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… Read-More

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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accepts manuscripts year-round and considers manuscripts not selected for the current volume for future volumes unless withdrawn by the contributor.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 would be… 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 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

News Updates

Visit by H.E. Mr. Mohammed Kahter Al-Khater, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to India to the AALCO Headquarters

H.E. Mr. Mohammed Kahter Al-Khater, Ambassador of State of Qatar to India visited the AALCO Headquarters on 3 September 2021 to pay a courtesy visit to Mr. Yukihiro Takeya, Deputy Secretary-General of AALCO. The two seized the opportunity to discuss means to augment the relationship between the State of Qatar and AALCO.


On 17 July 2021, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO) and Allameh Tabataba’i University (ATU) of the Islamic Republic of Iran. H.E. Prof. Dr. Kennedy Gastorn, Secretary-General of AALCO and Prof. Dr. Hossein Salimi, President of the ATU signed the MoU on behalf of the respective parties.

Memorandum of Understanding between the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization and Doshisha University, 13 May 2021

On 13 May 2021, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO) and the Faculty and Graduate School of Law, Doshisha University, Japan. H.E. Prof. Dr. Kennedy Gastorn, Secretary-General, AALCO and Prof.

Secretary-General of AALCO, H.E. Prof. Dr. Kennedy Gastorn delivered congratulatory remarks via video conferencing at the Inauguration Ceremony of the International Commercial Dispute Prevention and Settlement Organization

The Inauguration Ceremony of the International Commercial Dispute Prevention and Settlement Organization (ICDPASO) was held in Beijing, People’s Republic of China on 15 October 2020. Secretary-General of AALCO, H.E. Prof. Dr. Kennedy Gastorn was invited to deliver congratulatory remarks via video conferencing in the event.

Deputy Secretary-General, AALCO delivered an address at the Opening Ceremony of the 5thTraining Course of China South-Asia Legal Training Base held online on 17 September 2020


The Opening Ceremony of the 5th Course of China-South Asia Legal Training Base was held in the afternoon of 17 September, 2020 in the form of an online video conference open to more than 130 participants comprising of legal professionals from China, South Asia and Southeast Asia.

The demise of H.E. Amb. Dr. Augustine Philip Mahiga, the Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs of the United Republic of Tanzania

We are deeply saddened to inform the demise of H.E. Amb. Dr. Augustine Philip Mahiga, the Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs of the United Republic of Tanzania and the current President of AALCO since the 58th Annual Session of AALCO held in Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania in October 2019.

The Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization celebrated its Sixty-Third Constitution Day in New Delhi on 15th November 2019

The event was held at the Le Merdien Hotel and was attended by Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Liaison Officers from AALCO Member States, as well as special invitees from several non-Member States, international organizations and the staff of AALCO. 

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Training Programmes

Training programme of AALCO

Training programs on various international law topics are conducted by the CRT in cooperation with inter-governmental organizations and academic institutions, for the officials of Member Governments, at regular intervals.


What we do

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

Arbitration Centres


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/


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.

Website: http://crcica.org.eg/

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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.

Website: https://rcical.org


Tehran Regional Arbitration Centre (TRAC)[1] was established on 3 May 1997, through an Agreement concluded between the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and AALCO. At the AALCO’s 42nd Session in Seoul (2003), 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. TRAC effectively commenced its activities on July 2005 by publishing its Rules of Arbitration. TRAC’s current director is Dr. Oveis Rezvanian, appointed on November 2014. On March 2018, TRAC released its new set of Arbitration Rules.

TRAC’s main duty, as an international organization, is to organize institutional arbitration. It is also active in:

  • Promotion of international commercial arbitration in the region;
  • Coordination of the activities of, and assistance to, existing arbitration institutions in the region;
  • Assistance to ad-hoc arbitration, especially in cases applying the UNCITRAL Rules; and
  • Assistance to the enforcement of arbitral awards.

Website: http://trac.ir/

[1] Tehran Regional Arbitration Centre, Floor 7 No. 4 Ghaffari St. Haft-e Tir sq. 1589875888, Tehran, Iran. Telephones: 0098 21 88 32 41 82-83

Fax: 00 98 21 88 32 41 84

Email: secretariat@trac.ir 

Website: www.trac.ir

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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