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LAWASIA invites members to submit a proposal to speak at the upcoming 2nd LAWASIA Human Rights Conference taking place in Kathmandu, Nepal from 7 to 8 March 2020.

Proposals must correspond to both the conference theme and one of the conference session topics.

Please review the conference programme for an overview of the topics.

Conference themeHuman Rights – From Retreat to Rebuilding and Renewal.

Please note that your expression of interest must include:

Session details:

  • name of session – refer to conference programme;
  • presentation abstract (300 word limit), fully summarising the content focus of your presentation

Speaker credentials:

  • full name and contact details
  • brief professional biography indicating relevant experience
    where will we find further information about you?  Please share links to any social media accounts, videos, recorded presentations, published articles and/or testimonials

Deadline for submission: Tuesday, 14 January 2020.

Please send your submission via email to 

Note: All speakers must be able to cover their own registration, accommodation and travel costs

Proposals may be submitted under one of the following session topics:

Human Rights and Non-Discrimination / Women / LGBTI
This session will explore legal developments across the Asia Pacific region towards ensuring the equality of all genders, and LGBTI minorities. It will also focus on work to further reproductive rights and will discuss and review how judiciary have been responsing around Asian countries. The Session will also discuss about womens rights and inclusion including the status of LGBTI around the world.

Global Concern of Migration Workers and Refugees
People are increasingly being forced to move across national borders, whether to escape persecution, or for economic and climate-related reasons. How can human rights law ensure that the rights of these people, many of whom exist at the intersection of multiple vulnerabilities, are protected? This session explores recent developments and challenges in safeguarding the rights of refugees and migrants across the Asia Pacific region.

Human Rights Concern in Transitional Justice
Transitional justice includes judicial and non-judicial measures seeking to address the causes and consequences of massive human rights violations, to promote reconciliation and the prevention of future abuses. For instance, in Nepal, 1500 individuals were forcibly “disappeared” during the conflict between 1996 and 2002, whose families are still waiting for justice. This session will explore the development of transitional justice mechanisms in the Asia Pacific region, and hear from people on the forefront of these struggles.

Human Rights, Environment and Climate Change
What is the role of human rights law in the impending climate crisis? In 2019, a UN expert on extreme poverty and human rights highlighted the human rights issues created by climate change, particularly its disproportional impact on the poorest. Advocacy and climate change litigation has risen across the world. This session will understand the intersection between human rights, environmental law and climate change.

Independency and Efficiency of Human Rights Agencies including National Human Rights Commission
In 1993, the UN General Assembly adopted the “Paris Principles” to ensure the independence of human rights institutions. Almost 25 years later, how have these institutions fared? This session will explore the role that governmental and non-governmental human rights agencies play towards furthering human rights, and discuss how they manage threats that they face to their independence and efficacy.

Focus Session: Human Rights Critical Issues

The Role of Judiciary in Asia for Securing and Strengthening Human Rights
Notwithstanding differences across legal systems, courts play a key role in ensuring the human rights of people are protected. This session will explore key ways in which the judiciary in the Asia Pacific Region has furthered human rights.

Environmental Human Rights Defenders: Emerging Challenges and Solution
Environmental human rights defenders play a key role in promoting and protecting peoples’ right to a healthy environment. They are also true champions, the proverbial David’s facing off against the Goliaths of corporate power. The backlash they face is serious and extreme – in 2018, 321 environmental defenders, globally, were reportedly targeted and killed for their work. This session will explore the challenges these defenders face and the important role they play in furthering environmental rights.

Business Development and Human Rights: Labour and Environment: Human Rights Due Diligence
Corporations are required, under international human rights law, national law, and often, internal policies to comport with human rights obligations. These obligations span gender equality and non-discrimination, health rights and working conditions of employees, and best practices under environmental law. This session will reflect on how businesses are managing the human rights-related risks of their businesses, through using Human Rights Due Diligence methods, drawing on the learnings from LAWASIA’s recently released toolkit on Business and Human Rights.

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