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After considerable deliberation, LAWASIA together with the host organisations; the Supreme Court Bar Association of Nepal and the Nepal Bar Association, have reassessed the situation arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, and have made a decision that it will not be possible to hold the 2nd LAWASIA Human Rights Conference in Kathmandu, Nepal on the proposed dates of 4th and 5th July 2020.

Given the uncertainty at this stage, we are announcing the cancellation of the conference. Whilst this decision was taken with great reluctance, we are keeping in mind the paramount concern for the health and well-being of LAWASIA members, conference delegates and speakers, members of the local bar and conference staff.

Registrants will be advised separately on refund policy.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this period of uncertainty and we look forward to connecting with you at future LAWASIA conferences and seminars.

Message from the President


Due to the ongoing concerns and the unprecedented escalation and spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, and the travel bans and restrictions issued by many governments in Asia and the Pacific region, the LAWASIA Executive Committee and the Conference Organising Committee have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2nd LAWASIA Human Rights Conference 2020 in Kathmandu, Nepal with immediate effect.

We understand the inconvenience rescheduling the conference may have caused to those who have already planned their trips. It is, however, our duty to do everything we can to prevent the virus from spreading, and we wish to reassure all our attendees and support staff that health and safety is our paramount concern and priority. Our sympathies are with those directly affected during this difficult time and we will follow up with all those who were scheduled to attend the conference.

All registrations purchased will remain valid for the rescheduled dates. Registrants will be advised separately on refund policy.

Details of the new dates will be communicated shortly. The tentative new dates of the conference are 4 – 5 July 2020. In the meantime, we encourage conference attendees to visit the conference website for special announcements and further details.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. We look forward to your continued support and to meeting you at the rescheduled conference.

Best Regards

Chunghwan Choi
LAWASIA President



About the Conference

LAWASIA, in conjunction with the Nepal Bar Association and the Supreme Court Bar Association, is pleased to invite the participation of members and legal professionals at the 2nd LAWASIA Human Rights Conference to be held in Kathmandu, Nepal from 7 – 8 March 2020.

LAWASIA events are renowned for a collegial atturn year after year. The 2nd LAWASIA Human Rights Conference will explore a broad range of human rights issues of relevance in the Asia Pacific region, including:

  • Human rights and non-discrimination/women/LGBTQI persons
  • Global concern of migration workers and refugees
  • Human rights concern in transitional justice
  • Human rights, environment and climate change
  • Independency and efficiency of human rights agencies
  • Focus session: critical issues in human rights
  • The role of judiciary in securing Human Rights
  • Human rights defenders: emerging challenges and solution
  • Business development and human rights

This is LAWASIA’s second Human Rights Conference, providing a unique opportunity for lawyers and associated professional members to exchange insights and expertise on topics of significant importance to all.

We look forward to welcoming you at the conference.



The official conference programme with details of session times, daily events and session descriptions – everything you need to plan a successful conference experience.

Click here to view the programme.



Your guide to life in the vibrant city of Kathmandu, covering essential information about weather, currency, transport and more. Be sure to read through Nepal’s Visa & Entry Requirements to ensure a smooth trip.



Get to know your fellow delegates while exploring the historic sites of Kathmandu and its surroundings. Check out the Local Attractions page for a selection of recommended activities.

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