M Sornarajah LLB (Ceylon), LLM (Yale), LLM, PhD, LLD (London) is CJ Koh Professor at the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore. He was the Tunku Abdul Rahman Professor of International Law at the University of Malaya at Kuala Lumpur. He was Head of the Law School of the University of Tasmania, Australia. He studied law at the University of Ceylon, the London School of Economics, King’s College, London and the Yale Law School.
While at the Centre, Professor Sornarajah will work on issues of remedial self-determination. The premise of the research is that globalization, in its drive towards uniform values and integrated markets, will promote intense nationalism in parts of the world where earlier phases of globalization had created states for imperial convenience without heed to ethnic and religious considerations. The resulting violence needs to be curbed through solutions that contain systems of government that ensure that different groups can live in harmony or if need be, separation is effected and maintained. The extent of international intervention needed, the protection of human rights during civil strife, the use of international criminal law to prevent ethnic and religious entrepreneurism and the construction of a model for secession are some of the areas that will be covered.
Professor Sornarajah is the author of The Pursuit of Nationalized Property (Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague, 1986); International Commercial Arbitration (Longman, 1992); The Law of International Joint Ventures (Longman, 1994); The International Law on Foreign Investment (Cambridge University Press, 1996, 2nd ed., 2004, third edition 2010) and The Settlement of Foreign Investment Disputes (Kluwer, The Hague,2001). He is joint editor of China, India and International Economic Law (Cambridge University Press,2010).