November 2017

Briefs GLOBAL FOCUS

Tokyomeet the most successful ever H eld at the Hotel New Otani in Tokyo from 18-21 September, more than 1,600 attendees from around the globe gathered to hear more than 180 speakers share their expertise on a broad range of topics. e ve-day conference kicked o with a welcome ceremony which included the launch of LAWASIA’s new agship publication, Asian Jurist . e bi-annual publication covers themes of rule of law, human rights and business within the Asia Paci c region and is available to LAWASIA members. e o cial opening ceremony, held the following day, was attended by Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, as well as numerous high-pro le judges and government o cials. e conference also saw a changeover in the LAWASIA presidency, with outgoing President Prashant Kumar of India

The 30th LAWASIA annual conference held in Tokyo, Japan, in September was the organisation’s largest ever meet and has been hailed a great success.

passing the baton to Christopher Leong of Malaysia. e Secretary-General of LAWASIA and CEO of the Law Society of NSW, Michael Tidball, said it was heartening to see a growing interest in the organisation and what it stands for. “ e Tokyo conference saw more delegates than ever before, and represents a renewed interest in regional lawyers coming to meet their peers to exhange knowledge, experience, concerns and ideas,” he said. “ e calibre of speakers, as well as the depth of collegiality at a conference such as this ensures the continued strengthening of the vast community of lawyers in the Asia Paci c region and beyond. is can only be a good thing for human rights and the rule of law in the region.” Next year’s annual conference will be held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from 2-5 November.

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