Today, 21 January 2016, the Asian Business Law Institute (ABLI) was formerly launched in Singapore.
According to the ABLI’s website, the:
“…Institute based in Singapore that initiates, conducts and facilitates research and produces authoritative texts with a view to providing practical guidance in the field of Asian legal development and promoting the convergence of Asian business laws.
Among ABLI’s core tasks are:
- to evaluate and stimulate the development of Asian law, legal policy, and practice, and in particular make proposals for the further convergence of business law among Asian Countries;
- to study Asian approaches regarding business laws and practice in drafting legal instruments, restatements of law or model rules;
- to conduct and facilitate pan-Asian research, in particular to draft, evaluate or improve principles and rules which are common to the Asian legal systems; and
- to provide a forum, for discussion and cooperation, between the business community and the legal fraternity including, inter alia judges, lawyers, academics and other legal professionals, who take an active interest in Asian business law development.”
With the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in December 2015 and the formal launch of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) this month, there can be little doubt that it’s exciting times with plenty of potential for the legal industry in Asia at the moment so an initiative like ABLI should be warmly applauded.
If you’re on Twitter, the ABLI handle is @ABLIasia. Should be worth a follow.