Law Association for Asia and the Pacific (LAWASIA)

ECOSOC Status: Special Consultative
Type: NGO working on Crime
Address: Law Society House (HQ)
Ground Floor
179 Ann Street
Brisbane QLD 4000

Send the correspondence to:
GPO Box 980
Brisbane QLD 4001
Country: Australia
Region: Oceania
UN Languages:
Other languages:
  • Counselling
  • Education
  • Criminal Justice
Short description:
LAWASIA is an international organisation of lawyers’ associations, individual lawyers, judges, legal academics, and others which focuses on the interests and concerns of the legal profession in the Asia Pacific region. The governing body, the LAWASIA Council, is comprised of representatives of the peak legal bodies in 25 countries. As such, its policies and agenda directly address issues confronting the profession throughout the region. LAWASIA also has over 1,500 individual members from over 50 countries, who have the opportunity to contribute directly to LAWASIA activities through participation in Sections and Standing Committees.

LAWASIA’s main objective is to foster professional and business relations between lawyers, businesses and government representatives in the Asia Pacific region.

LAWASIA also promotes the rule of law in a diverse range of political, cultural, social and economic contexts throughout the region. Other objectives of LAWASIA include:
to promote the administration of justice, the protection of human rights and the maintenance of the rule of law within the region;
to advance the standard of legal education within the region by all practicable means;
to encourage communication and liaison between members in relation to general and specialised areas of law;
to enhance the development of members’ legal practices and their professional and business relations within the region;
to further the diffusion of knowledge of the laws of the various countries within the region;
to promote development of the law in the region;
to advance the science of jurisprudence in all its phases and to promote the study and development of international law and of comparative law;
to promote uniformity within the region in appropriate fields of law;
to further international understanding and goodwill;
to assist and co-operate with international, regional, or other organisations having all or any of the above mentioned objects or similar objects;
to foster relations and intercourse between lawyers and associations and organisations of lawyers within the region;
to uphold and advance the status of the legal profession within the region.

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