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Conference Program

Please note that the below is a preliminary conference program and subject to change. Information correct as at 30 January 2019.

State Power, Business and Human Rights: Contemporary Challenges
Saturday, 9 February 2019
9:00 – 10:00 Conference Registration
Hyatt Regency Delhi
• Mr Shyam Divan
| Conference Chair (INDIA)
• Mr Christopher Leong | President, LAWASIA (MALAYSIA)
• Dr Lalit Bhasin | President, The Bar Association of India (INDIA)

• Mr K. K. Venugopal | Attorney General for India (INDIA)

11:00 – 11:30 TEA BREAK
11:30 – 12:45 SESSION 1 – Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights
This session will explore developments across the ESCAP region with respect to legal approaches to gender, the decriminalisation of homosexuality, and measures to reduce discrimination.

ChairJustice Dr D.Y. Chandrachud | Judge, Supreme Court of India (INDIA)

• Ms Sanasuman | Programme Manager, Ondede & Independent Journalist (INDIA)
• Mr Essen Lee
| Taiwan Bar Association (TAIWAN)
• Ms Yoiko Ando | Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JAPAN)
• Prof Madhavi Menon | Ashoka University (INDIA

12:45 – 13:45 SESSION 2 – New Technologies, Privacy and Mass Surveillance: Will Human Rights Survive?
Rapid developments in technology enable corporations and state entities to track and profile users. Law enforcement agencies embrace these technologies to prevent crime. What are the foreseeable impacts on human rights? Is privacy an enforceable right or outdated sentiment? Do the latest developments in data protection sufficiently protect users against the state and large corporations that collect and commercially exploit data?

Chair: Ms Meenakshi Arora | Senior Advocate (INDIA)

• Ms Melissa Pang | President, The Law Society of Hong Kong (HONG KONG)
• Mr Igeta Daisuke
| Director, Japan Civil Liberties Union (JAPAN)
• Mr Saroj K. Ghimire | Attorney, Supreme Court of Nepal (NEPAL)
• Ms Kelly Kim | General Counsel, Open Net Korea (KOREA)
• Mr Uday Warunjikar | Advocate (INDIA)

13:45 – 14:45 LUNCH BREAK
14:45 – 16:15 SESSION 3 – Human Rights Lawyers: Independence and Threats
All individuals are entitled to call upon the assistance of a lawyer to protect and establish their human rights and to defend them. In the pursuit of such duties, lawyers have to and are able to function without intimidation, hindrance, harassment or improper interference by authorities or other social powers. In reality, however, lawyers are easily put into danger as a result of discharging their functions.In this session, the situation of independence of and threats against lawyers in the Asia Pacific region will be focused and analysed. The discussion will then progress to what lawyers’ community, in particular, Bars / Law Societies could and should do in order to protect their members as well as legal profession in the region whose functions are at danger.

ChairProf Yasushi Higashizawa | Co-Chair Human Rights Section, LAWASIA (JAPAN)

• Mr Mark Trowell QC (AUSTRALIA)
• Ms Lizzette Robleto de Howarth | Law Society of England and Wales (UK)
• Mr Philip Dykes SC | Chairperson, Hong Kong Bar Association (HONG KONG)
• Mr Amirali Nasir | Vice-President, The Law Society of Hong Kong (HONG KONG)
• Ms. Hisaan Hussain | Hisaan & Safa L.L.P. (MALDIVES)

16:15 – 16:30 TEA BREAK
16:30 – 18:00 SESSION 4 – Aggressive Policing and Human Rights
Across several jurisdictions, aggressive policing is compromising the presumption of innocence. Does eliminating serious crimes in this manner compromise the Rule of Law?

ChairMr Soli Sorabjee | Senior Advocate (INDIA)

• Mr Mukul Rohatgi | Senior Advocate (INDIA)
• Mr Steven Thiru | Messrs. Steven Thiru & Sudhar (MALAYSIA)
• Prof Christopher E. Stone | Columbia University (USA)
• Ms Nitya Ramakrishnan | Advocate (INDIA)

Sunday, 10 February 2019
10:00 – 11:30 SESSION 5 – Freedom of the Press in the Digital Age
Has the advent of the Digital Age enhanced or encumbered press freedom across jurisdictions in the Asia Pacific region?

Moderator: Justice Dr A.K. Sikri | Judge, Supreme Court of India (INDIA)

• Ms Po Wing Kay | Barrister (HONG KONG)
• Mr K. Shanmuga | Partner, Kanesalingam & Co. (MALAYSIA)
• Ms Madhu Trehan
| Editor-in-Chief, (INDIA)
• Ms Madhavi Goradia Divan
| Addl. Solicitor General of India (INDIA)

11:30 – 12:00 Focus Session – Constitutional Crisis in Sri Lanka

Chair: Mr Fali S. Nariman | Senior Advocate (INDIA)

Speaker: Mr Upul Jayasuriya | President’s Counsel (SRI LANKA)

Comments: Mr Prashant Kumar | President-Elect, The Bar Association of India (INDIA)

12:00 – 13:30 SESSION 6 – Conflicts and Cross-Border Migrations
Is there a right to have human rights? Stateless individuals and persons escaping persecution are especially vulnerable. What are their rights and the corresponding responsibilities of receiving states?

Chair: Mr A.S. Chandiok | Senior Advocate (INDIA)

• Mr Amir-ul-Islam (Barrister-at-law) | Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh (BANGLADESH)
• Mr Yosuke Shimamura | Attorney (JAPAN)
• Dr Pillkyu Hwang | Gonggam Human Rights Law Foundation (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)
• Ms Sumbul Rizvi | United Nations Senior Specialist (INDIA)
• Mr Mark Daly | Daly, Ho & Associates (HONG KONG)

13:30 – 14:30 LUNCH BREAK
14:30 – 16:00 SESSION 7 – Business and Human Rights
Socially responsible corporations are required by municipal law or their internal policies to comport with human rights in areas such as gender equality, health and work conditions of employees, environmental best practices among others. This session builds on deliberations at the 31st LAWASIA Conference held at Siem Reap, Cambodia in November 2018.

Chair: Ms Pinky Anand | Addl. Solicitor General of India (INDIA)

• Mr Matthew Baird | Deputy Chair of LAWASIA Environmental Law Section (AUSTRALIA)
• Mr Edmund Bon Tai Soon | AmerBon Advocates (MALAYSIA)
• Prof Mo Jihong | Institute of International Law, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (P.R. CHINA)
• Dr Peter Bacon | Woodlots and Wetlands Pty Ltd (AUSTRALIA)
• Mr Chander Uday Singh | Senior Advocate (INDIA)

16:00 – 16:15 TEA BREAK
16:15 – 17:15 SESSION 8 – Climate Change, Water Conflicts and Human Rights
From an environmental standpoint, water stress is increasing. What are the institutions for resolving these conflicts and reviving water quality in polluted rivers, lakes, aquifers and the oceans?

Chair: Justice Deepak Gupta | Judge, Supreme Court of India (INDIA)

• Mr M. Akram Sheikh | Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of Pakistan (PAKISTAN)
• Dr Armin Rosencranz | Jindal Global University (USA)
• Mr Phil Duncan | Macquarie University (AUSTRALIA)
• Mr Hubert Algie | Kellehers Australia (AUSTRALIA)
• Ms Shibani Ghosh | Centre for Policy Research (INDIA)

17:15 – 18:45 Closing Session

Conference Overview
• Mr Prashant Kumar | President-Elect, The Bar Association of India (INDIA)
• Prof Yasushi Higashizawa | Co-Chair Human Rights Section, LAWASIA (JAPAN)
• Mr Chunghwan Choi | President Elect, LAWASIA (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)

Valedictory Address
• Shri. M. Venkaiah Naidu | 
Hon’ble Vice President of India (INDIA)

Word of Thanks
• Mr Shyam Divan | Conference Chair (INDIA)

Registrations for the 1st LAWASIA Human Rights Conference 2019 are now CLOSED.

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