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Technology conquers COVID-19: Making collegiality possible for LAWASIA 2020 conference

Across the seven seas and over 45 jurisdictions, COVID-19 isn’t stopping the 2020 LAWASIA conference. Instead, it will be powered seamlessly through technology.

The annual conference is usually an opportunity for bar leaders from the LAWASIA region to meet face-to-face to discuss developments and issues in their jurisdiction. With COVID-19 travel bans and restrictions in place, LAWASIA has curated a diverse program, focusing on a range of legal issues and key areas of law – entirely accessible through Zoom.

In the opening roundtable webinar event, LAWASIA President, Chunghwan Choi said despite pandemic challenges, it was crucial people remained connected while adjusting to the ‘new normal’.

“Nothing is more important during these challenging times than the health and safety of our members and staff,” he said.

“I am delighted that LAWASIA can continue to provide meaningful educational and networking opportunities to our members and friends.”

320 participants registered for the opening webinar to hear from a distinguished line-up of bar leaders including United Nations Secretary-General (2007-2016), Mr Ban Ki-Moon.

In a powerful keynote address, Mr Ki-Moon acknowledged the importance of this annual conference – particularly after the unprecedented events of 2020 – and commended lawyers for their work in ensuring international equality, fairness and access to justice.

“This conference serves as a crucial annual tradition for reinforcing and promote ‘the rule of law’ as well as sharing critical expertise, information to protect human rights and elevate professional integrity,” he said.

“Your work is essential considering the scale of the challenges before us, to ensure Human Rights during the COVID-19 pandemic and protecting the environment as climate change advances.”

Mr Ki-Moon called on international unity between jurisdictions and encouraged collegiality to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic for successful global and economic development.

“Legal champions, such as yourselves, must scale up your collective efforts to fortify the ‘rule of law’ and continue to fight against this pandemic.”

The LAWASIA 2020 Conference Online webinar series is now in full swing with various upcoming sessions running consecutively over 4 weeks every Tuesday and Thursday until 8 October. Registration details can be found here.

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