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The Asia Pro Bono Conference (the “Conference”) 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 Conference 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 Conference will be held in Hong Kong from Thursday 25 to Saturday 27 October, 2018 and it will be an exciting mix of carefully curated keynote speeches, plenaries, break-outs, interactive workshop sessions and networking events. The first two days are the core Conference 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, 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; and
  • So you can make an impact and be inspired and to inspire others.


This year’s Conference will be held in Hong Kong in 2018, at the Harbour Grand Hotel in North Point, Hong Kong. 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 2018 Conference is organised by the Conference Local Organizing Committee (“CLOC“), comprising the heads of the five working committees and its special panels. In no particular order, they are: Davyd Wong (Finance), Andrew Dale (Finance), Annette Bain (Program), Richard Yip (Program), Penny Barsha (Social & Cultural), Felix Yuen (Delegates & Students), Angie Liu (Delegates & Students), Annie Tang (Communication & Public Affairs) and Spencer Wong (Communication & Public Affairs – Retired from CLOC March 2018).

The CLOC also wishes to acknowledge the encouragement, support and assistance of BABSEACLE, and in particular, Bruce Lasky and Wendy Morrish.

The Delegates & Students Committee: The Communications & Public Affairs Committee:
  • Felix Yuen, IPFI
  • Angie Liu, Student at Law (City University, HK) and ALSA
  • David Smail, Seyfarth Shaw
  • Doriane Lau, Amnesty International East Asia Regional Office
  • Justin Seto,  Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Janet Hui, Junhe
  • Katherine Leung, Tony Au & Partners
  • Kelvin Tang, Department of Justice
  • Sandy Yeung, Sidley Austin
  • Annie Tang, Star Anise Limited
  • Spencer Wong, TrustLaw Foundation
  • Natalie Siu and Karolis Adomaitis, Kreab
  • Christine Cuthbert, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Annalie Chow, Student at Law
 The Finance Committee:

  • Davyd Wong, Centre for Pro Bono Service
  • Andrew Dale, Ropes & Gray
  • Carli Yung, Nomura
  • William Ku, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Janie Wong
 The Social and Cultural Committee:

  • Penny Barsha, Linklaters
  • Annie Tang, Star Anise
  • Leontine Chuang, PILnet
  • Tinny Ip, Stephenson Harwood
  • Angela Li, Chow Tai Fook
  • Lindsay Ernst, HKU
The Program Committee:

  • Annette Bain, DLA Piper
  • Richard Yip, Denis Cheng’s Chambers
  • Bruce Lasky, BABSEACLE
  • Jess Hatherall, Justice Centre
Program Advisory Group:

The Program Advisory Group consists of over 30 people around the region.

The Waivers and Inclusion Fund Panel:

Penny Barsha, Linklaters (Covenor)


As all participants are volunteers, the CLOC has engaged the assistance of a professional conference organiser, Innoxcell, to help with the event administration and logistics.


Previous Conferences (2012 – 2017)
The Conference was first held in Vientiane, Laos (2012) and then subsequently, HCMC, Vietnam (2013), Singapore (2014), Mandalay, Myanmar (2015), Bali, Indonesia (2016) and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2017). For details of the previous Conferences, please visit https://www.probonoconference.org/.
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)


Quick Links

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Asia Pro Bono Conference News & Updates

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The 7th Asia Pro Bono Conference will be held in Hong Kong and registration is now open. Please visit: https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ereg/index.php?eventid=314527& 

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2018 Logo & Bag Designer – Daniel Tang

A self-taught illustrator, Daniel has had keen interest in anything creative since he was able to hold a pencil. When the opportunity came up for him to contribute and apply his talents for the 2018 Asia Pro Bono Conference, he jumped at the chance to share and give back to the community, hoping to help those in need of access to justice.

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The 2018 Conference Local Organizing Committee

The 2018 Conference is organised by the Conference Local Organizing Committee (“CLOC“), comprising the heads of the five working committees. The full list of volunteers assisting with the Conference Organisation is available here. Big hand of applause to them them all and BABSEACLE as well for their support.

2018 Conference Program Information

The CLOC, its Program Committee and the 2018 Program Advisory Group is currently putting together the Conference program. To view more details of the program, speakers and related information please click here.


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Supporting Organisations

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