Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Secrétaire-rédacteur at the last five sessions of the Institut de Droit International. He has also held various positions at the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Industry Canada, the Office of the General Counsel of the Information Commissioner of Canada, and McGill University’s Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. Vincent-Joël is the author of Institutionalizing State Responsibility: Global Security and UN Organs (Oxford University Press 2016) and Transnational Terrorism and State Accountability: A New Theory of Prevention (Hart Publishing 2012), for which he was awarded the 2014 Myres S. McDougal Prize for best book in Law, Science, and Policy by the Society of Policy Scientists.

His contributions have also appeared or will appear in various publications, including the European Journal of International Law, Harvard National Security Journal, Journal of International Dispute Settlement, Leiden Journal of International Law, and Michigan Journal of International Law. He has presented his work at various conferences, workshops, and public lectures in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America. In 2018, his co-authored paper titled ‘Requiem for a Deal, or the End of American Influence in the Investment Chapters of Asia-relevant FTAs?’ was awarded the Best Paper Award by the Japan Chapter of the Asian Society of International Law at its Global Annual Conference. Vincent-Joël served as invited faculty member at the last three editions of the Singapore International Arbitration Academy (SIAA), co-teaching sessions on general rules of international law and the investment treaty regime. He was appointed as Director of Studies for The Hague Academy of International Law 2022 winter session. He has taught several classes as a guest lecturer at law faculties in Canada, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. He holds LL.L. and LL.B. degrees (cum laude) from the University of Ottawa, an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from NYU School of Law, and a doctorate in international law from McGill University, where he was the recipient of several awards and scholarships. For further information, please visit:

Representative Publications

1. 'A Postmortem for International Criminal Law?: Terrorism, Law and Politics, and the Reaffirmation of State Sovereignty' (2019) 10 Harvard National Security Journal (forthcoming).

2. 'International Civil Individual Responsibility and the Security Council: Building the Foundations of a General Regime' (2019) 40 Michigan Journal of International Law 215-287.

3. 'The World Court's Jurisdictional Formalism and its Lost Market Share: The Marshall Islands Decisions and the Quest for a Suitable Dispute Settlement Forum for Multilateral Disputes' (2017) 30 Leiden Journal of International Law 925-946.

4. 'An Incomplete Revolution: Enhancing the Security Council's Role in Enforcing Counterterrorism Obligations' (2017) 8 Journal of International Dispute Settlement 303-338.

5. Institutionalizing State Responsibility: Global Security and UN Organs (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2016) 400pp.

6. Transnational Terrorism and State Accountability: A New Theory of Prevention (Oxford and Portland: Hart Publishing 2012) 378pp.

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