OUR STORY

ALSA INTERNATIONAL

ALSA INTERNATIONAL

Asian Law Students’ Association or known as ALSA is a non-political and non-profit association that welcomes cultural diversity and advances the professionalism and hard-working ethic. ALSA has become and is continually improving as an association that provides the venue for law students to develop as future leaders and major players of Asia. Currently, ALSA has around 12,000 law students and alumni from 16 national chapters all across Asia, which are Brunei Darussalam, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Macau, and Myanmar.

HISTORY OF ALSA 1989: 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.

1996: East Asian Law Students’ Association

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.

2002: Asian Law Students’ Association

September 7th, 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.

2003: 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 the new members.

Vision

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 law students

OBJECTIVES

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 to become internationally-minded, socially responsible, academically committed and legally skilled