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1 28 th LAWASIA Conference 6 9 November 2015 Sydney, Australia Cross-border Law and Practice in the Asia-Pacific In parallel with the biennial Conference of Chief Justices of Asia and the Pacific

2 Overview Session Sponsors 28 th Annual LAWASIA Conference 2015 Location: Sydney, Australia Date: 6 9 November 2015 Venue: Hilton Hotel Sydney, 488 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000 Organising committee Dr Gordon Hughes Partner, Ashurst and member of LAWASIA Executive; Mr Michael Tidball Chief Executive Officer, The Law Society of New South Wales & LAWASIA; Mr Justin Dowd Partner, Watts McCray and member of LAWASIA Executive; Ms Janet Neville Secretary General, LAWASIA; Ms Belinda Walker Executive Officer, LAWASIA; Ms Magda Imre Conference & Events Coordinator, LAWASIA; Mr Duncan McConnel President, Law Council of Australia; Mr Martyn Hagan Secretary-General, Law Council of Australia; Ms Margery Nicoll Deputy Secretary, Law Council of Australia. LAWASIA acknowlegdes with thanks ef forts of it session and standing committee chairs for mountaining sessions for the conference. LAWASIA member jurisdictions Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, England and Wales, Fiji, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Macau SAR, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Russian Federation, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor Leste, United States of America, Vietnam. 2 Cross-border Law and Practice in the Asia-Pacific

3 Supported by Message from the President With great enthusiasm, I invite all members of the region s legal community to join LAWASIA at its 28th conference in Sydney in LAWASIA is proud to of fer this opportunity to consider a diversity of discussion topics that range from developments in black letter law to examination of issues arising in the intersects between the law, the legal profession and the wider community. LAWASIA acknowledges with gratitude particular ongoing support from the Law Society of New South Wales. With the valued support of our members and their colleagues, we are pleased to of fer not only a diverse and interesting work program, but also the opportunity to meet and mingle with counterparts from a variety of jurisdictions in a convivial and collegial context, with the added benefit of developing cross-border legal knowledge and networks. LAWASIA is proud to of fer this opportunity to consider a diversity of discussion topics that range from developments in black letter law to examination of issues arising in the intersects between the law, the legal profession and the wider community. It will be my pleasure as LAWASIA president to welcome all delegates to Sydney and to the conference in the full knowledge that they will find it a stimulating and enjoyable experience. Mr Isomi Suzuki, President, LAWASIA 28 th Annual LAWASIA Conference

4 About LAWASIA As the Law Association for Asia and the Pacific, LAWASIA brings together under a regional umbrella, the peak bodies representing lawyers of the ESCAP region and individual members of the legal community from around the world. In this capacity, LAWASIA has, over almost fif ty years, operated as a platform to promote cross-jurisdictional exchanges of legal information and education, as a voice of the legal profession and as a conduit for encouraging adherence to commonly shared principles of rule of law, high standards in legal practice and protection of human rights. The LAWASIA annual conference of fers a stage to highlight these objectives, and attendance at this event ensures that a regional contextualisation of the law and of legal practice can be shared to the benefit of all. Conference of Chief Justices of Asia and the Pacific Organised in conjunction with the LAWASIA Judicial Section, the biennial Conference of Chief Justices of Asia and the Pacific will proceed in 2015, in Sydney, in parallel with the 28th LAWASIA Conference. LAWASIA is privileged that the Chief Justices will attend aspects of its conference program and of fers its warmest welcome. 4 Cross-border Law and Practice in the Asia-Pacific

5 Accommodation The conference is being held at the Hilton Hotel, Sydney and there are a limited number of rooms available to conference delegates at a special rate. Alternatively there are a number of hotels within close walking distance to the conference venue of fering special rates for LAWASIA delegates. Please visit the conference website for further details: Visas Visa application and travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the participant. LAWASIA strongly recommends that delegates contact the Australian consular services in their countries for information. It is emphasised that this process should be commenced early. Please see conference website for further details. 28 th Annual LAWASIA Conference

6 Profiled speakers will include: Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, Attorney General of Australia The Hon Robert French AC, Chief Justice of Australia The Hon Mr Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, Attorney General of Fiji Mr Steven Thiru, President, Malaysian Bar The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG Mr Christopher Leong, Immediate Past President, Malaysian Bar Mr Stuart Littlemore QC, Australian barrister, author and media commentator The Hon Alex Chernov AC QC, Former Governor of Victoria Former LAWASIA Vice President Mr Upul Jayasuriya, Immediate Past President, Bar Association of Sri Lanka The Hon James Allsop AO, Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia Mr Nicholas Cowdery AM QC, Former Director of Public Prosecutions; President, International Association of Prosecutors; Adjunct Professor of Law; Rule of Law Institute of Australia board member 6 Cross-border Law and Practice in the Asia-Pacific

7 DAY 1 Friday 6 November LAWASIA ExCo members only 9:00 am LAWASIA ExCo meeting (ExCo members only) LAWASIA Council members only 1:00 pm Annual LAWASIA Council meeting (Council members only) 5:00 pm Opening ceremony including welcome addresses from: Mr Isomi Suzuki, President of LAWASIA Mr Duncan McConnel, President of the Law Council of Australia The Hon Robert French AC, Chief Justice of Australia together with a keynote address from Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, Attorney General of Australia 6:00 pm Welcome reception cocktail style 28 th Annual LAWASIA Conference

8 DAY 2 Saturday 7 November STREAM 1 STREAM 2 STREAM 3 Plenary Confronting reality in the process of requisite reform The Hon Mr Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, Attorney General of Fiji Plenary The legal response to terrorism Mr Nicholas Cowdery AM QC, Former Director of Public Prosecutions; President, International Association of Prosecutors; Adjunct Professor of Law; Rule of Law Institute of Australia board member Cross-border issues in international commerce: Consumer protection, FDI, competition and more Intellectual property law: Enhancing IP protection to address 21st century issues Judicial forum 1: Interaction between the judiciary and the other branches of government Tax law: Harmonisation of ASEAN tax treaties and practices: Issues and solutions Environment and resources 1: Dispute resolution in Asia and the Pacific Judicial forum 2: Procedural fairness Cross-border issues in banking and finance: Impact of the AEC, AIBF and AIIB, ethical financing and other changing practices in the regional landscape Environment and resources 2: Balancing environmental protection and economic development in the diverse Asia Pacific region Business, human rights and the legal profession: What lawyers need to know and what their bars can do to support them Meet the author Mr Stuart Littlemore QC, Australian barrister, author and media commentator Special events (invitation only) Invitation only Law association presidents luncheon, hosted by Mr John Eades, President, Law Society of NSW Invitation only Presidents drinks, pre-dinner, hosted by Mr Duncan McConnel, President, Law Council of Australia 8 Cross-border Law and Practice in the Asia-Pacific

9 DAY 3 Sunday 8 November STREAM 1 STREAM 2 STREAM 3 Plenary Religion and the law Mr Steven Thiru, President, Malaysian Bar Mr Shay Milow, Israel Bar Association Plenary Lawyers, protests and politics Mr Christopher Leong, Immediate Past President, Malaysian Bar Mr Upul Jayasuriya, Immediate Past President, Bar Association of Sri Lanka Equal opportunity: Where do today s challenges lie in the legal workplace? Real estate and transactions law: Cross-border considerations Dispute resolution: ISDS, a universal panacea or a ticking time bomb? The internationalisation of legal practice: Regional views and comparisons LAWASIA international moot competition Final round Family law: Cross border legal issues and remedies in family breakdown Law of fice management: Practical priorities for professional practices: Positioning, partnering, pricing and processing LAWASIA international moot competition Final round Mergers & acquisitions: Personal data and privacy issues in the cross-border M & A process Conference dinner Speaker The Hon Alex Chernov AC QC, Former Governor of Victoria Former LAWASIA Vice President 28 th Annual LAWASIA Conference

10 DAY 4 Monday 9 November STREAM 1 STREAM 2 STREAM 3 Plenary The Hon James Allsop AO, Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia Plenary G.L Sanghi Memorial Lecture Plenary Why LAWASIA s lawyers have responsibilities to help reform anti-lgbt laws in our region The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG Real estate and transactions law 2: Cross border considerations Employment law: Dif fering challenges in dif fering levels of development - Asia and the Pacific Privacy issues in the Asia Pacific region This session will discuss dif ferent ways in which privacy rights have been recognised or not in various jurisdictions, either as a constitutional right or as developed by the legislature and the courts. Lunch Attended by Chief Justices of Asia and the Pacific Open to all delegates Meeting of LAWASIA Judicial Section attended by Chief Justices of Asia and the Pacific Closing Ceremony Moot competition presentations, LAWASIA presidential handover, brief farewell addresses, introduction to the 29th LAWASIA conference 2016 While the program is accurate at the time of printing, the organising committee reserves the right to make changes. Latest and further detail can be seen on the conference website at: 10 Cross-border Law and Practice in the Asia-Pacific

11 Registration Form Personal Details: Mr Miss Ms Mrs Dr Prof Judge Other: First and middle names (in full) - (as it appears in passport): Last name (as it appears in passport): Preferred name (as it should appear on badge): Organisation: Position: Passport Number: Country of Passport: Date of birth: Country of residence (if dif ferent from address): Address: Gender: INTERNATIONAL FORM City: State: Postcode: Country: Phone: Any special requirements (ie. vegetarian, halal, wheelchair, etc.): Please do not include my details on the registration list supplied to delegates. (A registration list will be supplied as hard copy in the delegate pack, showing name and organisation of participants). Name of accompanying person (if applicable): Registration Fees (the Early bird rate ends on 30 September 2015): Fax: LAWASIA Member (Category A)** LAWASIA Member (Category B)** LAWASIA Member (Category C)** Early bird rate Standard rates AUD 650 AUD 750 AUD 1290 AUD 1550 AUD1590 AUD 1790 Non-Member AUD 1790 AUD 1990 Early bird rate Standard rates Speakers AUD 1290 AUD 1550 Discounted (life & young lawyer members, ExCo, Council) Accompanying person s ticket*** AUD 1290 AUD 1550 AUD 290 AUD 290 *All prices are inclusive of GST **Refer to the Terms & Conditions for category type ***Please note: accompanying persons tickets are only available for spouses and family members who will be attending with delegates. Payment Details: Please note: fees will be deducted in Australian dollars Bank transfer (please contact LAWASIA secretariat for details at Credit Card: Visa Mastercard Diners Amex Card Number: / / / Exipry Date: / Name of Cardholder: Declaration (this must be signed for payment to be processed): Security Code/CVV: I hereby confirm that I have read and agree to the terms and conditions and registration entitlements as outlined on the registration conditions (next page and also available on the LAWASIA website). I wish to settle payment of AUD Signature: for registration fees to attend this event. Send completed registration form and payment to: LAWASIA Secretariat Level 11, 170 Phillip Street, Sydney NSW 2000 AUSTRALIA Phone: Fax:

12 Registration Conditions REGISTRATION DETAILS Below are LAWASIA country categories referred to in registration fees. Please note that discounted registration fees for members in all country categories are available only to current financial LAWASIA members. Non-members may join LAWASIA prior to registering for the conference. Please see: Registrants paying the non-member fee will be given LAWASIA membership for the year. Category A Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, DPR of Korea, Nepal, Peru, Solomon Islands. Category B Bhutan, China, Cook Islands, East Timor, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran, Islamic Rep, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Maldives, Mongolia, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Russian Federation, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, Turkey, Vietnam. Category C Austria, Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, France, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong SAR, Israel, Italy, Japan, Macau SAR, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Mariana Islands, Republic of Korea, Singapore, United Kingdom, United States of America. Delegate Inclusions: Full registration g Access to welcome reception on Friday 6 November 2015 g Access to conference sessions with coffee breaks on Saturday 7 to Monday 9 November g Access to luncheons on 7, 8 and 9 November 2015 g Access to dinner on Sunday night g Conference kit Day registration g Access to conference sessions with coffee breaks on selected day only g Access to luncheons on selected day only g Conference kit Accompanying persons tickets g Accompanying persons tickets are only available for spouses and family members who will be attending with delegates. These cannot be used for business purposes. g Access to welcome reception on Friday 6 November 2015 g Access to conference dinner on Sunday 8 November 2015 Not Included: Day delegates g No access to welcome reception or conference dinner Accompanying Persons tickets g No access to conference sessions, conference luncheons or tea breaks TERMS & CONDITIONS All program information is correct at the time of printing but may be subject to change without notice. For the latest information please visit the LAWASIA website Important Information Detailed information is available from the conference section of the LAWASIA website Visas and travel arrangements Please note visa application, travel and accommodation arrangements are the sole responsibility of the participant. Visa requirements dif fer depending on nationality. LAWASIA strongly recommends that delegates commence visa application early, so that appropriate documentation can be obtained. The LAWASIA secretariat is unable to provide visa advice or assistance. Should a letter of invitation or other confirmation of conference registration be required, please advise the secretariat by or phone: Conference confirmation to support visa application will not be issued until full registration and payment is received and processed by the LAWASIA secretariat. Hotels Delegates should make their own accommodation reservations directly with hotels. The LAWASIA secretariat regrets that it is unable to accept hotel reservations. Details of suggested hotels are available on the conference website. Delegates are advised to make reservations as early as possible. Insurance Participants, accompanying persons and guests are advised to af fect their own insurance to cover all risks including (but not limited to) costs of travel, accommodation, conference registration, injury/death, health and medical expenses, personal property and all other risks. LAWASIA and the conference will not be held liable for claims under any circumstances. This includes participation in any pre & post touring and activities undertaken by delegates and accompanying persons. Cancellation All cancellations must be notified to the LAWASIA secretariat in writing by , fax or mail. Where a refund of registration fees is sought due to non-attendance, this will be considered on notification to the LAWASIA secretariat by , fax or mail. Refunds, less a $100 administration fee, will only be considered af ter the conference has been concluded and where extenuating circumstances exist. No refunds will be issued on site. Where a registered delegate is unable to attend, a replacement delegate may be nominated without charge up to 30 October 2015 on advice to the LAWASIA secretariat in writing by , fax or mail. Af ter this date, a fee of AU$20 will apply for any transfer of registration to another delegate. Refund of accommodation and tour deposits and/ or prepayment is at the discretion of the hotel/operating company. Force majeure Neither LAWASIA nor the conference shall be liable for delay or failure to organise the conference if such delay is due to fire, typhoon, cyclone, earthquake, flood, strike, labour dispute, war, government order, riot, revolution, pandemic or any other cause beyond their reasonable control. Registration entitlements Registration can be completed online at and by mail or fax copy registration forms. Registration should be considered finalised when you receive receipt of payment and confirmation in writing. Social function access for non-delegates Access to social functions is available for an additional fee for accompanying persons. We regret that tickets will not be available for purchase on site. Additional costs All other costs including but not limited to accommodation, airfares, visa fees, transportation and meals except those included under registration entitlements shall be borne by the participant (including speakers). Neither LAWASIA nor the conference will be held liable for any costs under any circumstances.

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