This year the 5th Asia Pro Bono Conference and PILnet’s 3rd Annual Asia Pro Bono Forum are being held consecutively in Sanur, Bali, Indonesia in the last week of August 2016 under the banner of the Asia Pro Bono Exchange.
The week will begin with PILnet’s Pro Bono Clearinghouse Forum and a Welcome Reception on Monday 29 August. Also on the Monday, there will be the option of attending a Workshop titled “Thematic Human Rights Topics from Around the Asia Region” taking place at the nearby Puri Dalem Hotel, walking distance from the conference hotel (the Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel).
This Workshop is being co-organised by Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR),a regional not-for-profit organization based in Indonesia with a residential human rights training centre in Bali, and Bridges Across Borders South East Asia Community Legal Education Initiative (BABSEACLE). This workshop will provide a good opportunity for firms to hear from and meet regional and local NGOs.
The workshop will address current and pressing human rights issues and involve in-depth discussions on steps to moving forward to improve the current human rights situation in the region. Topics to be addressed are based on AJAR’s core programs that are focused on addressing mass human rights violations in contexts of transitions to democracy in the Asia Pacific region:
- The Stolen Children (Timor)
To attend the Human Rights Workshop there is be a registration fee of $100 USD. However, If you register for the 5th Asia Pro Bono Conference before July 15th then you will be able to register for the Human Rights Workshop free of charge.
The theme of PILnet’s 3rd Annual Asia Pro Bono Forum is “Lawyers as Innovators: Charting New Frontiers in Pro Bono”.
The opening plenary/keynote session will occur on the Tuesday morning with workshops being divided into three streams: Regional Experience, Know-How, and Issues. The list of topics for the workshops include:
- Growing Pro Bono in Indonesia
- Evolution of Pro Bono in Australia
- Pro Bono Development in South-East Asia or Pro Bono Development in China and India
- Starting a Pro Bono Practice within Your Firm
- Bridging Gaps in Pro Bono eg. Urban/rural divide, language, qualification
- Impactful pro bono collaborations
- Business and Human Rights
- Migrant Workers
- Refugees and Displaced Persons
- Women and Children
The 5th Asia Pro Bono Conference will commence on Wednesday morning with the theme of “The Impact of Pro Bono on Transformational Change: Working to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals”.
Sessions are divided into three streams as follows:
Pro Bono Building Blocks
- Pro Bono, Community Paralegals and their Links to Transformational Change
- Balancing Pro Bono and Paid Clients – Small Firm Experiences
Pro Bono Walking the Walk
- Pro Bono and Migration
- The Links Between Pro Bono, Access to Justice and Socio Economic Development
- Pro Bono and Social Justice Lawyering in Practice – Asia Pro Bono Case studies
- Pro Bono and Public Health (Drugs, HIV/AIDS, Access to Medicine, etc)
Strengthening a Pro Bono Culture
- Impact of Pro Bono on Transformational Change and Way that Pro Bono Can Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
- Increasing Access to Justice: Synergies and Differences Between Legal Aid and Pro Bono
- The Role of Bar Associations in Promoting Ethical Pro Bono Practices
- Developing and Sustaining Pro Bono Partnerships
The bringing together of these two events aims to provide a deeper and broader perspective on pro bono practice development in the region and globally, and offer an ideal setting where participants can build alliances, learn from each other and explore how they can best collaborate to address pressing issues of social justice.
Registration to attend both events can be done through the one webpage at pilnet.formstack.com/forms/apbexregister which will provide a 5% discount on the fee to attend the PILnet forum and free access to the Human Rights Workshop if you register before 15 July 2016.
Alternatively registration for each event can be done separately: