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 will 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 will 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.

Researchers, scholars, and practitioners are invited to attend and 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).

Conference Materials

The Emergence Conference 2018 materials, including the Abstracts, the Presentation Slides, the Keynote Address delivered by Mr Ng How Yue and the Welcome Address delivered by The Honourable the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon are now available on ABLI's website:

The Programme & Speakers' Profiles

The full programme, including details of the speakers, can be viewed here

Mr Ng How Yue, Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Law, will deliver the Keynote Address.

Welcome Addresses will be delivered by The Honourable the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon of the Supreme Court of Singapore and Chair of ABLI’s Board of Governors and Mr Luca Castellani, Secretary of UNCITRAL Working Group IV (Electronic Commerce).

These will be followed by five expert panel sessions involving 25 speakers located in 13 jurisdictions on the following topics:

Session 1: The Digital Economy and its Impact on the Law

Session 2: Issues in the Standardisation of Contract Laws

Session 3: Developments in Finance, Banking and Investment

Session 4: Commercial Dispute Resolution in a Globalised World

Session 5: Shifts in the International Dispute Resolution Landscape

The biographies of the speakers and authors can be viewed here.

The Organisers

UNCITRAL is a subsidiary body of the General Assembly of the United Nations. It should not be confused with the World Trade Organization (WTO). The WTO deals with trade policy issues, such as trade liberalization, abolition of trade barriers, unfair trade practices or other similar issues usually related to public law. In contrast, UNCITRAL generally deals with the laws applicable to private parties in international transactions, and does not involve itself with “State-to-State” issues such as anti-dumping, countervailing duties, or import quotas.

ABLI was launched in January 2016. It is a permanent institute based in Singapore that initiates, conducts and facilitates research with a view to providing practical guidance in the field of Asian legal development and promoting the convergence of Asian business laws. Its mission is to remove unnecessary or undesirable differences between Asian legal systems that pose obstacles to free and seamless trade. ABLI’s long-term strategic direction in accordance with its aims is set by its Board of Governors chaired by The Honourable the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon of the Supreme Court of Singapore. The Board comprises representatives from Australia, China, India and Singapore and other internationally renowned legal experts.


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

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: 20 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 [email protected] and we will provide you with the Discount Code to use when registering for the ASEAN Law Conference. 

Contact Information

For more information and enquiries, please visit our website or contact us at [email protected].


Practice Area: Others

Training Level: General

Attendance Policy

Participants who wish to obtain CPD Points are reminded that they must comply strictly with the Attendance Policy set out in the CPD Guidelines. For this activity, this includes signing in on arrival and signing out at the conclusion of the activity in the manner required by the organiser, and not being absent from the entire activity for more than 15 minutes. Participants who do not comply with the Attendance Policy will not be able to obtain CPD Points for attending the activity. Please refer to for more information.