Asian Perspectives on the Future of the Harmonisation and Convergence of Business Laws




About the Conference

THE UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific and the Asian Business Law Institute will jointly host the Emergence Conference 2018 on 25 July 2018 in Singapore at the Supreme Court of Singapore.

The Emergence Conference 2018 is designed to take stock of emerging global and regional developments relating to the harmonization and convergence of international trade and commercial law, with a focus on their impact on regionalisation, especially for Asia. The conference is intended to provide a platform for experts and scholars to examine the impact of these developments especially on regional and national business environments, and to consider various areas of potential interest for UNCITRAL and ABLI from a regional perspective.

The conference invites researchers, scholars, and practitioners to share their insightful opinions and research on these topics and to engage in an international dialogue on the potential contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Conference is now inviting paper proposals/abstracts for review.

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers can be downloaded here.

1. Conference Tracks

Paper proposals are invited on (but not limited to) the following tracks:

Track 1: The digital economy and its impact on the law

Track 2: Issues in the standardisation of contract laws

Track 3: Developments in finance, banking and investment

Track 4: Commercial dispute resolution in a globalised world

We also welcome paper proposals/abstracts on any other emerging legal issues on cross-border business-to-business transactions.

2. Selection Criteria

The papers for presentation at the conference will be selected in a competitive process and will take into consideration (1) the quality of the proposed topic and abstract, relevance to the broad theme and to the work areas already covered by UNCITRAL; (2) the regional diversity of presenters (including diversity of legal traditions); (3) balance between senior and junior presenters; and (4) gender balance.

The authors of the accepted proposals may be asked to present the paper in person at the Conference.

3. Important Dates

30 April 2018

Closing date for submission of the paper abstracts via Authors of the accepted paper abstracts will be contacted after the proposals are reviewed.

30 June 2018

Closing date for submission of the draft paper.

31 October 2018

Closing date for submission of the full paper for publication.

4. Submissions

In addition to the abstract proposal (no more than 250 words), the submission must indicate (1) the title of the paper, (2) the proposed track and related topic, (3) key words, identifying the theme of the proposed paper, so as to assist in the categorization process; and (4) the speaker’s bio in not more than 250 words and contact information.

5. Publication

After the conclusion of the conference, all the accepted authors are invited to submit the full updated paper for possible publication by the UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific, to stimulate interest, research, and study on UNCITRAL and its texts. Papers must follow the OSCOLA (Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities) style of referencing.  ABLI may also publish the papers online on its website. Papers may also be considered for possible external publication in a reviewed academic journal or an edited book.


Registration for the conference is free of charge. Please register here.

However, accepted speakers and participants in the conference are required to complete a registration form in advance and obtain confirmation in order to secure a place in the conference. 

The closing date for (free) registration for participation in the Conference is: 06 July 2018

ASEAN Law Conference

The ASEAN Law Association’s (ALA) ASEAN Law Conference is being hosted in Singapore in conjunction with the ALA 13th General Assembly immediately after the Emergence Conference 2018 from 26 July to 28 July 2018.  For more information about and to register for the ASEAN Law Conference, please visit the official website of the ASEAN Law Conference:

The cost of the ASEAN Law Conference is generally USD$1,000 for non-ALA members and USD$450 for ALA members.  However, if you are speaking at the Emergence Conference 2018 or you are attending the Emergence Conference 2018 and are a full-time academic or researcher, a member of the judiciary or a government official or officer, the ALA invites you to attend the ASEAN Law Conference at the ALA members rate (even if you are not a member of the ALA).  If you would like to attend the ASEAN Law Conference and are entitled to the reduced rate, please contact us at and we will provide you with the Discount Code to use when registering for the ASEAN Law Conference. 

Contact Information

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