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LAWASIA Journal is a leading international, peer-reviewed journal with high circulation in the Asia Pacific region.

The Journal deals with legal issues and developments in the Asia Pacific region. Articles in recent editions have considered legal developments in India, Malaysia, China, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore and a range of other nations. Articles addressing transnational or broader regional issues are also welcome. 

The Journal is produced by the Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law on behalf of LAWASIA, the law association for Asia and the Pacific. LAWASIA is a professional association of representatives of bar councils, law associations, individual lawyers, law firms and corporations principally from the Asia Pacific.

LAWASIA Journal editions

LAWASIA Journal is published once a year. All contributions to the Journal are subject to a rigorous process of peer review.

View article titles and authors for the current edition at the LAWASIA website.

The Editors invite submission of articles for the 2019 edition of the Journal, to be published in late 2019. The Journal welcomes submissions on all topics concerning legal issues and developments in the Asia Pacific. As well as articles on substantive topics, we also welcome review articles and shorter book reviews.

The Journal aims to publish significant works of scholarship that make an original contribution to law and policy analysis. Every article submitted for consideration is subject to a formal process of peer review. The refereeing process typically takes around six weeks, after which authors will be notified of the Editors' decision.

There is no maximum or minimum length for submissions, but articles (including review articles) between 5,000 and 10,000 words in length are preferred. Book reviews should be a maximum of 1,500 words. Manuscripts should be double spaced with generous margins. Style and referencing of submissions should conform to the style outlined in the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC)

Submission of manuscripts will be taken to imply that they contain original unpublished material and are not currently being considered for publication elsewhere. Subject to contrary written agreement with the author, copyright in all material accepted for publication will be assigned to LAWASIA. The deadline for submissions for the 2019 edition is 30 June 2019. Contributions should be submitted by email to A/Prof Francesca Bartlett at as an attachment in Microsoft Word format. Submissions in PDF format or which do not comply with the AGLC cannot be accepted.

Enquiries about submissions to the Journal should be directed to the editors. Email is the preferred mode of communication.

A/Prof Francesca Bartlett

Dr Matt Watson

Manuscripts should be submitted by email to

The LAWASIA Journal is published under the editorship of Associate Professor Francesca Bartlett and Dr Matt Watson within the Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law at the TC Beirne School of Law, The University of Queensland. The Editorial Board includes prestigious scholars and members of the judiciary from the Asia Pacific region.

Journal Editors 2019

Associate Professor Francesca Bartlett

Dr Matt Watson

International Editorial Board

The Honourable Dr Nguyen Van Hien
Former Chief Justice of Supreme People’s Court of Vietnam

The Honourable Michael Kirby AC, CMG
Former Justice of the High Court of Australia

Ms Janet Neville
CEO/Secretary-General, LAWASIA

Chief Justice Arthur Ngiraklsong
Supreme Court of Palau

The Honourable M N Venkatachaliah
Former Chief Justice of India

Professor Zhenmin Wang
Dean, Tsinghua University School of Law

Project Officer

Mrs Leann Foley
LAWASIA Secretariat

Enquiries about purchasing previous editions or subscribing to the LAWASIA Journal should be addressed to the LAWASIA Secretariat.

LAWASIA Secretariat
Suite 1101, Level 11
170 Phillip Street

Phone: +61 2 9926 0165
Fax: +61 2 9223 9652

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LAWASIA Secretariat

Suite 1101, Level 11
170 Phillip Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Tel: +61 2 9926 0165
Fax: +61 2 9223 9652


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