Dean's Message

Professor Andrew Simester

Distinguished Scholars,

I am delighted to invite you to join us in Singapore to celebrate the 20th Asian Law Institute (ASLI) Annual Conference, taking place on 31st May and 1st June 2023.

NUS Law last hosted the 16th ASLI Conference in 2019. Since then, the Covid-19 pandemic and travel restrictions meant that our gatherings were virtual. Despite these limitations, ASLI continued its important work with meetings successfully convened by National Law University, Delhi (2020), Universitas Pelita Harapan (2021), and the University of Tokyo (2022).

With the world opening up once more, we are excited to host ASLI’s first fully in-person event since 2019. This occasion is especially meaningful because it will also mark the start of ASLI’s third decade.

ASLI was founded in 2003 as an association of leading Asian law schools. Its objective is to promote cooperation amongst faculties interested in the development of Asian law. The ASLI Annual Conference is its flagship event, where hundreds of scholars - from across Asia and beyond Asia - gather to share their knowledge and insights on legal challenges in Asia and how Asian law should rise to meet those challenges.

The theme of the 20th Annual Conference is “Inclusivity and Diversity in the Context of Asian Law”. One of the defining features of Asian jurisprudence is its pluralism. We are excited to carry forward this conversation about how leading scholars from Asia, or working on Asia, are approaching these issues in a continent where diversity is a daily reality, even as inclusivity is embraced as an ideal. We are confident that we each have much to learn from one another’s experiences and research.

But the ASLI Annual Conference is about more than just papers. It provides an ideal platform to exchange ideas and discuss future collaborations, to renew old friendships as well as build new ones. With the return to in-person activities, we hope to offer you an experience that will be enriching in every sense.

We particularly welcome you to experience Singapore - from our hawker culture that is now recognised by UNESCO as an example of intangible cultural heritage, to our World Heritage-listed Botanic Gardens on the edge of NUS Law’s Bukit Timah Campus.

On behalf of all my colleagues at NUS Law, we are deeply honoured to be hosting this important event and will strive to make it a success. We look forward to welcoming you to Singapore and NUS Law in 2023!

Professor Andrew Simester
Dean, Faculty of Law
National University of Singapore

Important Deadlines at a Glance
Deadline for Early Bird Registration and Payment
28 February 2023, Tuesday
Closing date for Registration and Payment
20 March 2023, Monday
Submission of Completed Paper
30 April 2023, Sunday
31 May and 1 June 2023, Wednesday and Thursday

IMPORTANT: Early submission is highly recommended.
Hosted by:
National University of Singapore
Asian Law Institute