ALA 37th Governing Council Meeting in Manila, Philippines (28 February 2015)

The ASEAN Law Association convened its 37th Governing Council Meeting on 28 February 2015 at Makati Shangri-La Hotel in Manila, Philippines. The Meeting was well-attended, with the participation of the National Committees of all 10 ASEAN member states and six ASEAN Chief Justices.

The Meeting was chaired by ALA President, The Hon. Chief Justice Prof. Dr. H. M. Hatta Ali of Indonesia and was assisted by ALA Secretary General, Mr Swandy Halim.

Apart from the regular agenda items, the Trade and Investment Group shared its focus areas on information-sharing and dissemination, as well as possible capacity-building and training on ASEAN trade and investment laws. A survey on trade and investment laws and regulations of ASEAN member states had already been circulated and the survey results would be collated and posted on the ALA website.

A paper entitled "ALA at the Crossroads" that charted the way forward for ALA was presented and the Governing Council decided that two working committees, one on harmonisation of laws and another to take care of the recommendations in the paper, be established.

A draft protocol that sought to establish the modalities of collaboration and cooperation between the ASLOM Working Group on the Harmonization of the Trade Laws of ASEAN member states and the ALA Working Group on harmonization of the commercial laws of ASEAN member states was also presented. The Governing Council decided that the draft protocol be tabled to ASLOM and the ASEAN Law Ministers for their consideration.


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