2019 8APBC Programme-Day 3

 2019 Conference Theme :
“Justice for All: Empower – Engage – Sustain”

The 8th Asia Pro Bono Conference programme is being designed now. Our presenters/facilitators come from across the legal landscape bringing diverse experience and thought leadership. The Conference is an opportunity to learn more about the impact of strategic pro bono on seemingly intractable humanitarian problems as you network with your peers.

The Conference programme aims to showcase local innovation from across the Asia region, and globally, on a diverse range of topical issues. To access the PDF version of the program click here. Also please note that the programme will is now available on the ConveneApp – access code 8APBC2019.

Day 3 – Sunday Sep, 15 – Yak & Yeti Hotel Kathmandu Nepal

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6:30am - 7:30am

Yak & Yeti Hotel's Poolside Garden

8th APBC “Move for Justice” (Move, Walk, Jog or Run)

Conference Organizers

Bring your walking or running shoes and move for Justice! 

Join the morning walk, jog, run in support of the work for pro bono legal services provides.

Participants can connect their steps via mobile phone App and together contribute to the goal of globally reaching 40,000kms, once around the world for justice. For more details https://atlasgo.org/globalprobono/

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8:00am - 9:00am

Registration

Conference Organizers

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9:00am - 9:30am

Regal 1

Introduction & Welcome Address Day 3

Conference Organizers

Introduction and welcome address from conference organizers

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9:30am - 11:00am

Regal 1

Breakout Session 1

Stream - Sustain

Women Lawyers Empowerment in Nepal-A Pro Bono Approach

Facilitator/Presenter: Andrew Valentine, (DLA Piper/New Perimeter) | USA & Sheri Meyerhoffer, (Women Lawyers Joining Hands) | Canada

Presenters:
1) Sudeep Gautam,  (UNDP) | Nepal 
2) Saroj Ghimire, (Nepal Bar Association) | Nepal
3) Purna Man Shakya, (Nepal Bar Association) | Nepal
4) Maya Ghimire, (Lawyer) | Nepal
5) Sheetal Pandey, (Lawyer) | Nepal

This session will focus on women lawyers, capacity building and pro bono.  The program is designed to support female lawyers by providing mentorship and ongoing training to increase skills and opportunities.  The session will start with an illustration of a successful training program in Nepal for women lawyers – the result of a partnership between a private law firm, non-profits, the Nepal Bar Association, and UNDP.  The session will be interactive.  Participants will discuss in groups what is being done, and what can be done, in their countries to both empower women and advance pro bono.  Finally, the larger group will share the results of those discussions, and discuss how to networks and stay in touch in the future.

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9:30am - 11:00am

Regal 2

Breakout Session 1

Stream - Sustain

The Synergies of Pro Bono and Legal Aid Workshop (Part 1 of 3)

Facilitators/Presenters: 
1) Bruce A. Lasky, (Lanna Lawyers/BABSEACLE) | Thailand 
2) Jake Stevens, (International Bridges to Justice) | Myanmar 
3) Jawziya F. Zaman, (Legal Aid Society) | Pakistan 
4) Anita Neupane Thapalia, (Legal Aid and Consultancy Centre) | Nepal 
5) Tek Tamata, (UNDP) | Nepal
6) San Ng, (The Asia Foundation) | USA 
7) Holly Hobart, (International Legal Foundation) | Myanmar 
8) Susan Lee, (MyJustice) | Myanmar 
9) Tet Nay Tun, (MyJustice) | Myanmar 
10) Petrit Skenderi, (UNDP) | Nepal
11) Ajay Shankar Jha, (Public Defender Service-Nepal) | Nepal 
12) Mohammad Nabi Waqar, (International Legal Foundation) | Afghanistan 
13) May Phyo Eain, (Taungoo Justice Centre) | Myanmar 
14) Bangladesh Paralegal Initiative Representative being confirmed 
15) Phanindra Gautam,  (Joint Secretary) | Nepal
16) Patrick Burgess, (AJAR) | Indonesia

This workshop seeks to discuss the importance of and differences between legal aid and pro bono in ensuring greater access to justice and strengthening the rule of law. Further, it will identify and propose ways to overcome challenges to pro bono and legal aid in various jurisdictions.

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9:30am - 11:00am

Dynasty

Breakout Session 1

Stream - Engage

The Unique Value and Impact of Pro Bono and ADR

Facilitator/Presenter: Naima Ahmed, (iProbono) | Pakistan

Presenters:
1) Sumreen Ali, (Legal Aid Society) | Pakistan
2) Kritagya Shah, (Himal Innovative Development & Research) | Nepal
3) Linda Al Kalash (Tamkeen Fields for Aid) | Jordan
4) Jameel Hussain Junejo, (Legal Aid Society) | Pakistan

This session looks at the interaction between Pro Bono support and Alternative Dispute Resolution and the unique contribution they make to help strengthen access to justice for all. It will demonstrate various circumstances where ADR can be more effective, in numerous ways, over other forms of litigation due to flexibility, efficiency and low cost. 

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9:30am - 11:00am

Regency

Breakout Session 1

Stream - Engage

Alternative Voices in Social Justice: Informing the Pro Bono Movement

Facilitator/Presenter:  Mariam Faruqi, (iProbono) | UK, and Meenakshi Menon, (iProbono) | UK

Presenters:
1) Taimur Rehman, (Shaoor Foundation for Education & Awareness) | Pakistan
2) 
Bhoomi Harendran, (National Transgender Network) | Sri Lanka
3) 
Shanuki De Alwi, (Vision 1) | Sri Lanka
4) Wendy Morrish, (BABSEACLE) | Thailand 
5) Patrick Burgess, (AJAR) | Indonesia

This session looks at the interaction between Pro Bono support and Alternative Dispute Resolution and the unique contribution they make to help strengthen access to justice for all. It will demonstrate various circumstances where ADR can be more effective, in numerous ways, over other forms of litigation due to flexibility, efficiency and low cost. 

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9:30am - 11:00am

Platinum

Breakout Session 1

Stream - Engage

Juvenile Justice & Pro Bono

Facilitator/Presenter: Shahariar Sadat, (BRAC) | Bangladesh

Presenters:
1) Maleeha Azhar, (Legal Aid Society) | Pakistan
2) Jane Sanders, (The Shopfront Youth Legal Centre/Herbert Smith Freehills) | Australia

This session will focus on the pro bono assistance, legal empowerment, legal literacy, basic education, advocacy and rehabilitative services provided to juveniles from the point of arrest, further highlighting the importance of training sessions on the appropriate handling of juveniles for police, prison, probation and prosecution officials.

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9:30am - 11:00am

Senate

Breakout Session 1

Stream - Sustain

How Pro Bono Lawyers Can Improve Criminal Procedure in Their Country: A Myanmar Perspective

Facilitator/Presenter: Stephen McNamara, (The Tharthi Myay Foundation) | Myanmar

Presenters: Ja Aung Lu, (Human Rights and Legal Center) | Myanmar

This session will consider the powers of people involved within criminal practice across the region. It will consider how to work together to support change across all jurisdictions and the role of pro bono lawyers in bringing about change.

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9:30am - 11:00am

Viceroy

Breakout Session 1

Stream - Empower

LGBTQI and Inclusive Pro Bono

Facilitator/Presenter: Aritha Wickramasingh, (iProbono) | Sri Lanka

Presenters: 
1) Nay Lin, (Myanmar MSM Network) | Myanmar

Members of marginalized communities often face unique legal issues. This is often made worse by the fact that resources dedicated to alleviating these issues are either limited or non-existent. This session will highlight how strategies of legal engagement and support are developed and utilized throughout the region to increase access to justice for the LGBTQI community.

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11:00am - 11:30am

Pro Bono Bazaar

Morning refreshments

Visit the various justice organizations at the Pro Bono Bazaar and the Silent Auction

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11:30am - 1:00pm

Regal 1

Breakout Session 2

Stream - Engage

Strengthening Access to Justice for People Who Use Drugs Through Pro Bono Support

Facilitator/Presenter: Gopinath Pillai, (Law Society Pro Bono Services) | Singapore

Presenters:
1) Gloria Lai, (International Drug Policy Consortium | Thailand 
2) Rup Nayaran Shrestha, (Avenue Law Firm) | Nepal 
3) Mary Catherine Alvarez, (StreetLawPH) | Philippines

With the issue of drugs remaining an ongoing and significant issue within society, this session will show the strength pro bono can, does and should provide support for People Who Use Drugs (PWUD), and strengthen their access to justice.  It will include, amongst many things, case studies stories relating related to PWUD, their relationship with the law, and the significant role pro bono support played.

 

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11:30am - 1:00pm

Regal 2

Breakout Session 2

Stream - Sustain

The Synergies of Pro Bono and Legal Aid Workshop (Part 2 of 3)

Facilitators/Presenters: 
1) Bruce A. Lasky, (Lanna Lawyers/BABSEACLE) | Thailand 
2) Jake Stevens, (International Bridges to Justice) | Myanmar 
3) Jawziya F. Zaman, (Legal Aid Society) | Pakistan 
4) Anita Neupane Thapalia, (Legal Aid and Consultancy Centre) | Nepal 
5) Tek Tamata, (UNDP) | Nepal
6) San Ng, (The Asia Foundation) | USA 
7) Holly Hobart, (International Legal Foundation) | Myanmar 
8) Susan Lee, (MyJustice) | Myanmar 
9) Tet Nay Tun, (MyJustice) | Myanmar 
10) Petrit Skenderi, (UNDP) | Nepal
11) Ajay Shankar Jha, (Public Defender Service-Nepal) | Nepal 
12) Mohammad Nabi Waqar, (International Legal Foundation) | Afghanistan 
13) May Phyo Eain, (Taungoo Justice Centre) | Myanmar 
14) Bangladesh Paralegal Initiative Representative being confirmed 
15) Phanindra Gautam,  (Joint Secretary) | Nepal
16) Patrick Burgess, (AJAR) | Indonesia

This workshop seeks to discuss the importance of and differences between legal aid and pro bono in ensuring greater access to justice and strengthening the rule of law. Further, it will identify and propose ways to overcome challenges to pro bono and legal aid in various jurisdictions.

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11:30am - 1:00pm

Dynasty

Breakout Session 2

Stream - Sustain

Educating Students To Provide Pro Bono Mediation (Part 1 of 2)

Facilitators/Presenters:
1) Don Peters, (University of Florida) | USA
2) Marty Peters, (Elon University School of Law) | USA
3) Naima Ahmed, (iProbono) | Pakistan

This interactive presentation will look at the ways in which students can be effectively educated and used to deliver pro bono mediation services. It will look at schools that have provided mediation clinics facilitated by students and explore the ways in which mediation programs can be designed. The session will, therefore, both focus on ways to train students, through pro bono services, to provide mediation, as well as providing an overview on how to develop out these type of mediation programs. 

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11:30am - 1:00pm

Regency

Breakout Session 2

Stream - Engage

Street Law and Pro Bono Working in Harmony to Enhance Access to Justice (Part 1 of a 2 Part Workshop)

Facilitators/Presenters:
1) Arpeeta Shams Mizan, (iProbono & University of Dhaka) | Bangladesh
2) Lindsay Ernst, (Hong Kong University) | Hong Kong
3) Angbeen Atif Mirza, (Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law) | Pakistan

The legal system protects the poor and discriminated in their fight for justice. Street law programs give the communities effective tools to take their rightful place as citizens. This Street Law Workshop is aimed at building the capacity of pro bono legal service providers, law students, and academics to deliver justice education through interactive community legal education collaborations, methods, and principles. The workshop aims to strengthen and achieve access to justice through expanding and uniting the Street Law community in Asia.

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11:30am - 1:00pm

Platinum

Breakout Session 2

Stream - Sustain

Networking in Asia for Access to Justice for the Marginalized and Vulnerable: In Particular, Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants Crossing the Borders

Facilitator/Presenter:  Yasunobu Sato, (University of Tokyo / Nagashima, Ohno & Tsunematsu) | Japan

Presenters:
1) Saburo Takizawa, (ANRIP) | Japan
2) Soojin Lee, (University of Tokyo) | Japan
3) Pillkyu Hwang, (Gonggan Human Rights Foundation) | South Korea
4) Joy Torres, (Filipino Court) | Philippines
5) Allan Mackey, (Former NZ & UK Judge) | New Zealand

This session will focus on discussions related to the strengthening network throughout Asia related to access to justice for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. It will include ways and means that the Asia Pro Bono Roundtable Network has, and can be expanded, which in turn will have assist in creating an impact by Pro Bono on the Sustainable Development Goals along with pro bono assistance for the marginalized and the vulnerable.

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11:30am - 1:00pm

Crystal

Breakout Session 2

Stream - Empower

Legal Empowerment and Pro Bono Synergy for Marginalised Communities

Facilitator/Presenter: Marlon Manuel, (Namati) | Philippines

Presenters:
1) Jayshree Satpute, (Nazdeek) | India
2) Altaf Hussain Khoso, (Litigation Manager, Legal Aid Office) | Pakistan
3) Hnin Hnin Yu, (Chair of Sex Workers network in Myanmar – SWiM) | Myanmar
4) Olugbenga Oke-Samuel, (Kampala International University) | Uganda

What’s the sound of one hand clapping? Change is difficult to achieve without assistance. This session will highlight how empowering individuals from marginalized communities to advocate alongside pro bono lawyers, can create a useful synergy which overcomes issues inhibiting access to justice more efficiently.

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1:00pm - 2:15pm

Garden Area

Lunch

Visit the various justice organizations at the Pro Bono Bazaar and the Silent Auction

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2:15pm - 3:45pm

Regal 1

Breakout Session 3

Stream - Sustain

Doing Pro Bono the Development Way

Facilitator/Presenter: Yasmin Batliwala, (Advocates for International Development) |UK

Presenters: 
1) Naomi Barnard, (Advocates for International Development/ROLE UK) | UK 
2) Adrienne Joy, (Advocates for International Development/ROLE UK) | UK 
3) Mariam Faruqi, (iProbono) | UK

 Based on the program’s experience in introducing UK pro bono legal sector stakeholders to development tools and approaches, this interactive workshop will introduce the relevant concepts and tools used in the development sector and will assist in pro bono capacity building and pro bono strengthening through multi-sector engagement.

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2:15pm - 3:45pm

Regal 2

Breakout Session 3

Stream - Sustain

The Synergies of Pro Bono and Legal Aid Workshop (Part 3 of 3)

Facilitators/Presenters: 
1) Bruce A. Lasky, (Lanna Lawyers/BABSEACLE) | Thailand 
2) Jake Stevens, (International Bridges to Justice) | Myanmar 
3) Jawziya F. Zaman, (Legal Aid Society) | Pakistan 
4) Anita Neupane Thapalia, (Legal Aid and Consultancy Centre) | Nepal 
5) Tek Tamata, (UNDP) | Nepal
6) San Ng, (The Asia Foundation) | USA 
7) Holly Hobart, (International Legal Foundation) | Myanmar 
8) Susan Lee, (MyJustice) | Myanmar 
9) Tet Nay Tun, (MyJustice) | Myanmar 
10) Petrit Skenderi, (UNDP) | Nepal
11) Ajay Shankar Jha, (Public Defender Service-Nepal) | Nepal 
12) Mohammad Nabi Waqar, (International Legal Foundation) | Afghanistan 
13) May Phyo Eain, (Taungoo Justice Centre) | Myanmar 
14) Bangladesh Paralegal Initiative Representative being confirmed 
15) Phanindra Gautam,  (Joint Secretary) | Nepal
16) Patrick Burgess, (AJAR) | Indonesia

This workshop seeks to discuss the importance of and differences between legal aid and pro bono in ensuring greater access to justice and strengthening the rule of law. Further, it will identify and propose ways to overcome challenges to pro bono and legal aid in various jurisdictions.

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2:15pm - 3:45pm

Crystal

Breakout Session 3

Stream - Engage

Pro Bono and Transitional Justice

Facilitator/Presenter: Sabin Shrestha, (Forum for Women Law and Development) | Nepal & Rabina Shrestha, (International Alert) | Nepal 

This session will focus on the ways and means transitional justice exists as a necessary means of ensuring justice for all, and how pro bono services play a role in strengthening this access. 

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2:15pm - 3:45pm

Dynasty

Breakout Session 3

Stream - Sustain

Educating Students To Provide Pro Bono Mediation (Part 2 of 2)

Facilitators/Presenters:
1) Don Peters, (University of Florida) | USA
2) Marty Peters, (Elon University School of Law) | USA
3) Naima Ahmed, (iProbono) | Pakistan

This interactive presentation will look at the ways in which students can be effectively educated and used to deliver pro bono mediation services. It will look at schools that have provided mediation clinics facilitated by students and explore the ways in which mediation programs can be designed. The session will, therefore, both focus on ways to train students, through pro bono services, to provide mediation, as well as providing an overview on how to develop out these type of mediation programs. 

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2:15pm - 3:45pm

Regency

Breakout Session 3

Stream - Engage

Street Law and Pro Bono Working in Harmony to Enhance Access to Justice (Part 2 of a 2 Part Workshop)

Facilitators/Presenters:
1) Arpeeta Shams Mizan, (iProbono & University of Dhaka) | Bangladesh
2) Lindsay Ernst, (Hong Kong University) | Hong Kong
3) Angbeen Atif Mirza, (Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law) | Pakistan

The legal system protects the poor and discriminated in their fight for justice. Street law programs give the communities effective tools to take their rightful place as citizens. This Street Law Workshop is aimed at building the capacity of pro bono legal service providers, law students, and academics to deliver justice education through interactive community legal education collaborations, methods, and principles. The workshop aims to strengthen and achieve access to justice through expanding and uniting the Street Law community in Asia.

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3:45pm - 4:15pm

Pro Bono Bazaar

Afternoon refreshments

Visit the various justice organizations at the Pro Bono Bazaar 

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4:15pm - 5:30pm

Regal 1 & 2

Conference closing

1) Closing Remarks:
– UNDP Nepal
– Supreme Court Bar Association
– Nepal Bar Association
2) 8th APBC & A2J Exchange Declaration
3) Asia Pro Bono Conference Flag Handover to the Philippines
4) Sincere Thanks and 8APBC Close:
– Asia Pro Bono Consortium

Highlights from Previous Asia Pro Bono Conferences

In 2013 in Vietnam – the late Ms. Esther Lardent (Pro Bono Institute’s President and CEO) spoke of the difference between pro bono and the American government controlled ‘Legal Aid’, meaning “services provided to low-income or disenfranchised groups”. Hence, Ms. Lardent gave her definition of pro bono as, “lawyers in private practice who are doing such work for free as part of their professional obligations to the legal community”.

 

Pro Bono Lawyers in Laos – Presented in 2012 at the 1st Asia Pro Bono Conference in Vientiane Lao PDR Pro Bono Lawyers in Singapore – Presented in 2014 at the 3rd Asia Pro Bono Conference in Singapore Pro Bono Lawyers in Myanmar – Presented in 2015 at the 4th Asia Pro Bono Conference in Mandalay, Myanmar

All presentations and sessions incorporate inspiring and interactive methodology into the session, the below show the level of interaction by both the participants and the presenters at each of the Asia Pro Bono Conferences.

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2018 7th Asia Pro Bono Conference in Hong Kong

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2017 6th Asia Pro Bono Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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2016 5th Asia Pro Bono Conference in Bali, Indonesia

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2015 4th Asia Pro Bono Conference in Mandalay, Myanmar

Participation of the delegates in the session "Identifying the legal needs and the challenges facing access to justice and legal aid in Asia and how pro bono might overcome these challenges."

2015 Myanmar Day 1
Participation of the delegates in the session “Identifying the Legal Needs and the Challenges Facing Access to Justice and Legal Aid in Asia and How Pro Bono Might Overcome These Challenges.”

 

Participation of the delegates in the session "The role of bar associations in supporting pro bono."

2015 Myanmar Day 2
Participation of the delegates in the session “The Role of Bar Associations in Supporting Pro Bono.”

 

 

Participation of the delegates in the session "A debate on whether student pro bono should be mandatory."

2015 Myanmar Day 3
Participation of the delegates in the session “A Debate on Whether Student Pro Bono Should be Mandatory.”

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2014 3rd Asia Pro Bono Conference in Singapore

Participation of the delegates in the session "Creating a Vibrant Pro Bono Ecosystem to Strengthen Access to Justice"

2014 Singapore Day 1
Participation of the delegates in the session “Creating a Vibrant Pro Bono Ecosystem to Strengthen Access to Justice”

Participation by delegates in the session on "In-house Counsel and Pro Bono What challenges do in-house counsel face when engaging in pro bono? How can these challenges be overcome?"

2014 Singapore Day 2
Participation by delegates in the session on “In-house Counsel and Pro Bono; What Challenges do In-house Counsel Face When Engaging in Pro Bono? How Can These Challenges be Overcome?”

2014 Singapore Day 3
Participation by delegates in session on “From Pro Bono Student to Pro Bono Lawyer; What Obstacles do Students Face When They Strive to Maintain Pro Bono Contributions as a Young Lawyer?”

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2013 2nd Asia Pro Bono Conference in Vietnam

2013 Vietnam Day 1
Participation from the delegates in the Session “Developing and Strengthening the Pro Bono Movement to Ensure Greater Access to Justice: A Shared Responsibility”

2013 Vietnam Day 2
Participation from the delegates in the Session “Developing Pro Bono Partnerships: Local, Regional and International Experiences and Strategies”

2013 Vietnam Day 3
Participation from the delegates in the Session “Professional Excellence: How to Manage Working Partnerships”

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2012 1st Asia Pro Bono Conference in Laos

2012 Laos Day 1 Participation from the delegates in the Session "Current situation of Pro Bono and legal assistance to the poor and disadvantaged in Laos & Southeast Asia"

2012 Laos Day 1
Participation from the delegates in the Session “Current Situation of Pro Bono and Legal Assistance to the
Poor and Disadvantaged in Laos & Southeast Asia”

2012 Laos Participation of the delegates in the session "How to develop the Pro Bono culture in your organisation and your country including: - Presentation/demonstration on Pro Bono initiatives and collaborative partnerships - Means, methods and strategies - Developing and implementing Pro Bono initiatives and collaborative partnerships"

2012 Laos Day 2
Participation of the delegates in the session “How to develop the Pro Bono culture in your organisation
and your country including:
– Presentation/demonstration on Pro Bono initiatives and
collaborative partnerships
– Means, methods and strategies
– Developing and implementing Pro Bono initiatives and
collaborative partnerships”

2012 Laos Day 3
Participation from the delegates in the Session “Site Visit to the National University of Laos, Faculty of law & Political Science Clinical Legal Education Office”

Faces of the Asia Pro Bono Movement