A new institute was formed earlier this year to champion the cause of business law convergence in the region. A key supporter, Singapore’s Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, tells John Church about the possibilities

A growing number of people believe we are living in an “Asian century”. Many trade and investment initiatives have been raised in recent years with the vision to fuse the spectrum of Asian countries into a more unified collective. Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank and One Belt, One Road, two ambitious economic projects firmly advocated by China, are also fuelling this trend.

The increasing integration of Asian economies will no doubt inject more vigour into the economic development of China and other countries in the region. But the sheer diversity of cultures, politics, beliefs, races and histories may imply that achieving a close, supernational collaboration between markets in this part of the world is fated to be plagued by incredible complexities and hardships. And the convergence of Asian legal frameworks could only be more difficult.

Against this backdrop, at a Singapore Academy of Law conference on 21 January, the Asian Business Law Institute (ABLI) was born, with a mandate to “initiate, conduct and facilitate research and produce authoritative texts with a view to providing practical guidance in the field of Asian legal development and promoting the convergence of Asian business laws”.

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亚洲商业法律研究所理事会

ASIA BUSINESS LAW INSTITUTE’S BOARD OF GOVERNORS

中国CHINA

张勇健
The Honourable Justice Zhang Yongjian, Senior Judge
最高人民法院民事审判第四庭庭长
Chief Judge of the Fourth Civil Division,
The Supreme People’s Court, People’s Republic of China

中林
The Honourable Justice He Zhonglin, Senior Judge
最高人民法院国际合作局局长
Director General of International Department,
The Supreme People’s Court, People’s Republic of China

蒋惠岭
The Honourable Justice Jiang Huiling, Senior Judge
最高人民法院中国应用法学研究所所长
Director of China Institute of Applied Jurisprudence,
The Supreme People’s Court, People’s Republic of China


澳大利亚 AUSTRALIA

The Honourable Justice Robert French AC
澳大利亚高等法院首席大法官
Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia

The Honourable Justice Marilyn Warren AC
维多利亚州最高法院首席大法官
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria

The Honourable Kevin Lindgren AM QC FAAL
澳大利亚联邦法院前法官
Former Judge of the Federal Court of Australia


印度 INDIA

The Honourable Justice A K Sikri
印度最高法院法官
Judge of the Supreme Court of India

Mr Parag P Tripathy
印度最高法院高级律师
Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India

Mr Rahul Singh
印度大学国家法学院教授
Professor of Law at the National Law School of India University


新加坡 SINGAPORE

The Honourable the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon
新加坡首席大法官
Chief Justice of Singapore

The Honourable Mr V K Rajah
新加坡总检察长
Attorney-General of Singapore

The Honourable Justice Andrew Phang Boon Leong
新加坡最高法院上诉法官
Judge of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Singapore

Professor Joseph Weiler
纽约大学法学院欧盟Jean Monnet计划主任

European Union Jean Monnet Chair
at New York University Law School

Professor Lucy Reed
新加坡国立大学国际法中心主任
Director of the Centre for International Law,
The National University of Singapore