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About AALCO

The Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO), originally known as the Asian Legal Consultative Committee (ALCC), was constituted on 15 November 1956. It is considered to be a tangible outcome of the historic Bandung Conference, held in Indonesia, in April 1955. Seven Asian States, namely Burma (now Myanmar), Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), India, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, and the United Arab Republic (now Arab Republic of Egypt and Syrian Arab Republic) are the original Member States. Later, in April 1958, in order to include participation of countries of the continent of Africa its name was changed to Asian-African Legal Consultative Committee (AALCC). At the Fortieth Annual Session, held at the Headquarters of AALCC in New Delhi, in 2001, the name of the Committee was changed to Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO). It might seem to be a minor change in nomenclature. However, it has great symbolic significance reflecting the growing status of the Organization and… Read-More

Call for Papers

AALCO Journal

Call for Papers : AALCO Journal of International Law

Pursuant to its mandate for wider dissemination of information, on the practice and developments in relation to areas of International Law in the Bandung Spirit of Cooperation, manuscripts are invited for Volume 6 of the AALCO Journal of International Law. The AALCO Journal of International Law accepts manuscripts year-round and considers manuscripts not selected for the current volume for future volumes unless withdrawn by the contributor. In its VIth year of publication in the present form, the AALCO Journal of International Law (formerly bearing titles of ‘Quarterly Bulletin’, ‘AALCO Bulletin’ and ‘AALCO Quarterly Bulletin’) publishes articles on contemporary themes in International Law, often dedicating certain issues to specific themes in International Law. Bearing in mind the wide scope of the relevant events impacting International Law that took place in the past one year, the present volume… Read-More

AALCO MEMBERS FROM ASIA ---> Kingdom of Bahrain | Republic of Bangladesh | Brunei Darussalam | People's Republic of China | Republic of Cyprus | India | Republic of Indonesia | Islamic Republic of Iran | Republic of Iraq | Japan | Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan | State of Kuwait | Lebanon | Malaysia | Mongolia | Union of Myanmar | Nepal | DPR Korea | Sultanate of Oman | Pakistan | State of Qatar | Republic of Korea | Kingdom of Saudi Arabia | Singapore | Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka | State of Palestine | Republic of Philippines | Syrian Arab Republic | Thailand | Republic of Turkey | United Arab Emirates | Republic of Yemen | Socialist Republic of Vietnam   AALCO MEMBERS FROM AFRICA ---> Arab Republic of Egypt | Republic of Cameroon | Republic of The Gambia | Republic of Ghana | Kenya | Libya | Mauritius | Federal Republic of Nigeria | Republic of Senegal | Sierra Leone | Republic of Somalia | Republic of South Africa | Republic of Sudan | United Republic of Tanzania | Uganda

Visit of the Secretary-General to the International Law Commission, United Nations Office at Geneva, 18 July 2019

H. E. Prof. Dr. Kennedy Gastorn, the Secretary-General of AALCO, addressed the Seventy-First Session of the International Law Commission (ILC) on 18 July 2019 and summarized the viewpoints of Member States of AALCO on the topics on the agenda of the ILC as expressed in the Fifty-Seventh Annual Session of AALCO held in Tokyo, Japan in October 2018. In his statement, the Secretary-General cherished AALCO’s longstanding and mutually beneficial relationship with the ILC and thanked the Commission for the yearly invitation to take part in its session.

Secretary-General’s Participation in the Conference on Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies: SDG 16 Implementation and the Path towards leaving no one behind

Dr. Kennedy Gastorn, Secretary-General of AALCO participated in the Conference on Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies organized by the Division of Sustainable Development Goals of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) from 27-29 May 2019 at Rome.

Visit of Mr. Zhang Mingqi, Vice President and Secretary-General of China Law Society to AALCO Headquarters

Mr. Zhang Mingqi, Vice President and Secretary-General of China Law Society (CLS) leading a 6 people delegation paid a courtesy visit to the AALCO Headquarters on 18 July 2019. The delegation was received by Ms. Wang Liyu, Acting Secretary General of AALCO. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Ali Garshasbi, Deputy Secretary General and Mrs. Anuradha Bakshi, Deputy Director of AALCO.

Speech delivered by the Secretary-General at the “One-Day Seminar on the Global Compact on Refugees: From Hope to Action”, Faculty of Legal Studies, South Asian University, New Delhi, 18 April 2019

H.E. Prof. Dr. Kennedy Gastorn and Ms. Yasuko Shimizu, Chief of Mission, UNHCR, Delhi delivered the inaugural addresses at the “One-Day Seminar on the Global Compact on Refugees: From Hope to Action”, organized by the Faculty of Legal Studies, South Asian University, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, India, at the South Asian University on 18 April 2019. The Conference was divided into five sessions pertaining to topics covering a wide range of issues concerning the Global Compact on Refugees.

Keynote Address delivered by the Secretary-General at Hong Kong Business and Legal Summit, 23 May 2019

AALCO and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) co-organized the latter’s second biennial Hong Kong Business and Legal Summit on 23 May 2019. The Summit was themed “Spotlight on African and Asian Opportunities”, and was hosted at the HKIAC. H.E. Prof. Dr. Kennedy Gastorn, Secretary-General of AALCO, and Ms. Wang Liyu, Deputy Secretary-General attended the Summit.

Participation of the Secretary-General at the Fifth Commonwealth Red Cross and Red Crescent Conference on IHL

On 10-14 June 2019, over 140 representatives of 37 Commonwealth countries and 28 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies gathered in Kigali, Republic of Rwanda, for the Fifth Commonwealth Red Cross and Red Crescent Conference on International Humanitarian Law (IHL). The Conference was co-hosted by the Rwandan Government, Rwanda Red Cross Society and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Visit of Ms. Karen Tan , Business Development Director, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) to AALCO Headquarters

Ms. Karen Tan , Business Development Director, Hong Kong Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) accompanied by Ms. Kiran Sanghera, Business Development Deputy Director, HKIAC paid a courtesy visit to H.E. Prof. Dr. Kennedy Gastorn, Secretary-General of AALCO at the AALCO Headquarters on 12 July 2019. The meeting was also attended by Ms. Wang Liyu, Deputy Secretary General of AALCO.

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Publications

Yearbook

The CRT proposes to, hitherto, undertake three publications, viz. Yearbook of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organisation, Quarterly Bulletin of Asian-African Legal Consultative Organisation and a Newsletter, with a view to facilitating in-depth studies of the topics on the Work Programme of the AALCO, reflecting all the activities undertaken by the Secretariat in implementing and fulfilling the mandate of the Member States and strengthening the cooperation between the Secretariat and the Member States.

Training Programmes

CRT

The Centre for Research and Training (CRT), of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO) was established with a view to facilitate capacity building and enhance legal expertise in areas of international law in the Asian Africa regions.

Arbitration Centres

AIAC Asian International Arbitration Centre Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

The Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC) formerly known as The Regional Centre for Arbitration, Kuala Lumpur (RCAKL) established in 1978, was the first such Centre in Asia. The Centre offers facilities and assistance for the conduct of arbitral proceedings, including the enforcement of awards made in the proceedings held under the auspices of the Centre. The Rules for arbitration under the auspices of the Centre are the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules of 1976 with certain modifications and adaptations. Other main functions of the Centre are to promote international commercial arbitration in the Asia-Pacific region and to render advice and assistance to parties who may approach the Centre.

Apart from these services the Centre also provides other options for the settlement of disputes such as mediation/conciliation under the Conciliation Rules of the Centre. The Centre, realizing the growing importance of intellectual property in the arena of Information and Communications Technology, also administer international and domestic domain name dispute resolution service, provided by the Malaysian Network Information Centre (MYNIC), which administers the .my domain. All domain name disputes are governed and administered in accordance with MYNIC's Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (MYDRP), Rules of the MYDRP and RCAKL Supplemental Rules.

 

Website: https://www.aiac.world/

CRCICA Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA) Arab Republic of Egypt
The Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration was established in 1979 by AALCO and the Egyptian Government for an experimental period of three years. In 1983, an agreement was concluded between AALCO and the Egyptian Government for granting permanent status to the Cairo Centre.
 
The Cairo Centre offers specialized services to settle trade and investment disputes, through arbitration. It includes also Alternative Dispute Resolution techniques (ADR) such as conciliation, mediation and technical expertise. Apart from this, the Centre also offers advice to parties to international commercial and investment contracts with regards to drafting these contracts, promote arbitration and other ADR techniques in the Afro-Asian region through the organization of international conferences and seminars and organize training programs for international arbitrators and legal scholars from the Afro-Asian region through the Centre’s Institute for Arbitration and Investment. The Cairo Centre follows the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules with certain modification.
 
Apart from this, the Cairo Centre had also established the Institute of Arbitration and Investment in 1990; the Institute of Arab and African Arbitrators in Egypt in 1991; the Centre’s Maritime Arbitration Branch in Alexandria, which is meant to deal exclusively with maritime disputes, in 1992; the Cairo Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators of London in 1999; Alexandria Centre for International Arbitration in 2001; and a Mediation and ADR Centre as a branch of the Cairo Centre to administer commercial arbitration and other peaceful non-binding means of avoiding and settling trade and investment disputes, in 2001.
 
Lagos Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration Lagos (RCICAL) Nigeria
In 1980, an Agreement was concluded with the Federal Government of Nigeria for the location of a third Center in Lagos. The Centre was formally inaugurated in March 1989. On 26th April 1999, Hon’ble Alhaji Abdullahi Ibrahim OFR (SAN), the then Attorney General and Minister of Justice, on behalf of Nigeria and H. E. Mr. Tang Chengyuan, the then Secretary-General of the AALCO, signed an Agreement which formalized the continued functioning of the Center for a period of five years with effect from January 1999 to December 2004.
 
 

 

Trac Tehran Regional Arbitration Centre (TRAC) Islamic Republic of Iran
An Agreement was concluded between the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and AALCO on 3 May 1997, for the establishment of a Regional Center for Arbitration in Tehran. At the AALCO’s 42nd Session in Seoul, the Delegate of Islamic Republic of Iran informed that the Judicial Power has adopted the Agreement and that all the legal procedure applicable in the Islamic Republic of Iran for the ratification of the said Agreement is complete. 
 

The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran ratified the Agreement for implementation on 10 June 2003. Dr. Moshkan Mashkour was appointed as the Director and the Secretary-General of AALCO as per Article V of the Agreement endorsed the Director’s appointment. Further, the Islamic Republic of Iran expressed its readiness to negotiate with AALCO in order to prepare the Administrative Rules and Rules of Arbitration to be followed by the Centre as required by Article II (2) of the Agreement.

Website:http://trac.ir/

NCIA Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration (NCIA) Nairobi Republic of Kenya

On 3 April 2006, during the Forty-Fifth Annual Session of AALCO, held in New Delhi, India, a Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of a regional centre for arbitration in Nairobi was signed by the Secretary-General of AALCO and the Attorney-General of the Republic of Kenya. The following year, on 2 July 2007 at the Forty-Sixth Annual Session of AALCO in Cape Town, South Africa, an agreement was signed establishing the Nairobi Regional Arbitration Centre.

On 25 January 2013, the Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration Act came into force. The systems and structures of the Centre were established in 2014-2015 by the inaugural Board of Directors and the Centre’s Arbitration and Mediation Rules were published in December 2015. The Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration was thereafter inaugurated on 5 December 2016.

Website: www.ncia.or.ke