WHAT IS ALSA?
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.
HISTORY OF ALSA
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.