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 excellence in interdisciplinary research and collaboration on law, society and politics in Asia;
  • to support a community of outstanding scholars with expertise on law, society and politics in Asia;
  • to equip 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 governance 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 at UNSW in 2015 and is led by Professor Melissa Crouch. The Forum was known as the Southeast Asia Law & Policy Forum from 2015 to 2022. Read a report of the Forum’s work from 2015 to 2022 here: Asia Law and Policy Forum Report 2015-2022. From 2023, it expanded its scope and renamed as the Asia Law & Policy Forum, reflecting the faculties growing engagement in South Asia.


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.