Member Details

Name The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Law School, Asian Law Center
Address The University of Melbourne, University Square, 185 Pelham Street, Carlton 3053 VIC, AUSTRALIA
Join Date 30/06/2012
The Asian Law Centre (ALC) commenced activities in 1985 and is the first and largest Australian centre devoted to the development of our understanding of Asian law and legal systems. Recent initiatives have also aimed to promote Asian interest in Australian legal systems and law.

The ALC has particular expertise in the laws and legal systems of Japan, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, East Timor and the Philippines. It has also worked in Korea, Thailand, Laos and on Islamic, traditional and customary laws.

ALC hosts an interesting and challenging program of public activities, including the Comparative Law Seminar Series, the Occasional Seminar Series, the Brown Bag Seminar Series and Asian Legal Dialogues. It also hosts an annual conference.

The ALC jointly publishes the Australian Journal of Asian Law (AJAL) the Australian National University. A peer-refereed scholarly journal, the AJAL is edited from Melbourne and is now a leading forum for debate for scholars and professionals concerned with the laws and legal cultures of Asia.

Asian Law Online is the first and only online bibliographic database of Asian law materials in the world. Offered to the public as a free service to assist students, scholars and practitioners of Asian legal systems, Asian Law Online is a collection of English language materials on Asian laws available throughout the world and includes books, chapters in books, journal articles and theses.

The database is organised according to countries in East Asia and a selection of basic subject areas, not only confined to law. It can be searched for any word or a more specific advanced search can be conducted. Locations of sources are also provided. Links to hundreds of useful websites are also provided, which are classified by countries and legal topics.

The ALC is associated with a number of research projects on topics such as Islamic law, dispute resolution and media law.