Please note that the below is a preliminary conference program and subject to change. Information correct as at 28 September 2018.

State Power, Business and Human Rights: Contemporary Challenges

Saturday, 9 February 2019

8:00 – 9:00 Conference registration
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome remarks and opening address
9:15 – 10:00 Keynote presentation
10:00 – 10:30 Morning refreshments and networking
Session 1
10:30 – 11:30
Gender, sexuality and human rights
This session will explore developments across the ESCAP region with respect to legal approaches to gender, the decriminalisation of homosexuality, and measures to reduce discrimination.
Session 2
11:30 – 12:30
New technologies, privacy and mass surveillance: Will human rights survive?
Rapid developments in technology enable corporations and state entities to track and profile users. Law enforcement agencies embrace these technologies to prevent crime. What are the foreseeable impacts on human rights? Is privacy an enforceable right or outdated sentiment? Do the latest developments in data protection sufficiently protect users against the state and large corporations that collect and commercially exploit data?
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch and networking
Session 3
13:30 – 15:00
Human rights lawyers: Independence and threats
This session will provide an opportunity for lawyers from the region to interact and share their experiences and challenges to effectively represent clients.
15:00 – 15:30 Afternoon refreshments and networking
Session 4
15:30 – 17:00
Aggressive policing and human rights
Across several jurisdictions, aggressive policing is compromising the presumption of innocence. Does eliminating serious crimes in this manner compromise the rule of law?
19:00 – 22:00 Conference Dinner

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Session 5
9:00 – 10:30
Freedom of the press in the Digital Age
Has the advent of the Digital Age enhanced or encumbered press freedom across jurisdictions in the Asia Pacific region?
10:30 – 11:00 Morning refreshments and networking
Session 6
11:00 – 12:30
Conflicts and cross-border migrations
Is there right to have human rights? Stateless individuals and persons escaping persecution are especially vulnerable. What are their rights and the corresponding responsibilities of receiving states?
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch and networking
Session 7
13:30 – 15:00
Business and human rights
Socially responsible corporations are required by municipal law or their internal policies to comport with human rights in areas such as gender equality, health and work conditions of employees, environmental best practices among others. This session builds on deliberations at the 31st LAWASIA Conference held at Siem Reap, Cambodia in November 2018.
15:00 – 15:30 Afternoon refreshments and networking
Session 8
15:30 – 16:45
Climate change, water conflicts and human rights
From an environmental standpoint, water stress is increasing. What are the institutions for resolving these conflicts and reviving water quality in polluted rivers, lakes, aquifers and the oceans?
16:45 – 17:00 Closing remarks