Conference on Legal Convergence in Asia

[The following is an announcement]
The Singapore Academy of Law is organizing
an international conference on “Doing
Business Across Asia: Legal Convergence in an Asian Century”
on 21 & 22
January 2016 in Singapore.
The background to the conference is set out
on the website as follows:
A trend of rising economic
integration amongst Asian countries has led to a homogenising effect upon many
cross-border trade practices and regulatory mechanisms. Among the business
community, it has led to a desire for increased convergence of cross-border
business laws, improved legal infrastructure and harmonisation of regulatory
standards across Asia.
The challenge now lies in
determining how such convergence should be brought about. To what extent is
convergence possible and feasible? How do we identify the inconsistencies which
undermine cross-border business? What legal solutions are desirable and acceptable?
How can the business community and legal fraternity assist the convergence
process? How can law makers and judicial institutions play an effective role?
To discuss these vital and
challenging issues, the Singapore Academy of Law is organising an international
Conference on 21 and 22 January 2016 in Singapore. The Conference will bring
together policy makers, regulators, members of the judiciary, and top leaders
from the business and legal communities in the region and beyond to debate and
to provide critical insight to these discussions.
The Conference will also
witness the launch of the Asian Business Law Institute; an Institute based in
Singapore that will 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.
Further details regarding the convergence
project and the Asian Business Law Institute can be found in an op-ed
by Lee Suet Fern & Sriram Chakravarthi and in this news
Readers of this Blog may be interested in
the following aspects of the conference highlighted by the organizers:
– To gain an insight into
and be part of the dialogue on how the forces of legal convergence will
influence Asian growth 
– To hear from leaders of
Asian businesses how legal and regulatory hurdles affecting the growth of
businesses in Asia can be removed
– To understand how legal
convergence will impact how you and your clients do business in Asia
– To hear Senior Judges
speak about the role of Asian Courts in promoting legal convergence
– To network with leading
policy makers, business leaders and legal professionals 
– To participate in the
launch of the Asian Business Law Institute
Singapore-based think tank set up to promote the convergence of Asian business

About the author

Umakanth Varottil

Umakanth Varottil is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore. He specializes in corporate law and governance, mergers and acquisitions and cross-border investments. Prior to his foray into academia, Umakanth was a partner at a pre-eminent law firm in India.

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