ALSA Meetings

ALSA 2021

Asian Law and Society Association Annual Conference

Law, Crisis, and Revival in Asia 17-18 September 2021

Call For Papers

Chulalongkorn University, Faculty of Law, is pleased to host the 2021 Asian Law and Society Association (ALSA) Conference.

The world is facing multiple crises ranging from trade tensions, political conflicts, rising inequalities, climate change to the worst pandemic in a century. Across the world and within Asia, these crises reveal deep structural problems and vulnerabilities in our interconnected societies and invite our search for new opportunities and a chance of revival. What is the role of law in addressing these unprecedented challenges and charting a path forward?

The 2021 ALSA Conference invites scholars to submit paper proposals on the conference theme or any other topic concerning the relationship between law and society in any part of Asia. Founded in 2015, ALSA provides a platform to define the field, advance theory, and cultivate empirical work and new scholarship on Asian law and society.

Conference Format

Due to travel restrictions concerned with the COVID-19 pandemic, the ALSA 2021 Conference will be held virtually.

Propose a paper

If you wish to propose a paper and have the conference organisers place you on a relevant panel, please submit the title of your paper, a paper abstract of no more than 200 words, and your brief bio of no more than 100 words.

Propose a panel

Alternatively, you may propose a panel of 3-4 presenters. Please submit the title of your panel, a description of the panel of no more than 200 words, and the names of the panel Chair and his/her affiliated institution. In addition, please submit the title and an abstract of no more than 200 words of each paper, and a bio of no more than 100 words of each presenter.

Guideline for Submissions

Submissions should be sent in PDF or MS Word format to the following e-mail address:

Each conference participant is limited to one paper presentation in total but maybe a co- author/co-presenter on a second paper. Selections will be made on a competitive basis for a limited number of slots. All selections and allocations are at the sole discretion of the ALSA 2021 Conference organising committee.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline for paper and panel proposals: July 15, 2021

  • Notification of acceptance: August 15, 2021

  • Registration: July 16-September 2, 2021

Registration Fees

  • Non-ALSA member: 90 US Dollars

  • ALSA member: 60 US Dollars

  • Student: 30 US Dollars

Contact Information

Please send inquiries regarding the ALSA 2021 Conference to

For more information on ALSA, visit

Previous Meetings

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ALSA 2019

ALSA 2018

ALSA 2019 was held on 12-15 December 2019 at Osaka University. The theme was "Expanding Asia: Changing Law and Social Justice". The co-chairs of ALSA2019 were Professor Kota Fukui (Osaka University) and Yuka Kaneko (Kobe University).

ALSA 2018 was held on 29 November - 1 December 2018 at Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia. The theme was "Law in the Asian Century".

The chair of the ALSA2018 organising committee was Leon Wolff (Queensland University of Technology).


ALSA 2017

ALSA 2016

ALSA 2017 was held at National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan on 15-16 December 2017. The theme was "Equality, Social Justice and Law: New Challenges of the Transforming Asia". The organising committee was chaired by Chih-Chieh ("Carol") Lin.

ALSA2016 was held on 23-24 September 2016 at National University of Singapore (NUS). The theme was "Law and Society in Asia: Defining and Advancing the Field".

The conference organizing committee was led by Lynette Chua and supported by the Centre for Asian Legal Studies, NUS.