Dean's Message

Professor Dr Bintan R. Saragih, S.H.

Welcome to the 18th Annual Asian Law Institute (ASLI) Conference!

Due to the prevailing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the ASLI Conference this year will be held from Wednesday 15 to Friday 17 September 2021 virtually. This will be ASLI’s second virtual Conference, the first one being hosted and held successfully last year by National Law University Delhi, India.

It is most unfortunate that the pandemic has claimed more than 2 million victims worldwide. It has also vastly affected and altered the way we interact socially and culturally and forced us to re-think about creative ways in enhancing our operating environments while adapting to the challenges posed by the pandemic. The circumstances have resulted significantly in illuminating that technology is the main actor. We now see social and cultural relations, economy and trade, and even the administration of legal trials being conducted virtually. Schools had to quickly adapt to the needs of their students, and virtual classes are now the norm almost everywhere.

For the above reasons, we decided that an apt theme for this year’s ASLI Conference would be “Law, Technology, and Diversity in Asia”.

Since its formation, ASLI has done much for the advancement of legal education in Asia through various ways - discussions at the ASLI Board of Governors meetings; Fellowship Programme; the publication of the Asian Journal of Comparative Law; through personal networking between ASLI members, and so many more.

We hope that the upcoming virtual Conference will prove strategic and meaningful as Asia navigates the current challenges posed by the pandemic. We greatly look forward to hearing from legal experts on furthering legal development and education in Asia with a focus on technology playing a significant role in the development of curricula and legal norms. We are also eager to hear from scholars in other fields, and hope that legal experts, scholars and academics from all areas of law will enthusiastically participate in this conference.

We also hope that the Conference will create good discussions on the voice of Asia in the legal arena, especially in response to the pandemic. Currently, in Indonesia, the presence of “Law Number 11 of 2020” concerning job creation (which facilitates the entry of investments) is being discussed and receiving wide attention in the local and international community.

The Faculty of Law, Universitas Pelita Harapan is accredited ‘superior’ by the Government of Indonesia and is well-equipped with excellent facilities to host this virtual Conference. We are very proud and delighted that Indonesia will have hosted the ASLI Conference twice already - in 2007, the Faculty of Law, Universitas Indonesia hosted the 4th Annual ASLI Conference.

We look forward to receiving your abstracts and greatly wish that your participation in the 18th ASLI Conference will please you, earn you a great network of friends, and enrich your knowledge!

Professor Dr Bintan R. Saragih, S.H.
Dean, Faculty of Law,
Universitas Pelita Harapan, Indonesia

Important Deadlines at a Glance
Submission of Abstracts
30 March 2021
Participants will be notified in end May/early June 2021 on the status of their submission.
Submission of Completed Paper
6 August 2021
Closing date for Registration and Payment
31 July 2021
15 to 17 September 2021, Wednesday to Friday

IMPORTANT: Early submission is highly recommended.
Hosted by:
Universitas Pelita Harapan
Asian Law Institute