The Asia Law and Policy Forum aims to foster and support outstanding research on law, society and politics in Asia. The Asia Law and Policy Forum organizes and supports seminars and workshops, visiting fellows, research collaboration, and trainings in the region.

The objectives of the Forum are:

  • to foster interdisciplinary research and collaboration on law, society and politics in Asia;
  • to support a community of scholars with expertise on law, society and politics in Asia;
  • to equip the next generation of graduate and undergraduate students to gain in-depth knowledge of Asia and its laws through unique elective courses, internships, exchange experiences and higher degree research;
  • to enhance public engagement and understanding of contemporary issues of law and society in Asia;
  • to promote and enhance exchange and collaboration between UNSW Law academics and students, and leading research institutions, academics, students, civil society activists and policy-makers across Asia.

The Asia Law and Policy Forum was established in 2015 and is led by Professor Melissa Crouch. Previously the Southeast Asia Law and Policy Forum, the Forum expanded its scope in 2023 and became the Asia Law and Policy Forum. Read the Forum’s report of its work between 2015 and 2022 here: Asia Law and Policy Forum Report 2015-2022. The Faculty has strong historic ties with Asia, from Timor Leste to Vietnam and Indonesia. The Faculty is a member institute of the Asian Law Institute (ASLI), a network of leading Asian law scholars and institutions. The Faculty has collaborations with regional law schools and legal institutions, such as Mandalay University and the University of Indonesia. The Faculty has particularly strong ties with Myanmar, notably through facilitating workshops on constitutional democracy.


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