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Conference Programme

Please note that the below is a preliminary conference program and subject to change. Information correct as at 12 February 2020.

Human Rights – From Retreat to Rebuilding and Renewal

Saturday, 7 March 2020
8:30 – 09:30 Conference Registrations
Hotel Yak & Yeti
09:45 – 11:00

Inaugural Session and Keynote speech

Opening Remarks

Mr Saroj Ghimire
Conference-in-Charge
(NEPAL)

Welcome Address:

Mr Chunghwan Choi
President | LAWASIA
(SOUTH KOREA)

Conference Remarks by Conference Chairs:

Mr Khagendra Prasad Adhikari
President | Supreme Court Bar Association
(NEPAL)

Mr Chandeshwor Shrestha
President | Nepal Bar Association
(NEPAL)

Chief Guest 

Rt. Honourable Cholendra Shamsher Jung Bahadur Rana
Chief of Justice
(NEPAL)

Vote of thanks

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

11:00 – 11:15 Morning Refreshments & Networking 
11:15 – 12:30

SESSION 1 – Human Rights and non- discrimination / women / LGBTQI persons

This session will explore legal developments across the Asia Pacific region towards ensuring the equality of all genders, and LGBTI minorities. It will 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.

Chair:

Honourable Sapana Pradhan Malla
Justice | Supreme Court
NEPAL

Speakers:

Mr Kosuke Oie
Advocate | Japan Federation Bar Association, Hiroo Park Law Firm
JAPAN

Ms Nandini Gore
Senior Partner | Karanjawala & Co
INDIA

Dr. Holly Doel Mackaway
Senior Lecturer | Macquarie University
AUSTRALIA

Mr Aritha Wickramsinghe
Director, Equality Law | iProbono Foundation
SRI LANKA

Manisha Dhakal 
Executive Director | Blue Diamond Society
NEPAL

12:30 – 13:45

SESSION 2 – Global Concern of Migrants 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.

Speakers: 

Mr Hidefumi Okawa
Attorney | Japan Federation Bar Association & Burma’s Refugees Serving Association (BRSA)
JAPAN

Mr Hirokatsu Nakajima
Attorney | Japan Federation Bar Association
JAPAN

Ms Carolin Spannuth Verma
Representative a.i in Nepal | UNHCR

Mr Takgon Lee
Attorney at Law | Dongcheon Foundation
SOUTH KOREA

13:45 – 14:45 Lunch & Networking
14:45 – 16:15

SESSION 3 – Human Rights 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.

Chair:

Honourable Anup Raj Sharma
Chairperson, National Human Rights Commission,
Former Chief Justice
NEPAL

Speakers:

Prof  Yasushi Higashizawa
Professor | Meijigakuin University
Co-Chair, Human Rights Section | LAWASIA
JAPAN

Ms Chuluuntsetseg Ochirjantsan
Advocate | Mongolian Bar Association
MONGOLIA

Mr Jagath Wickramanayake QC
SRI LANKA

Dr Rishikesh Wagle
Dean of Law | Kathmandu University
NEPAL

16:15 – 16:30 Afternoon Refreshments & Networking
16:30 – 18:00

SESSION 4 – 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.

Chair:

Hon’ble Ananda Mohan Bhattarai
Justice | Supreme Court of Nepal
NEPAL

Speakers:

Mr Hubert Algie
Advocate | Kellehers Australia
AUSTRALIA

Mr Nobuo Kojima
Advocate | Japan Federation Bar Association
JAPAN

Dr Uday Warunjikar
Advocate, Vice-President | Bar Association India | INDIA

Mr Khunan Jargalsaikhan
Immediate Past President, acting Board member of the Mongolian Bar Association (MBA)
MONGOLIA

Dr Dina Mani Pokharel
Advocate
NEPAL

19:00 – 22:00 Welcome Reception
Sunday, 8 March 2018
10:00 – 11:30

SESSION 5 – Independence and Efficacy of Human Rights Agencies

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.

Chair:

Mr Bishwo Kanta Mainali
Senior Advocate & Former President of Nepal Bar Association
NEPAL

Speakers:

Mr  Mark Trowell QC
Queen’s Counsel | Albert Wolff Chambers
AUSTRALIA

Mr Mark Daly
Advocate | Daly and Associates
HONG KONG

Mr Bolorsaikhan Badamsambuu,
Advocate
MONGOLIA

Mr Atunga Atuti
Academic | Human Rights Scholar
AUSTRALIA / KENYA

Mr Govinda Sharma Bandi
Advocate, Former Vice-President Nepal Bar Association
NEPAL

11:30 – 12:00

SESSION 6 – Focus Session: Critical Issues in Human Rights

Speaker:

Hon’ble Justice Njoki Susanna Ndungu
Supreme Court Justice, Supreme Court of Kenya
KENYA

12:00 – 12:15 Refreshments & Networking 
12:15 – 13:30

SESSION 7 – The Role of the Judiciary in Securing 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.

Chair:

Honourable Mr. Kalyan Shrestha
Former Chief Justice of Nepal
NEPAL

Speakers:

Ms Sara Hossain
Advocate | Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust
BANGLADESH

Dr Loganathan Krishnan
Lecturer | Monash University
MALAYSIA

Ms Hisaan Hussain
Advocate
MALDIVES

Dr B.P. Todi
Senior Advocate
INDIA

Dr Bipin Adhikari
Senior Advocate
NEPAL

13:30 – 15:45 Lunch & Networking
14:30 – 15:45

SESSION 8 – Business and Human Rights

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.

Chair:

Honourable Anil Kumar Sinha
Justice Supreme Court of Nepal
NEPAL

Speakers:

Ms Akiko Sato
Advocate | Japan Federation Bar Association
JAPAN

Mr Amirali Nasir
Vice-President | Law Society of Hong Kong
HONG KONG

Mr. Tony Fisher
Senior Partner | Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP
UNITED KINGDOM

Dr Pillkyu Hwang
Esq. Executive Director | Gonggam Human Rights Law Foundation
REPUBLIC OF KOREA

Mr Saroj K Ghimire
Advocate | Treasurer Supreme Court Bar Association
NEPAL

15:45 – 17:00

SESSION 9 – Human Rights Defenders: Emerging Challenges and Solutions

Environmental human rights defenders play a key role in promoting and protecting people’s rights to a healthy environment. They are also true champions. The proverbial David’s facing off against Goliath 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.

Chair:

Mr Prashant Kumar
Past President | LAWASIA
President-Elect | The Bar Association of India

Speakers:

Dr Jaspal Kaur Sadhu Singh
Senior Lecturer | Dept. Of Law, HELP University
MALAYSIA

Mr Mohammad Akram Sheikh
Senior Advocate | Supreme Court of Pakistan
PAKISTAN

Ms. Ria Singh Sawhney
Advocate
INDIA

Mr Sunil Kumar Pokharel
Advocate | Supreme Court of Nepal
Former Secretary General and Coordinator for the Human Right Committee of Nepal Bar Association,
NEPAL

17:00 – 17:15 Refreshment & Networking
17:15 – 18:30

Closing Ceremony

Conference Overview:

Mr Shyam Divan
Co-Chair, Human Rights Section | LAWASIA
(INDIA)

Closing Remarks

Mr Saroj Ghimire
Conference Chair | LAWASIA
(NEPAL)

Mr Lilamani Poudel
Secretary General | Nepal Bar Association | Supreme Court Bar Association
NEPAL

Vote of Thanks

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