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ALSA is a non-political, non-profit association that welcomes cultural diversity and advances the professionalism and hard-working ethic that in which are the evident characteristic of Asians. ALSA has become and is continually improving as a premier association that provides the venue for bright law students to develop as future leaders and major players of Asia.


The ALSA Constitution, as the enabling law that creates the association, is in accordance with the provisions of the Swiss Civil Code. As provided for in Article 2 Section 2 of the ALSA Constitution, ALSA has its official seat in Zurich, Switzerland and is therefore recognized under Swiss law.


ASEAN Law Students’ Association


A group of law students from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand came together with the idea of creating an organization that could promote greater understanding and appreciation among the law students of the said nations. As a result, the ASEAN Law Students' Association was born.


East Asian Law Students


Law students from Japan, Korea and Taiwan came together to form a similar organization for East Asian law students, under the name of Asian Law Students' Association. Similarly, Hong Kong had its own initial organization catering to the educational and social needs of its students within its territory.With the growing desire of these different groups to expand their networks and develop a law student community in the Asian region, an agreement was signed on.


Asian Law Students’ Association


September 7, 2002, marked the union between the ASEAN Law Students' Organization (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand) and the Asian Law Students' Organization (Japan, Korea and Taiwan) into a single entity, thus giving birth to Asian Law Students' Association (ALSA) as it is known today.


The Enforcement of ALSA


The merger was enforced at the ALSA Conference in Bangkok, Thailand along with the enrollment of China and Hong Kong as new members.


The Admission of New Members


Since the ALSA Conference 2003, more Asian countries have been admitted to full membership, including Brunei Darussalam in 2010, Laos and Vietnam in 2012, Sri Lanka in 2013 and Macau, joined last August 2015. In ALSA Forum 2020, India joined as the newest member of ALSA International. Therefore, there are in total of 17 National Chapters in ALSA.


1. To promote an awareness of justice
2. To focus a global vision on the promising future of Asia
3. To facilitate the recognition of the social responsibilities on asian law students


1. To understand and appreciate the diversity and share the ideals of law in society through exchange and communication among Asian law students;

2. To motivate law students to develop a creative spirit through a network of joint activities among Asian law students;

3. To encourage the enhancement of the capabilities of Asian law students so as tao become internationally-minded, socially responsible, academically committed and legally skilled.

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