Notes from the Asian Society of International Law Biennial Meeting 2013, New Delhi
I’ve made the trek this week to New Delhi to attend the 4th Biennial Meeting of the Asian Society of International Law. I’ll be presenting a paper on my favorite subject these days: The China-Philippines (Non) Arbitration. I’ve tweeted a few not very profounds thoughts on Day One here. AsianSil is quite a different type of meeting than the American Society of International Law meetings I am used to. It’s a bit more formal, perhaps a little more of the feel of “foreign delegates” gathering for an international conference than an academic/public policy conference. The hosts are very generous with their time and well-organized.
More substantively, I’ve found the different interests and approaches of Asian scholars to be illuminating. Many Asian nations, including China and India, see themselves as still part the developing world trying to navigate a world dominated by western industrialized nations. This theme seems to inform many of the opening speeches, including that by India’s Vice President Hamid Asari. I will try to write something useful or interesting on Day 2 when I get a chance (or a better wifi connection).