ABLI was launched on 21 January 2016 in conjunction with the International Conference on ‘Doing Business Across Asia – Legal Convergence in an Asian Century’. The conference brought together 500 participants and speakers including senior judges, lawyers, CEOs, policy-makers and academics from the region and beyond.
The mission of ABLI is to operationalize the conclusions of the Conference, with the aim to remove unnecessary or undesirable differences between Asian legal systems that pose obstacles to free and seamless trade.
ABLI has been assigned an Asian-centric focus, a polycentric and practice-oriented identity, and a projects-based strategy for promoting convergence.
Since its inception, ABLI’s initiative has attracted significant press and media coverage, as well as great interest from stakeholders in all the fields where it has expressed its intention to initiate projects of legal convergence.