2019 SUPPORTERS

 
BABSEACLE
OSJI
HSF
New Perimeter
DLA Piper
TAF
OSF
Yak & Yeti
2018 -Event and In Kind Supporters – Lanna Lawyers
Thomson Reuters Foundation
iprobono
HRBA2J
Namati
Advocacy Forum
CeLRRd
BRAC
BLAST
Chakrabarti College, Purbanchal University
CWAD
Forum for Women, Law and Development
Kathmandu University School of Law ( KUSL)
Forum for Protection of Public Interest
LACC
Legal Aid Society-Pakistan
Law and Policy Forum for Social Justice (LAPSOJ)
National Law College (NaLC)
Nepal Law Campus
pds-nepal
Transparency Maldives
Maiti Nepal
NFRJ
FNB
HIDR
RWI
HKU
Faraz, Haider, Moazzam & Co.
Supreme Court Bar Association Nepal
ANRIP
HSF
My Justice
ILF
GAJE
UNDP
UNHCR
IDPC
Innovative Legal Service
A4ID
Australian Pro Bono Contre
Nepal Bar Association
Himalayan Lawyers & Associates
Winrock
UKAID
USAID
SCCA
 

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 including:

Click on the session title to view presenters/facilitators and sessions descriptions. Please note that session titles and presenters are currently being updated and changes may occur as the programme is finalized.

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

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.

 

Stream – Empower

From Street Lawyering to Human Rights Lawyering to Community Lawyering - All Leading to Rebellious Lawyering

Facilitators/Presenters: 
1) 
S M Masum Billah, (Jagannath University & ELCOP) | Bangladesh
2) Arpeeta Shams Mizan, (iProbono & University of Dhaka) | Bangladesh
3) Mizanur Rahman, (University of Dhaka) | Bangladesh

This session will demonstrate how street lawyering, human rights lawyering, and community lawyering can be utilised to empower the poor and ensure greater access to justice. 

 

Stream – Empower

Justice for All-The Task Force on Justice Report Launch

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

Presenters: Currently being confirmed

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

Stream – Empower

Legal Empowerment and Pro Bono Synergy for Marginalised Communities

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

Presenters:
1) Jayshree Satpute, (Nazdeek) | Pakistan
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) | Nigeria

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.

 

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.

 

Stream – Empower

Multi-Faceted Ways of Achieving Access to Justice for Migrants Through Pro Pro Bono Support

Facilitator/Presenter: Linda Al Kalash (Tamkeen Fields for Aid) | Jordan

Presenters:
1) Shom Prasad Luitel (People Forum for Human Rights) | Nepal
2) Satoko Tabata (Tamagawa University) | Japan
3) Dinesh Joshi (University of Tokyo & C-Rights) | Japan

This session will explore a number of effective ways that pro bono support can assist issues faced by migrants in various jurisdictions. The session will also work as an awareness raising mechanism about the access to justice plights of various migrant groups throughout the Asia region and globally.

Stream – Empower

The Empowerment of Prisoners Through Paralegal and Pro Bono Support

Facilitators/Presenters: 
1) Tahera Yasmin, (GIZ) | Bangladesh
2) Chanchal Mukherjee, (GIZ) | Bangladesh
3) Sophie Wissner, (GIZ) | Bangladesh
4) Shah Maksud Noor, (GIZ) | Bangladesh
5) Md. Soaib Akter, (RDRS) | Bangladesh
6) Md. Polash Hossain, (RDRS) | Bangladesh
7) Md. Rashedul Islam (BLAST) | Bangladesh
8) Chamile Akter Nisheta, (BLAST) | Bangladesh
9) Haya  Zahid, (Legal Aid Office) | Pakistan

This session will explore, demonstrate and provide insightful lessons as well as showcase materials and training techniques on how paralegals provide legal empowerment and services through pro bono support for prisoners.

 

Stream – Empower

Alternative Voices in Social Justice: Informing the Pro Bono Movement

Facilitator/Presenter: Taimur Rehman, (Shaoor Foundation for Education & Awareness) | Pakistan

Presenters:
1) Bhoomi Harendran, (National Transgender Network) | Sri Lanka
2) Baaraan Ijlal, (Visual Artist) | India
3) Shanuki De Alwi, (Vision 1) | Sri Lanka
4) Wendy Morrish, (BABSEACLE) | Thailand
5) Other presenters being confirmed

 This session will highlight a some of the alternative movement activities that have been successfully implemented throughout Asia and the visible lack of a coordinated, systematic approach in its outreach and implementation. Even though pro bono practice is being undertaken by several service providers at all levels, communities are often not aware of these services. It is this gap that alternative interventions can help fill; information and know-how on executing alternative social justice movements will aid the pro bono movement in creating more impactful strategies going forward. Further justice seekers using alternative voices can use the expertise of pro bono service providers, especially lawyers to manoeuvre the increasingly intolerant political space they work in and face the security,  privacy and intellectual property concerns that arise therein.

 

Stream – Engage

Effective Pro Bono Frameworks to Promote and Protect Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (in South Asia)


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

 Presenters:
1) Mizanur Rahman, (University of Dhaka) | Bangladesh
2) Mara Malagodi, (Chinese University of Hong Kong) | Hong Kong
3) Tek Narayan Kunwa,r (Patan High Court) | Nepal
4) Barun Ghimire, (iProbono) | Nepal

This session aims to share varied experiences across the South Asia region in an interactive forum and trace a road-map for strengthening the emerging pro bono culture in the region, through capacity building and promoting pro bono culture within a multidisciplinary student engagement and effective frameworks to promote and protect economic, social and cultural rights (in South Asia).

Stream – Engage

Engaging Pro Bono Support from the Judiciary

Facilitator/Presenter: Roshani Poudyal, (Himalayan Lawyers & Associates) | Nepal

Presenters: Currently being confirmed

Legal aid and pro bono, while distinct, both aim to create greater access to justice through the provision of free legal services to vulnerable members of the community. This session outlines the similarities and differences of legal aid and pro bono, and the roles played by the Judiciary and wider justice sector in promoting fundamental services.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Stream – Engage

Leveraging Pro Bono to Achieve Sustained Progress on Reproductive Rights in Asia and Beyond

 Facilitator/Presenter: Marlene Halpern (Center for Reproductive Rights ) | USA

Presenters:
1) Purna Shrestha (Center for Reproductive Rights) | Nepal
2) Prabina Bajracharya (Center for Reproductive Rights) | Nepal
3) Sharmila Shrestha (Justice for All) | Nepal
4) Sabin Shrestha (Forum for Women, Law and Development) | Nepal

With women often facing a multitude of both similar and diverse legal related challenges and obstacles throughout the Asia region related to reproductive health rights, this session will illustrate a variety of pro bono related services provided in different types of legal jurisdictions, and current efforts being employed to apply common lessons learned across borders.

Stream – Engage

Paralegalism and Pro Bono in South Asia

Facilitator/Presenter: Shashi Adhikary, (Law and Policy Forum for Social Justice) | Nepal

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

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.

 

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.

Stream – Engage

Pro Bono Assistance During Post Disaster Periods

Facilitator/Presenter:  Som Prasad Niroula, (Alliance for Social Dialogue) } Nepal

Presenters:
1) Namit Wagley, (The Asia Foundation) | Nepal
2) Nirmal Kumar Upreti, (Forum for National Building Nepal) | Nepal
3) Delegates from National Reconstruction Authority of Nepal | Nepal
4) Other presenters being confirmed

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.

Stream – Engage

Pro Bono Assistance in Death Penalty Matters

Facilitators/Presenters: 
1) Neetika Vishwanath, (National Law University of Delhi) | India
2) Andrew Khoo, (Andrew Khoo & Daniel Lo) | Malaysia
3) Additional presenters being confirmed

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.

Stream – Engage

Pro Bono, Business and Human Rights

Facilitator/Presenter: Harpreet Kaur (UNDP)|India 

Presenters:
1) Ravi Prakash Vyas, (Kathmandu School of Law) | Nepal

2) Saroj K Ghimire, (Himalayan Lawyers & Associates) | Nepal

3) Livio Sarandrea, (UNDP) | Thailand

4) Sor Rattana (Community Resource Center)|Thailand

This session will focus on the role of Pro Bono work in the context of the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). Emphasis will be given to the 3rd pillar of the UNGPs that looks at remedial mechanisms for human rights abuses committed in business operations. Practitioners from Thailand, India and Nepal will show brief video content, and present illustrative case studies to spring an interactive debate on the legal and operational environment necessary for Pro Bono work to contribute to foster Responsible Business Conduct in Asia.

Stream – Engage

Pro Bono for Human Trafficking Victims in Nepal

Facilitator/Presenter: Samjhana Ghimire, (LACC) | Nepal

Presenters:
1) Anita Neupane Thapalia, (LACC) | Nepal
2) Sabin Shrestha, (Forum for Women, Law & Development) | Nepal
3) Tek Narayan Kunwar, (Judge of High Court) | Nepal
4) Carolyn Tanner, (Winrock International) | Nepal
5) Micheal Heyman, (US Embassy) | Nepal

Many people around the world are victim of human trafficking. The impact on victims is detrimental to their physical and mental well-being. Victims require legal representation due to the complexities of their cases. However, most victims have no means to afford legal representation. For that reason, free legal counselling can provide victims the help they need to preserve their dignity. This session will demonstrate how Pro Bono services leverage the skills of legal service providers to assist those affected by human
trafficking.

 

Stream – Engage

Pro Bono Support & Parliamentary Oversight for Gender Justice

Facilitator/Presenter: Indu Tuladhar, (Himal Innovative Development and Research) | Nepal

Presenters: Other presenters being confirmed

In a democracy, Parliamentary oversight and judicial review are two important tools to maintain good governance. It provides check and balances to make Sates or government accountable to the rule of law. Parliamentary oversight requires the government to respect the Constitution and to implement laws. Also, it formulates policies and programs that reflects what is expressed in the Constitution. This session will explore parliamentary oversight for gender justice in two aspects: enacting of quality gender responsive laws ensuring substantive implementation of these laws, and the intersection of pro bono into these aspects.

 

Stream – Engage

Reducing Pre-trial Detention (Achieving SDG 16.3.2) through Private-Public Partnerships

Facilitator/Presenter: Holly Hobart, (The International Legal Foundation) | USA

Presenters:
1) Babita Basnet, (Public Defender Society of Nepal) | Nepal
2) Madhurima Dhanuka, (Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative) | India
3) Susan Lee, (MyJustice) | Myanmar
4) Bahadur Ghising, (Public Defender Society of Nepal) | Nepal
5) May Phyo Eain, (Taunggoo Justice Centre) | Myanmar
6) Thi Thi Han, (International Legal Foundation) | Myanmar

This session will present strategies for reducing the proportion of unsentenced detainees among prison populations to achieve SDG 16 with a focus on exploring experiences of collaboration and advocacy alliances among bar associations, law students and faculty, civil society legal aid providers, and private pro bono practitioners, as well as engaging participants to develop individual and collective action plans that everyone can take home with them.

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.

Stream – Engage

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

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.

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.

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.

Stream – Engage

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.

Stream – Engage

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 Center) | 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.

Stream – Engage

The Growing Role of Pro Bono in Combating Human Trafficking and Forced Labour

Facilitator/Presenter: Carolyn Tanner, (Winrock International) | Nepal

Presenters: Currently being confirmed

This session will provide examples of local pro bono efforts, however modest, will be shared with a discussion around what is needed to build on this effort. Challenges faced by the pro bono movement and, in particular, the risk associated, resources required, lack incentive and procedural hurdles (eg. imposed by law society or bar association) will be highlighted with a focus on identifying solutions to
these challenges.

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.

Stream – Engage

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

Facilitator/Presenter: Birendra Raj Pokharel, (Action on Disability Rights And Development) | Nepal

Presenters: Other presenters being confirmed

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.

Stream – Engage

Addressing the Root Causes of Statelessness in Asia

Presenter/Facilitator: Davina Wadley, (Statelessness Network Asia Pacific) | Australia

Presenters
1) Lenny Leerdam, (DLA Piper) | Australia
2) Ravi Hemadri, (Development and Justice Initiative) | India
3) Other presenters being confirmed

This session will be framed around gender and children. The session will include discussions regarding gender-discriminatory nationality laws, policies and procedures, and the barriers that women specifically face in enjoying equal citizenship (even where the laws, policies, and procedures are not expressly discriminatory), as well as childhood statelessness in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh and action by civil society in the region to address these issues. 

Stream – Sustain

Combating Gender Based Violence Through Pro Bono Partnerships and Collaborations

Facilitators/Presenters: Pavina Thephithuck, (BABSEACLE) | Laos & Jonathan Olier, (White & Case) | Singapore

Presenters:
1) Laura Hawxhurst (Justice Center Hong Kong)|Hong Kong 

A focus of this workshop will be the methods utilized by collaborative partnership of those involved, to plan and implement a strategy which builds the capacity of various legal service providers. These strategies work hand-in-hand with marginalized women in communities with a view to combating gender based violence.

Stream – Sustain

Developing and Sustaining a Pro Bono Practices and Initiatives

Facilitator/Presenter: M. Salauddin Hassan, (Legal Counsel) | Bangladesh

Presenters:
1) Jane Sanders,  (The Shopfront Youth Legal Centre) | Australia
2) Nirmala Masilamani, (Nirmala Many & Partners Law Firm) | Indonesia
3) Muhamad Izwan Bin Ishak, (Koon Gan & Associates) | Malaysia
4) Omar H. Khan, (Legal Counsel) | Bangladesh
5) Other presenters being confirmed

This session will discuss the ways in which pro bono practices and initiatives are being developed and ways in which these practices and initiatives are being sustained into the future.

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.

 Stream – Sustain

 

Donor and Development Partners Meeting on ‘Ensuring Access to Justice for All in Asia’ (Participation by Invitation)

Facilitators: Sumaiya Islam, (OSF/OSJI) | UK & Nick Booth, (UNDP) | Thailand.

Stream – Sustain

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

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. 

Stream – Sustain

 

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

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. 

Stream – Sustain

 

Expanding the Asia Pro Bono Roundtable Network

 Facilitator/Presenters: Fiona Li, (Trust Law) | Thailand & Trishna Mohan Kripalani, (Trust Law) | India

Presenters:
1) Mohanmmed Rakinul Hakim [Alvi], (DLA Piper) | Thailand
2) Davyd Wong, (The Hong Kong Centre for Pro Bono Services) |Hong Kong
3) Wendy Morrish, (BABSEACLE) | Thailand
4) Tanguy Lim, (Law Society Pro Bono Services) | Singapore

One of the most effective means of growing pro bono in the Asia region, and globally, has been through the use of pro bono roundtable initiatives. This plenary session will focus on ways and means that these roundtables have been applied, and will provide specific case studies of success engagements. All of this will be done as a means to further strengthen the Asia and Global Pro Bono Movement.

 

Stream – Sustain

Growing the Pro Bono Movement-APBC Updates and Reports

Facilitators/Presenters:
1) Bruce A. Lasky, (Lanna Lawyers & BABSEACLE) | Thailand
2) Mary Catherine Alvarez, (StreetLawPH) | Philippines
3) Lindsay Ernst, (Hong Kong University) | Hong Kong
4) Meenakshi Menon, (iProbono) | India
5) Haya  Zahid, (Legal Aid Office) | Pakistan
6) Jane Sanders (Herbert Smith Freehills/The Shopfront Youth Legal Centre)|Australia 

This session will consider the programs and initiatives that have grown from the Asia Pro Bono Movement, including specifically from the APBC. This vital plenary will explore what is currently happening, and provide the participants of the APBC and the Asia Pro Bono Consortium a platform to effectively strategize on future approaches to continue to grow and strengthen this vibrant movement.

 

Stream – Sustain

How Pro Bono Legal Service Providers 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.

 

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 Nackey (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.

Stream – Sustain

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

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

Presenters:
1) Erna Witoelar, (Constitutional Court of Indonesia) | Indonesia
2) Sapana Pradhan Malla, (Nepal Supreme Court) | Nepal
3) Marlon Manuel, (Namati) | Philippines
4) Hina Jilani, (The Elders) | Pakistan
5) 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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Strengthening Pro Bono Through Technology

Presenter/Facilitator: San Ng, (The Asia Foundation) | USA

Presenters: 
1) Isfundiar Kasuri, (Justice Project Pakistan) | Pakistan

This presentation will show the importance of the Internet and relevant technologies that can be used to help bridge cost as a barrier to justice through lowering legal costs for clients by saving the lawyers time and distance.

The presentation will engage participants in a role play between client, intermediary legal service provider, where the intermediary will rely on internet compatible forms to provide the legal service provider with relevant data from the client.

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..

Stream – Sustain

The Role of Bar Associations in Supporting Pro Bono

Presenters/Facilitators: Tanguy Lim, (Law Society Pro Bono Services) | Singapore & Mark Woods, (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) Other presenters being confirmed

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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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) Thurayn Thee, (Mawlamyaing Justice Centre) | Myanmar
12) Ajay Shankar Jha, (Public Defender Service-Nepal) | Nepal
13) Mohammad Nabi Waqar, (International Legal Foundation) | Afghanistan
14) May Phyo Eain, (Taungoo Justice Centre) | Myanmar
15) Bangladesh Paralegal Initiative Representative being confirmed
16) Other facilitators being confirmed

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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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) Thurayn Thee, (Mawlamyaing Justice Centre) | Myanmar
12) Ajay Shankar Jha, (Public Defender Service-Nepal) | Nepal
13) Mohammad Nabi Waqar, (International Legal Foundation) | Afghanistan
14) May Phyo Eain, (Taungoo Justice Centre) | Myanmar
15) Bangladesh Paralegal Initiative Representative being confirmed
16) Other facilitators being confirmed

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.

 

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) Thurayn Thee, (Mawlamyaing Justice Centre) | Myanmar
12) Ajay Shankar Jha, (Public Defender Service-Nepal) | Nepal
13) Mohammad Nabi Waqar, (International Legal Foundation) | Afghanistan
14) May Phyo Eain, (Taungoo Justice Centre) | Myanmar
15) Bangladesh Paralegal Initiative Representative being confirmed
16) Other facilitators being confirmed

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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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) Other presenters being confirmed

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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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.

 

Stream – Sustain

Women Lawyers Empowerment in Nepal-A Pro Bono Approach

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

Presenters:
1) Additional presenters currently being confirmed

A focus of this session will be on women, capacity building and pro bono where a discussion will be held about the implemented training program and how the UNDP has supported the program. The program is designed to support female lawyers by providing mentorship and ongoing training to increase skills and opportunities.

 

Stream – Sustain

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”.

Highlights from Previous Asia Pro Bono Conferences

 

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”

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The 2019 Conference Organizing Team

The 2019 Conference is organised by a dedicated team of volunteers from South Asia with the support of BABSEACLE team. Click for Organizing Committee details

2019 Conference Program Information

The Consortium, its Program Committee, and the 2019 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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BABSEACLE
OSJI
HSF
New Perimeter
DLA Piper
TAF
OSF
Yak & Yeti
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Thomson Reuters Foundation
iprobono
HRBA2J
Namati
Advocacy Forum
CeLRRd
BRAC
BLAST
Chakrabarti College, Purbanchal University
CWAD
Forum for Women, Law and Development
Kathmandu University School of Law ( KUSL)
Forum for Protection of Public Interest
LACC
Legal Aid Society-Pakistan
Law and Policy Forum for Social Justice (LAPSOJ)
National Law College (NaLC)
Nepal Law Campus
pds-nepal
Transparency Maldives
Maiti Nepal
NFRJ
FNB
HIDR
RWI
HKU
Faraz, Haider, Moazzam & Co.
Supreme Court Bar Association Nepal
ANRIP
HSF
My Justice
ILF
GAJE
UNDP
UNHCR
IDPC
Innovative Legal Service
A4ID
Australian Pro Bono Contre
Nepal Bar Association
Himalayan Lawyers & Associates
Winrock
UKAID
USAID
SCCA
 

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