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
ALC Associates are renowned scholars in the fields of Asian legal systems and Asian studies, or are active in teaching and research relating to Asian legal systems. Their work is linked to one or more of our research programs.View
The ALC Advisory Board is made up of a diverse Australian membership who are experts in the issues in Asia and their relevance to Australia.View
Members of the ALC supervise a large number of Graduate Researchers.View
Overview of ALC
Read more about the activities, purposes and objectives of the ALC.
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 ALC hosts a significant number of Australian and international visitors each year.
The ALC publishes an Annual Report of its activities each year.
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 law 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.
The ALC runs numerous research activities throughout the year, many of them open to the public. This includes evening seminars, lunchtime (Brown Bag) seminars, Asian Legal Dialogues (presented in Asian languages), conferences and workshops.
The ALC has also recently launched Asian Legal Conversations - COVID-19 to discuss and compare experiences on issues either raised or exacerbated by COVID-19, which are shared by the jurisdictions of the Asia Pacific region, while also discussing country-specific issues.
Asian Legal Conversations - COVID-19
Asian Legal Conversations - COVID-19 discusses and compares experiences on COVID-19-related issues in the Asia Pacific region.
The ALC runs numerous research activities throughout the year, many of them open to the public.
The ALC regularly hosts local and international visiting scholars.
Until the end of 2018, the ALC published 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. Please note it is no longer updated, but is still available.
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. Please note it is no longer updated, but is still available.
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.
Past events hosted by the Asian Law Centre.
Past ALC Event Recordings
Many recent ALC online events have been recorded. You can catch up on these events here.
Past MLS Event Recordings
If you missed one of the thought-provoking speakers at Melbourne Law School, you may still catch their presentation online.