Publication Type

Journal Article

Version

Postprint

Publication Date

9-2013

Abstract

This article examines the liberalization of legal services in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (“ASEAN”) within the framework of the ASEAN Economic Community and ASEAN’s free trade agreements. Although trade in legal services is important to ASEAN’s goal as a “single market and production base,” the article challenges the weaknesses of ASEAN’s legal services liberalization. It then explores Singapore’s experiment on the regulations of foreign law firms and foreign lawyers, which have become substantially liberalized in the past decade. The article argues that while Singapore may serve as a positive example, ASEAN countries should be cautious of the gap between Singapore’s legal framework and the actual practice of foreign law firms. By analyzing the Singaporean concepts of Formal Law Alliances, Joint Law Ventures and Qualifying Foreign Law Practices, the article provides recommendations for ASEAN governments and legal communities for liberalization in the legal services sector.

Keywords

ASEAN, Singapore, FTAs, Legal Services, Foreign Lawyers, Law Firms, JLVs, QFLPs

Discipline

Asian Studies | Law and Society | Legal Profession

Research Areas

Law, Society and Governance

Publication

Asian Journal of WTO and International Health Law and Policy

Volume

8

Issue

2

First Page

475

Last Page

497

ISSN

1819-5164

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

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