Joel Ng | Student | Profiles
Joel Ng

 Joel Ng

Research topic:
Norm development in the African Union and ASEAN
Degree course:

Research Themes:
International order Power Normative theory International organisations Norms, legitimacy and justification 

Academic Profile

Joel Ng is a doctoral candidate in International Relations, conducting a comparative study of norms in regional organisations of the Global South, particularly the African Union (AU) and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Previously, Joel worked as a research fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, as well as in both non-profit and private sectors working in research, communications, and investor relations roles.

Joel Ng holds a MA (Distinction) in International Relations from the University of Sussex, and a BA (Hons) in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia.


Teaching specialism, interests and experience

Introduction to International Relations

Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa

Economics & Business (summer course)


Oxford-Swire scholarship (St Antony's College, Oxford)

Tan Kah Kee Postgraduate Scholarship (Singapore)


“Brexit: Asean comparison puts choices in fresh light”, The Straits Times, 20 Jun 2016

“Rule of Law as a Framework within the ASEAN Community”, Journal of East Asia & International Law Vol. 5, No. 2 (2012)

“Great Power Rivalry in Africa: Economic Engagement Holds Key”, RSIS Commentaries No. 153/2012

“The ASEAN Human Rights Declaration: Establishing a Common Framework”, RSIS Commentaries No. 114/2012 (reprinted in TODAY Singapore)

Regional Security and Human Rights Interventions: A Global Governance Perspective on the AU and ASEAN, with A. Stensland & W. Lotze, Oslo: Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (2012)

“Global norms in regional institutions: Lessons from the AU and ASEAN”, with W. Lotze & A. Stensland, RSIS Commentaries, No. 95/2012 (reprinted in The Jakarta Globe)

“Kony 2012: Potential and Pitfalls of Social Media”, RSIS Commentaries No. 41/2012

“China’s Investments in Africa: Need for Governance”, RSIS Commentaries No. 172/2011

“Responsibility to Protect: Tensions between Sovereignty and Security”, with B. Desker, RSIS Commentaries No. 142/2011

“The State of Brunei Darussalam”, in D. Cohen, K. Tan, & M. Mohan (eds.), Rule of Law for Human Rights in the Asean Region: A Base-line Study, Jakarta: Human Rights Resource Centre (2011)

“The Socialist Republic of Vietnam”, with Giao V.C., in D. Cohen, K. Tan, & M. Mohan (eds.), Rule of Law for Human Rights in the Asean Region: A Base-line Study, Jakarta: Human Rights Resource Centre (2011)

“The International Criminal Court: Is It a Panacea?”, RSIS Commentaries No. 40/2011

“Invisibly Displaced Persons in Adjumani District”, with M.C. Okello, Refugee Law Project Working Paper No. 19 (2006)

Conference Papers and Presentations

“Normative Order and Contestation in Regional Organizations of the Global South”, Global South Caucus Conference, International Studies Association, Singapore, 9 Jan 2015

“An Early Spring? Regional Responses to Crises in Cote d’Ivoire and Authoritarianism in Myanmar”, After the Arab Spring: Rethinking the Role of Regional Organisations, UNU-CRIS/UNECA/IIDEA Joint Conference, Brussels, 22 Nov 2012

“Rule of law norms: The African Union and ASEAN charters in comparative perspective”, 2nd GlobalTech Workshop on Sub-Saharan Africa: Cooperation and Capacity Building, Addis Ababa, 24 May 2011