President’s Welcome

It is a great honour to address you as the sixth President of the Asian Society of International Law. There has never been a more important time for international law in our region, and the Society has a significant role to play in promoting awareness of, and respect for, international law in Asia. The Society is a forum for exchanging views on international legal issues, including with other regional societies.

The Society’s flagship event is our conference, the next of which will be held in 2021 in Canberra with UNSW Canberra as one of its primary sponsors. The theme of the conference is: ‘What place for international law in the Asian Future?’ We have previously held highly successful biennial conferences in Singapore, China, Japan, India, South Korea and the Philippines.

The Society also holds smaller, regional conferences. This year we are meeting in Nepal and we welcome participants to join us there. Members also interact within our interest groups that allow for fruitful and engaging discussion on specific subfields within international law.

Our journal, the Asian Journal of International Law, has become a leading publication for scholars and practitioners, incorporating articles by emerging and established scholars, and a book review section. The Journal reviews recent books by Asian scholars and scholars working on topics of particular relevance to the Asian region.

I invite all those involved in international law and with a commitment to its role in promoting positive regional relationships to participate in the activities of our Society and to consider joining us as a member.

I look forward to seeing you in Nepal and/or Australia.


Shirley Scott
President, Asian Society of International Law

*Photo credit: UNSW Law, Canberra