Institutes & Centres

NUS Law is home to various institutes and centres that cater to specialised areas within the international legal infrastructure. Academics and students looking to further their research can refer to the following centres:

» Asian Law Institute (ASLI)
The Asian Law Institute (ASLI) facilitates collaboration and encourages excellence in research and teaching in Asian law. It is based on a co-operative enterprise and has at its heart the ethos of being true to its roots. It prides itself as an indigenous institute of Asian law, created in Asia by Asian law schools and open to the world.
» Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (APCEL)
APCEL was established in response to the need for capacity-building in environmental legal education and the need for promotion of awareness in environmental issues. It is currently working closely with IUCN's Commission on Environmental Law, UNEP, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank Institute, the Singapore Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other institutions in several projects and programmes.
» Asian Society for International Law (AsianSIL)
The Asian Society of International Law (AsianSIL) is an international non-partisan, non-profit and non-governmental organisation that promotes research, education and practice of international law by serving as a centre of activities among international law scholars and practitioners in Asia and elsewhere, in a spirit of partnership with other relevant international, regional and national societies and organisations.
» Centre for Asian Legal Studies (CALS)
CALS focuses on cutting edge Asian law research, publications, and events. It concentrates, in particular, on justice and law reform issues across Asia, seeking to foreground Asian perspectives on these issues.
» Centre for Banking & Finance Law (CBFL)
The Centre for Banking & Finance Law (CBFL) at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, focuses broadly on legal and regulatory issues relating to banking and financial services. It aims to produce research and host events of scholarly value to academics as well as of policy relevance to the banking and financial services community. In particular, CBFL seeks to engage local and international bankers, lawyers, regulators and academics in regular exchanges of ideas and knowledge so as to contribute towards the development of law and regulation in this area, as well as to promote a robust and stable financial sector in Singapore, the region and globally.
» Centre for International Law (CIL)
The centre engages in research and training as well as counsel and consultancy on international law and policy. CIL organises conferences and workshops to encourage dialogue on significant international law and policy issues affecting South East Asia or the Asia-Pacific region. The centre also collaborates with a network of partner organisations in Singapore and overseas to further the development of international law thought leadership in the region.
» EW Barker Centre for Law & Business (CLB)
The EW Barker Centre for Law & Business seeks to enhance and promote research and educational opportunities for faculty, students, legal practitioners and business executives who share a common interest in the fields of Law, Business and Economics.

Centre for Legal Theory (CLT)
The Centre for Legal Theory at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, brings together a number of colleagues whose theoretical interests connect with law in a variety of ways, ranging across a number of legal specialisms as well as related disciplines. The Centre exists to promote formal and informal exchanges on theoretical work undertaken by members of the Faculty and by colleagues from other institutions.


Centre for Maritime Law (CML)
The Centre for Maritime Law (CML) focuses on commercial maritime law research as well as enhancing knowledge and expertise among the shipping community in Singapore. In addition to its research programme, the Centre also takes the lead in NUS Law’s existing three programmes- the undergraduate LL.B programme, LL.M (Master of Laws) in Maritime Law and the Graduate Diploma in Maritime Law and Arbitration (GDMLA).