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Centre for Asian and Pacific Law
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Centre for Asian and Pacific Law

A leading centre for teaching and research in Asia and the Pacific

Explore our legal expertise in a wide variety of Asian jurisdictions, including China, Japan, Indonesia and Malaysia.

The Centre for Asian and Pacific Law is located within Sydney Law School.

The centre's members have legal expertise in a wide variety of Asian jurisdictions, including China, Japan, Indonesia and Malaysia. The centre offers courses covering a wide variety of legal issues in these countries, including commercial law, investment, constitutional law, human rights, land law, tax, environmental law, labour law, customary law, Islamic law, law enforcement institutions, and dispute resolution.

Chinese law is taught intensively both in Sydney (in alternate years and to undergraduate and Juris Doctor students only) and in China at the Shanghai Winter School. Japanese law is taught intensively in Japan at the Kyoto and Tokyo Seminars, and Indonesian and Malaysian law is taught offshore at the Southeast Asia Field School.

The centre holds numerous seminars, workshops and conferences, and hosts visiting scholars from all over Asia.

  • Paul Davis represents Japanese utility, trading and mining companies in their investments overseas and has a broad range of dispute resolution experience in the mining and energy sectors.
  • Judge Judith Gibson, District Court of New South Wales
  • Dr Brett G Williams is the principal in the law firm Williams Trade Law. He is a specialist in International Regulation of Trade, especially the law of the World Trade Organization and bilateral and regional trade agreements. He has extensive experience as a teacher, researcher and technical assistance consultant in international trade law and policy. He has taught World Trade Organization law at the University of Sydney Law School since 2001 and at the Australian National University (2013-15), Chinese University of Hong Kong (2010-12), University of North Carolina (2004-06), William and Mary College (1996-98) and the University of Adelaide (1996). He has experience publishing, researching or working on the relationship between international trade law and the law of several Asia Pacific countries, including Australia, China, Malaysia, Samoa and Timor-Leste.
  • Professor Guo Li, Beijing University
  • Shinichi Nemoto, Meiji University School of Law
  • Professor Yuhong Zhao, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Dr Fifi Jaunita, Airlangga University, Indonesia 
  • Associate Professor Dan He, Beijing Normal University, Law School
  • Dr Heecheol Kim, Wonkwang University School of Law, Republic of Korea
  • Judge Yoshitaka Uno, Tokyo District Court, Japan
  • Judge Taku Okada, Osaka District and Family Courts, Japan
  • Judge Shota Watanuki, Saga District Court, Japan
  • Judge Kaoru Ueno, Saga District Court, Japan
  • Associate Professor Jiang Fen, Zhejiang University, China
  • Judge Yuriko Yamamoto, (June 2018 - June 2019) is a judge of Maebashi District Court in Japan hearing criminal cases. She will be visiting the University of Sydney Law School to research criminal justice system and its implications on the community as well as rehabilitation programs for known offenders.

Internships are offered periodically and will be advertised in the law student newsletter. For more information on internships, visit Resources - Sydney Law Students (in Canvas).

Our events

We hold seminars, conferences and workshops throughout the year.

Below is a list of some of our past events.

Transnational Litigation and China: Jurisdiction, Applicable Law and Judgments

21 November 2018

China is Australia's largest trading partner. Transnational litigations involving Chinese parties/factors are incredibly increasing. Our amazing panel explored the substantive and procedural litigation issues including:

  • Which court should have jurisdiction? 
  • What are the implications of the recently established Chinese commercial courts? 
  • How to address parallel litigations in Australia and China? 
  • What laws are applicable to litigations involving Chinese parties/factors?
  • Can Australian judgments be recognized and enforced in China?

To read more about the event and view the presentation slides, see the following link.

Foreign Investment in Brunei in the Context of China's Belt and Road Initiative

13 April 2018

Associate Professor Bruno Jetin (a French economist based at the Institute of Asian Studies at the University of Brunei Darussalam), gave a lunch-time seminar for CAPLUS providing a rare and fascinating insight into economic development in this oil-rich ASEAN micro-state. The presentation drew partly on a co-authored chapter by Assoc Prof Jetin on Brunei in International Investment Treaties and Arbitration in Asia, a book co-edited by CAPLUS associate director Prof Luke Nottage. Read more

SCIL/CAPLUS Symposium: International Investment Arbitration Across Asia

16 February 2017

The symposium, sponsored also by the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre and Herbert Smith Freehills, brought together leading experts of international investment law from Southeast Asia, North Asia, India and Oceania. Read more

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