26 SEP 2021

13.00 – 15.00


Defending Civic Space: Strengthening Legal Empowerment Work

The session aims to highlight how the shrinking of space available for civil society, activists, and citizens has affected and restricted legal empowerment work and strategies in Asia. In particular, the session will focus on the state of the legal empowerment practice in the context of constricting civic space. It also aims to discuss how legal empowerment organizations can respond to the challenges of shrinking civic space and increasing human rights violations. The participants will have an opportunity to learn not only from the panelists but also from the participants through the breakout sessions. The session is hosted by the Southeast Asia core-group members of the Legal Empowerment Network, the largest global community of grassroots justice defenders, with a global membership of more than 2,000 organizations and 9,000 individuals from over 160 countries.

*This session will not be live-streamed.


Marlon Manuel | Namati and the Legal Empowerment Network

Anne Maureen Manigbas | Ateneo Human Rights Center

Annette Mbogoh | Legal Advice Centre- Kituo Cha Sheria

Sheila Grace Formento | Alternative Law Groups (ALG)

Sor.Rattanamanee Polkla | Community Resources Centre

Yadana Than Htaik | Braveheart Foundation

Srikrishna Deva Rao | National Law University Delhi


Closed session: This is a closed session with a separate registration process handled by the Legal Empowerment Network. To register for the session, please reach out to [email protected]  

Participants must be registered attendees of the 10th Asia Pro Bono Virtual Conference and Access to Justice Exchange.  If you haven’t registered yet for the conference, please REGISTER.

In view of the sensitive nature of the issues to be discussed, the session will not be recorded and will not be live-streamed. The views of the lead discussants and session participants do not represent the views of the Asia Pro Bono & Access to Justice Exchange Consortium and Secretariat. 

Limited number of slots: 30

Registration closing date: 25th September 2021

Language: English only

Contact email: [email protected]