• to foster excellence in interdisciplinary research and collaboration on law, society and politics in Southeast Asia;
  • to support a community of outstanding scholars with expertise on law, society and politics in Southeast Asia;
  • to equip graduate and undergraduate students to gain in depth knowledge of Southeast 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 governance in Southeast 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 Southeast Asia.

The Southeast Asia Law and Policy Forum was established at UNSW in 2015 and is led by Professor Melissa Crouch. The Faculty has strong historic ties with Southeast 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.