Institute of Asian-Pacific Business Law

The Institute of Asian-Pacific Business Law was established in June 2006 by the Law School. The Institute's goal is to become the premier academic center for research and training in the rapidly growing field of business law in Asia and the Pacific. The Institute focuses on areas of great importance to Asia and Hawai‘i, including commercial law, insolvency and secured transactions, corporate law and business transactions, securities, intellectual property, real estate financing, and labor law issues. The Institute's activities facilitate direct exchanges between the academic, legal, and business communities in Hawai‘i and throughout the Asia-Pacific region. To date, the Institute has organized three international symposia.  The Inaugural Symposium was held in Hawai‘i in April 2007, and two symposia were held in Hong Kong, in October 2007 and March 2008.

IAPBL Activities


  • 3/8/12 - China Seminar: Responding to the ’97 Asian Financial Crisis: The Development of Insolvency Infrastructures in China, Japan and Hong Kong by  Charles D. Booth. In the aftermath of the ’97 Asian financial crisis, attention turned to insolvency law reform throughout the region. This talk will compare the approaches of China, Japan and Hong Kong and will consider the extent to which these three jurisdictions have appropriate infrastructures in place.
  • 2/22/12 - Going to Law School and  Doing Business “Down Under”:  Australia and New Zealand by Professor Dr. Gordon Walker. Professor Dr. Gordon Walker is the Professor of Commercial Law at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.His informal presentation covers an array of key issues currently happening in the Australian and New Zealand region of the world. | Flier .pdf
    • 2/23/12 - The HSBA International Law Section and The Institute of Asia-Pacific Business Law (IAPBL) present Doing Business "Down Under": Australia and New Zealand. By Professor Dr. Gordon Walker. Bronster Hoshibata Conference Room, 1003 Bishop Street, Pauahi Tower Suite 2300 | Flier .pdf


  • 11/5/11 - Fundamental Differences Between US and Continental European Corporate Governance Systems. Radu N. Catanã is a Fulbright Senior Visiting Scholar at the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy. Among the topics covered will be the economic patterns and premises in the corporate governance systems, the orientation of the economies, approaches to shareholder protection and the role of shareholders, treatment of proxies and derivative actions, disclosure, and executive remuneration. The speaker will also discuss the likelihood of some convergence in the systems. | Flier .pdf


  • 8/11/10-8/14/10 - Third Hawai'i Bankruptcy Workshop at the the Fairmont Orchid on the Big Island Hawai'i on August 11-14, 2010. The open workshop educational format will allow open dialogue between presenters and attendees, and the triple track timeline allows customization of your learning experience. Choose between Business, Consumer or International tracks. Half-day sessions allow for fun optional events in the afternoons and extended refreshment breaks and evening networking events allow you to absorb the wonderful culture on the Hawaiian Islands with your fellow attendees. | Flier
  • 4/30/10 - Asian-Pacific Law Student Research Panel from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Classroom 4. | Flier
    -Clement Mulalap ʻ10: Constitutional Impact of Gender-Based Electoral Quota System in the Federated States of Micronesia
    -Brian MacKintosh ʻ10: Impact of the Recession to the Recently Enacted Labor Laws in China
    -Professor Charles D. Booth: Director, IAPBL
  • 1/22/10 - IAPBL and the Asian Institute of International Financial Law at the University of Hong Kong co-sponsored a symposium in Hong Kong on "Corporate Rescue in Hong Kong: The Government's 2009 Legislative Proposals". | Final Agenda
  • 1/13/10 - "Commercial Law Reform and Development in the South Pacific: Tonga, the Solomon Islands & Vanuatu" from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm in the Moot Court Room. | Flier | Handout | Powerpoint Slides
    -Peter Wagner, News Editor, Pacific Islands Report, East-West Center, Honolulu
    -Professor Gordon Walker, Chair of Commercial Law, School of Law, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.
    Moderator and Commentator:
    -Professor Charles D. Booth, Director, IAPBL, William S .Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai`i


  • 11/4/09 - IAPBL is co-sponsoring with the Pacific Asian Management Institute, the Center for International Business Education and Research, Sennet Capital, Case Lombardi & Pettit, and Hunter Wise Financial Group LLC a seminar entitled Seizing Opportunities of the Current Market: Acquisitions, Mergers, Refinancings, Restructuring and Business Transitions, at the Japanese Cultural Center. Charles Booth will be speaking at the event on insolvency issues. | Flier

Wednesday, November 4, 2009
8:00am – 11:30am
Japanese Cultural Center, Ewa Room
2454 S. Beretania Street
Registration Fee - $30, Payable at the Door
Seating is limited. Reserve your space by calling the PAMI office at 956-8041 or emailing pami@hawaii edu

  • 10/27/09 - IAPBL co-sponsored with the Hawaii Bankruptcy Roundtable the talk by Professor Yasuhei Taniguchi (Of Counsel, Matsuo & Kosugi, Tokyo) that was entitled Advising Hanoi: Helping Shape Vietnam’s Bankruptcy Code.
  • 10/23/09 - Recent Developments in Chinese Commercial Law: Dispute Resolution, Inbound and Outbound Investment, and Insolvency Law.
    While there are increasing opportunities for Chinese investors who seek new markets beyond their borders and for the foreign businesses that welcome Chinese capital, key legal and regulatory issues must be properly understood and addressed in order to maximize value and avoid pitfalls.

Recent changes, future trends and successful strategies for managing the various challenges posed by Chinese outbound investment will be discussed by our panel of internationally-recognized academicians, jurists, and practicing attorneys. | Flier

Friday, October 23, 2009
8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Luncheon to follow
Venue: Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
One World Financial Center, New York City
Kindly respond by Monday, October 21st.
Seating is limited.

  • 10/21/09 - IAPBL co-sponsored the talk, "Riding out the Economic Doldrums: The Hong Kong Story" by Donald Tong (Hong Kong Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs, USA) with the Center for Chinese Studies, the Pacific Asian Management Institute, and the Center for International Business Education and Research.
  • 01/30/09 - The Institute co-sponsored a seminar, "Survive and Thrive in the Downturn: Staying Competitive and Understanding your Options," on Friday, January 30, at the Japanese Cultural Center. Professor Charles Booth moderated a panel discussion, "Understanding Your Options," with Judge Robert Faris, Bankruptcy Judge, District of Hawaiʻi, and Ted Pettit, Esq., Partner, Case Lombardi & Pettit.  | Flier


  • 05/13/08 - The Shareholder Empowerment Debate: Lessons from News Corp's Exodus to Delaware by Jennifer Hill, Professor of Law, Sydney Law School.
  • 04/07/08 - IAPBL, CIBER, Think Tech Hawaiʻi, and the Hawai‘i Venture Capital Association jointly co-sponsored a seminar on April 7, 2008 entitled Corruption and Good Corporate Governance: Where's the Bottom Line? The three presenters were Prof. Shirley J. Daniel from the Shidler College of Business, Barbara Fredericks, the Assistant General Counsel for the US Dept. of Commerce, and David F. Day, an international law practitioner in Honolulu. | Flier
  • 03/25/08 - IAPBL and the Asian Institute of International Financial Law at the University of Hong Kong co-sponsored a symposium in Hong Kong on March 25, 2008, on the new Chinese bankruptcy law. The symposium was entitled The 2006 PRC Enterprise Bankruptcy Law: A New Beginning and attracted over 60 participants and attendees, including some of the leading experts in the field. (Photos from the conference) Click here for the agenda and list of generous sponsors and cooperating institutions. | Flier
  • 01/15/08 - On January 15, 2008, Professor Gordon Walker from the La Trobe University School of Law, presented the Second IAPBL Distinguished Public Lecture entitled Securities Regulation, Efficient Markets, and Behavioral Finance. | Flier



IAPBL Fellows' Activities


  • 03/08/09 - Prof. Charles Booth Discusses China's New Bankruptcy Law. Prof. Charles Booth discussed China's new bankruptcy law recently as a guest at Prof. Cohen's seminar at NYU. How will China's bankruptcy law deal with the current economic crisis? How does bankruptcy work for state-owned enterprises? Listen to Prof. Booth's lecture here.


Charles D. Booth

Professor of Law
(808) 956-5355