Director's Report

The first half of 2018 has been both eventful and fruitful for the members of the Asian Law Centre.


The ALC is delighted that Tim Lindsey has been awarded the Order of Australia for his long term and distinguished contribution to relations between Australia and Indonesia. As many of you will know, Tim has been actively engaged over many years in justice advocacy, Australia-Indonesia legal development projects, and promoting knowledge of, and exchanges on, law and justice in Indonesia. This award is a timely recognition of the lasting significance of Tim’s work and contributions.

The ALC also congratulates Hayden Opie who was awarded an AM for his leading role in establishing and nurturing the field of Sports Law over the past 25 years. On 20 June 2018, his co-edited book (with Stacey Steele), Match Fixing in Sport: Comparative Studies from Australia, Japan and Korea and Beyond was launched at K&L Gates. This was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate both the book and Hayden’s outstanding contributions to the field more generally.

Recent Appointments

We are very pleased to welcome Do Hai Ha who will be commencing as a Research Fellow in the Asian Law Centre from August 2018. Ha will work on projects on labour law and lawyers in Vietnam during his three year fellowship. Ha’s responsibilities will include liaising with and supporting MLS’ relationships with Vietnamese legal institutions.

Books, Books and More Books!

The ALC has been very busy with seminars and visitors this semester. We have had a particularly productive time with publication or pending publication of six books.

We have had the pleasure of launching a monograph by Wendy Ng, The Political Economy of Competition Law in China (1 May 2018), and a volume co-edited by Stacey Steele and Hayden Opie AM, Match Fixing in Sport: Comparative Studies from Australia, Japan, Korea and Beyond (20 June 2018).

In the second half of the year, we are looking forward to launching Jianlin Chen, The Law and Religious Market Theory: China, Taiwan and Hong Kong (15 August 2018); Tarun Khaitan, Foundations of Indirect Discrimination Law (23 August 2018); and the volume co-edited by Hualing Fu, John Gillespie, Pip Nicholson and William Partlett, Socialist Law in Socialist East Asia (20 November 2018). We welcome you to attend these events, which provide an excellent forum for discussion of the significant issues addressed in each of these volumes.

I hope you enjoy reading our newsletter. We welcome your active participation in the Centre’s many activities and look forward to welcoming you to our program of seminars, conferences and events.

With my best wishes,


Professor Sarah Biddulph
Director, Asian Law Centre