Session Speakers and Moderators

Mohammad Akram Sheikh

Mr. Sheikh, a Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of Pakistan is a fierce advocate of human rights in Pakistan. Mr. Sheikh in his illustrious career spanning more than 45 years, has served as an elected member of the Pakistan Bar Council and Council Member of the Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association. He was the head of the Pakistani delegation to the 49th United Nations Sub Commission on ‘Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities’ held at Geneva in 1997. Having served as the country president of the Union International des Advocates, Mr. Sheikh is also a founder president of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan. Mr. Sheikh has been involved in a large number of cases of great constitutional significance in Pakistan including the Dissolution of the National Assembly case, challenge to the 18th Constitutional Amendment Act, 2010, and the reinstatement of the former Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mr. Justice Iftkhar Muhammad Chaudhry. Mr. Sheikh has authored Protection of Pakistan Act 2013 and has been the Lead Counsel in most of the cases involving terrorism or the legislation relating to Terrorist Activates Act. In 1983, he successfully defended SafiaBibi, a visually impaired rape victim. Her case has revolutionized Muslim laws on rape and criminal evidence in Pakistan and the case continues to be taught in law schools across the world.

Mr. Amarjit Singh Chandhiok

Mr. Chandhiok is a distinguished Indian Senior Advocate practising in the Supreme Court and High Courts in India. He was president of Delhi High Court Bar Association for six terms, which is a record. A former Additional Solicitor General of India, Amarjit was also Principal Counsel to the European Union Commission from August 2013 to March 2016. He was the only Indian lawyer who held that position so far.
Mr. Chandhiok is also President of Maadhyam, Council for Conflict Resolution, a professional organization aiming excellence in the development of law and conflict resolution, and INSOL India, a renowned association of turnaround and insolvency professionals. He was Member, Advisory Committee and Chairman of the Working Group under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India.
He has been conferred many prestigious awards including "Outstanding Jurist – 2000" by J.N. Kaushal Jurisprudence Centre, New Delhi; Award for rendering meritorious legal services from Delhi Citizens' Forum for Civil Rights in 2002; the National Law Day Award-2006, from the Prime Minister of India for the contribution made in the practice of Civil Law; The "Leader in the Profession – Leader of the Bar Award-2007" from the Bar Council of Delhi, in March 2007 (first time the Bar Council, a statutory body under the Advocates Act, has conferred this award) and "Sikh of the Year 2010" by Sikh Forum International, London, UK.
He has also been awarded two doctorates (honoris causa).

Mr. Amirali Nasir, MH, JP

Mr. Amirali B. Nasir has been involved in thework of various Law Society committees since 1995 andfirst joined the Law Society Council in 2005. He was elected Vice-President of the Law Society in 2016 and re-elected in 2017 and 2018. He presently chairs the Law Society’s Constitutional and Human Rights Committee,International Legal Affairs Committee, The InnoTech Committeeand the Islamic Finance Working Party,among others. He was appointed for 8 years on HKSAR’s human rights institution in Hong Kong, the Equal Opportunities Commission,which is a government funded statutory body responsible for implementing its four anti-discriminatory ordinances and continues to serve on one of its sub-committees. He is presently serving on the advisory Committee on Pilot Scheme for Provision of Publicly-funded Legal Assistance for Non-refoulment Claimants.
Mr. Nasir is the founder of Nasirs Solicitors. His main areas of practice are litigation and commercial law. He handled 9 Judicial Review applications against the thenBritish Hong Kong Government’s decision to repatriate all Vietnamese refugees in Hong Kong to Vietnam before the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997.

M. Amir-ul Islam

Barrister Islam, a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, was called to Bar of England & Wales in the year 1961. A leader of the Bangladeshi Bar, Barrister Islam has also served as a distinguished member of the Drafting Committee for the Constitution of Bangladesh. Having served in various capacities as the Principal Adviser to the Prime Minister (1971) during the war of liberation and author of the proclamation of Independence, leader of the Bangladesh Official Observer Delegation to the U.N. General Assembly (1972) and as a member of the Bangladesh National Assembly.Currently, he is the Head of Chambers at Amir & Amir Law Associates in Dhaka. A widely published author on Constitutionalism, Public Interest Litigation, Law Regulating Migratory Movements, and Freedom of Press. Mr. Islam has also been associated with the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the Tuft’s University in an academic capacity.

Hon’ble Justice Dr. Arjan Kumar Sikri

Justice Dr. A.K. Sikri is a serving judge of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. Justice Sikri served as the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court until his appointment to the Supreme Court in 2013. Justice Sikri has delivered various landmark judgments on constitutional issues such as the majority opinion in the Aadhaar challenge, the NALSA judgment (recognition of rights of the transgender community) and freedom of peaceful protest as a fundamental right (Ramlila Maidan case).

Prof. Armin Rosencranz

Armin Rosencranz is a lawyer and political scientist (AB Princeton; MA,JD, PhD Stanford). He founded Pacific Environment, an international environmental NGO that he led for nine years.
Armin taught energy and climate for many years at Stanford with his late colleague Steve Schneider, with whom he co-edited two books on climate change policy. He received three teaching awards at Stanford. He is a former Stanford trustee and former Stanford student body president.
Since 2014 Armin has taught climate, energy and global environmental law at Jindal Global University in Haryana. He is the co-author, with Shyam Divan, of Environmental Law and Policy in India. He has had five Fulbright awards.

Prof. Christopher E. Stone

Prof. Stone, a member of Red Lion Chambers in the UK, currently serves as a senior Research Scholar at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and Visiting Researcher at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights in the Law Faculty of Oxford University. A former president of the Open Society Foundations (2012-2017), Prof. Stone also served as the Guggenheim Professor of the Practice of Criminal Justice at the Harvard Kennedy School (2005-2012), and as president of the Vera Institute of Justice in New York (1994-2004). In 2005, he received an honorary OBE for his contributions to criminal justice reform in the United Kingdom.He chaired the Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety for the United States Department of Justice at the Harvard Kennedy School (2006-2011) and co-authored “Toward a New Professionalism in Policing” for the U.S. National Institute of Justice, with Jeremy Travis. Prof. Stone has written extensively on the issue of policing and some of his publications on the issue are: Tracing Police Accountability in Theory and Practice.” Theoretical Criminology 11 no. 2 (2007) and, “Strengthening Accountability in the New Global Police Culture,” in Crime and the Threat to Democratic Governance, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2003.

Mr. Christopher Leong

Christopher Leong has been an advocate and solicitor at the High Court in Malaya for nearly three decades. Mr. Leong has extensive experience in the fields of corporate and commercial litigation, shareholders’ disputes, banking litigation and insolvency, as well as in the area of constitutional, administrative law, and public interest litigation.
Mr. Leong acts as counsel in domestic and international arbitrations, both in Malaysia and overseas. He is empanelled as an arbitrator with theAsian International Arbitration Centre. In the field of dispute resolution, Mr. Leong has been named the Leading Individual/Lawyer in Malaysia by Asia Pacific Legal 500 since 2004, Chambers Asia since 2009, Asialaw Leading Lawyer in 2008, and is a Recommended Individual in the 2015 and 2016 editions of Asialaw Profiles, and a Market-leading Lawyer in its 2017 edition. Mr. Leong is also named in the 2014 edition of Benchmark Asia Pacific as a Local Disputes Star and is listed as one of the World’s Leading Litigation and Product Liability Lawyers in the Expert Guides, 2012 edition. Mr. Leong is the 30th President of the Malaysian Bar (2013 – 2015) and was the Chairman of the Bar Council of Malaysia (2013 – 2015), which is the governing body of the Malaysian Bar.
He is also a member of the Taylor’s University Law School Legal Profession Advisory Panel, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), a non-profit cross-partisan think tank foundation in Malaysia.
Mr. Leong is currently the President of LAWASIA

Mr. Chunghwan Choi

Chunghwan Choi is a partner at Lee & Ko in Seoul, Korea and has expertise in areas including IP & IT, media and entertainment. Throughout his professional career, Mr. Choi has worked on a wide variety of M&A transactions, complex cross-border transactions, franchise, intellectual property deals such as technology and trademark licensing.
As part of his professional and civic involvements, Mr. Choi was the Vice President of Korean Bar Association, the Chair of Asia Pacific Committee of American Bar Association (ABA) and a member of Management Board of International Bar Association (IBA). He currently serves as the President-Elect of the Law Association for Asia and the Pacific (LawAsia) and the President of International Association of Korean Lawyers (IAKL).
Mr. Choi received his LL.M from Seoul National University and New York University School of Law. Mr. Choi is admitted to practice in the Republic of Korea and the State of New York, USA.

Mr. Chander Uday Singh

Mr. Chander Uday Singh is a senior advocate practicing in the Supreme Court of India, New Delhi. He was a late entrant to the practice of law. Having earned a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, he started out by returning to his agricultural roots, and ran a crop farm in Punjab, followed by a small dairy and milk supply business in Haryana and Delhi. He then worked as a journalist (Bombay Correspondent for ‘India Today’, a newsmagazine), and during his four-year stint with that magazine, he earned his Bachelors in Law from the Government Law College, Bombay (now Mumbai). He was enrolled as an Advocate in September 1984, and after four years of trial work in the Labour & Industrial Courts, he practiced primarily in the Bombay High Court (with occasional forays into the Supreme Court) for the next two decades.
Mr. Singhwas designated a senior advocate in 2005, and in 2009 he shifted to the Supreme Court of India, where he has appeared as counsel in a broad array of cases, ranging from public causes like the Aadhaar challenge, National Anthem case, LGBTQIA+rights and a challenge to the beef ban in Maharashtra, to employment matters, commercial causes, ADR, and regulatory matters for the Securities and Exchange Board of India.

Hon’ble Justice Dr. D.Y. Chandrachud

Justice Dr. D.Y. Chandrachud is a serving judge of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. Having completed his LLB from Delhi University and LLM and SJD from Harvard Law School, he began his practice as an advocate at the Bombay High Court. He was elevated as a judge of the Bombay High Court in March, 2000, and subsequently, served as the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court until his appointment to the Supreme Court in May 2016.
Justice Chandrachud is also known for his contributions to legal academia through his seminal judgments and lectures. He has authored a large number of landmark judgements on comparative law, constitutional law, human rights law, gender justice, public interest litigation and criminal law - including the right to privacy judgement, the Section 377 case which led to the decriminalization of consensual sex between same-sex adults, the entry of women to the Sabarimala temple case and a dissenting opinion holding the world’s largest biometric identification project to be unconstitutional and violative of fundamental rights. Justice Chandrachud is also a Visiting Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Mumbai and at the Oklahoma University School of Law, USA and delivered lectures at the Australian National University, Deakin University, Melbourne Law School, Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii and the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. He has also been a speaker at conferences organised by bodies of the United Nations including United Nations High Commission on Human Rights, International Labour Organisation and United Nations Environmental Program, the World Bank and Asian Development Bank.

Hon’ble Justice Deepak Gupta

Justice Deepak Gupta did his schooling from St. Edward's School and law from the Faculty of Law, Delhi University. He practised in the High Court of Himachal Pradesh and handled Constitutional, Commercial and Environmental matters. He was the President of the Himachal Pradesh High Court Bar Association. He is an active environmentalist and filed a number of public interest litigations to preserve the ecology and environment of Himachal Pradesh.
Justice Gupta was appointed Permanent Judge of the High Court of Himachal Pradesh in October, 2004. He headed the Green Bench of the High Court of Himachal Pradesh dealing with environmental matters for more than three years. He also headed the Himachal Pradesh Legal Services Authority and the Judicial Academy.
Justice Gupta was elevated as the First Chief Justice of the High Court of Tripura on 23rd March, 2013. He was transferred and took oath as the Chief Justice of the High Court of Chhattisgarh on 16.05.2016. He was the Chancellor of the Hidayatullah National Law University and is now a Member of the Executive Council of the University.
Justice Gupta was elevated as Judge of the Supreme Court of India on 17.02.2017 and is a member of the Committee to Oversee the Proper and Effective Implementation of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015.
Justice Gupta has taken a lot of interest in legal programmes especially those relating to child rights, the rights of the under privileged and preservation of the environment. At the invitation of the National Centre for Scientific Research (Centre National de la Recherché Scintifique [CNRS]), Justice Gupta delivered three lectures at Paris in October, 2012.

Mr. Edmund Bon Tai Soon

Mr. Bon was called to the English Bar (Lincoln’s Inn) in 1997. He was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1998, and has been in active practice since then. He is a Chevening scholar and has a Masters’ degree from Oxford University.
Mr. Bon routinely represents individuals, financial institutions, law enforcement authorities, governments and corporations at all stages of complex transactions, from negotiations to dispute resolution and mediation. The areas of law he has advised on include corporate, commercial, tax, contract, business, trusts, and land, oil and gas, and water law. He was previously a 6-time elected member of the Malaysian Bar Council and chaired the Constitutional Law (2009-2011), Human Rights (2007-2009), National Young Lawyers’ (2006-2008) and Innovation & Future of Law committees (2016-2017).
Mr. Bon is regularly invited to speak at local and international conferences on constitutional law and other matters of law, and on human rights advocacy.He has conducted more than 900 hours of training for lawyers and activists on similar topics. His articles and papers have been published in law journals and by news media. His latest published work is in the Halsbury’s Laws of Malaysia, entitled “Citizenship, Immigration, National Security and the Police”.
Mr. Bon was the Representative of Malaysia to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) from 2016 to 2018. Recently, he was appointed as a Visiting Fellow to the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia to establish the Centre for Human Rights Intervention & Diplomacy (CHRID).  
Mr. Bon has been advising multinational corporations on issues related to business and human rights. In the Southeast Asia region, he has been promoting the adoption and operationalisation of the ‘Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights – Implementing the United Nations “Protect, Respect & Remedy” Framework’ by States and corporations. He has also been assisting the Government of Malaysia to draft its National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights.

Mr. Essen Lee

Mr. Lee is a partner at The Banyan Law Firm, Taiwan. Apart from being a legal practitioner, Mr. Lee serves as the Chairman of the Human Right Protection Committee, Taiwan Bar Association, Commissioner of the Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty, Chairman of the Criminal Law Committee, Taichung Bar Association, and Commissioner of the Judicial Reform Foundation, Taiwan. Mr. Lee has also served as the Vice Chairman of Amnesty International (Taiwan) from 2014 to 2016. In March, 2017, Taiwan’s highest constitutional court ruled in favour of same-sex civil unions in the country, making it the first Asian country to legalize gay marriages.

Mr. Fali S. Nariman

Mr. Nariman, the pre-eminent jurist of India, is a Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court; a former President of the Bar Association of India (from 1991 to 2010); a former Member of Parliament (Nominated) - from 1999 to 2005, a former President of LAWASIA (from 1985-1987); and former Co-Chair of the Human Rights Institute of International Bar Association (IBA) (from 2001 to 2004).

Ms. Hisaan Hussain

With over 15 years of experience in legal practice, Ms. Hussain has worked as legal advisor to the President, to various Government Agencies, as a State Attorney and as a Public Prosecutor. Over the years she has handled wide range of advisory and contentious work including range of commercial, civil, administrative and constitutional cases. She is a well-known human rights lawyer in the Maldives and has represented clients in many civil and human rights abuse cases since 2012. Some of the clients she has represented include:

- Former President Mohamed Nasheed. She has represented him since 2012 in the highly controversial criminal case against him.
- Family of recently murdered blogger Yameen Rasheed. She is working with the family in their claim to establish police negligence and seek justice.
- Family of missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan. She is working with the family in exercising their right to information and the family’s search for justice.
- Former Chief Justice of Maldives Hon. Abdulla Saeed who was arbitrarily detained under an unconstitutional State of Emergency declared in early 2018.

She also represented the current President of Maldives His Excellency Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and current Speaker of Parliament HonorableQasimwhen they were arbitrarily detained during the regime of former President Yameen Abdul Gayoom. In addition, she has represented many individuals including members of Parliament, former cabinet ministers and political activists in cases of unlawful arrests and violation of their civil and political rights.

Mr. Igeta Daisuke

Mr. Igeta, a practicing attorney from Japan, serves as a partner at the Asahi Law Offices in Tokyo, Japan. Mr. Igeta has in the past served as visiting scholar at the NYU School of Law (2015-16) and the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (2016-17). Since June 2017, he serves as the Director of the Japan Civil Liberties Union (JCLU). More recently, Mr. Igeta and his team conducted a case involving mass surveillance of Muslim residents who were profiled by the Japanese police authorities in a group action before the Supreme Court.

Mr. K.K. Venugopal

Mr. Venugopal is the present Attorney General for India. In a career spanning more than 50 years, Mr. Venugopal has appeared in various high-profile cases before the Supreme Court of India. A Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan awardee, he has also served in the capacity of constitutional adviser for the drafting of the Constitution of Bhutan.
Mr. Venugopal is the Honorary Chairman of the Bar Association of India and has in the past served as the President of the Union Internationale des Avocats (1996-97).

Ms. Kelly Kim

Kelly Kha Yeun Kim is General Counsel of Open Net (http://opennet.or.kr, http://opennetkorea.org), a non-profit, civil society organization founded in 2013 to defend and promote Internet freedom and digital rights in South Korea. She focuses on issues regarding censorship, privacy and mass-surveillance, intermediary liability, and Internet governance.
Prior to joining Open Net in 2014, she worked for the Ministry of Justice of Korea (MOJ). As a Deputy Director at the International Legal Affairs Division, she was involved in recent free-trade agreement (FTA) negotiations between Korea and other countries including RCEP, Korea-China FTA, Korea-Canada FTA, etc., in the areas of intellectual property rights (IPR). She is also an expert in international business transactions and assisted Korean small and medium businesses (SMBs) in drafting and negotiating international contracts.

Dr. Lalit Bhasin

Dr. Lalit Bhasin has been practicing at the bar for over five decades and is now the Managing Partner, Bhasin and Company. In addition to serving as the President of the Bar Association of India , Dr. Bhasin is President, Society of Indian Law Firms President, Indian Law Foundation, Honorary Life Member, International Bar Association, Chairman, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – India, Member, International Court of Arbitration Paris, Former Chairman, Delhi Bar Council (1973 – 1977), Former Chairman, Film Certification Appellate Tribunal. Dr. Bhasin was awarded the Plaque of Honour by the Prime Minister of India in 2002 for outstanding contribution to the Rule of Law. In 2007, Dr. Bhasin was presented the National Law Day Award by the President of India.

Ms. Lizzette Robleto de Howarth

Lizzette Robleto de Howarth is the International Programmes Manager at the Law Society of England & Wales, where she is responsible for the Society’s international public interest work in the areas of legal development assistance, the rule of law, and human rights. She designed the Society’s international rule of law programmes and is leading on their implementation.
Prior to joining the Law Society, Lizzette worked for over 16 years in the international development sector focusing on international policy and advocacy on issues including: the rule of law, gender and women’s rights, business and human rights, governance and parliamentary affairs, statelessness and migration, illegal logging and the environment. She successfully advocated for the adoption of the EU legislation “(Illegal) Timber Regulation (EU) No 995/2010” and for a European Parliament Resolution on “The murder of women (femicide) in Mexico and Central America and the role of the EU in fighting that phenomenon”.
Her academic qualifications include: LL.B Law (Hons.), LL.M Human Rights (Merit), and LL.M International Economics Law, Justice, and Development (Distinction) from Birkbeck Law School (University of London). She is an Associate Tutor on Constitutional and Administrative Law and Associate Lecturer on Public International Law at Birkbeck where she is also studying for her MPhil/PhD Law.
She is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI), an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA), a member of The Honourable Society of Inner Temple, and a member of the Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA).
She has obtained Professional Certificates in: Management; Strategic Policy Planning; Strategic Management and Leadership; Supporting Learning in Higher Education; Law, War and Human Rights; International Human Rights Law and Practice.

Ms. Madhavi Goradia Divan

Ms. Divan serves as an Additional Solicitor General of India at the Supreme Court of India. She is the author of a leading book on media law titled “Facets of Media Law” published in 2006 by Eastern Book Company. The second edition of this book released in August 2013. The book is widely used by practitioners and media persons and this is also a recommended text book in several law schools across India.
Prior to her appointment as an ASG, Ms. Divan practised in the Supreme Court of India on a range of subjects which include constitutional law, media law and environment law. Prior to 2007 she was based in Mumbai where she practiced as a counsel before the Bombay High Court and had a largely commercial practice. She has also appeared pro bono in several public causes which include free speech related cases, environmental issues, child rights cases and rights of the visually challenged.
Apart from her law book, Ms. Divan writes for leading law journals and newspapers. She has been a guest lecturer at several law colleges and has participated in several law conferences in India and overseas as a speaker on media law.

Prof. Madhavi Menon

Professor Menon is Professor of English and Director of the Centre for Studies in Gender & Sexuality at Ashoka University. Her work focuses on the intersection of identity, desire, politics, and literature. She is the author of Wanton Words: Rhetoric and Sexuality in English Renaissance Drama (Toronto 2004), Unhistorical Shakespeare: Queer Theory in Shakespearean Literature and Film (Palgrave 2008), and Indifference to Difference: On Queer Universalism (Minnesota, 2015). She is also the editor of Shakesqueer: A Queer Companion to The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Duke 2011), which put queer theory in conversation with every one of Shakespeare's poems and plays. Her most recent book,Infinite Variety; A History of Desire in India (Speaking Tiger, 2018),discussesthe confluence between major ideas of queer theory and the history of ideas in India.

Ms. Madhu Trehan

Ms. Trehan is a veteran journalist and writer. She is the Editor-in-Chief and Co-founder of Newslaundry, a media critique, news and current affairs portal and YouTube channel.The founding editor of the leading Indian magazine, India Today, Ms. Trehan is a keen observer of the Indian media space and analyzesemerging trendsin mainstream journalism in India through Newslaundry.She founded India’s first online video magazine, Newstrack and,in 2009, she published her first book, ‘Prism me a Lie, Tell me a Truth: Tehelka as Metaphor’.

Mr. Mark Daly

Mr. Daly is a human rights lawyer originally from Canada and has worked in Hong Kong since 1995 primarily on public law/human rights litigation, advocacy and access to justice issues. In addition to test cases in the highest courts in Hong Kong involving permanent residence for migrant domestic workers (the “Vallejos”case 2013) and the refugee principle of non-refoulement in customary international law (the “C” case 2013), significant cases include the Court of Final Appeal (“CFA”) case of Sakthevel Prabakar v Secretary for Security (FACV 16 of 2003, Judgment 8th June 2004) involving the question of refugees and the Convention Against Torture “CAT”, and cases involving the issues of forced labour/human trafficking and LGBTI cases (the “Angus Leung” case going to the CFA on 7 May 2019).
As Amnesty International’s representative he has attended, as international legal observer, the trial in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, of former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and the appeal of opposition politician, Lim Guan Eng. Mark is an original member of the Article 23 (opposed to proposed security legislation) and Article 45 (democracy) Concern Groups and his firm was the winner of the Asian Legal Business “Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year” and Law Society pro bono awards.
Mr. Daly also lectured on the legal position of asylum seekers in Hong Kong at the University of Hong Kong’s 1st “Intensive Course on International Refugee Law” in 2006 and has since been a trainer for the legal profession on Refugee/CAT law. He has been a speaker at the UNHCR, Geneva, on Human Rights Litigation and at the 25th LAWASIA Conference and the Commonwealth Law Conferences on human rights and the rule of law. He holds an LLM in Human Rights from HKU and other academic interests include strategic litigation, constitutional law and the rule of law. He is a former member of the Law Society Council and member of the Constitutional Affairs and Human Rights Committee.

Mr. Mark Trowell QC

Mr. Trowell is a leading practitioner of criminal law in Australia. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2000. He is co-chair of the criminal law standing committee of LAWASIA. In 2006, he was appointed by the Australian Government to undertake a review of the legislation governing the Australian Crime Commission (ACC). In recent years, he has been an international observer reporting on behalf of several organizations, including LAWASIA, the Australian Bar Association, the International Commission of Jurists, the Commonwealth Lawyers Association and the Union Internationale des Advocats. He has also represented the interests of the Geneva-based Inter-Parliamentary Union at criminal trials in Malaysia, Sri Lanka,Thailand and this year in the Philippines. These have included observation of the prosecution of former deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar bin Ibrahim; former Commander of the Sri Lanka Army General Sarath Fonseka; and at the treason trial of the ‘red shirt’ leaders in Thailand. He is the author of three books about the trials and tribulations of Anwar Ibrahim. His latest book is Anwar Returns: The Final Twist published in 2018 by Marshall Cavendish.

Mr. Matthew Baird

Mr. Baird is an environmental lawyer with over 30 years’ experience in both Australia and Asia. He was a practicing Barrister in Sydney from 1994 to 2014. Since 2010 he has been based in Asia as an environmental law consultant working with a number of governments, NGOs and international organisations such as ADB, UNDP, UN Environment and the Vermont Law School.
He has assisted with training for judges and environmental law professors and was involved in the drafting of the Cambodian draft Environmental and Natural Resources Code and with the Myanmar Ministry for Natural Resources and Environment Conservation. He has also worked with AICHR on EIA and human rights. He was the editor with Earth Rights On the Manual on EIA in the Mekong Region and is currently the Director of the Asian Research Institute for Environmental Law. Mr. Baird is also a Visiting Scholar of Vermont School Law.

Ms. Meenakshi Arora

Ms. Arora is a Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of India. She was designated as a Senior Advocate by the Supreme Court in the year 2013. She has made significant contributions in the field of women’s rights. Her efforts in the Vishakha case (1997), wherein the Supreme Court laid down guidelines protecting women against sexual harassment at workplace, has culminated in enactment of a legislation in 2013. Her inputs in the Sakshi case (2004) resulted in framing of guidelines for examination of child victims of sexual abuse, and have now become law. She has also appeared and argued numerous cases involving diverse aspects of constitutional and human rights, including the right to privacy and electoral reforms. As one of the lawyers appearing for the petitioners in the Aadhaar challenge, Ms. Arora highlighted the intersection of technology and surveillance in her arguments before the constitution bench of the Supreme Court.

Ms. Melissa K. Pang

Ms. Pang is the President of the Law Society of Hong Kong and she has been serving as a Law Society Council member since 2005. Ms. Pang currently serves as the Chairperson of Consents Committee and Pro Bono and Community Work Recognition Committee. She is also a member of several other committees overseeing compliance, policy and resources, external affairs, constitutional affairs and human rights, Greater China legal affairs and international legal affairs.
Ms. Pang is admitted as a solicitor in Australia, England and Wales, and Hong Kong. She is also a Notary Public, Civil Celebrant, accredited mediator, associate member of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators, and China Appointed Attesting Officer. Her main areas of practice are commercial and civil litigation and property law. She is a Partner of Pang & Associates.
Ms. Pang is at present Vice-President of LAWASIA. In Hong Kong, Ms. Pang is the Chairman of Committee on the Promotion of Civic Education and Hong Kong Press Council. She is also the member of Corruption Prevention Advisory Committee of ICAC, Hong Kong Housing Authority and the Women’s Commission.With her devotion to public service, Ms. Pang was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2006 and Justice of the Peace in Hong Kong in 2010.

Prof. Mo Jihong

Mo Jihong, a constitutional professor serves as a director of the Institute of International Law of CASS, and the honorary president of International Association of Constitutional Law. He is also the first Vice-President of Chinese Association of Constitutional Law, president of Beijing Association of Legislative Research.
His published books contain: Constitutional Law( 2008),The Doctrine of Constitutional Law In Practice(2007), The Defense for Legislation(2007), Two International Covenants on Human Rights and China(2005),The Logical Basis For Modern Constitutional Law(2001), The New Conception On Constitutionalism(1997), The Summarization Of Constitutional Justice System(1998), The Legal Limitation On Freedom Of Expression(1998) and so on. His published academic essays include: Survey On Ought To Be—A Perspective Of Constitutional Logic, On Constitutional Principles, On Relationship Between International Conventions On Human Rights and Domestic Constitutional Law, New Tendency of Relationship Between International Law and Internal Law, Duties Under Two International Conventions On Human Rights and China, Right To Appeal Is The First Systematic Right In The Modern Society Of Rule Of Law and so forth.
He is now engaged in research concerning constitutionalism and human rights, constitutional supervision and litigation and the other basic theoretical issues about constitutional law. The main essays published in English are as follows: Legal Protection for Rights to Cultural Heritage( China Social Sciences, Spring Volume in 2003), Study on the Worldwide Constitutional Law(Chief Editor, 2007,2010,2011 and 2014 Volumes).
In 2004, Prof. Mo was awarded the honorable title of “one of the best ten young jurists in China”. He has visited more than 50 countries until now for academic purpose.

Mr. Mukul Rohatgi

Mr. Rohatgi is a Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of India and former Attorney General for India. Mr. Rohatgi was one of the counsel who represented the petitioners in the NavtejJohar case where a Constitution bench of the Supreme Court read down the provisions of S. 377 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860, decriminalizing homosexuality in India. As Attorney General for India, Mr. Rohatgi led the Indian delegation at India’s Universal Periodic Review before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Mr. Rohatgi has represented the Government of India in many cases of constitutional significance including theTriple Talaq case,Manipur Extra Judicial Killings’ case, and the National Judicial Appointments Commissioncase. He has the unique distinction of having appeared in two unprecedented midnight hearings in the Supreme Court of India, namely, the Yakub Memon case and the Karnataka Assembly no confidence motion case.He has been appointed as an Eminent Jurist Member in the Selection Committee of Lokpal&Lokayuktas by the Government of India .

Ms. Nitya Ramakrishnan

Ms. Ramakrishnan is a well-known lawyer practising in New Delhi, India. She has many terror trial defences to her credit, notably the Indian Parliament Attack Case and the Haren Pandya Murder Case. Also reputed for her media-related cases, Ms. Ramakrishnan successfully challenged the censorship imposed on many political documentaries such as Bhopal—Beyond Genocide and Punjab—From Behind the Barricades. She authored “In Custody: Law, Impunity and Prisoner Abuse in South Asia” published in September 2013 by Sage Publishing.

Dr. Peter Bacon

Dr. Peter Bacon has had a lifelong passion for soils, waters and vegetation. He undertook a BScAgr and an MSc at University of Sydney, Australia. He completed his PhD at University of New England.
In the past 30 years he has worked on numerous projects involving impacts of water management decisions on downstream communities and on the environment.
He led major projects on understanding the impacts of controlled flooding of riparian forests. He undertook environmental and social evaluation of over 200 wetlands in western NSW. He assessed the environmental impacts of numerous dams across Australia. He developed floodplain management strategies for the Darling and Murry Rivers.
Many of these studies involved local communities. Peter’s roles included consulting them and taking their concerns about water availability into account when developing water sharing and management plans.
One of the more dangerous jobs he did was to evaluate water quality inside crocodile farms run by indigenous communities. The crocodiles were being produced for leather production.

Mr. Phil Duncan

Mr. Duncan is from Moree New South Wales and is a member of the Gomeroi Nation and an elected representative of the Gomeroi Nation Native Title Claimant Group: My homelands are Moree and Terry HieHie. He has over 38 years’ experience working with Aboriginal people and Government to improve the lives of Aboriginal people through recognition of our rich cultural history, the return of our lands, the improvement of our living conditions and education of our next generation both through my employment and volunteer community work.
Mr. Duncan provides high level policy and strategic advice to key Indigenous Representative Organisations, State and Federal Government Agencies as well as key external stakeholder groups. The strategic advice regards issues of culture and heritage significance, community engagement in on-ground projects, the design, delivery and implementation of programs in partnership with Government, regarding the range of issues required to addressed, particularly in the area of natural resource management, freshwater river management, forestry, native fish, water rights and allocations.

Mr. Philip Dykes, SC

Mr. Philip Dykes, Senior Counsel, is practicing barrister from Hong Kong and the present Chairman of the Council of the Hong Kong Bar Association. He read English Language and Literature at Lincoln College, Oxford University. He became a member of Lincoln’s Inn was called to the Bar in 1977. He practiced on the Northern Circuit in Manchester before joining the Attorney General’s Chambers in Hong Kong in 1985.
He worked as a prosecutor for the Crown Prosecutor and then on legal policy issues for the Solicitor General and Attorney General. In 1989 he was appointed an Assistant Solicitor General with special responsibilities for producing a Bill of Rights for Hong Kong. In the next two years Mr. Dykes worked with the team that produced the Hong Kong Bill of Rights Ordinance. In those years he also advised policy branches and government departments on the impact of the new ordinance.He was for a time a member of the Hong Kong government contingent on the British side in the Sino-British Joint Liaison Group which was responsible for monitoring implementation of the Joint Declaration. He was also a member of the United Kingdom delegation reporting to the United Nations Human Rights Committee in 1991 on the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights as it applied to Hong Kong.
Mr. Dykes left government legal service in 1991 and began practice as a barrister.He was appointed one of the last Queen’s Counsel in 1997. Mr. Dykes has an established practice in public law, particularly immigration law, appearing first for Vietnamese refugees and asylum seekers in the early 1990’s and then later for Mainlanders seeking to establish their status as permanent residents under the Basic Law. More recently he has been involved in several cases concerning persons who have claimed protection against refoulement under the United Nations Convention Against Torture.
Mr. Dykes has served on the Bar Council as an ordinary member for a number of years. He was the Vice-Chairman in 1999, 2000, 2003 and 2004. He served as Chairman in 2005 and 2006. He waselected again as Chairman in 2018.

Dr. Pillkyu Hwang

Dr. Pillkyu Hwang, Esq. is Executive Director at Gonggam Human Rights Law Foundation and an international human rights law clinic lecturer at Seoul National University (SNU) Law School. The main areas of his research, advocacy and field work include international human rights, migration, refugees, business and human rights, international adoptees, alternative child care, North Korean escapees, disaster and human rights, and access to justice in general both in Korea and Asia. He has been the Human Rights Committee coordinator of the Korean Bar Association (KBA) for 8 years. He graduated from SNU with an LL.B. and has earned his PhD in public international law at the same university. He was a visiting academic at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) of Oxford University in 2007, and a visiting fellow at the Human Rights Program of Harvard Law School in 2011-2012. For last few years, he has played a leading role, as the chair, in two major regional human rights networks in Asia, the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) (2010-2012) and the Asian Consortium for Human Rights Based Access to Justice (Hrba2j-Asia) (2011-2017).

Dr. Pinky Anand

Dr. Pinky Anand, is a designated Senior Advocate and the incumbent Additional Solicitor General of India. A Doctorate of Law, graduate of the Harvard Law School and an Inlaks scholar, Honorary Professor at Amity Law School, she is the second woman in India to have been awarded this high Constitutional Law office.Her accomplishments extend from legal expertise to media, politics and social activism. The causes espoused by her have led us towards milestone changes in the legal fabric with regard to development of the country, right of free speech, eradication of malpractices or protection of children.
She currently servesas the Alternate Councillor (India) of LAWASIA and Chair, ADR Subcommittee, LawAsia, Vice-president of Bar Association of India, and Convenor of the International Committee of BRICS Legal, Member of the BRICS Steering Committees and Governing Body Member of Indian Council of Arbitration. She has been the recipient of the French National Order of Merit by the President of the French Republic, and has several awards to her credit, including for excellence in law from FICCI, Lions Club, Amity University, Bhar+-t Nirman, PHD Chambers for Progress and Harmony Development. She has held the platform of the Spokesperson for BJP, and led the All India Legal team of BJP.
She co-chaired BRICS Legal delegation to South Africa 2018. As a Founding member of the BRICS Legal Forum, she has represented India in the Brazil, China, India and South Africa Conferences. She is amember of Group of Experts for Commonwealth for Drafting Model Law on Cyber Crime and has co-authored a book on Family Law in international jurisdictions. Vice-Chairperson Advisory Body of Campus Law Centre Alumni Association. She has authored a book Trials of Truth published by Penguin.

Mr. Saroj K. Ghimire

Mr. Ghimire is an Advocate at the Supreme Court of Nepal and Treasurer of Supreme Court Bar Association of Nepal. He holds a dual LL.M. from India and UK and is also an Asst. Prof. of Law at Tribhuvan University with 15 years’ experience of practicing and teaching law.He has instrumental experience of advising in complex legal matters to high profile clients and has demonstrated his remarkable skills in litigation, research, advocacy and conducting policy dialogue and legislative frame works in the matters of constitutional law, human rightsand development laws to name few. He is proven young national level trainer for National Judicial Academy, Nepal Police Academy, Nepal Bar Association and Nepal Bar Council etc.
Mr. Ghimire was actively involved in advocacy as a constitutional and human rights lawyer during the constitution-making process by the First and Second Constituent Assemblies of Nepal.He has been invited as speaker, trainer, presenter and commentator on various constitutional and human rights issues in national and international for a including IBA in its Annual Conference in Sydney, China Law Society in China, SAARC Law Conference and Law Asia Conference in Kathmandu.He has delivered guest lectures at the Universities of various jurisdiction including India, USA, China and United Kingdom on various constitutional, human rights and investment issues and has been interviewed by various journals nationally and internationally. He is also assigned todevelop international relations and professional development of Nepali lawyers by the Nepal Bar Association and Supreme Court Bar Association and is the Vice President of Constitutional Lawyers Forum of Nepal.

Mr. Shanmuga Kanesalingam

Mr. Kanesalingam is a partner at Kanesalingam & Co, Kuala Lumpur. His areas of practice are in corporate and general litigation (including a special interest in corporate insolvency), media law, and constitutional and administrative law.
In his media law practice, he acts for various online and print media organizations, and individual bloggers, in various libel suits. In addition, he successfully acted in a challenge to the denial of an application by the online news portal Malaysiakini.com for a permit to publish a print newspaper, where the Court recognized a constitutional right to a free press in Malaysia for the first time.
He has also acted in various challenges to bans on books imposed by the previous government in Malaysia, including successfully lifting the bans on two books of satirical cartoons by Zunar called “1Funny Malaysia” and “Perak DarulKartun”, a book by Sisters in Islam on the administration of Islamic law in Malaysia, and the Malay translation of Irshad Manji’s “Allah, Liberty and Love”.
Together with 5 other lawyers, he co-founded the LoyarBurokblawg(www.loyarburok.com), which features articles on public interest matters, which now has a physical presence with the establishment of the Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights (www.mcchr.org) in 2011.

Ms. Shibani Ghosh

Shibani Ghosh is a Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR), a New Delhi-based think tank, and an Advocate-on-Record, Supreme Court of India. She specialises in environmental law, and practices before the Supreme Court and the National Green Tribunal. At CPR, she researches and writes on issues relating to environmental law, regulation and governance. She has authored several articles, chapters and opinion pieces on environmental issues. She is the editor of a forthcoming volume titled 'Indian Environmental Law: Key Concepts and Principles' which provides in-depth case-law based analysis of Indian environmental jurisprudence.
Ms. Ghosh has been a Sustainability Science Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School (2014-2015), and a visiting faculty at the TERI University, New Delhi, and the RICS School of Built Environment, NOIDA, where she taught environmental law. She is a Rhodes Scholar and holds graduate degrees in law and in environmental change and management from the University of Oxford.

Mr. Shyam Divan

Mr. Shyam Divan, is a Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of India. His areas of practice cover most branches of civil litigation including banking, securities law, arbitration, administrative law and environmental law. He has appeared for citizens’ groups in a host of civil liberties and constitutional cases. Most recently he represented the petitioners seeking the right to privacy and in the case of Navtej Singh Johar & Ors. vs. Union of India decriminalizing homosexuality in India.
Mr. Divan is the co-author of Environmental Law and Policy in India (2nd Edition, 2001, Oxford) and has more recently authored a chapter on Public Interest Litigation in Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution (2016, Oxford).
Mr. Divan is the Co-Chair of the Human Rights Section at LAWASIA as well as Vice-President, LAWASIA. He is also Vice President, The Bar Association of India.

Mr. Steven Thiru

Mr. Thiru is a senior litigation partner of Messrs Shook Lin & Bok in Kuala Lumpur. He has been in practice for 25 years. His main areas of practice are administrative law, employment law, electricity supply law, native title law and a variety of areas of civil litigation. Mr. Thiru is recognised by Chambers Asia Pacific 2016 in the area of Dispute Resolution as having “a broad practice that encompasses employment, commercial and administrative litigation.
He is considered a “very solid, very hard-working practitioner of impressively varied experience by market sources” and further, in the area of Employment & Industrial Relations, as having “a long-standing reputation in the market" and is considered “a very good lawyer” by his peers. His practice comprises varied employment law disputes as well as judicial review applications”.
Mr. Thiru read law at the University of Leicester and graduated in 1990. He was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales at Middle Temple in 1991, and was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1992. He also holds a Masters in Law (LL.M) degree from University Malaya (2000).
He is the 31st President of the Malaysian Bar and a Council Member (2017 – 2019) of the London-based Commonwealth Lawyers Association.

Ms. Sumbul Rizvi

Sumbul Rizvi, served as the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the RohingyaRefugee Response, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh in 2018 coordinating the humanitarianresponse on behalf of the United Nations. In that capacity she also headed the Inter-Agency Secretariat (ISCG) working with all key stakeholders including the UnitedNations agencies, Government of Bangladesh, NGOs and refugees themselves.
An Indian national, she has spent over 32 years in human rights and humanitarian work,and has been a United Nations Staff member for over two decades. She has served withthe UN Refugee Agency in diverse operations including most recently in Iraq for theMosul response focusing on the protection of civilians impacted by the conflict. She alsoserved in Afghanistan, Darfur-Sudan, India and Geneva. She has also establishedemergency response coordination mechanisms in Syria and Kyrgyzstan. Skilled in bothRefugee, Internally Displaced Persons and Migration management and humanitarianresponse, her roles have included Coordination, Management and field-based response.
As an expert on Protection of Civilians, she has served as Policy Adviser on Asylum and Migration in Geneva during the Mediterranean Crisis, the Global Migration Fora and the Sustainable Development Goals. She has written on the subject and represented the UN in various forums including academic.
Prior to joining the UN, Sumbul spent over a decade as a practicing lawyer in Indiaworking on corporate and criminal law and engaging in pro bono interventions for humanrights cases relating to women, children, consumer rights, refugees and others. She hasalso served as Additional Standing Counsel for the Union of India in Administrativematters and taught law as a part-time lecturer at Jamia Millia University in New Delhi.


Uday Prakash Warunjikar is an advocate practicing at Bombay in the Bombay High Court. He is holding responsibility of Vice President of the Bar Association of India. He is one of the leading advocate practicing actively in Bombay High Court. Despite being a litigation lawyer, he has keen interest in the academics. He is doing his research for Ph.D. in Savitribai Phule University on the topic of Gender Justice, Human Rights and PCPNDT Act, Critical Appraisal of Statutory and Judicial Perspective.
He is holding the post of President of Consumer Courts Advocates’ Association, Maharashtra at Mumbai and he was Elected Member of Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa which is a regulatory authority under the Advocates Act, 1961.
Mr. Warunjikar has contributed in the field of Human Rights by delivering different lectures, writing articles, research papers and by making submissions before the Court of Law. He has received various Awards including Award for Ethical Legal Practice awarded by Trans-Asia Chamber of Commerce. He has been recognized as one of the experts in the field of Laws relating to Disability in Indian.

Mr. Upul Jayasuriya - President’s Counsel

Mr. Jayasuriya is a former President of Bar Association of Sri Lanka (2013-2015). He joined the Bar in 1976 at 21. He was elected Secretary to the Bar Association of Sri Lanka for the period 1991-1993. During this period he initiated the filing of nearly 3,000 Fundamental Rights applications through the support of the BASL before the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka on behalf of those taken into custody in the 1989 insurrection. He was also elected to the presidency of the Colombo Law Society in 2008. More recently, Mr. Jayasuriya was the recipient of the 2015 Rule of Law Award by the Commonwealth Lawyers Association. The cash award of US $ 5000/- that was received by him was presented by him to the wife of a slain journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda. He was elected the President of the BASL during the most contentious period soon after the impeachment of the Chief Justice Shiranee Bandaranayake with the highest ever majority in 2013. As the President of the BASL he refused to recognize the de facto Chief Justice Mohan Peries. In 2015 he relentlessly fought to permit the Dejure Chief Justice to resume her duties. He headed the country’s premier institution for investment, Board of Investment from 2015-2017.

Ms. Wing Kay Po

Ms. Wing Kay Po is a practicing barrister in Hong Kong. She is a member of the Bar Council of the Hong Kong Bar Association, and has served as Chairperson of the Bar's Special Committee on Constitutional Affairs and Human Rights. Presently, associated with chambers of Mr. Ronny Wong, SC in Hong Kong, Ms. Po is a senior practitioner with over two decades of experience. She has published articles on constitutional issues and issues of free speech in leading newspapers in Hong Kong.

Prof. Yasushi Higashizawa

Prof. Yasushi Higashizawa, an attorney at law admitted in Japan, States of New York and California, USA, is a partner of the Nishi Tokyo Kyodo Law Offices (Tokyo) and a professor of the Meiji Gakuin University (Tokyo). He has been actively engaged in human rights advocacy at the Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA).
Prof. Higashizawa serves as a Co-Chair of the Human Rights Section of the LAWASIA as well as a Counselor to the President of the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA). He also served, among others, as a chair of the International Human Rights Committee (IHRC) of the JFBA, a Council Member of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBA-HRI) and aExCo. Member of the International Criminal Bar (ICB). On the issue of Independence and Protection of Lawyers, he leads the efforts of the JFBA for the 2020 UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (UN Congress), at which 1990 gathering, the UN Basic Principles on Role of Lawyers (the UN Basic Principles) was adopted. Among his publications are ‘The 2020 UN Congress and Lawyers,’ (coming in 2019) and ‘UN Basic Principles on Role of Lawyers- Its Roles and Challenges for the Guarantee of Human Rights’ (2016).

Ms. Yoiko Ando

Ms. Yoiko Ando has been a lawyer in Japan and a member of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA) since 1970. Along with her husband, Ms. Ando runs a firm in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, where they practice general civil and criminal practice. She has substantial experience in various areas of family law primarily, but not exclusively, from the perspective of women in divorce, custody, child support, visitation rights, and the distribution of marital assets cases. Included in these cases have been many instances where female clients have suffered from domestic violence. In addition to her work as a practicing attorney, Ms. Ando has served consistently as a member of the Committees on Gender Equality and on International Human Rights of the JFBA, serving as chair of both committees, with an emphasis on gender issues. As such, she has authored and co-authored numerous JFBA opinion papers and reports, and has organized symposiums and other official conferences related to the elimination of discrimination against women and the promotion of the status of women both domestically and internationally, which include several presentations before UN bodies. In 2001, Ms. Ando was involved through the JFBA’s activities in the enactment of the Act for the Prevention of Spousal Violence and the Protection of Victims and has participated in the drafting of subsequent revisions thereafter.

Mr. Yosuke Shimamura

Mr. Shimamura, an attorney at law practising in Japan specializes in human rights protection for foreigners, and refugee recognition applicants in Japan. He currently serves as the Chairperson of the Sub-committee for Refugee Protection of the Committee for Protecting Human Rights for Foreigners, Kanto Federation of Bar Associations. He also served as the staff attorney for the Office of International Affairs, Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA). Mr. Shimamura assisted the government of the Republic of Ugandaas a despatched expertfrom the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)to establish project-monitoring system for line ministries. He also worked at UNDP Maldives Office as a program officer to assist sustainable development efforts of the Republic of Maldives.