Welcome Message

Dr. Lalit Bhasin

The Bar Association of India has been organizing national conventions as a major event in their legal calendar where contemporary issues concerning Rule of Law, Human Rights, the legal profession and the justice delivery system are deliberated and discussed.
I am thrilled that LawAsia and the Bar Association of India have come together to host the 1st edition of the LawAsia Human Rights Conference, to be held at New Delhi on the 9th and 10th of February 2019.
The Conference will host experts from the legal profession, the academia, media as well as policy.Judges of the Indian Supreme Court will also be presiding over a few of the sessions. The delegates will discuss issues at the intersection of human rights advocacy and policy.
I am confident that the Conference holds great potential for an engaging exchange of ideas across disciplines and jurisdictions.
Hope to see you in New Delhi.

Mr. Shyam Divan

On the weekend of 9th and 10th February 2019, the Bar Association of India is hosting the 1stLAWASIA Human Rights Conference at New Delhi.Under the theme ‘State Power, Business and Human Rights: Contemporary Challenges’eight panelswill discuss pressing human rights issues includinggender and sexuality, new technology andprivacy, conflicts and cross-border migrations, and impact of climate change.
We, at the Bar Association of India are delighted to bring together leading minds to deliberate urgent human rights issues around the world and in the Asia Pacific in particular. The inaugural LAWASIA Human Rights Conference will provide a platform for practitioners from several jurisdictions to share their experiences on human rights advocacy and the challengesahead.
New Delhi in early Spring provides a superb gateway to explore the architecture of the capital and cities nearby, such as Agra, Jaipur and Amritsar. For those with a little more time, consider visiting Allahabad for the Kumbh Mela.
Hope to see you all at the Conference.

Mr. Yasushi Higashizawa

A Landslide Step for Human Rights in the Asia Pacific Region
This conference could be a landslide step for Human Rights in the Asia Pacific Region. It has been long argued that the Region is in an air pocket or gap for human rights since it lacks regional human rights treaties or implementation mechanism, differently from other regions. The argument is hardly true, however, in one aspectat least, because this region has been equipped with so many human rights advocates including lawyers who devote themselves to fight against oppression and to work for victims. Nevertheless, the argument might be true in another aspect because human rights lawyers in this region have had only few opportunities to work together.
This conference will be the valuablefirst step where the LAWASIA, strong voice of legal profession, assist and encourage lawyers in this region to work together. I am so glad and appreciate that the Bar Association here in India (BAI) takes the initiative and help the LAWASIA.
Also so exciting for international delegations is to travel to India with one of the longest civilization and emerging society. I hope you will join us and enjoy that opportunity.

Mr. Christopher Leong

LAWASIA, in collaboration with the Bar Association of India, are thrilled to welcome you to the inaugural LAWASIA Human Rights Conference. We are delighted that the conference will be held in a city as dynamic and vibrant as New Delhi.
LAWASIA is a well-known advocate of human rights and a staunch supporter of the rule of law. The conferenceis reflective of the beliefs and principles that our members of the legal profession strive to uphold in their practice regardless of the jurisdiction they are in.The sessions in store for us will discuss human rights concerns around the worldwith focus on the Asia Pacific region.
I believe that the panel of speakers, giants in their respective areas of law, will inspire us to overcome obstacles towards establishing nations that respect and honour human rights. I am confident that the topics scheduled for the conference ranging from gender equality, technology and climate change will stimulate dialogue and allow us to further examine the human rights challenges we face in this modern and fast-paced world.
I look forward to meeting you at the conference in New Delhi.