Conference Announcements


15th ASLI Conference

Thu, 10 May 2018 – Fri, 11 May 2018


Dean’s Message

It gives me great pleasure to announce the Call for Papers for the 15th ASLI Conference. I am happy to invite you to the beautiful city of Seoul, South Korea, where the conference will be held from 10th – 11th May 2018 at the Seoul National University School of Law. The theme for the conference is Law into the Future: Perspectives from Asia.

Asian countries are faced with global challenges that call for collaboration between us. These challenges include environmental issues, such as ever worsening fine dust problem, and political issues, which threaten the security on a national and international level. I believe we have to collaborate with each other in order to overcome such challenges and prepare for the future. The 15th ASLI Conference will give us the opportunity to discuss such issues and share our ideas.

Asian countries have shown remarkable economic growth in the recent half century. Some commentators have emphasised the importance of universal values, such as rule of law, democracy, and human rights. Others have suggested that such emphasis on universalism understates the Asian value that underlies the legal system of Asian countries. However, universalisms and localisms do not necessarily contradict each other. Rather, the study of local law and local custom can make our understanding of universal values deeper and richer.

Most Asian countries received and transplanted the modern legal system in the 19th Century. Modern concepts such as the rule of law and due process must have seemed strange to pre-modern Asian societies. Asian countries had to import Western culture, including its legal system, which made indigenous Asian values underestimated. However, such one-way flow of Western influence has transformed into a reciprocal exchange between Asia and the rest of the world. Asian countries have adopted legal institutions in an "Asian" way and tailored them to local circumstances. As we have witnessed in the recent half century, Asian law and the underlying Asian value have promoted, rather than hindered the economic and societal development in Asian countries.


Important Deadlines

•             Submission of Abstracts

24 November 2017

Participants will be notified in late January or early February on the status of their submission.

•             Deadline for Early Bird Registration and Payment

5 March 2018

•             Submission of Completed Paper

20 March 2018

•             Closing date for Registration and Payment

20 March 2018

•             Conference

10 & 11 May 2018, Thursday & Friday

Asian Law Institute
Conference Website:
Seoul National University School of Law

1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu,
Seoul, Seoul
Korea, Democratic People's Republic of

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