Research Fellow, Centre for Maritime Law

20 Jul 2022
End of advertisement period
29 Aug 2022
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Centre for Maritime Law (CML) at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, was launched on 3 September 2015 and focuses broadly on international trade, transport and shipping law-related issues. It undertakes research and hosts events of scholarly value to academics, professionals, and local government institutions. Its objective is to enhance the development of commercial maritime law in Singapore, the region, and also further afield. CML’s achievements include a highly-regarded Working Paper Series (WPS), available at, and the CML CMI Database, Judicial Decisions on International Conventions, available at

The Director of CML is Professor Stephen Girvin, MPA Professor of Maritime Law, and the Deputy Director is Associate Professor Paul Myburgh.

CML is inviting applications from suitable candidate(s), who are at the beginning of their professional careers, to conduct research and participate in CML's work. Depending on qualifications, background and expertise, the successful applicant (s) may be appointed as a Senior Research Fellow in CML.

The successful applicant(s) will join CML’s existing full-time and Adjunct research staff (see


The position(s) will carry the following benefits:

  1. Employment on a full-time contract at NUS Law for one year and, subject to satisfactory performance, may be renewable for a second year.
  2. A remuneration package, commensurate with qualifications and experience.
  3. Allocation of designated workspace within CML.
  4. Access to CML’s Library of major maritime texts and subscription databases, including i-law and Lloyd’s List.
  5. Access to the CJ Koh Law Library, one of the leading law libraries in SE Asia and home to an important collection of legal resources on the law of Singapore and other common law jurisdictions. The Library has an extensive collection of international and comparative law and maritime law and provides access to an outstanding range of online databases.


The duties associated with the position(s) are as follows:

  1. The successful applicant will be in residence throughout the term of his or her appointment, subject to the normal NUS terms as to annual leave.
  2. Depending on experience, the successful applicant is expected to develop his or her own research agenda, including undertaking research projects on maritime law, leading to publication in English-language refereed journals, during his or her term of appointment. The successful applicant’s proposed research agenda will include writing working papers for publication in the CML Working Paper Series (
  3. The successful applicant is required to present his or her research and participate in and contribute to CML’s in-house and external seminars.
  4. The successful applicant is expected to assist in CML’s research projects and initiatives, including the CML CMI Database, Judicial Decisions on International Conventions (
  5. The successful applicant may be asked to act as research assistant to the Director or Deputy Director of CML, as assigned by the Director of CML.



The selection committee will consider the following criteria in making an appointment for the position of Senior Research Fellow in CML:

  1. The successful applicant must be of exceptional calibre.
  2. For appointment as a Senior Research Fellow, a doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent) and post-doctoral experience in maritime law is essential, as is demonstrated capability to achieve research excellence.
  3. Applications are invited from those with interests in any branch of commercial maritime or shipping law or admiralty law or marine insurance law, broadly understood, including the international sale of goods carried by sea, maritime conflict of laws, maritime dispute resolution (including maritime arbitration, especially in the Asian context), and offshore oil and gas law. A demonstrated interest in contemporary developments on maritime law is essential.
  4. Applications are not sought from those with primary interests in the international law of the sea, ocean law and policy, or international environmental law.

Application procedure

Applications are to be submitted via the NUS Career Portal. These must comprise:

  1. Covering letter - This should explain the reason for your interest in a position in CML, why you believe you meet the requirements for the position for which you are applying, and address your ability to perform the duties listed above.
  2. Application Form - The application form should be completed and submitted together with the other required documents. Applicants may download the application form HERE.
  3. Curriculum Vitae - A detailed curriculum vita should be submitted containing complete and detailed information on academic institutions, honours, awards, all publications to date, and all professional experience (current and previous, including dates of employment and job descriptions).
  4. Letters of Recommendation - The application must be supported by two references from academic referees. Applicants must arrange for their referees to send their references to by the closing date.
  5. Closing Date - The closing date for the receipt of applications and references is 29 August 2022. Late applications cannot be considered. Applications are to be submitted directly at NUS Career portal
  6. Shortlisting and Interview - Shortlisted applicants can expect to be interviewed, via Zoom, in early September 2022. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted concerning the status of their application

More Information

Location: Bukit Timah Campus
Organization: Law
Department : Dean's Office (Law)
Employee Referral Eligible: No
Job requisition ID : 8812

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