The Asia-Pacific Europe Law Institutes Alliance (APELIA) is a nonprofit academic association founded by prestigious law schools and legal research institutions in Asia-Pacific and Europe. The purpose of APELIA is to provide a platform for legal research and education, academic cooperation, international exchange of researchers and students, and dissemination of knowledge.
APELIA was established in June 2019 through a joint initiative proposed by Shanghai Jiao Tong University Koguan Law School and Erasmus University Rotterdam Erasmus School of Law. APELIA has 18 founding members from Asia-Pacific and Europe.
APELIA consists of a Council as the governing body including all 18 founding members, and a Secretariat established in China Institute for Socio-Legal Studies of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Professor Ji Weidong from China Institute for Socio-Legal Studies of Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Professor Yuwen Li from Erasmus University Rotterdam Erasmus School of Law were elected as the interim Co-Presidents of APELIA. Professor Yang Li from China Institute for Socio-Legal Studies of Shanghai Jiao Tong University was elected as the Secretary-General.
APELIA holds an annual international conference as well as an annual executive meeting. The international conference will address challenging and cutting-edge legal issues that are of particular relevance and significance in Asia-Pacific and Europe, and aim at high-quality publications on internationally reputable law journals and edited volumes as the output.
The founding members of APELIA are (in alphabetical order):