The 8th ASLI Conference
was held successfully at Kyushu University on 25 and 26 May 2011. It was attended by 135 participants from 22 different countries and regions, and 101 papers were presented in panel sessions. The conference had initially attracted over 200 registrants. Unfortunately, due to the triple natural disasters that Japan endured on 11 March, there was a significant number of cancellations. It was, nevertheless, noteworthy that not a small number of people finally did participate which made the conference into a success. Participants at the conference were also treated to three engaging and thought provoking speeches by specially invited guests.
The Conference theme was "Law in a Sustainable Asia". There were six parallel sessions held over five consecutive periods. The quality of the papers and general discussions were testament to the growing strength of the ASLI conference and the depth of research on Asian law and related subjects. Although poster presentations had originally been envisaged to cater for the need of junior researchers to make their ideas exhibited, they were eventually "up-graded" to normal presentations, due to the a number of last minute cancellations of scheduled presenters.
Participants at the conference were also treated to three engaging and thought-provoking speeches by specially invited guests. The Conference was opened by the Honourable Justice Sakurai Ryuko from the Supreme Court of Japan who presented a simulating lecture on "Law and Japan". The conference dinner was graced by the presence of Professor Arikawa Setsuo, President, Kyushu University who gave a talk on the "Sustainability and Society".
Lastly, at the end of the conference, a Distinguished Lecture was presented by Mr Kondo Seiichi, Commissioner for Cultural Affairs, who provided an insightful perspective into the Japanese Culture with his lecture on "Japanese Culture at A Glance – What the Recent Great Earthquake Unveiled". The lecture pointed the salient features of the characteristics of the Japanese people and its perception of justice.
In addition to the countless intellectual discourses and discussions, the organisers at Kyushu University had also put together an enjoyable social programme, including the conference dinner at Nishitetsu Inn Fukuoka, featuring an array of international and Japanese cuisines and a traditional Japanese music performance. The optional dinner on the second day was held on board The Mariera, a restaurant ship cruising Fukuoka’s Hakata Bay. It offered a grand night-view panorama of Fukuoka City from the sea.