ALSA INTERNATIONAL

History Of ALSA International

The ASEAN Law Students’ Association was established at the First ASEAN Law Students’ Conference in Jakarta, 18 May 1989. By 2002, the five member countries, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, came to the idea of extending its scope of its membership in order to enchance the achievement of its objectives. The International Law Students’ Association of Peking University (ILSA PKU), which represents ALSA China, was established in March 2003.

The Law Association, Hong Kong University Students’ Union (LA, HKUSU) was established in 1969. It has long been a local student body serving law students in the University of Hong Kong. According to its constitution, LA, HKUSU, represents its members locally and internationally. After attending a few conferences held by ALSA, it decided to join the ALSA.

Enlightened by the vision and purpose of European Law Students’ Association in 1996, the Japanese law students decided to set up an Asian Law Students’ Association in East Asian countries. By the Seol Declaration in 2001, the International Department of Legal Aid Association of Peking University, ALSA Japan, ALSA Korea, and ALSA Taiwan officially decided to continur to discuss how to build a network between the countries. In 2002, after the Korean Conference and in the Asian Forum held in Japan, the merging with the ASEAN Law Students’ Association was agreed. This was made upon the vision and purpose of the first ALSA members.

The basis for the national committee of the Asian Law Students’ Association in Korea was first created by Seoul National University law school students in 1998 through ALSA SNU, a full national committee by the name of the Asian Law Students’ Association of Korea was formed in the summer of year 2000 consisting of two universities; Seoul National University and Ewha Woman’s University. 

The ASEAN Law Students’ Association which is composed of the member countries Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand represented by Mr. Niti Nernchamnong, representatives of the International Department of Legal Aid Association of Peking University, Law Association, Hong Kong University Students; Union of the University of Hong Kong (LA, HKUSU), Asian Law Students’ Association Japan (ALSA Japan), Asian Law Students’ Association Korea (ALSA Korea), and Asian Law Students Association Taiwan (ALSA Taiwan) attended the Asian forum and signed the Tokyo Agreement on 7 September 2002 to agree to merge into a single association which took effect by resolution passed unanimously by ASEAN Law Students’ Association, the International Law Students’ Association of Peking University formerly known as the International Department of Legal Aid Association of Peking University, LA, HKUSU, ALSA Japan, ALSA Korea, and ALSA Taiwan on 23 October 2003 in Bangkok, Thailand.

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