Thursday September 27, 2012 at 3:00 PM ICT
Saturday September 29, 2012 at 7:00 PM ICT

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Lane Xang Hotel Conference Room

Vientiane, Lao PDR 



Laura Milne 

The 1st Southeast Asia Pro Bono Conference will take place on 28 and 29 September 2012 in Vientiane, Lao PDR.  Organized by Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia Community Legal Education Initiative (BABSEA CLE), in cooperation with the National University of Laos Faculty of Law and Political Science, the conference will strengthen the ability of the legal profession to lead and actively participate in pro bono initiatives in the Southeast Asia region.

The Conference will look at the various ways leaders and managers can inspire their teams or students to undertake pro bono work, ensuring that participants are able to create sustainable pro bono programmes when returning to work or study.

The development of pro bono programmes and a socially aware legal profession is essential to greater access to justice and a stronger rule of law. This Conference offers a space for local and international law firms, social justice organizations, law schools, academics, governmental officials and policy makers to network, create partnerships and explore meaningful and effective pro bono opportunities.

The two day Conference will educate students, professors, lawyers, the judiciary, government officials and policy makers, lawyers’ associations and the non-profit sector on the meaning and concept of pro bono. Participants will learn about pro bono in Southeast Asia and how it can transform the lives of millions of people and work towards creating fairer, more transparent legal systems in the region.

The Conference will explore the methods, means and strategies for developing and implementing pro bono initiatives and partnerships. Participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences and learn from the experiences of others. The interactive sessions will foster collaborative ties between the participants to create and strengthen pro bono initiatives locally, regionally and internationally.

Bridges Across Borders South East Asia Community Legal Education Initiative 

BABSEA CLE has worked on access to justice and pro bono programmes in Southeast Asia since 2003. Working with law students, faculty, academics, law firms, government and non-government organizations, BABSEA CLE has developed and implemented university-based clinical legal education programmes and grassroots community legal education programmes. These programmes support local struggles for social justice, equitable development, rule of law and protection of human rights while simultaneously imbuing future lawyers, leaders and policy makers with a lifelong ethic of social responsibility and public service.

BABSEA CLE works globally to connect people, organisations, and resources at the government, non-governmental, institutional, and grassroots levels through clinical and community legal education programmes. These partnerships empower vulnerable and underserved individuals and communities by creating and strengthening sustainable legal and human rights education, and access to justice programmes worldwide. 

For more information on supporting or attending the Conference, please contact probono@babseacle.org

PBC Sponsors 19 Sep 12

Conference International Organizing Committee Members

Ms Annette Bain, Freehills, Sydney Australia

Mr John Corker, National Probono Resouce Center, Sydney Australia

Mr Bruce A. Lasky, BABSEA CLE, BABSEA CLE Singapore & CLE Foundation, Southeast Asia

Ms Laura Milne, BABSEA CLE, Hanoi, Viet Nam

Ms Wendy Morrish, BABSEA CLE & CLE Foundation, Chiang Mai Thailand

Mr Manolinh Thepkhamvong, Lao PDR Bar Association, Vientiane, Lao PDR

Conference Local Organizing Committee Members

Ms Phetmany Luangsichampa, NUoL Faculty of Law & Political Science CLE Clinic, Vientiane Lao PDR

Ms Thip Nouansyvong, NUoL Faculty of Law & Political Science CLE Clinic, Vientiane Lao PDR

Mr Pangthong Xayavong, NUoL Faculty of Law & Political Science, Vientiane Lao PDR

Mr Souliya Vithongthai, NUoL Faculty of Law & Political Science CLE Clinic, Vientiane Lao PDR

Mr Bounleuth Xaphakdy, NUoL Faculty of Law & Political Science , Vientinae Lao PDR


Conference Speakers 

Key Note Speaker is Ms Malathi Das, President of LAWASIA

Session Presenters & Speakers Please Download the Agenda


For a list of hotels please email us at probono@babseacle.org