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CEBCLA facilitates research in all areas of commercial law especially in the Asian context. CEBCLA aims to be the leading Asian centre of research in commercial law which is informed by a variety of research methods including doctrinal, theoretical, empirical, historical and comparative perspectives.  The goal is that CEBCLA will act as the meeting point and first port of call for scholars, leading practitioners, governments and policy makers pursuing rigorous, informed and significant research in commercial law in Asia.

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The School of Law at Singapore Management University was established in 2007 with the objective of producing law graduates with contextualised legal expertise. Since its beginnings of a single program with 116 students, the School of Law has expanded its intake to close to 180 students per year for its LLB programme and approximately 40 students for its Juris Doctor programme, offering undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and various research initiatives.

To boost efforts in driving the School of Law’s ambition to be the leading centre in Asia for the study of commercial law and facilitating collaborations with practice and other universities, the School of Law has established the Centre for Cross-Border Commercial Law in Asia (“CEBCLA”). CEBCLA will serve as a hub that brings together faculty, practitioners, post-doctoral fellows, visiting researchers and students in a symbiotic environment, facilitating a vibrant exchange of ideas.

In support of CEBCLA’s mission, the Centre hosts a variety of lecture series, conferences and seminars in commercial law facilitating scholarly research and discussion while engaging with local and international law firms. These events provide a forum to tackle complex local, regional and international issues furthering the School of Law’s ambition to be on the forefront of legal development.  Recent events have featured collaborators and speakers from the following universities: Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge, Melbourne University, Sydney University, Australian National University, Hong Kong University, National University of Singapore, Berkeley, and Queen Mary University of London. 

Last updated on 30 May 2019 .