Inaugural ASIANLII Conference: Sydney February 2009

Graham Greenleaf of Austlii has forwarded the following information to us.

1st AsianLII Conference 2009

Building capacity for free access to law in Asia

23-25 February 2009, Sydney, Australia

Here is the main link for all the information you’ll need about the conference.

The first Asian Legal Information Institute (AsianLII) Conference ‘Building capacity for free access to law in Asia’ will be held at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) from 23-25 February 2009, hosted by the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII), a joint facility of the UTS and UNSW Faculties of Law. The Conference language will be English.

Draft Programme (PDF)
Registration Form (PDF)
Call for papers – extended to 9 January 2009
Invited speakers and participants
Preliminary list of sessions
About AsianLII

The Asian Legal Information Institute (AsianLII – provides free access legal resources from 28 countries across Asia. AsianLII receives funding from the AusAID Public Sector Linkages Programme (PSLP), the Australian Attorney-General’s Department, from UNSW international development grants, and infrastructure support from UTS and UNSW. Participants in the Conference are supported by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), Indonesia-Australia Legal Development Facility (IALDF), and UNSW.

Conference scope and aims

The Conference entitled ‘Building capacity for free access to law in Asia’ will bring together free access to law providers with users of legal information (lawyers, business, academics, government officials etc), technical experts and representatives of funding organisations. The Conference will focus on increasing the capacity of local organisations (particularly universities, NGOs and government agencies) in Asian countries to deliver free access to legal information in a sustainable way, and on the wealth of resources already available.

Conference Programme

Preliminary list of conference sessions (21 November 2008)

23 February – Seminar for AsianLII participants and supporters (by invitation)

24 February – Conference ‘Building capacity for free access to law in Asia’ and Dinner

25 February – Conference ‘Building capacity for free access to law in Asia’ and Workshops

(There will be a choice of three half-day Workshops: Providing Tools for Free Access to Law, Asia-wide free access legal research and Sustainable Courtroom & Moot Court Technologies.)


The registration form for the two-day Conference (including a Workshop) is available here. Please send any enquiries concerning conference registration to [email protected].

Invited speakers and participants

The Conference already includes speakers and participants from Australia, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Nepal, New Zealand, The Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vanuatu and Vietnam, as well as from AusAID, the Asian Development Bank, the IALDF and the Hague Conference on Private International Law. We expect that speakers and participants from numerous other countries in Asia, and from other international organisations and aid programmes, will be confirmed as the programme develops. The confirmed invited speakers and participants to date are listed below. This list will be expanded as further confirmations are received. The full conference programme will be published in due course.