Call For Papers


We are pleased to announce that the Asian Law Institute (ASLI) and the National Law School of India University will hold the 10th Annual ASLI Conference in India on 23rd & 24th May 2013. We look forward to welcoming you, and value your contribution to the ongoing success of this annual conference.

The 10th ASLI Conference 2013

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. In addition to the paper presentations and Distinguished Lecture, there will be a Research Forum and Poster Presentation. We hope that the 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 last year: there will be five rounds of six parallel sessions over two days. The broad theme of the 2013 conference is Celebrating Diversity: 10 Years of ASLI.

Within the conference theme, we will, as far as possible, group papers within broad subject areas, and will allocate the panels for each parallel session on this basis. Examples of subject areas which have been represented in previous conferences include Human Rights, Children and Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law, Competition Law, Intellectual Property Rights, Legal Pluralism, Religious Law, International Law, Criminal Law, Women and Law, Maritime Law, Corporate Law and Governance, International Business Law, Labour and Employment Law, Law and Economics, WTO Law and Law and Society.

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 in order to be accepted.

Call for papers

There will be four 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 address the conference theme. In addition to the general call for individual papers, we also encourage individuals to organize 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 accepted for presentation at the ASLI conference will be selected on a competitive selection process. The quality of papers has improved considerably in recent years and, equally importantly, the quality of discussion surrounding the papers has also been elevated. For this year’s conference, we intend to select 120 papers for presentation at the parallel sessions, as well as 10 posters. The selection will be done jointly by the ASLI Secretariat and NLSIU. The selection criteria will be as follows:

  • Relevance to the broad theme
  • Quality of the abstract
  • Geographical diversity of presenters
  • Balance between senior and junior presenters

Submissions of individual papers & posters

Participants should indicate the title of their paper and the proposed panel category (based on the list provided in the abstract submission form).

  • Name of presenter: Mr XXX
  • Title of paper: "Islamic banking and the global financial crisis"
  • Category: Financial Law
  • Abstract: Description of paper in not more than 300 words
  • Speaker’s Bio: Brief description of professional status, education background and experience in not more than 250 words.

Click here for online abstract submission for individual papers for parallel sessions. (recommended)

Click here to download the abstract submission form in MS Word Format.

Submissions for pre-arranged panels

Where a group of presenters wishes to form a panel, the panel organiser should coordinate with the other speakers and take responsibility for that panel, and ensure that all details are provided with the consent of the other speakers.

  • Name of panel coordinator: Ms ZZZ
  • Title of panel: Criminal justice in pluralist societies
  • Title of paper I: "Examining Aboriginal customary punishment"
  • Title of paper II: "Applying khalwat to inter-religious couples"
  • Title of paper III: "A cultural defence for recent migrants"
  • Title of paper IV: "Shopping for justice in your own land"
  • Abstract: Description of panel in not more than 500 words and description of individual papers in not more than 300 words each.

The proposed panel should consist of 4 presenters, including the panel convener.

The deadline for submission is 1 December 2012, Saturday.

Click here for online submission for panels. (recommended)

Click here to download the panel submission form in MS Word Format.

Important Deadlines
Submission of Abstracts
1 December 2012
Authors will be notified by 14 January 2013 on the status of their submission
Deadline for Early Bird Registration and Payment
28 February 2013
Submission of Completed Paper
29 March 2013
Closing date for Registration and Payment
30 March 2013
23 & 24 May 2013, Thursday & Friday

Guidelines for Abstract Submission
The deadline for submission of abstracts for the parallel sessions is 1 December 2012. Please submit abstracts online or via the email to or via fax to (65) 6779 0979 (Attention: ASLI Secretariat)
You can expect to be notified online or via email once your abstract has been received for consideration. If your abstract is accepted, you will be informed by the 14 January 2013. Please maintain a functional email address at all times.
Upon acceptance of abstracts, full papers must be submitted by 29 March 2013 for the parallel sessions & poster sessions.
Please note that there will be 120 slots for individual paper presentation and 10 slots for poster presentations. Selection will be on a competitive basis.
The organisers reserve the right to make changes to panel allocations.
IMPORTANT: Early submission is encouraged.

Organised by:
National Law School of India University, Bangalore