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VOL. 78 PART 1 JANUARY 2020
By Susan Breau, Pooja Parmar and Deborah Curran*
INTERNATIONALIZATION IN ACTION: UVIC LAW IN BHUTAN, SINGAPORE
In July 2019, accompanied by faculty members and doctoral students in the
Faculty of Law and Victor V. Ramraj, director of the Centre for Asia-Pacific
Initiatives (“CAPI”) at UVic, I had the pleasure of visiting some of our academic
partners in Asia. In Singapore I visited two of Asia’s leading law
schools, Singapore Management University and National University of Singapore
(“NUS”), where Victor and I had fruitful talks with several faculty
members and Dean Simon Chesterman of the NUS Faculty of Law on common
interests in research and clinical education.
Our next stop was Bangkok, where we were treated like royalty by Dean
Pareena Srivanit and faculty and staff members of the Chulalongkorn University
Faculty of Law. Our delegation was also able to visit with the president
of the university, who stressed the importance to him of our longtime
partnership. The UVic Faculty of Law has long participated in teaching in
their master of laws (business law) international program. I was also able to
fit in a brief visit to the law firm Chandler MHM, which has hired our co-op
students for more than 20 years and has committed to continue to do so.
Victor and Pareena showed me areas of Bangkok I had never seen, and it
was a truly memorable visit.
Finally, I was thrilled to participate in the first joint conference of the
Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law (“JSW Law”) (Bhutan’s first law
school) and UVic (represented by both the Faculty of Law and CAPI). The
* Susan Breau is the dean of UVic Law. Pooja Parmar is an assistant professor and Deborah Curran is an associate professor,
both at UVic Law as well.