Asian Society of International Law 2020 Regional Conference

Power and the Development of International Law: Asian Perspectives
Saturday, June 6, 2020
Junior Scholar Conference – Friday, June 5, 2020
Kathmandu, Nepal

Sponsored by Korean Maritime Institute and Gonzaga University School of Law

The Asian Society of International Law (AsianSIL) is pleased to host this regional conference, focused on issues relating to the power and development of international law from Asian perspectives.

“I am proud to be a member of the Gonzaga Law community that supports global engagement and contributes to the cause for global order, peace, and development. Thank you, Dean Jacob Rooksby, for your passion and supportive action for such a global cause.” Professor Upendra D. Acharya


This year’s conference is organized and led by Gonzaga Law Professor, Dr. Upendra Dev Acharya, a prominent international legal scholar and elected vice president of the Asian Society of International Law. Gonzaga Law has been expanding its efforts to engage in the global legal academic and research ventures. This is one of the signature engagements of Gonzaga Law and a contribution to the development of international law.

Call for Papers

Participants are invited to submit abstracts on a variety of international law topics. An abstract and the brief biography should be emailed to the Conference
organizers at by Feb. 24, 2020.

Key dates to remember:

  • Abstract Submissions due February 24, 2020
  • Notification of Acceptance by March 15, 2020
  • Paper Submissions (if accepted) by April 15, 2020

A full list of abstract topics and submission guidelines is available here.

About the Conference

Asia is an extremely diverse continent. This conference will explore the varying roles played by small and big powers, developed economies, emerging economies, and less developed states in the formation of international law. While Asia is playing an increasingly important role in the development of international law (and this has been recognized by the international community and scholars around the world), Asian countries are often implicated in gross violations of human rights, corruption, unilateralism and other instances of disrespect for basic norms of international law.

In such an anomalous context, where power rather than law appears to prevail, a question arises as to how we should assess the claims about Asia’s important role in the development of international laws. At this conference, we will consider the complex issues that arise from the anomalies of Asian practices of international law, among other related themes.