Established in 2006 at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, William S. Richardson School of Law, the Institute of Asian-Pacific Business Law’s (IAPBL) mission is to be the premier academic center in the rapidly growing field of Pacific and Asian business law, focusing on issues of regional importance by engaging scholarship and scholarly exchanges and training amongst the academic, legal, and business communities.

To this end, the Institute focuses on areas of Pacific and Asian law that directly impact the socio-economic fabric of the region, including corporate and commercial law, business transactions, insolvency and secured transactions, securities law, real estate financing, intellectual property and labor law issues.

Throughout the Pacific and Asia, the Institute's activities facilitate direct exchanges between the academic, legal, and business communities. To date, the nucleus of the Institute’s Activities has been organizing various international symposia, seminars, lectures, panel discussions and workshops for such purposes.

To effect its mission, IAPBL’s strategic goals include:

  1. To serve as the umbrella for the research and academic activities of its Fellows (full-time academics drawn from the University of Hawaiʻi  and the William S. Richardson School of Law), research fellows (academics and professionals from outside the University of Hawaiʻi who are associated with the Institute for a period of months or on an on-going basis), and short-term visiting fellows (from outside the University of Hawaiʻi).

  1. To address significant legal issues of relevance to the Pacific-Asian region, leading to the publication of books and journal articles considering these issues.

  1. To highlight the expertise of the William S. Richardson School of Law in the area of Pacific and Asian law.

  1. To raise the profile of the William S. Richardson School of Law in Pacific and Asian law and help the school to attract exceptional J.D. and LL.M students interested in this area of study.

  1. To assist the William S. Richardson School of Law in strengthening its ties with other academic institutions in the Pacific-Asian region, as well as facilitating collaboration between individual faculty members at the Law School with their counterparts in the Pacific-Asian region.

  1. To serve as a forum for Hawaiʻi's lawyers and accountants, businessmen, academics, judges, and policy-makers to learn about Pacific-Asian business law issues and to interact with their counterparts throughout the region.

  1. To support the on-going teaching activities within the PALS and LL.M programs.