15th ASLI Conference 2018 –
Law into the Future: Perspectives from Asia

The 15th Asian Law Institute (ASLI) Conference was hosted by the Seoul National University School of Law on 10 and 11 May 2018. The two-day conference themed “Law into the Future: Perspectives from Asia”, was attended by 280 scholars. The conference had 255 of its participants as speakers, representing 120 law schools and 29 different jurisdictions. The participants presented papers across 58 sessions that ran in parallel, making this year’s event the largest ASLI conference ever held.

The conference is an annual event organised by the ASLI secretariat, in collaboration with a member school, where legal scholars from Asia and beyond gather to present papers on a variety of topics relating to Asian law.

Next year, the 16th ASLI Conference will be hosted by NUS Law, and the faculty looks forward to welcoming participants to the event in Singapore on 11 and 12 June 2019.

10 and 11 May – Opening of the 15th ASLI Conference

9 May – Members of The Asian Law Institute Board of Governors
Members of the Board meet annually to manage the affairs of the Asian Law Institute (ASLI). Members who attended the meeting were:
Back Row (L to R): Associate Professor Dan Puchniak (Editor-in-Chief of the Asian Journal of Comparative Law, NUS Law), Professor Michael Hor ’84 (Dean, University of Hong Kong), Professor Guo Li (Peking University), Professor Bintan Saragih (Dean, Universitas Pelita Harapan), Professor Ranbir Singh (Vice-Chancellor, National Law University, Delhi), Professor Venkata Rao (National Law School of India University, Bangalore), Professor Hong Sik Cho (Dean, Seoul National University), Professor Ashgar Ali Ali Mohamed (Chair of the Board of Governors, Dean of International Islamic University Malaysia), Associate Professor Gary Bell (Director of ASLI, NUS Law), Professor Simon Chesterman (Dean, NUS Law) & Assistant Professor Kye Joung Lee (Seoul National University)

Front Row (L to R): Dr Le Ma (East China University of Political Science and Law), Associate Professor Gen Goto (The University of Tokyo), Professor Kuan-Ling Shen (National Taiwan University), Adjunct Professor Kevin Tan ’86 (Executive Editor of the Asian Journal of Comparative Law, NUS Law), Professor Mariko Igimi (Kyushu University), Professor Wang-Ruu Tseng (National Taiwan University), Assistant Professor Pareena Srivanit (Chulalongkorn University), Professor Melda Kamil (University of Indonesia), Dr Pardis Moslemzadeh Tehrani (University of Malaya), Senior Lecturer Yossi Niken Respati (Universitas Pelita Harapan) & Associate Professor Johan Shamsuddin (University of Malaya)

10 May – Keynote Speech
The Honourable Sang-Hyun Song, President of UNICEF Korea, shared his thoughts on the new technologies and rapid changes affecting legal education and the role of lawyers

10 May – One of 58 parallel sessions held during the conference, this one on “International Business Law”
Panel speakers (L to R): Wenny Setiawati (ASLI Fellow 2017), Togi Pangaribuan, Adeline Chong and Miftahul Huda
Panel Moderator (seated on the right): Hisashi Harata

11 May – Distinguished Lecture
The Honourable Soon-Il Kwon, Justice of the Supreme Court of Korea, on “Revisiting the Rule of Law – Literature from a Korean Perspective: Advancements, Setbacks & Challenges”

11 May – Conference closing ceremony symbolic handover of the Board of Governors’ “Chair”
(L to R) Professor Mariko Igimi (Chair 2019), Professor Ashgar Ali Ali Mohamed (Chair 2018) & Associate Professor Gary Bell

11 May – Closing ceremony. Speech by Professor Simon Chesterman
NUS Law will host the 16th ASLI Conference 2019. The conference theme will be "The Rule of Law and The Role of Law in Asia"