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NUS Law sets up Centre for Asian Legal Studies

09 February 2012

NUS Faculty of Law has set up the Centre for Asian Legal Studies (CALS) to lead research on Asian law. It represents a major thrust in NUS Law's strategy as Asia's Global Law School, in view of the growing importance of legal developments in Asia to the entire world.

The Centre is headed by Prof Andrew Harding, who began his academic career at NUS Law, and was most recently Director of the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives and Chair in Asia-Pacific Legal Relations at the University of Victoria, Canada.

Said NUS Law Dean Prof Simon Chesterman: "The Centre for Asian Legal Studies establishes NUS Law as a global centre of excellence for the study of law in Asia." He is confident that Prof Harding's experience in Asian and comparative legal studies, as well as law and development, will shift the focus of Asian legal studies from the West to Singapore.

CALS builds on NUS Law's collaborations with other law schools around the region as part of the Asian Law Institute. It will concentrate on cutting-edge Asian law research, publications and events, with particular emphasis on justice and law reform issues across Asia.

Prof Harding noted that CALS will be a focal point that brings together and fosters relevant expertise in Asia. It will enable the understanding of the role of law and trends in regional developments such as the recent opening up of Myanmar.