Each year, the development of the programme symbolizes the true collaborative philosophy and approach the Consortium are known for. In doing so each year the programme is guaranteed to be rich and diversified with topics that are thematically, contextually and practically related to the national, regional and international issues of the participants attending.
6th Asia Pro Bono Conference
“Strengthening Pro Bono Culture: Unity and Diversity”
Rather than the Conference and programme being driven by any one organization, a collective group of renowned individuals and organizations working in the Asia region have come together as volunteers to ensure the event achieves the standards set out above. This is a true pro bono law network in practice.
2017’s conference programme committee includes:
Annette Bain (DLA Piper)
Bruce Lasky (Lanna Lawyers & BABSEACLE)
Collin Arvind Andrew (Malaysia Bar Council)
Freda Grealy (Head of Diploma Center, Irish Law Society)
Hannah Tye (Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, LLP)
Helena Whalen-Bridge (National University of Singapore)
John Corker (Australian Pro Bono Centre)
Lauren Donnison (BABSAEACLE)
Lindsay Ernst (University of Hong Kong)
Lynn McMahon (Herbert Smith Freehills)
Manolinh Thepkhamyong (Law & Development Partnership)
Marlon Manuel (Alternative Law Groups)
Miriam Chinnappa (Avocats Sans Frontières)
Nattakan Chomputhong (BABSEACLE)
Nguyen Thu Trang (Law & Policy Sustainable Development)
Nguyen Thuy Thi Linh (BABSEACLE)
Norbani Binti Mohamed Nazeri (University of Malaya)
Samantha Chong (Messrs. Thong Seng Kong)
Shen Mei Bolton (Ashurst)
Tanguy Lim (Law Society Pro Bono Services Limited)
Thip Nouansyvong (Law & Development Partnership)
Wendy Morrish (BABSEACLE)
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”.
The conference/workshop will be composed of several types of contributions:
Presentations – Showcasing successful impacts of pro bono programmes and initiatives. Or presentations composed of work-in-progress, reports, fresh developments in the field, or a review of recent literature pertaining to a particular problem or approach, findings that indicate and/or provide suggestions for solutions.
Consortiums – These consortiums provide the forum for group discussions where law students share individual projects and on-going work related to pro bono initiatives.
Exhibitions – Alternatively, works such as documentary films, photography or artwork can be submitted with a 250 word abstract.
Pro Bono and CLE Clinics Showcases & Exhibitions – Showcases and/or exhibitions that present recent developments and applications in pro bono and CLE programmes or initiatives. These should be designed to inform a large and qualified audience about the successes of any pro bono clinics or programmes globally.
Posters – These contain implementation information or works-in-progress that will be displayed at the conference during the early registration poster display throughout the conference/workshop.
NB. Your presentation must demonstrate how you will incorporate interactive methodology into the session.
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.