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The Asia Pro Bono Conference (APBC) is a key event in our region for stakeholders to develop, explore and share pro bono initiatives and projects that strengthen access to justice in Asia and internationally. Held annually, the APBC brings together lawyers, academics, law students, jurists, pro bono professionals, policy makers, civil society and non-profit representatives, and provides a unique platform for you to hear from and engage with your peers, who are inspiring others and positively impacting the lives of some of the region’s most disadvantaged individuals and marginalised communities.

This year, the APBC and A2J Exchange will be held in Cebu City, Philippines. The Access to Justice Exchange will be held from 21-23 September and 27-29 September. The APBC will be held from 24 September -26 September 2020 and it will be an exciting mix of carefully curated plenaries, break-outs, interactive workshop sessions and networking events. The first two days are the core APBC proceedings, while the Saturday will focus on community capacity building, teaching and the educational aspects of pro bono work, as well as clinical learning for tertiary students and future practitioners. Delegates are encouraged to attend all three days as it is a once a year opportunity for participation, collaboration and dialogue.

Whether you are a legal practitioner, academic, student, in business, government or the non-profit sector, your participation and support is welcomed. We invite you to participate in this year’s conference and become part of the Asia pro bono movement.

Conference Goals

The Conference aims to:

  • Educate university academics, law students, lawyers, member of judiciary, pro bono professionals, policy makers, civil society and non-profit representatives about the meaning and concept of pro bono initiatives;
  • Demonstrate the importance of pro bono initiatives to achieve greater access to justice for poor, marginalised and disadvantaged communities in Asia and internationally;
  • Foster collaborative ties between Conference participants to conceptualise, design, launch and strengthen pro bono initiatives locally, regionally and internationally;
  • Demonstrate various models of pro bono initiatives that may be applicable and transferable in Asia and internationally; and
  • Showcase the successful establishment of pro bono initiatives and programmes.

Who Should Attend:

  • Lawyers and legal practitioners
  • Law professors
  • Law students
  • The judiciary
  • Government officials
  • Others from the region, regionally and internationally involved in pro bono and access to justice initiatives

Why Attend:

  • Explore together with world-class professionals the pro bono initiatives and developments in Asia and around the world
  • Network and collaborate with legal colleagues, academics, students and a broad cross section of stakeholders throughout the region and internationally to discuss, develop and implement pro bono initiatives
  • Learn about innovative partnerships and practices that are being effectively implemented, how and why they worked and what lessons they hold for the world

Where:

This year’s Conference will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal with the venue details coming soon.  The details are posted here, in the relevant sections of this website, and we will continue to update this continuously as we approach the Conference date.

If you are interested in learning more about how to support or attend the Conference please use the contact form to message us.

Who are this year’s Conference Organisers:

The 2020 Conference and Exchange is organised by the team of volunteers from the throughout Asia and globally with the encouragement, support and assistance of BABSEACLE team.


Previous Conferences (2012 – 2018)
The Conference was first held in Vientiane, Laos (2012) and then subsequently, HCMC, Vietnam (2013), Singapore (2014), Mandalay, Myanmar (2015), Bali, Indonesia (2016), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2017), Hong Kong (2018), and Kathmandu, Nepal. 
2019 – Kathmandu, Nepal
2018 – Hong Kong
2017 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2016 – Bali, Indonesia
2015 – Mandalay Myanmar 

The 4th Asia Pro Bono Conference was held in Mandalay, Myanmar on the 3-6 September, 2015; bringing together over 230 delegates from 19 countries.
(click to read the conference report)

2014 – Singapore

The 3rd Asia Pro Bono Conference was held in Singapore on the 2-4 of October 2014; bringing together over 350 delegates from 25 countries.
(click to read the conference report)

2013 – HCMC, Vietnam

The 2nd Asia Pro Bono Conference was held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on the 11-12 of October 2013; bringing together over 200 delegates from 19 countries.
(click to read the conference report)

2012 – Vientiane, Lao PDR

The 1st Asia Pro Bono Conference was held in Vientiane, Lao PDR on the 28-29 September 2012; bringing together over 150 delegates from 20 countries.
(click to read the conference report)

 

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9APBC Conference Organizing Team

9APBC Conference is organised by a dedicated team of volunteers from Asia and globally with the support of BABSEACLE team. Organizing Committee details coming soon.

9APBC Conference Program Information

The Consortium, its Program Committee, and the 2020 Program Advisory Group is currently putting together the Conference program. The details of the program, speakers and related information will updated in the upcoming months.

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