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Welcome Message LAWASIA President

LAWASIA is delighted to work with the Supreme Court Bar Association and the Nepal Bar Association to present the 2nd LAWASIA Human Rights Conference, focused on the theme “Human Rights – From Retreat to Rebuilding and Renewal”. This conference will take place in Kathmandu, Nepal, from Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 March 2020.

Nepal is not only a beautiful venue for this Conference but is also a jurisdiction that is itself in the process of further developing and strengthening national institutions to protect and uphold human rights. Some of the panel discussions included on the Conference programme will reflect these themes, such as discussions on the topics of human rights and transitional justice and the independence and efficacy of human rights agencies. Other items on the programme address broader human rights issues, such as the intersection between human rights, the environment and climate change and the role that the judiciary in Asia can play in strengthening and securing human rights. The Conference programme includes sessions that will be of interest for lawyers across the Asia Pacific, regardless of jurisdiction or specialisation.

The 2nd Human Rights Conference also provides an opportunity to explore in more detail some of the themes raised in LAWASIA’s recent publication, “Business and Human Rights: A guide for lawyers in the Asia Pacific”. This is an area that has been of interest to LAWASIA for some time and we are pleased that we are now able to offer some practical guidance on these issues as they relate to the daily practice of lawyers in the Asia Pacific.

As with all LAWASIA events, this Conference provides an opportunity for attendees to learn from esteemed speakers and panel members as well as from each other, fostering current relationships and developing new ones.

I look forward to welcoming you to Kathmandu in March.

Chunghwan Choi
President, LAWASIA

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