Dr Victor V. Ramraj

CAPI Welcomes a New Director!

The Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives is delighted to welcome Victor V. Ramraj, Professor of Law at the University of Victoria, as its new Director.

Dr. Ramraj joined the University of Victoria in July 2014, after 16 years at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Since 2014, he has been a Professor of Law and Chair in Asia-Pacific Legal Relations, and served as the Director of Graduate Studies at the Faculty of Law.

As he takes on the Centre Director role, Dr. Ramraj will draw upon his many years of research on the Asia-Pacific region, and his international leadership experience, including five years as Vice-Dean for Academic Affairs at the NUS Law School and a one-year secondment as Co-Director of the Centre for Transnational Legal Studies (CTLS) in London, England. Upon his arrival at UVic, Dr. Ramraj convened two major international events in 2015, the Asia Desk Form and the Transpacific Aviation Law and Policy Conference, and launched a CAPI Roundtable Series, Southeast Asia in Global Context. This past year he successfully received a half-million dollar grant from the Queen Elizabeth II Scholarships- Advanced Scholars fund for a project, Regulating Globalization in South and Southeast Asia, to bring doctoral, post-doctoral, and early career scholars to the University of Victoria from partner institutions in Bhutan, Cambodia, India, and Vietnam, and to send Canadian researchers to Asia. Dr. Ramraj’s research has been published on five continents. His current research focuses on comparative constitutional law and transnational regulation, both with an emphasis on Asia.

Dr. Ramraj will continue his to serve as CAPI's Asia-Pacific Legal Relations Chair and Professor in the Faculty of Law as he takes up the reins at CAPI.