D.Phil. (Oxford); LL.B. (Hons), B.A. (Hons) (Melbourne)

  • Dean
  • Provost's Chair
  • Editor, Asian Journal of International Law
Email Address:
Office Tel: (65) 6516-7342 
Office Fax: (65) 6779-0979 
Office Address

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

  • International law, international organizations, and global governance

  • Intervention, state-building, and post-conflict reconstruction

  • National security law, regulation and oversight of intelligence services

  • Artificial intelligence law and policy, data protection and privacy

  • Education


Subjects Taught

United Nations Law and Practice

Brief Biodata

Professor Simon Chesterman is Dean of the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law. He is also Editor of the Asian Journal of International Law. Educated in Melbourne, Beijing, Amsterdam, and Oxford, Professor Chesterman's teaching experience includes periods at the Universities of Melbourne, Oxford, Southampton, Columbia, and Sciences Po. From 2006-2011, he was Global Professor and Director of the New York University School of Law Singapore Programme.

Prior to joining NYU, he was a Senior Associate at the International Peace Academy and Director of UN Relations at the International Crisis Group in New York. He has previously worked for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Yugoslavia and interned at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

Professor Chesterman is the author or editor of seventeen books, including Law and Practice of the United Nations (with Ian Johnstone and David M. Malone, OUP, 2016); One Nation Under Surveillance (OUP, 2011); You, The People (OUP, 2004); and Just War or Just Peace? (OUP, 2001). He is a recognized authority on international law, whose work has opened up new areas of research on conceptions of public authority - including the rules and institutions of global governance, state-building and post-conflict reconstruction, the changing role of intelligence agencies, and the emerging role of artificial intelligence and big data. He also writes on legal education and higher education more generally.

Representative Publications

1. Law and Practice of the United Nations: Documents and Commentary (with Ian Johnstone and David M. Malone) (2nd edn; Oxford University Press, 2016).

2. From Community to Compliance? The Evolution of Monitoring Obligations in ASEAN (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

3. Data Protection Law in Singapore: Privacy and Sovereignty in an Interconnected World (editor) (Singapore: Academy Publishing, 2014)

4. One Nation Under Surveillance: A New Social Contract to Defend Freedom Without Sacrificing Liberty (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).

5. Secretary or General? The UN Secretary-General in World Politics (editor) (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007).

6. You, The People: The United Nations, Transitional Administration, and State-Building (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004).

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