Call for Papers
The 10th ASLI Conference 2013 - Celebrating Diversity: Ten Years of ASLI

23rd and 24th May 2012, National Law School of India University, Bangalore

We are pleased to announce that the Asian Law Institute (ASLI) and the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) will hold the 10th Annual ASLI Conference in Bangalore, India on 23rd and 24th May 2012. We look forward to welcoming you, and value your contribution to the ongoing success of this annual conference.

The theme has been decided upon in order to commemorate the 10 years of ASLI. In these 10 years, ASLI has successfully brought together the diverse legal cultures and experiences from the Asia-Pacific region. Lawyers, Academicians, Students and others have participated and contributed to the discussions and debates, providing food for thought, teaching and research through these nine years. We are hoping to capture this diversity of law and practice in the region even as we celebrate the success of ASLI over these years.

While the Faculty of Law, NUS has played host to the inaugural, fifth and ninth conferences the conference venue has travelled over a good part of the Eastern Asia - Bangkok, Indonesia, China, Malaysia and even Japan in the Far East. This will be the first time that an ASLI conference will be held in South Asia and we are proud to be the hosts for the Tenth ASLI Conference.

THEMES: The themes for each of these conferences while focusing on Asia have at the same time tried to capture the various changes that were taking place during that period - "The Role of Law in a Developing Asia", "The Development of Law in Asia: Convergence versus Divergence?" "The Challenge of Law in Asia: From Globalisation to Regionalisation?" "Voice for a Just and Equitable World", "Dynamics of Change in Asia", "Law in a Pluralist Asia: Challenges and Prospects", "Law in a Sustainable Asia" and "Law: An Asian Identity?" All these themes have tried to address the issues that arise from the diverse legal regimes, cultures, practices and experiences of this region and at the same time to find something in common to help move forward together in a changing world. We have learnt much from each other through this sharing of experiences in practice and research. So it is but appropriate to reflect on what we have done even as we look forward to shape the world that is emerging before us.

Learning about the diversity of the region should enable us to see how relative truth is and at the same time by being informed about the diversity learn to respect each other rather than have hegemonic world views particularly as lawyers and students of law. Diversity means richness of experience and ways to solve the human problems that all of us have to confront within our own legal systems. We hope that this theme for the 10th ASLI conference will provide newer and more opportunities for reflection, thought and participation. Wishing each and every potential participant the very best and looking forward to welcoming you to the National Law School of India University, Bangalore in May 2013.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Please visit our conference website at: for selection criteria, guidelines for abstract or paper submissions and other related conference information.

SUBMISSIONS OF INDIVIDUAL PAPERS, POSTERS & PANELS: For online submission of individual or poster abstracts as well as online submission of panels please go to our conference website:

Downloadable copies of the forms are also available on the conference website. The website, which will be updated periodically with the latest information on tentative panel sessions and programme schedule, also contains information on recommended conference hotels.

We regret that no subsidies are available for expenditures such as air flights, hotel charges and conference fees. A detailed and finalized programme (speaker panels, etc.) will be made available to all registered participants nearer the date of the conference.

FURTHER INFORMATION: We would very much appreciate your help in bringing this conference to the attention of your faculty/law school colleagues, as well as to anyone whom you think might be interested in attending, whether as a paper presenter or otherwise.

For enquiries regarding the conference, please contact the ASLI Secretariat at Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in Bangalore in May 2013.

Yours sincerely,

Prof. (Dr.) Venkata Rao, Vice-Chancellor, National Law School of India University
Professor Andrew James Harding, Director, Asian Law Institute

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

Posted 8/9/12