ALA 36th Governing Council Meeting and Meeting of Standing Committees in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (20 September 2014)
the 35th Governing Council Meeting held in Singapore, it was decided
that the 36th Governing Council Meeting will be held in Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia. Accordingly, on 20 September 2014, the ASEAN Law Association
convened its 36th Meeting at The Royale Chulan Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
late, the delegates attending the Governing Council Meeting have
increased in numbers. In Kuala Lumpur, the attendance once again
breached the 200 mark with 217 delegates. Nine National Committees were
represented at the Meeting, which also saw the participation of five
Chief Justices of ASEAN.
President of ALA, The Hon. Chief Justice Dr Muhammad Hatta Ali of
Indonesia chaired the Governing Council Meeting. He was assisted by the
Secretary General of ALA, Mr Swandy Halim. The Meeting started with the
speech of the President followed by the opening remarks of all the
Chairmen of the National Committees.
The following proposals were endorsed by the Governing Council:
(a) Access to Justice:
To establish a panel of “expert lawyers” in each Asean country who will
provide legal advice and representation, pro bono or for a nominal fee,
on criminal and constitutional law to nationals/permanent residents of
other Asean states.
(b) Harmonisation of Commercial Laws:
To create a working platform to promote greater cooperation and
communication between ALA and ASLOM in the pursuit of harmonisation of
commercial laws and regulations within ASEAN.
(c) Trade and Investment:
To establish a Trade and Investment Group with representation from each
ASEAN state to provide inputs on common positions on trade and
investment disputes under WTO and compile the laws in trade and
investment in ASEAN. This will formalize and rename the existing WTO
(d) Asean Law Centres of Excellence:
To create centres of excellence to encourage in-depth studies on laws
and regulations of ASEAN states to enhance such laws as well as
academic exchanges between these centres.
(e) Alternative Dispute Resolution: To create a level playing field in ADR by way of exchanges on ADR experts, study and compilation of laws and rules.
(f) Honouring ALA Heroes: To compile a list of ALA personalities who have contributed to growth of ALA to honour their contribution.
discussions were carried out by the Standing Committees, namely,
International Law, Business Law, Legal Education, Legal Profession,
ADR, Judicial Co-operation, Legal Information and the Trade &
ALA Standing Committees were also reviewed and streamlined. The WTO
Study Group of the Business Law Standing Committee was re-named the
“Trade and Investment Group” to better reflect its widened role in
light of developments in the field. The Standing Committee on Judicial
Cooperation was also disbanded as the ASEAN Chief Justices’ Meeting was
being held on the sidelines of every ALA meeting.
addition, the Meeting decided on the conference theme and topics for
the 12th ALA General Assembly hosted by the Philippines in