The Asian Academy of International Law (“the Academy”) is an independent and non-profit-making body set up in Hong Kong to further the studies, research and development of international law in Asia. By providing specialised training to practitioners, national judges, government officials and students in various areas of international law, the Academy aims to enhance and reinforce Asia's role and participation in the formulation of international law and international relations. While the Academy focuses on capacity building among Asian countries, it also endeavours to facilitate collaboration among practitioners and academics. Recently, the Academy has been granted observer status to UNCITRAL Working Group III.