Call For Papers


We are pleased to announce that the Asian Law Institute (ASLI) at the National Law University, Delhi will host the 17th ASLI Conference from 7 to 9 November 2020. We look forward to meeting you and value your contribution to the ongoing success of this annual conference.

The 17th ASLI Conference 2020

The purpose of the annual conference is to bring together scholars of Asian law from within and outside Asia to interact, share ideas and build collegial networks which may facilitate dialogue and research collaborations. We hope that this research forum will be widely used to bring together collaborators in various projects. Presenters and non-presenters are encouraged to connect with fellow academics before the conference and to start thinking about potential research projects.

The conference format remains broadly the same as in previous years: there will be numerous parallel sessions over two days. The broad theme of the 2020 conference is Law and Justice in Asia.

Under the conference theme, we will, as far as possible, group papers within broad subject areas, and will form panels on this basis. The broad subject areas will include: Banking and Finance; Children and Law; Competition Law; Constitutional and Administrative Law; Corporate Law & Governance; Criminal Law; Environmental Law; Family Law; Human Rights; Information Technology Law; International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution; International Business Law; International Investment Law; International Law; Intellectual Property Rights; International Regulation of Trade; Law & Economic Development; Law and Religion; Law & Society; Legal Education; Legal Pluralism; Maritime Law; Migration; Miscellaneous; Private Law; and Women & Law.

However, we welcome papers on all topics, and the ‘Miscellaneous’ category means that it is not necessary for a paper to fit within any specific subject area to be accepted.

Call for papers

There will be 4 (or, exceptionally, 5) 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 Law University, Delhi. 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.

Please read the following instructions carefully before submitting abstracts or panels

Submissions of individual papers

Participants should indicate the title of their paper and the proposed panel category (based on the list provided in the abstract submission form). They should also indicate key words, identifying the theme of their paper, to assist in the categorisation process.

  1. Name of presenter: Mr XXX
  2. Title of paper: “Islamic banking and the global financial crisis”
  3. Category: Banking and Finance
  4. Abstract: Description of paper should be no more than 300 words (inclusive of footnotes if any). Please adhere strictly to this requirement.
  5. Speaker’s Bio: Brief description of professional status, education background and experience in no more than 250 words.
General guidelines for abstract submission
  1. The deadline for submission of individual abstracts is 22 November 2019. Please submit your abstract online using the link provided. Abstracts received after the submission deadline may be declined.
  2. Participants will be notified in January or February on the status of their submission. Acceptance of abstracts will be notified through email and it is important that you provide a valid email address with each abstract submission. Upon acceptance of abstracts, full papers must be submitted by 25 September 2020.
  3. Selection will be made on a competitive basis.
  4. The organisers reserve the right to make changes to the panel allocation.

The Call for Papers is closed.

Submissions for pre-arranged panels

Where a group of presenters wishes to form a panel, the panel convener should submit the panel proposal after he/she has coordinated with the other speakers. The proposal should include amongst other details the speakers’ presentation sequence, name and institution’s name.

The panel convener must ensure that the speakers submit their abstracts using the online individual panel submission form. The speakers must provide their name, position, affiliation, bio (250 words), and abstract (300 words).

The proposed panel should consist of 4 (or, exceptionally, 5) presenters, including the panel convener.

General guidelines for submission of panels
  1. All panel proposal and individual abstracts must be submitted by 22 November 2019.
  2. The panel organiser must be one of the proposed paper-presenter for the panel in question.
  3. At most two panellists may be from the same university.
  4. A panel should not have more than 1 PhD student.
  5. A panel must not include more than two colleagues from the same jurisdiction, unless one of these colleagues writes on the law of another jurisdiction or the panel is focusing on the law of a given jurisdiction.
  6. Selection will be made on a competitive basis.
  7. Participants will be notified in January or February on the status of their submission. Acceptance of abstracts will be notified through email and it is important that you provide a valid email address. Upon acceptance, full papers must be submitted by 25 September 2020.
  8. The organisers reserve the rights to make changes to the panel allocation.
  9. The organisers reserve the rights to cancel, postpone or change the date, venue and time of the event.

The deadline for submission is Friday, 22 November 2019.

The Call for Papers is closed.

Important Deadlines at a Glance
Submission of Abstracts
22 November 2019
Participants will be notified in January or February on the status of their submission.
Submission of Completed Paper
25 September 2020
Closing date for Registration and Payment
9 October 2020
7 to 9 November 2020, Saturday to Monday

IMPORTANT: Early submission is highly recommended.
Hosted by:
National Law University, Delhi
Asian Law Institute