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Theme - “The Rule of Law and the Role of Law in Asia”

When- 11 to 12 June 2019

Where- National University of Singapore


The Conference will be held from 11 to 12 June 2019 at the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law. The venue will be our historic Bukit Timah Campus. Once home to the entire University, it is now devoted to Law and the School of Public Policy. Listed as a national monument, the campus is nestled at the edge of the Botanic Gardens, Singapore’s only World Heritage-listed site.

Every country in Asia embraces the rule of law in theory, but differences sometimes emerge as to what it means in practice. Across the region, law has been a vital part of economic development, yet there is no supranational body comparable to the EU, the AU, or the OAS. Sub-regional bodies like ASEAN, SAARC, and the SCO have a more ambiguous connection to the rule of law in terms of their personality and their powers. At the national level, many jurisdictions manifest pluralism through the mix of indigenous, colonial, and national legal projects in the course of their history. We hope that the conference theme is specific enough to be thought-provoking, while also being general enough to encompass a wide range of offerings comparable to what we have seen in past ASLI forums.

Call for papers


There will be four or five papers per panel to give presenters and discussants adequate time for fruitful engagement. In preparing abstracts of their proposed papers, we encourage prospective participants to engage with Asian Law and address the conference theme. In addition to the general call for individual papers, we also encourage individuals to organise their own panels by coordinating with colleagues, preferably from other ASLI institutions. This will allow for the panels to be more cohesive and will also foster greater collaboration between academics, which is one of the key aims of ASLI.

Selection criteria for papers

The papers will be selected on a competitive basis. The quality of papers has improved considerably in recent years. The selection will be done jointly by the ASLI Director and Secretariat, and National University of Singapore, Faculty of Law. The selection criteria will be as follows:

  1. Quality of the abstract
  2. A focus on Asia
  3. Relevance to the broad theme
  4. Geographical diversity of presenters
  5. Balance between senior and junior presenters
  6. Participants must be Professors or Teachers at a university, or Ph.D. holders or candidates. Exceptionally, we may consider excellent submissions by full-time researchers at an ASLI institution with at least an LL.M. We will rarely accept submissions by non-academics unless they are lawyers with a lot of experience who pursue academic research.

Important Deadlines:


• Submission of Abstracts
    3 December 2018
Participants will be notified in late January or early February on the status of their submission.
• Deadline for Early Bird Registration and Payment
    10 April 2019
• Submission of Completed Paper
    10 May 2019
• Closing date for Registration and Payment
    10 May 2019
• Conference
    11 & 12 June 2019, Tuesday & Wednesday

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