2019 8APBC Programme

 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 1 – Friday Sep, 13 – Yak & Yeti Hotel Kathmandu Nepal

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7:00am - 8:00am

Registration

Conference Organizers

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8:00am - 8:45am

Regal 1 & 2

Conference Inauguration

1) MC Welcome & Nepal National Anthem: Neetu Pokharel, (Alliance for Social Dialogue) | Nepal
2) Welcome Address/Local Organizing Committee/Hosts: Shashi Adhikary, (Nepal Law Campus) | Nepal
3) Welcome Address/Asia Pro Bono Consortium: Bruce A. Lasky, (Lanna Lawyers/BABSEACLE) | Thailand & Mariam Faruqi, (iProbono) | UK
4) Student Dance Cultural PerformanceDances Reflecting Diverse Communities of Nepal (Students from Nepal Law Camps & Kathmandu School of Law)

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8:45am - 9:30am

Regal 1 & 2

Key Note

Key Note Address and Other Honored Presenters

1) Ayshanie Medagangoda-Labe, (Resident Representative-UNDP) | Nepal
2) Senior Advocate Chandeshwor Shrestha, (Nepal Bar Association President) | Nepal
3) Honorable Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal, (Minister of Law, Justice and Parlimanentarian Affairs) | Nepal
4) KeyNote: Honorable Cholendra Shamsher Junga Bahadur Rana (Chief Justice of the Nepal Supreme Court) | Nepal
5) Note of Thanks: Anita Neupane Thapalia, (Legal Aid and Consultancy Centre) | Nepal

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9:30am - 9:55am

Regal 1 & 2

Report Lauch

Stream - Empower

Justice for All: The Task Force on Justice Report Launch

Facilitator/Presenter: Hina Jilani, (The Elders) | Pakistan

Drawing on research by the world’s leading justice organizations and experts, the report of the Task Force on Justice proposes a different approach to justice – putting people at the center of justice systems and justice at the heart of sustainable development. This report, Justice for All -The Task Force,  will be launched as part of the opening of the 8APBC by many who worked on it.  The report is available online at this weblink https://www.justice.sdg16.plus/report

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10:00am - 11:00am

Regal 1 & 2

Plenary 1

Stream - Sustain

The Empowering Values, Engaging Elements and Sustainable Access to Justice
Impact of Pro Bono

Presenters/Facilitators: Mariam Faruqi, (iProbono) | UK

Presenters:
1) Sara Hossain,  (BLAST) | Bangladesh
2) Andrew Valentine, (DLA Piper/New Perimeter) | USA
3) Trishna Mohan Kripalani, (Trust Law) | India

Just how important is pro bono to ensuring access to justice and what are the benefits provided? What exactly is pro bono, and who provides pro bono services? What are the core, unique and empowering values of pro bono. This session assist in providing an overview answer to these questions and will demonstrate just how pro bono services ensure access to justice by providing sustainable access.

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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 1

Stream - Engage

Paralegalism and Pro Bono in South Asia

Facilitator/Presenter: Shashi Adhikary, (Nepal Law Campus) | Nepal

Presenters: 
1) Manisha Poudel, (Centre for Women’s Awareness and Development) | Nepal
2) Haya  Zahid, (Legal Aid Office ) | Pakistan

Paralegals are fundamental in advancing access to justice and the rule of law through various pro bono activities including information sharing, education, alternative dispute resolution, advocacy and campaigning. This session will discuss the history and scope of a paralegal’s role in providing free services those that would otherwise be unable to access justice.

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11:30am - 1:00pm

Regal 2

Breakout Session 1

Stream - Sustain

The Ways and Means Government Does & Should Support Pro Bono

Facilitators/Presenters: Mizanur Rahman, (Former Human Rights Commissioner) | Bangladesh, Thip Nouansyvong, (The Asia Foundation) | Laos

Presenters:
1) Bounthom Phenglattanavong, (Ministry of Justice) | Laos 
2) Kishali Pinto Jayawardena, (Commissioner, Right to Information Commission) | Sri Lanka
3) Mohna Ansari, (National Human Rights Commission) | Nepal
4) Phanindra Gautam, (Joint Secretary of Ministry of Law) | Nepal

This session will take a pragmatic and opportunistic approach on the ways and means government institutions have, do and can support pro bono throughout the Asia region and globally.

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11:30am - 1:00pm

Durbar

Breakout Session 1

Stream - Sustain

Addressing the Root Causes of Statelessness in Asia

Presenter/Facilitator: Maalini Ramalo, (DHRRA Malaysia & SNAP) | Malaysia

Presenters:
1) Lenny Leerdam, (DLA Piper) | Australia
2) Ravi Hemadri, (Development and Justice Initiative) | India
3) Yadana Than Htaik, (Braveheart Foundation) | Myanmar

Discrimination on the basis of gender, ethnicity, religion, disability and marital status are the leading causes of statelessness in Asia.  This session will explore projects that utilise pro bono assistance to address such discrimination in a number of countries in South Asia and South-East Asia.

 

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11:30am - 1:00pm

Dynasty

Breakout Session 1

Stream - Engage

Pro Bono Assistance in Death Penalty Matters

Facilitators/Presenters:  
1) Neetika Vishwanath, (Project 39A, National Law University, Delhi) | India
2) Andrew Khoo, (Andrew Khoo & Daniel Lo) | Malaysia
3) John Corker, (Diplomacy Training Programme) | Australia

This session will focus on strategies and case studies which are engaged to support pro bono death penalty litigation work, while posing provocative moral, ethical, strategic and socio-political dilemmas.

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11:30am - 1:00pm

Regency

Breakout Session 1

Stream - Engage

Strategic Use of Litigation through Pro Bono Services to Mitigate Statelessness in Nepal

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

Presenters: 
1) Dechen Lama, (Forum for Women, Law & Development) | Nepal 
2) Anita Neupane Thapalia, (LACC) | Nepal 
3) Pun Devi Maharjan, (Forum for Women, Law & Development) | Nepal 
4) Neetu Pokharel, (Alliance for Social Dialogue) | Nepal

In society, the right to Identity is paramount. Without citizenship certificate, a person cannot exercise their economic, social, political and cultural right. Although the new constitution of Nepal is progressive, it still contains discriminatory clauses against women in their ability to confer their nationality on their children on an equal basis with men. This session will revise the policies enunciated in the constitution and suggest better ways to apply these policies in order to conform with international obligations imposed on Nepal.

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11:30am - 1:00pm

Platinum

Breakout Session 1

Stream - Sustain

Systemic Change Part I: No “Ordinary” Strategic Litigation

Facilitators/Presenters:
1) Holly Hobart, (International Legal Foundation) | USA
2) Susan Lee, (MyJustice) | Myanmar
3) Myat Ko Ko, (Justice Base) | Myanmar
4) Tet Nay Tun, (MyJustice) | Myanmar
5) Hnin Wutt Yi, (International Legal Foundation) | USA
6) Yin Min Sann, (Mawlamyaing Justice Center) | Myanmar

This session is Part I of two sessions about creating systemic change. Part I will explore how community of practice and peer learning approaches between private pro bono lawyers, legal aid lawyers and civil society organisations can catalyse innovative litigation and build common cause to create systemic change through coordinated strategic litigation in ordinary criminal cases. The session will begin with a brief presentation of results and lessons learnt from the ongoing Criminal Defense Communities of Practice Project in Myanmar which bring together pro bono and public interest lawyers for guided peer-learning events to catalyse systemic change. The session will then engage participants using the Justice Base/MyJustice “community of practice” methodology applying interactive and collaborative activities incorporating fact pattern analysis, debates and role plays to challenge participants to shift their mindsets about existing practice and rights violations and to develop concrete litigation strategies that can be used to challenge those practices. 

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11:30am - 1:00pm

Senate

Breakout Session 1

Stream - Engage

Growing Pro Bono and Ensuring A2J in the Mena Region/Experiences from Jordan

Facilitator/Presenter: Hadeel Abdel Aziz, (Justice Center for Legal Aid) | Jordan

Presenters:
1) Linda Al Kalash, (Tamkeen Fields for Aid) | Jordan
2) Other presenters currently being confirmed

Despite the notion that courts are open to everyone, those living in poverty are often marginalised and face significant barriers in accessing legal services. This session provides an overview of the challenges in accessing justice in Jordan and the response mechanisms implemented by civil society organisations, including pro bono access to legal information, literacy and advocacy services.

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11:30am - 1:00pm

Viceroy

Breakout Session 1

Stream - Engage

Pro Bono and Ageing Populations-A Toolkit to Combat Elder Abuse

Facilitator/Presenter: Shaun McCarthy, (University of Newcastle Legal Centre, University of Newcastle) | Australia

Injustice facing disadvantaged older persons has resulted in unprecedented attention around the world. As such, this session will analyse the screening tool and workshop ways in which the online tool kit can be utilised by pro bono legal service providers.

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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 2

Stream - Sustain

The Role of Bar Associations in Supporting Pro Bono

Presenters/Facilitators: Tanguy Lim, (Law Society Pro Bono Services) | Singapore & Mark Woods, (Tyler, Tipping & Woods and Law Council of Australia) | Australia

Presenters:
1) Sunil Kumar Pokharel, (Former Secretary General Nepal Bar Association) | Nepal
2) Saroj Ghimire, (Supreme Court Bar Association) | Nepal 
3) Enkhsaikhan Lkhagvajav, (Mongolian Bar Association) | Mongolia 
4) Nirmala Many, (PERADI) | Indonesia
5) Shiva Raj Pandit,  (Nepal Bar Association) | Nepal
6) Prakash Maharjan, (Nepal Bar Association) | Nepal

Many legal service providers recognize and wish to assist with the need for legal representation of those less well off. However, there is often a gap between those offering and those requesting assistance. Bar Associations across different jurisdictions are well placed to bridge this gap and this session will showcase the best methods by which this can be achieved.

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2:15pm - 3:45pm

Regal 2

Breakout Session 2

Stream - Engage

Pro Bono Assistance During Post Disaster Periods

Facilitator/Presenter:  Anil Kumar Shrestha, (Advocate) | Nepal

Presenters: 
1) Sumina Karki, (The Asia Foundation) | Nepal
2) Nirmal Kumar Upreti, (Forum for National Building Nepal) | Nepal
3) Sushil Gynwali, (National Reconstruction Authority) | Nepal
4) Representative from Ministry of Home Affairs to be confirmed | Nepal

This session involves a multifaceted discussion that will include a collaborative dialogue focusing on the context, challenges, prominence and prospects of pro bono legal services in a country’s post disaster period.

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2:15pm - 3:45pm

Durbar

Breakout Session 2

Stream - Engage

Transforming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Leaving No One Behind

Facilitator/Presenter: Lindsay Ernst, (Hong Kong University) | Hong Kong

Presenters:
1)  Kimpav Mao, (Pannasastra University of Cambodia) | Cambodia
2) Saray Run, (Legal Aid of Cambodia) | Cambodia

With the human rights being violated around the world against people with disabilities, this session looks at how international human rights instruments aim to respect, protect and promote the rights of persons with disabilities. The session will establish how these violations are most prominent in areas such as education, rehabilitation, employment and participation and ways and means pro bono assist in supporting combating these violations.

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2:15pm - 3:45pm

Dynasty

Breakout Session 2

Stream - Sustain

Who Weaves the Golden Thread of Social Justice?

Facilitator/Presenter: Faustina Pereira, (Centre for Peace & Justice) | Bangladesh

Presenters:
1) Sara Hossain, (BLAST)) | Bangladesh
2) Kishali Pinto Jayawardena, (Commissioner, Right to Information Commission) | Sri Lanka
3) Asfinawati Ajub, (YLBHI/Indonesia Legal Aid Foundation) | Indonesia

As the primary movers in expanding the parameters of social justice, this session will celebrate and re-evaluate the role of pro bono advocates. An examination will show the most critical link between the formal and informal justice systems and the SDG framework in moving forward.

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2:15pm - 3:45pm

Regency

Breakout Session 2

Stream - Empower

Cross Border Pro Bono

Facilitator/Presenter: Fiona Li, (Trust Law) | Thailand

Presenters:
1) Rinki Roy, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | India
2) Robert Houston, (Global Pro Bono Bar Association) | USA
3) Catherine Cheung, (PILnet) | Hong Kong

This session will demonstrate the impact and benefit of utilizing cross border pro bono research when advocating for legal reform to protect vulnerable groups, with specific reference being made to examples from across Asia. Following the presentation, attendees will be given the opportunity to participate in a group discussion on potential areas for legal reform, and to report these ideas back to the room.

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2:15pm - 3:45pm

Platinum

Breakout Session 2

Stream - Sustain

Systemic Change Part II: Building a Movement

Facilitators/Presenters:
1) Holly Hobart, (International Legal Foundation) | USA
2) Susan Lee, (MyJustice) | Myanmar
3) Neetika Vishawanath, (Project 39A National Law University Delhi) | India
4) Myat Ko Ko, (Justice Base) | Myanmar
5) Ajay Shankar Jha, (Public Defender Society of Nepal ) | Nepal
6) Piya Muqit, (Justice Centre Hong Kong) | Hong Kong

This session is Part II of two sessions about creating systemic change. Whereas Part I focuses on the methodology of the community of practice approach, Part II asks participants to discuss barriers to building a cause-lawyering movement as well as brainstorm approaches to campaign development and organising collective legal action.

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2:15pm - 3:45pm

Senate

Breakout Session 2

Stream - Engage

In-House Counsel Helping to Achieve Justice Through Pro Bono Services

Facilitator/Presenter: Renita Sophia Crasta, (Capitaland Pte Ltd/Singapore Corporate Counsel Association) | Singapore

Presenters:
1) Mary Kwok, (Intel) | Hong Kong
2) Mary Ho, (Access Our Community) | Hong Kong
3) John Corker, (Diplomacy Training Programme) | Australia

This session explores the ways, means and partnerships corporate in-house counsel can do and support pro bono.

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3:45pm - 4:15pm

Pro Bono Bazaar

Afternoon refreshments

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

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4:15pm - 5:15pm

Regal 1 & 2

Plenary 2

Stream - Sustain

Strengthening Community Paralegalism in Asia – Recognition, Support and Public Financing

Facilitator/Presenter: Sumaiya Islam, (OSF/OSJI) | UK

Presenters: 
1) Marlon Manuel, (Namati) | Philippines
2) Hina Jilani, (The Elders) | Pakistan
3) Asfinawati Ajub, (YLBHI/Indonesia Legal Aid Foundation) | Indonesia

This plenary working session focuses on the need for recognition of the role that community paralegals, justice advocates and independent justice servers do in helping to realize access to justice.

Policies that create enabling environment for these community-based paralegals along with the necessary safeguards to ensure thee independence and funding sustainability into the future of these organizations. The discussion will further look at the responsibilities and scope between community paralegals and the clarification between the relations and distinctions between community paralegals and others in the justice sector.

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5:15pm - 5:30pm

Closing of Day 1

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6:30pm - 11:00pm

8th APBC Dinner and Justice/Alternative Voices & Justice/Cultural Performances

6:30pm: Appetizers/Snacks, Soft Drinks & Alcoholic Beverages Served

7:30pm: Formal Programme Begins

Dinner Opening Speakers:
1) Hina Jilani, (The Elders) | Pakistan
2) Honorable Sapana Pradhan Malla, (Supreme Court Justice) | Nepal
3) Honorable Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal, (Minister of Law, Justice and Parliamentarian Affairs) | Nepal

Dinner will be held at the Alice Receptions Party Palace
Gairidhara Rd, Kathmandu

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