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Asian and Islamic law

Meeting the legal challenges of the Asian century

Our experts are prominent legal scholars with expertise that spreads widely across the region. From human rights in Nepal to comparative law in China and commercial law in Japan, our scholarship is transnational in scope and global in perspective.

Our vision

We are one of the leading university research groups in the Southern Hemisphere that focuses on Asian law. We produce highly respected research on a wide variety of Asian jurisdictions, emphasising their importance to Australia’s economic and security interests. We pride ourselves on our unique program for studying Asian law ‘in country’, whether in China, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia or Nepal, matched by our in-house expertise. We offer our students a deep understanding of how Asian law operates in practice.

Our work

Our research covers diverse areas of law in Asian jurisdictions as well as comparative law. We explore:

  • Chinese law: Professor Vivienne Bath and Professor Bing Ling
  • Japanese law: Professor Luke Nottage
  • Indonesian law: Professor Simon Butt
  • Malaysian law: Associate Professor Salim Farrar.

Our expertise includes:

  • Islamic law: Associate Professor Farrar, Dr Ghena Krayem, Professor Simon Butt
  • International business and investment law: Professor Vivienne Bath, Professor Luke Nottage
  • Commercial and consumer law: Professor Bing Ling, Professor Bath, Professor Nottage, Professor Simon Butt, Associate Professor Salim Farrar
  • Human rights and international law: Professor David Kinley, Professor Ben Saul, Associate Professor Salim Farrar
  • Constitutional and anti-corruption law: Professor Simon Butt. 

Our impact

Our graduates in Asian law and literature are of the highest calibre and they can be found working in a variety of fields, such as legal practice, government and business. Our research students have take up leadership roles in their respective jurisdictions. Our research influences government policy and our  academics are often sought for comment by local and international media.

Our experts