The Asian Law Centre (ALC) commenced activities in 1985 and is the first and largest Australian centre devoted to the development of our understanding of Asian law and legal systems.
The ALC is made up of a large team, consisting of current Melbourne Law School academics, researchers, postgraduate research students, associates of the Centre and professional support staff.View
- Members and Associates
ALC Members are academic members of the Melbourne Law School, while ALC Associates are academic members from external institutions.View
- Advisory Board
The ALC Advisory Board is made up of a diverse Australian membership who are expert in the issues in Asia and their relevance to Australia.View
- Graduate Research Students
Members of the ALC supervise a large number of Graduate Research Degree (GRD) students.View
The ALC has a large team of Research Assistants, each of whom work with one or more of our research programs. Most Research Assistants are current students of Melbourne Law School.
The Asian Law Centre is engaged in a number of innovative and important research projects relating to Asian law and Asian legal studies in Australia and overseas.
- Research Programs
Each member of the Asian Law Centre is responsible for a specific research program related to a country or area of interest.View
- Research Grants
List of research projects currently undertaken by members of the Asian Law Centre.View
The Asian Law Centre supports various publications, including the Australian Journal of Asian Law. It also publishes its own series of Briefing Papers.View
The Asian Law Centre aims to provide resources about Asian la and Asian legal studies. Its online bibliographic databases include Asian Law Online and Rule of Law Online.View
Asian Law Centre academic staff teach in both the Melbourne JD and Melbourne Law Masters programs, and supervise Graduate Research Students.
The Melbourne JD is the only degree offered by Melbourne Law School that leads to admission to the legal profession in all Australian jurisdictions, and can be used as a basis for seeking admission in many law jurisdictions overseas.
Students have the flexibility to pursue particular areas of interest through elective subject selection, such as Asian and Islamic Law subjects. Offering more than 35 electives each year, the JD program continually evolves to reflect current developments in law and legal practice.
For further information on the Melbourne JD, please visit the Melbourne JD website.
Melbourne Law Masters
The Melbourne Law Masters offers masters degrees and graduate diplomas across specialist legal areas to deepen knowledge and understanding in a general or specialised area of law, including in Asian Law and Islamic Law.
For further information, as well as information concerning entry requirements, please visit the Melbourne Law Masters website.
Graduate Research Degree (GRD) Supervision
Members of the ALC supervise a large number or Graduate Research Degree (GRD) students. If you would like to be considered for GRD supervision, please contact the relevant academic member of staff directly.
For further information about Graduate Research Degrees, please visit the Graduate Research Degrees website.
Occasional Seminars are seminars presented by visitors and members of the Centre.The focus is on current Asian legal issues or research in the area of Asian Law that has been recently completed.
These seminars are also generally attended by members of the government, Victorian Bar, practitioners, and current law research and undergraduate students.
Brown Bag Seminars
Brown Bag Seminars are casual, lunchtime talks. Postgraduate students, academics, practitioners or visitors who are researching and writing on Asian legal topics present papers on work-in-progress or rehearse a conference or article submission. These seminars provide a collegial atmosphere for peer feedback. As the name suggests, attendees are welcome to bring along their lunch.
Asian Legal Dialogues
These are presentations on Asian legal issues conducted in Asian languages, mostly presented by an overseas visitor.
Conferences and Workshops
The Centre endeavours to host regular conferences and workshops on legal studies with an Asian focus.
The ALC runs numerous research activities throughout the year, many of them open to the public.
Listing of past events hosted by the ALC, including audio and video recordings, where applicable.
The ALC publishes a bi-annual newsletter about its recent news and events.
Asian Law Online
Asian Law Online is the first and only online bibliographic database of Asian law materials in the world.
Rule of Law Online
Rule of Law Online is an online bibliographic database of materials relating to the rule of law generally and in Asia particularly.
ALC academic staff regularly publish media articles, both in Australia and overseas.
Malcolm DH Smith Memorial Scholarship
The Malcolm DH Smith Memorial Scholarship assists a first-year Melbourne JD student who has completed an undergraduate law degree or a degree majoring in Asian studies at a tertiary institution in Australia or Asia.
The Basic Structure Doctrine in South Asia: Form and Function in Comparative Constitutional Law
This seminar is hosted by the Asian Law Centre and Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies South Asian nations have had some difficulty in maintaining their post - Independence constitutions. Drafted in the euphoria of decolonisation these constitutions have been challenged by communal politics, revolutions of the political right and left ...
CULTURE IN LAW AND DEVELOPMENT: NURTURING POSITIVE CHANGE
Law and development has had many incarnations, but “rule of law” is a core component. The standard law and development template includes predictable prescriptions such as drafting laws, constructing institutions, and promoting legal education. These are important steps towards the development of a market economy and the establishment of a ...
Internships undertaken by Sarah Mercer, ALC Research Assistant
Sarah Mercer, Research Assistant for the Korea Program of the ALC, has recently been interning with the Australian Permanent Mission to the UN for the 28th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. She had the privilege to make a statement on behalf of Australia regarding our technical cooperation for inclusive and participatory development in our region. Sarah's speech is available here (after Algeria, around 58:40 minutes).News
Stacey Steele and Aya Haruyama on lowering Japanese voting age
The lowering of Japan's voting age, coupled with Shinzo Abe's controversial reform agenda, may see a stirring among Japanese students, write Stacey Steele (Associate Director, Japan) and Aya Haruyama (Research Assistant) in Asian Currents.News
Report on Oxford/NUS/MLS China Common Law Program
In March 2015, the Law Faculties of the University of Melbourne, the National University of Singapore, and the University of Oxford offered a program delivering lectures on the common law to four universities in China: Shanghai Jiaotong (Shanghai), Fudan (Shanghai), Tsinghua University (Beijing) and Peking University (Beijing).News
Report on 'Contemporary Issues in Indian Public Law' Workshop and Conference
The Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne and National Law University, Delhi hosted a workshop and conference on 10-12 April, 2015 at National Law University, Delhi, India. The very generous support of Mr Allan Myers AO QC and Mrs Maria Myers AO made these events possible. The co-convenors were Associate Professor Tarunabh Khaitan (Oxford), Dr Farrah Ahmed (Melbourne) and Dr Anup Surendranath (National Law University, Delhi).News
Director's Welcome - Issue 1, 2015
In this first half of the year, we have hosted two visiting student groups. The first visitors came to us from OP Jindal Global University (JGU) arriving in early January to a Melbourne heat wave of 40 degrees. The students rushed out to buy fans. They had not expected Melbourne to rival Delhi's heat.News
New ALC Members 2015
In early 2015, we welcomed two new ALC members to the team: Associate Professor Sunita Jogarajan and Professor Susan Kneebone. Please find below profiles of these new ALC members, together with the profile of a longstanding member of the ALC, Associate Professor Cally Jordan.News
Report on 'Sports Law and Integrity Workshop
On 27 February 2015, the Sports Law Program and the ALC co-hosted a Sports Law and Integrity Workshop at K and L Gates. This article provides a summary of the event, including a key presentation by Mr Andrew Menz from Betfair Australia, who has qualified for Melbourne Law School's Graduate Diploma in Sports Law.News
Report on 'ALC Brown Bag Seminar - Life of a Judge' (by Sarah Yang, Research Assistant, ALC)
Judge In Deok Seo, Judge of the Daegu District Court in Korea and currently a Visiting Research Scholar at the ALC, spoke about the Korean judicial system and the legal education reforms at a Brown Bag Seminar hosted by the ALC on 2 March 2015. Judge Seo's precis of his presentation appears below:News
Completion of PhD by Richard Powell
Richard Powell has recently passed his PhD with flying colours. His topic was on language use in Malaysian courts and the politics of de facto bilingualism (English-Malay) in a legal regime where Malay is the official language, but litigants often speak (only) a third or fourth language. Richard was co-supervised by Dr Amanda Whiting (Associate Director (Malaysia), ALC) and Professor Joseph Lo Bianco (Education / Linguistics).News
Professor Tim Lindsey discusses the Australia-Indonesia relationship, including how it is affecting the 'Bali Two'
Professor Tim Lindsey discusses the Australia-Indonesia relationship, and how a tougher response to an inexperienced Indonesian government would be the wrong move, particularly for the 'Bali Two'.News
Pip Nicholson discusses generalisations about the death penalty in Southeast Asia
Generalisations about the death penalty in Southeast Asia suggest abolitionist sentiments are increasing, yet practices vary substantially, says Professor Pip Nicholson. Given the significance of the death penalty reform movement in the region, this activism must be understood in a local context.News
Indonesia's stance on the death penalty has become incoherent, says Professor Tim Lindsey
Is it really the case that Indonesia is determined to execute drug offenders - both foreign and local - if they are caught in Indonesia, but will spend money to help Indonesian drug offenders avoid execution provided they are caught overseas?News
Past events hosted by the Asian Law Centre.
Past Event Recordings
If you missed one of the thought-provoking speakers at Melbourne Law School, you may still catch their presentation online.