Asian Law Online

Asian Law Online is the first and only online bibliographic database of Asian law materials in the world. Offered to the public as a free service to assist students, scholars and practitioners of Asian legal systems, Asian Law Online is a collection of English language materials on Asian laws available throughout the world and includes books, chapters in books, journal articles and theses.

Please note that Asian Law Online is no longer being updated.  It will continue to be made available as a resource, but newer resources are not available, and some links may be broken.

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About Asian Law Online

Content of Database

Asian Law Online is offered to the public as a service to assist students and scholars of Asian legal systems. It is a collection of English language materials on Asian laws available throughout the world and includes books, chapters in books, journal articles and theses. It does not include newspapers, magazines or unpublished articles.

The ALC takes a broad view of the interconnectedness of law and society. The bibliography therefore also includes some selected materials dealing with the historical, cultural, social and economic backgrounds of Asian states. The bibliography is not exhaustive on these wider issues.

This database does not claim to be complete. Any assistance that you, the user, can provide in identifying materials or providing bibliographic material is very much appreciated.

Have we missed something?

Of course, it is impossible for us to have captured all relevant material. If you think we have missed something, please suggest a new entry by contacting the Asian Law Centre.

Management of Asian Law Online

Director: Professor Pip Nicholson
Project Manager: Ms Kathryn Taylor

Asian Law Online Sponsors

The Asian Law Centre is grateful for the generous support of the following sponsors, which is essential for the ongoing development of Asian Law Online.

ARC Discovery Grant - "Testing Court Reform Projects in Cambodia and Vietnam"
(Chief Investigators: Professor Pip Nicholson, Professor Camille Cameron)

Contributors and Acknowledgments

This database is the result of five years research and has been supported by grants from the Australian Research Council, a Special Initiatives Grant in 1998 and the Asian Laws in Transition ARC Large Grant in 1999.

Researchers who have contributed to the creation of the database include:

  • Tim Lindsey
  • Pip Nicholson
  • Kathryn Taylor
  • Kerstin Steiner
  • Thomas Bray
  • Jessica Rae
  • Adam Laidlaw
  • Chris Basile
  • Kissana Phathanacharoen
  • Jema Sy
  • Pepe Clarke
  • Simon Butt
  • Stewart Fenwick
  • Andrey Ivanov

Using the Database

Searching the Database

The database is organised according to countries in Asia (and then into regional subdivisons such as East Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia and Oceania), as well as a selection of basic subject areas, not only confined to law.

The database can be searched for any word or a more specific advanced search can be conducted.

Locating Material

This database does not provide users with the full-text or abstract of articles. Links to some online full-text resources or the library catalogue of the University of Melbourne are provided.

Resources from the Asian Law Centre library (ALC) are also listed. Keys for the Asian Law Centre library are available from Kathryn Taylor in Room 0726, Level 7, Melbourne Law School.

If articles do not have a location listed, they are usually not available at the University of Melbourne libraries. If this is the case, they might be available via inter-library loan.


ALC: Asian Law Centre Library (contact the Asian Law Centre for access)
ERC: Eastern Resource Centre
Lexis: Lexis - online full-text database (password required if not on campus)
UniM Baill: Baillieu Library
UniM ECO: Giblin Eunson Library
UniM Law: Law Library , Melbourne Law School
Westlaw: Westlaw - online full-text database (password required if not on campus)