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Conference Program

Please note that the below is a preliminary conference program and subject to change. Information correct as at 29 October 2018.

New Era for South East Asia
Thursday, 1 November 2018
8:30 – 17:00 IBA Bar Issues Commission Conference
“Globalising Your Practice: Opportunities and Challenges”

Venue: Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Free event presented by the IBA Bar Issues Commission. Supported by LAWASIA and the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia. Click here to view the event flyer. To view the draft programme, please click here.
For more information and to register your interest, please email Feline van der Heyden.
14:00 – 17:00 International Seminar on 25 Years of Cambodian Peace Building: Rule of Law and Access to Justice
Time: 14:00-17:00 followed by a reception.
Venue: Sunway Hotel, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Presented by Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia, Faculty of Law and Public Affairs (PUC-FLPA) and The University of Tokyo’s Research Center for Sustainable Peace (UTRCSP).
Click here to download the event program. For full details and to register for the seminar, please visit the registration site.
Further inquiries may be directed via email to Prof Yasunobu SATO or Prof Phallack KONG.
14:00 – 18:30 LAWASIA Executive Committee Meeting
ExCo Members only.
Friday, 2 November 2018
10:00 – 16:00 Annual LAWASIA Council Meeting
LAWASIA Council Members only. This event is by direct invitation only.
15:00 – 17:00 Conference registration – Name badge collection
Phokeethra Ballroom
17:00 – 19:00 Opening Ceremony
Phokeethra Ballroom
Welcome Remarks from LAWASIA President, Mr Christopher Leong
Welcome Address from President of the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Mr Suon Visal
Opening Address from Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, or his representative.
19:00 – 21:00 Welcome Reception
Sofitel Angkor Poolside
Saturday, 3 November 2018
8:00 – 9:00 Delegate registration continues
Phokeethra Ballroom
Session 1
9:00 – 10:30
ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
Phokeethra Ballroom

This session will address the advent of third party funding in arbitration and its effect on the resolution of environmental disputes in South East Asia; with specific reference to Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, and Myanmar. South East Asia is home to tropical rainforests (Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and the Malay peninsula). Any developmental activity, particularly in Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, has to be very carefully undertaken keeping in mind the fact that this region is a major carbon sink. Maintenance of this delicate balance between the developmental needs of the region and the environmental requirements will be crucial to the carbon trade in the region. Third party funding in arbitration, particularly while resolving environmental disputes of the nature mentioned above, will have wide-ranging effect on the arbitration jurisprudence in the South East Asian region.

Moderator
Dr Pinky Anand | Office of Additional Solicitor General of India (INDIA)
Chair of LAWASIA ADR SubcommitteeSpeakers
Mr West Nareth Hib | National Commercial Arbitration Centre of the Kingdom of Cambodia (CAMBODIA)
Ms Winnie Tam SC JP
| Des Voeux Chambers (HONG KONG SAR)
Ms Jenny Tsin | Wongpartnership LLP (SINGAPORE)
Mr Tony Dymond | Debevoise & Plimpton (UNITED KINGDOM)

BELT & ROAD
Naga & Rainbow Room

Session sponsored by:

Session attendance at full capacity.

The economic and strategic agenda known as the “Belt & Road” was proposed by the Chinese government to enhance cooperation among relevant economies. It aims to create a large international market that will strengthen economic ties and cultural exchange between states and enable an innovative and equitable development of the region. This session will examine current results and future prospects of the “Belt & Road” initiative implementation, specifically concentrating on its implications for the Asian region including changes of policy and legal services. Furthermore, the session will discuss applicable local legal requirements and importance of providing legal services to outbound investors. The session will also discuss possible development of disputes resolution mechanisms and, particularly, multinational cooperation of legal service between law firms and practitioners in light of increased business opportunities.

Topics to be discussed include:
• The policies and key issues in relation to China outbound investment
• The Main Legal Risks of Chinese Investment in Mekong Region
• Planning Your Overseas Belt and Road Investments
• Helping Chinese Companies Invest Successfully in Indonesia
• Chinese Practice in International Commercial Dispute Settlement
• Chinese Investments in Malaysia: Managing Risks and Dispute

Moderators
Mr Baohu Yin | China Legal Exchange Center, China Law Society (CHINA)
Co-Chair of LAWASIA One Belt One Road Subcommittee
Mr Amirali B. Nasir | Vice President of The Law Society of Hong Kong (HONG KONG SAR)

Speakers
Mr Lor Sok | Sok Xing & Hwang (CAMBODIA)
Mr Haiquan Lin | Research Centre of Civil and Commercial Jurisprudence of Renmin, University of China (CHINA)
Ms Ning Zhu | Chance Bridge Partners (CHINA)
Mr Jun Wang | Capital Alliance ADR Advisory Services (HONG KONG SAR)
Mr Johannes Christian Sahetapy Engel | Arfidea Kadri Sahetapy-engel Tisnadisastra (INDONESIA)
Mr Tianyi Zhang | Ba Qian Law Group (LAOS)
Mr Jeff Leong | Jeff Leong, Poon & Wong (MALAYSIA)
Co-Chair of LAWASIA One Belt One Road Subcommittee
Mr Winston Seow | KhattarWong LLP (SINGAPORE)

BAR LEADERS’ FORUM
Promoting Inclusivity, Equality, Moderation and Security
Mouhot’s Dream

This session will involve bar leaders from member organisations, together with leaders from other jurisdictions who are present at the conference, to discuss matters of mutual interest. There will be a particular focus on issues affecting, and the needs of, developing countries and the manner in which the larger legal community and law associations can coordinate cooperation with law associations in developing countries.

Moderator
Mr Gregory Vijayendran | President of The Law Society of Singapore (SINGAPORE)

Speakers
Dr Martin Abend | Vice President of The German Federal Bar (GERMANY)
Ms Melissa Pang | President of The Law Society of Hong Kong (HONG KONG SAR)
Mr George Varughese | President of the Malaysian Bar (MALAYSIA)
Mr Simon Davis | Vice President of The Law Society Of England and Wales (UK)

10:30 – 11:00 Morning refreshments and networking
Phokeethra Ballroom Foyer; Naga & Rainbow Room Foyer
Session 2
11:00 – 12:30
FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT
FDI in Developing Asia
Phokeethra Ballroom

Session sponsored by:

In an era of shifting economic centre of gravity to Asia and slowing China growth, the rise of India and ASEAN will lift the global economy in the next few decades. The size of China’s huge market is also set to overtake the US market this year. With much of the growth in the last 10 years in ecommerce, mobile payments, e-wallets driving economic transformation at dizzying speed, and with new innovations in smart cities, electronic world trade platforms, digital free trade zones and e-hubs sprouting in the region, the Digital Economy is the Future of Asia.This session will feature speakers from Asia and discuss FDI and the new Digital Economy in Asia.

Moderator
Mr Jeff Leong | Jeff Leong, Poon & Wong (MALAYSIA)
Chair of LAWASIA Corporate Securities & Investment Subcommittee

Speakers
Mr Guillaume Massin | DFDL (CAMBODIA)
Mr Shang Congcong | Suhao Law Offices (CHINA)
Mr Libin Zhang | Broad & Bright (CHINA)
Mr Michael Scott Carl | SSEK Indonesian Legal Consultants (INDONESIA)
Ms Gina Golda Pangaila | ZICO Law (MYANMAR)
Mr Carlos T. Ocampo | Ocampo & Manalo (PHILIPPINES)
Mr Phuoc Bao Tri Nguyen | JLPW VINH AN LEGAL (VIETNAM)

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
Environmental Dispute Resolution

Naga & Rainbow Room

Session attendance at full capacity.

This session will address the various emerging mechanisms for dispute resolution arising out of climate change issues, with a particular focus on Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand.

Topics to be discussed include:
• Environment Law: Impact of climate change in India & the role of judicial interpretation
• Mechanisms for resolution of climate change disputes
• Climate change and legal mechanisms in the Mekong Region
• Overview of ADB’s work on climate change dispute resolution in Asia

Moderator
Mr Matthew Baird | Asian Research Institute for Environmental Law (THAILAND)
Deputy Chair of LAWASIA Environmental Law Subcommittee

Speakers
H.E Dr Say Samal | Minister of Environment of the Kingdom of Cambodia (CAMBODIA)
Mr Phanna Sok | The School For Field Students—Center For Environmental Research In Conservation And Development Studies (CAMBODIA)
Ms Z.J. Jennifer Lim 
| Debevoise & Plimpton (HONG KONG SAR)
Ms Geeta Luthra
| Supreme Court of India (INDIA)
Ms Irum Ahsan | Office of the General Counsel | Asian Development Bank (PHILIPPINES)

SOUTH PACIFIC FORUM
Foreign Activity in the South Pacific and its Implications for the Rule of Law
Mouhot’s Dream

This session will discuss relevant issues of developing countries in the Pacific.  Many of these issues – such as independence of the judiciary, the rule of law and the role of law associations – are common in developing countries of Asia.Moderator
Dr Gordon Hughes AM | Chairman of the South Pacific Lawyers Association (AUSTRALIA)

Speakers
Mr Morry Bailes | President of the Law Council of Australia (AUSTRALIA)
Mr Tao Shan | Yingke Law Firm Guangzhou Office (CHINA)

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch and networking
Phokeethra Ballroom & Citadel Restaurant, Sofitel Angkor
Session 3
13:30 – 15:00
HUMAN RIGHTS
Disability Rights in the ESCAP Region
Phokeethra Ballroom

The commitment of the Asia-Pacific region to a disability-inclusive society has been restated over three decades. This seminar will introduce you to three key elements necessary to fulfill this objective: access to justice, mental capacity and decision-making, and de-institutionalisation through the right to independent living.

This session will explore the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which remains a sustainable development goal for 2030.

Moderator
Mr Shyam Divan | Supreme Court of India (INDIA)
Co-Chair of LAWASIA Human Rights Section

Speakers
Ms Antje Kunst | Bretton Woods Law (GERMANY/UNITED KINGDOM)
Ms Joanna Caen | Herbert Smith Freehills (HONG KONG SAR)
Mr Takehiko Nishimura | Lupinus Law Office (JAPAN)
Ms Akiko Sato | Kotonoha Law (JAPAN)
Ms Aswini Weereratne QC | Doughty Street Chambers (UNITED KINGDOM)

INTERNATIONAL TAX
Tax Incentives as a Catalyst to Economic Development in Indochina: Targeting the Right Incentive
Naga & Rainbow Room

Session sponsored by:

Session attendance at full capacity.

The Indochina countries have introduced a number of tax incentives in recent years. The question simply is whether they have implemented the right incentives at the right time and whether such incentives appeal to the present economic conditions. This session will examine the region’s present tax incentives policy by looking at the tax policy developments in neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia.

Moderator
Datuk D.P. Naban | Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill (MALAYSIA)

Speakers
Mr Sachit Jolly | DMD Advocates (INDIA)
Mr Jack Sheehan 
| DFDL (LAOS)
Mr S Saravana Kumar 
| Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill (MALAYSIA)
Chair of LAWASIA Taxation Subcommittee
Ms Lorybeth R. Baldrias-Serrano 
| Insights Philippines Legal Advisors (PHILIPPINES)
Mr P.E. Ashokan
| KhattarWong LLP (SINGAPORE)
Mr Duc Minh Nguyen | Lee & Ko Vietnam LLC (VIETNAM)

YOUNG LAWYERS’ FORUM
How will the Structure of Law Firms Change in the New Era?

Mouhot’s Dream

Session attendance at full capacity.

This session will focus on the interests of young lawyers from any part of the world, and provide them with an opportunity to raise issues of particular concern to the next generation of practitioners.

Experienced practitioners are welcome to participate.

Moderators
Mr Wiebe de Vries | President of the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) / BloomTax
(THE NETHERLANDS)
Mr Toyohisa Kaminiwa | Inaba & Partners (JAPAN)
Co-Chair of LAWASIA Young Lawyers Committee

Speakers
Mr Kenji Hirooka | Anderson Mori & Tomotsune / AIJA (JAPAN)
Ms Laarni Victoria Q. Vinas | SHUSAKU·YAMAMOTO (JAPAN)
Mr Daniel Albert
 | Daniel & Wong Advocates and Solicitors / AIJA (MALAYSIA)
Mr Zi Li Tay | ZICO Law (VIETNAM)

15:00 – 15:30 Afternoon refreshments and networking
Phokeethra Ballroom Foyer; Naga & Rainbow Room Foyer
Session 4
15:30 – 17:00
CROSS-BORDER INSOLVENCY
Phokeethra Ballroom

This session will look at issues arising out of the regulation of financially distressed companies which have assets or creditors in more than one country in the Asia Pacific region. Recent developments in choice of law rules, jurisdiction rules and enforcement of foreign judgement rules will be examined.

Topics to be discussed include:
• Recognition and Management of Foreign Representatives
• Cross-Border Insolvency as Part of the Reform of India’s Insolvency Laws
• Cross-border Restructuring
• Challenges of Adoption and Implementation of the Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency in Developing Countries

Moderator
The Hon Jacqueline Gleeson | Judge, Federal Court of Australia (AUSTRALIA)

Speakers
The Hon Justice Calder Robert McDougall | Supreme Court Of New South Wales (AUSTRALIA)
Mr Shreyas Jayasimha | Aarna Law / UNCITRAL National Coordination Committee (INDIA)
Mr Gregory Vijayendran | President of The Law Society of Singapore (SINGAPORE)
Ms Quynh Anh (Annie) Ngo | EPLegal Law Firm (VIETNAM)

JUDICIAL SESSION
Judicial Interaction in International Commercial Arbitration
Naga & Rainbow Room

This session is organised by the Judicial Section of LAWASIA, under the Honourable T.F. Bathurst AC, Chief Justice of New South Wales, and will cover consideration of the different models adopted across various jurisdictions for interface between international arbitration and commercial litigation.

Moderator
The Hon TF Bathurst AC | Chief Justice of New South Wales (AUSTRALIA)
Chair of LAWASIA Judicial Section

Speakers
The Hon Justice Brian J Preston SC | Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales (AUSTRALIA)
Chair of LAWASIA Environmental Law Subcommittee
The Hon Justice Vinodh Coomaraswamy | Supreme Court of Singapore (SINGAPORE)
Hon Mr Justice Deepak Gupta | Judge of the Supreme Court of India (INDIA)
Dato’ Weng Kwai Mah | MagWengKwai & Associates
Retired Judge, Court Appeal (MALAYSIA)

ANTI-TRUST
Anti-Trust in Asia
Mouhot’s Dream

Session attendance at full capacity.

This session will discuss and examine the increasing influence of anti-trust regulations in Asia, including enhanced merger filing and review requirements, consumer protection measures, and unfair competition restrictions.

Moderator
Mr Anand Raj | Shearn Delamore & Co. (MALAYSIA)
Chair of LAWASIA Anti-Trust & Competition Law Subcommittee

Speakers
Dr Derek Ritzmann | Economic Partners (HONG KONG SAR)
Mr Prashant Kumar | KPA Legal (INDIA)
Mr Atsushi Yamada | Anderson Mori & Tomotsune (JAPAN)
Mr Ryan Il Kang | Bae, Kim & Lee LLC (KOREA)
Mr Chong Kin Lim | Drew & Napier (SINGAPORE)

14:00 – 15:00 Communications, Technology & Data Protection Subcommittee Meeting
The Sanctuary
15:30 – 16:30 Environmental Law Subcommittee Meeting
The Sanctuary
17:00 – 18:00 One Belt, One Road Subcommittee Meeting
Phokeethra Ballroom
Human Rights Section Meeting
Mouhot’s Dream
Employment Law Committee Meeting
The Sanctuary
19:00 – 21:00 Gala Reception
Venue: Malis Restaurant
Attendance by pre-purchased tickets only.
Sunday, 4 November 2018
Session 5
9:00 – 10:30
BANKING & FINANCE
Funding the Digital Economy – How Conventional Principles of Finance are Embracing and Serving the Digitalisation of Commerce and Trade in Developing Countries
Phokeethra Ballroom

The session aims to explore and discuss the role of financial technology in achieving financial inclusion for sectors of the community in developing countries.

Moderator
Mr Jalalullail Othman | Shook Lin & Bok (MALAYSIA)
Chair of LAWASIA Banking & Finance Subcommittee

Speakers
Mr Youdy Bun | Bun & Associates (CAMBODIA)
Dr Siphana Sok | SokSiphanna&associates (CAMBODIA)
Mr Leslie Shen | Wintell & Co (CHINA)
Mr Michael Scott Carl
| SSEK Indonesian Legal Consultants (INDONESIA)

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
Impact of Climate Change on Human Rights
Naga & Rainbow Room

The session will consider the implications of failing to take action to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions (by increasing sources or reducing sinks) and how the consequent exacerbation of climate change impacts on human rights.

Topics to be discussed include:
• Human Rights and Climate Change in the 2015 Paris Agreement: Potential, Perils and Prospects
• Climate change and vulnerable Groups – Global and Regional developments
• Climate-induced Displacement and Human Rights in the Asia and Pacific
• Declaration on Human Rights and Climate Change

Moderator
The Honourable Justice Brian J Preston SC | Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales (AUSTRALIA)
Chair of LAWASIA Environmental Law Subcommittee

Speakers
Dr Kirsten Davies | Macquarie Law School (AUSTRALIA)
Dr Georgina Lloyd Rivera 
| SFS Center For Environmental Research In Conservation And Development Studies (CAMBODIA)
Professor Ben Boer | Research Institute of Environmental Law, Wuhan University (CHINA)
Professor Lavanya Rajamani | Centre for Policy Research (INDIA)
Ms Irum Ahsan | Office of the General Counsel, Asian Development Bank (PHILIPPINES)

LAND LAW
How Real is my Estate?
Mouhot’s Dream

Session attendance at full capacity.

A comparative analysis of doing business under reliable, predictable, efficient, and secure Real Estate System and Procedures, with reference to Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand, juxtaposed against other jurisdictions of Asia Pacific.

Moderator
Mr Murad Ali | K’ Mura & Co. (MALAYSIA)
Chair of LAWASIA Real Estate & Transactions Subcommittee

Speakers
Mr Sotheapal Pho | SCL SP&P (CAMBODIA)
Mr Umang Gupta | BPG Law Chambers (INDIA)
Mr Eu Jin Ong | Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill (MALAYSIA)
Mr Vira Kammee | Siam City Law Offices Limited (THAILAND)

10:30 – 11:00 Morning refreshments and networking
Phokeethra Ballroom Foyer; Naga & Rainbow Room Foyer
Session 6
11:00 – 12:30
INTERNATIONAL FRANCHISING
Hot Topics in International Franchising
Phokeethra Ballroom

Franchising is booming in Asia as International brands expand into new markets.  Most franchisors have agreements that are well established in their home jurisdictions. What happens when things go wrong and disputes arise?  How can franchisors anticipate and avoid disputes, and what can franchisees do to protect themselves if disputes arise?

Topics to be discussed include:
• Goodwill in Franchising Agreements
• Vicarious Responsibility of Franchisers and Joint Employment
• Supply Chain Management
• Termination and Non-renewal

Moderator
Ms Courtney Robertson | Gilbert + Tobin (AUSTRALIA)

Speakers
Mr Tim Castle | 6 St James Hall Chambers (AUSTRALIA)
Chair of LAWASIA Franchising Subcommittee
Ms Andrea Pane
 | Piper Alderman (AUSTRALIA)
Mr Kentaro Tanaka | TMI Associates (JAPAN)
Ms May Kim Ho | Duane Morris & Selvam (SINGAPORE)

FAMILY LAW
International Family Law: Understanding the Laws and Challenges
Naga & Rainbow Room

Session attendance at full capacity.

This session examines developments and the challenges faced in international family law disputes with a particular focus on dispute resolution, children’s issues and financial disputes.

Topics to be discussed include:
• Dispute Resolution
• International Divorce in Korea
• Tracing and Valuing Family Law Assets in Financial Matters
• Development of and Challenges for Adult Guardianship Regulatory Framework in Taiwan

Moderator
Mr Teong Liang Yap | TL Yap Law Chambers LLC (SINGAPORE)
Chair of LAWASIA Family Law & Family Rights Section

Speakers
Ms Eleanor Lau | Lander & Rogers (AUSTRALIA)
Mr Rajan Chettiar | Rajan Chettiar LLC (SINGAPORE)
Ms Yunjeong Hwang | The Joeun Law Firm (KOREA)
Ms Angela Y Lin | Taiwan Bar Association / Lee and Li, Attorneys-at Law (TAIWAN)

EUROPE ISSUES
EU-ASEAN Trade Agreements
Mouhot’s Dream

This session will discuss the status of various initiatives which have taken place over the past decade, commencing with the EU-ASEAN Enhanced partnership in 2007 and most recently involving a resumption of negotiations on an EU-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement.

Topics to be discussed include:
• Trade relation between ASEAN and EU
• The Implications of Brexit for UK-ASEAN relations
•ASEAN-EU Free Trade Agreement

Moderator
Mr Henning von Zanthier | VON ZANTHIER & SCHULZ (GERMANY)
Chair of LAWASIA Asia-Europe Subcommittee

Speakers
Mr Andika E. Pahlevi | Fidelity Law Office (INDONESIA)
Dato’ Nitin Nadkarni 
| Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill (MALAYSIA)
Ms Raquel Garcia-Argudo Mendes
| Colón de Carvajal Abogados (SPAIN)
Mr Niten Chauhan | JPC Law (UK)

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch and networking
Phokeethra Ballroom & Citadel Restaurant, Sofitel Angkor
Session 7
13:30 – 15:00
CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Applying Best Corporate Governance Practices in the Developing World – Challenges in South-East Asia
Phokeethra Ballroom

Moderator
Mr Manoj K. Chhabra | Astra Law Offices (INDIA)
Deputy Chair of LAWASIA Corporate Securities & Investment Subcommittee

Speakers
Mr Sythan Prou | Manulife (CAMBODIA)
Mr Manoj K. Chhabra
| Astra Law Offices (INDIA)
Mr Ryu Ishida | Commons Law (JAPAN)
Ms Sungmee Hong
| Lee & Ko (KOREA)
Mr Kaung Htet Zaw | Bae, Kim & Lee LLC (MYANMAR)
Mr Severin Roelli | Pestalozzi Law (SWITZERLAND)

COMMUNICATIONS, TECHNOLOGY & DATA PROTECTION
Is there a Role for Data Protection Law in Developing Countries?
Naga & Rainbow Room

Session attendance at full capacity.

The session will discuss the current data protection regimes in force in the region and consider whether, and to what extent, developing countries in Asia and the Pacific should consider adopting privacy and data protection laws.

Moderator
Mr Sunil D.B. Abeyaratne | Co-Chair of LAWASIA Communications, Technology & Data Protection Subcommittee (SRI LANKA)

Speakers
Dr Gordon Hughes AM | Davies Collison Cave Law (AUSTRALIA)
Mrs Madhavi Goradia Divan
 | Supreme Court of India (INDIA)
Mr Akitsuyu Ogawa | Sakura Partners Law Office (JAPAN)
Ms Adlin Abdul Majid | Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill (MALAYSIA)

EMPLOYMENT LAW
Artificial Intelligence and the Employment Law Implications
Mouhot’s Dream

The increasing emergence of artificial intelligence and robots is leading to some fundamental employment changes. The disappearance of the need for human performance of manual work in many traditional occupations brings with it profound implications for the employment relationship and the legal rights and obligations of workers and employers. Speakers in this session will explore some of the employment law implications.

Moderator
Mr Bernard Banks | Gibson Sheat lawyers (NEW ZEALAND)
Chair of LAWASIA Employment Law Committee

Speakers
Mr Anthony Wong | AGW Lawyers & Consultants (AUSTRALIA)
Mr Hans Hwang
| Sok Xing & Hwang (CAMBODIA)
Professor Jason (Jingbo) Lu | River Delta Law Firm (CHINA)
Ms May Lu | Simmons & Simmons (CHINA)
Mr Saurabh Prakash | Delhi High Court (INDIA)

15:00 – 15:30 Afternoon refreshments and networking
Phokeethra Ballroom Foyer; Naga & Rainbow Room Foyer
Session 8
15:30 – 17:00
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Establishing and Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights in Indo-China and the Surrounding Region
Phokeethra Ballroom

The session will involve a consideration of the IP regimes established in countries such as Vietnam, Thailand and China; the impact of Free Trade Agreements; the significance of Cambodia’s accession to the WTO; technology transfer in the region; and the protection of foreign investment.

Topics to be discussed include:
• Intellectual Property Litigation of Online game in China: Landmark Cases and Controversial Issues
• Intellectual Property as Investment: An Impossible Mediation of Conflicting Interests?
• Cambodian Intellectual Property in the Regional and International Context
•Defending Intellectual Property Infringement Claims in Technology Litigation

Moderators
Mr Alan Moyle | Moyle & Associates (AUSTRALIA)
Co-Chair of LAWASIA Intellectual Property Subcommittee

Speakers
Mr Paul Sugden | Monash University (AUSTRALIA)
Mr Phuoc Bao Tri Nguyen | JLPW VINH AN LEGAL (VIETNAM)
Mr Sovath Phin | Bun & Associates (CAMBODIA)
Mr Evan Xian Yifan | Loeb & Loeb (HONG KONG SAR)
Mr Ravin Vello | Vello & Associates (MALAYSIA)

ENVIRONMENTAL / CRIMINAL LAW
Environmental Crime in the Indo-China Region
Naga & Rainbow Room

This session will address the various emerging mechanisms for dispute resolution arising out of climate issues, with a particular focus on Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand.

Topics to be discussed include:
• The role of ASEAN in promoting transparency and criminal behaviour in national and transboundary infrastructure developments and protecting environmental rights defenders
• Reducing conflict through greater transparency and better dispute resolution and grievance mechanisms
• The dispute resolution provisions of Cambodia’s draft Environmental and Natural Resource Code

Moderator
Mrs Judith Preston | Macquarie University (AUSTRALIA)

Speakers
Ms Sao Kagna | Vishnu Law Group (CAMBODIA)
Mr Sam Long | Vishnu Law Group (CAMBODIA)
Dr Vicky Bowman | Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MYANMAR)
Mr Matthew Baird | Asian Research Institute for Environmental Law (THAILAND)
Professor Ben Boer | Research Institute of Environmental Law, Wuhan University (CHINA)

INTERNATIONAL MOOT COMPETITION
Mouhot’s Dream

Final Round

15:30 – 16:30 Constitutional & Rule of Law Committee Meeting
The Sanctuary
17:00 – 18:00 Business Law Section Meeting
Phokeethra Ballroom
Young Lawyers Committee Meeting
Naga & Rainbow Room
Family Law & Family Rights Section Meeting
The Sanctuary
Monday, 5 November 2018
9:00 – 10:30 PLENARY SESSION: BUSINESS, HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE ENVIRONMENT IN SOUTH EAST ASIA
It has become apparent in recent years that global business activities can no longer be sustained without due regard to, and respect for, human rights and the environment. In this context, there is a growing expectation upon lawyers to possess sufficient knowledge and skills to advise on the changing needs of business clients. LAWASIA has sought to address emerging issues of business and human rights through its annual conference program, focusing on aspects unique to the Asia Pacific and to the role of regional legal profession. High-level discussions on this topic occurred most recently at the annual LAWASIA conferences in Sydney (2015), Colombo (2016) and Tokyo (2017).

At this year’s plenary session, LAWASIA is proud to introduce its pilot project on business and human rights, culminating in the launch of a Lawyers’ Toolkit and Guidance Note on Business, Human Rights and the Environment in 2019. The project aims to provide practical resources tailored to lawyers in the Asia Pacific. Following an introduction by LAWASIA, expert representatives from civil society and the private sector will be asked to provide their insights and expertise on the draft Toolkit and Guidance Note, before the discussion is opened to conference delegates. The insights shared at this session will assist delegates in developing their understanding of legal issues relating to business and human rights, as well as the skills needed for effective legal practice in this area.

Introductory Remarks
Mr Christopher Leong | President of LAWASIA (MALAYSIA)

Moderators
Prof Yasushi Higashizawa
Meijigakuin University, Graduate School of Law (JAPAN)
Co-Chair of LAWASIA Human Rights Section
Mr Matthew Baird
Asian Research Institute for Environmental Law (THAILAND)
Deputy Chair of LAWASIA Environmental Law Subcommittee

Speakers
Mrs Gallianne Palayret | The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (CAMBODIA)
Ms Gaythri Raman
| LexisNexis Southeast Asia (MALAYSIA)
Dr Vicky Bowman | Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MYANMAR)
Mr Louis-Bernard Buchman | President of French National Bar Council (FRANCE)

10:30 – 12:00 Closing Ceremony
Including:
•  Moot Presentations
•  2019 conference announcement
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