Research Postgraduate Student Profile

Severina Melissa Hubahib Loja

Melissa Loja has published in European Journal of Internaitonal Law, Leiden Journal of International Law, Ocean Development and International Law and Journal of the History of International Law. She won the Willoughby Prize  (2014) for her article in Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law. A short version of her dissertation is forthcoming in 112 American Society of Internaitonal Law Proceedings (2019). Her latest research paper is competiting for the First David Caron Research Prize of the American Society of International Law. She presently works as Research Associate, Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore.

Field of Study: Public international law, constitutional law

Thesis Title: International Agreements between Non-state Actors as a Source of International Law: A study of international unitization agreements between petroleum agencies and corporations 

Programme of Study: Ph.D. 2017

Supervisor(s): Prof. SNM Young

Melissa Loja, 'International Agreements between Nonstate Actors as a Source of International Law', forthcoming in 112 American Society of Internaitonal Law Proceedings (2018);

Melissa Loja, 'Status Quo Post Bellum and the Legal Resolution of the Territorial Dispute Between China and Japan over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands,' 27 European Journal of International Law 4 (2016), 979-1004,; 

Melissa Loja, ‘A Critical Legal Approach to the South China Sea Territorial Dispute,’ 20 Journal of the History of International Law (2018), 198-216, DOI: 10.1163/15718050-20001011;

Melissa Loja, 'Spratly Islands as a Single Unit under International Law: A Commentary on the Award on Jurisdiction and Admissibility in Philippines/China Arbitration', 47 Ocean Development and International Law 4 (2016), 309-326,;

James . Fry and Melissa Loja, 'The Roots of Historic Title: Non-Western Pre-Colonial Normative Systems and Legal Resolution of Territorial Disputes', 27 Leiden Journal of International Law 3 (2014), 727- 7 54,;

Melissa Loja, 'Is the Rule of Capture Countenanced in the South China Sea? The Policy and Practice of China, the Philippines and Vietnam', 32 Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law 4 (2014), 483-508,;

Melissa Loja, 'Who Owns the Oil that Traverses a Boundary on the Continental Shelf in an Enclosed Sea? Seeking Answers in Natural Law through Grotius and Selden', 27 Leiden Journal of International Law 4 (2014), 893-911,