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2nd Southeast Asia/Asia Pro Bono Conference & Workshop 2013

“Pro Bono Initiatives to Strengthen Access to Justice”
Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

11 & 12 October 2013

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Friday October 11, 2013 at 8:00 AM ICT
Saturday October 12, 2013 at 7:00 PM ICT

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October 11th
Hotel Majestic:
01 Dong Khoi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

October 12th
University of Economics & Law:
Quarter 3, Linh Xuan Ward, Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh city, Viet Nam 

UEL buses will be able to take participants to and from UEL


Wendy Morrish  

Conference/Workshop Costs

USD $350.00 Early Registration (closes 10 May 2013)

USD$425.00 Registration (11 May 2013 - 8 Sep 2013)

USD$500.00 Late Registration (9 Sep 2013 onwards)

Conference/Workshop Fee Waiver

If you are a delegate who has both a financial need and a history of being involved in pro bono and/or community service projects, BABSEA CLE will consider providing a limited partial conference cost waiver. Please submit a fee waiver form at http://www.babseacle.org/pbc-waiver-form/

Visa Requirements:
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Sponsorship Suggested Options

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Conference Organizers

babsea cle logoBridges 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.


Vietnam Bar Federation (VBF) 

The Vietnam Bar Federation (VBF) is a social-professional organization. VBF manages Vietnamese lawyers throughout the country representing the legitimate rights and interests of lawyers and bar associations. VBF is a member of the Vietnam Fatherland Front whose head office is in Hanoi. 

Before VBF was established, most of the cities and provinces throughout Vietnam only local bar associations existed.   

On the 16th of January 2008, the Prime Minister issued ‘Decision 76/QD-TTg’ approving the proposal to “Establish National Bar Association”. The 1st National Congress delegation of lawyers was then organized in Hanoi and the delegation passed the proposal to establish VBF on the 12th of May 2009.  While there are still a number of local bar associations in Vietnam, the VBF is now recognized as the National Bar Association of Vietnam. 


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 University of Economics and Law, Ho Chi Minh City

The Faculty of Law was founded according to the Decision No. 95/ Q-HKTL on 02 July, 2010 by the Rector of the University of Economics and Law on the basis of inheriting and developing the functions and responsibilities of the former Department of Law and meeting the objective demands for the process of economic transfer-renovation and of gradual regional and international integration. This process requires the contributions of a large number of policy planners and managers, and businesspeople who equip themselves not only with sound knowledge about finance-economics but also law, and who know how to flexibly apply laws into practical and specific situations with the purpose of winning cases in the their home country. Besides, a panel of lawyers and judges need to get more official and professional training and education in order to deal with arising conflicts regarding trade and commercial transactions that are getting tougher and more complicated among Vietnamese businesses and among Vietnamese and foreign ones. 

The special feature of the Faculty’s training activities is connecting laws with economics. The training programs are flexibly and properly designed to equip students with profound knowledge about laws, solid hands-on skills and proper working manners. Furthermore, students are alsoprovided with supplementary knowledge about economics, finance, banking, securities and international trade, etc to meet a variety of requirements of today’s society.



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The 2nd Southeast Asia/Asia Pro Bono Conference and Workshop will bring together academics, law students, lawyers, judiciary, pro bono professionals, policy makers, civil society and non-profit representatives to consider the multifarious ways pro bono initiatives can strengthen access to justice in Southeast Asia and internationally. The conference and workshop will be an exciting mix of keynote speech, panel discussion, poster presentations and interactive workshop sessions. There will be lots of opportunity for participation, collaboration and dialogue.The sessions will showcase selected, timely and innovative pro bono partnerships and provide a unique space for participants to collaborate in order to improve access to justice for some of the region’s most marginalised communities.

The Conference/Workshop aims to:

  • Educate university academics, law students, lawyers, judiciary, pro bono professionals, policy makers, civil society and non-profit representatives about the meaning and concept of pro bono initiatives;
  • Demonstrate the importance of pro bono initiatives to achieve greater access to justice for poor, marginalised and disadvantaged communities in Southeast Asia and internationally;
  • Foster collaborative ties between conference participants to conceptualise, design, launch and strengthen pro bono initiatives locally, regionally and internationally;
  • Demonstrate various models of pro bono initiatives that may be applicable and transferable in Southeast Asia and internationally; and
  • Showcase the successful establishment of pro bono initiatives and programmes.

The conference/workshop theme focuses on strengthening access to justice through pro bono initiatives and programmes. Individuals interested in participating in the conference/workshop are also encouraged to submit papers/presentations addressing one or more of the following topics:

  • Pro bono and clinical legal education (CLE)
  • Successful models of pro bono initiatives or programmes
  • Pro bono partnerships: local, regional, international
  • Advocating pro bono and professional responsibility
  • Pro bono initiatives in Asia today
  • Developing a pro bono ethic in and with advocates for justice
  • Pro bono and technology
  • Pro bono and sustainable strengthening of access to justice
  • Related initiatives that promote access to justice for marginalised communities    

For a list of presenters click here:


Papers/Presentations Guidelines 

The conference/workshop will be composed of several types of contributions:

Full Papers/Presentations - Primarily focused on accomplished research describing successful impacts of pro bono programmes and initiatives.

Short Papers or Reflection Papers/Presentations  – Composed of work-in-progress, reports, fresh developments in the field or a review of recent literature pertaining to a particular problem or approach, indicate what the findings suggest, and/or provide suggestions for solutions.

Law Student Consortium – These consortiums provide the forum for group discussions where law students share individual projects and on-going work related to CLE and pro bono initiatives. Alternatively works such as documentary films, photography or artwork can be submitted with a 250 word abstract.

CLE Clinics Showcases & Exhibitions – Showcases and/or exhibitions that present recent developments
and applications in CLE programmes or initiatives.  These should be designed to inform a large and qualified audience about the successes of any pro bono clinics or programmes globally.

Posters – These contain implementation information or work-in-progress that will be displayed at the conference during the early registration poster display on 10 October and throughout the conference/workshop.

For more information about the submission process please click to download the "Call for Papers/Presentations" document.

NB.  Your paper/presentation must demonstrate how you will incorporate interactive methodology into the session.

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

Conference International Organizing Committee Members

Ms. Annette Bain (Herbert Smith Freehills)

Mr. Bruce Lasky (BABSEA CLE, CLE Foundation, BABSEACLE Singapore & BABSEA CLE Australia)

Dr. Christopher Walsh (Open University, BABSEA CLE)


Mr. John Corker (National Pro Bono Resource Center, Australia)

Dr. Le Vu Nam (University of Economics and Law, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam)

Mr. Tanguy Lim (Singapore Law Society, Singapore)

Ms. Thip Nouansyvong (Lawyer, Lao PDR)

Ms. Shahrany Hassan (Singapore Law Society, Singapore)

Ms. Wendy Morrish (CLE Foundation, BABSEA CLE & BABSEA CLE Australia)


Conference Local Organizing Committee Members

Ms. Hien Nguyen Thi Dieu (BABSEA CLE & UEL Legal Fellow, Viet Nam)

Ms. Nguyen Thi Thuy Linh (BABSEA CLE, Viet Nam) 

Ms. Tue Phuong Nguyen (BABSEA CLE, Viet Nam)

Ms. Trang Tran Le (BABSEA CLE, Viet Nam)

University of Economics & Law Clinical Legal Education (CLE) Participants, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam



 The first day of the Pro Bono Conference will be at Hotel Majestic.

1 Dong Khoi Str., Dist. 1, Sales and Marketing Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

                               +84 8 3829 5517
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Hotel Majestic in 2007


Majestic Saigon (5 stars) 1 Dong Khoi Str., Dist. 1, Sales and Marketing Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (84-8) 3829 5517

Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon (5 stars)
8-15 Ton Duc Thang Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
(84-8) 3822 0033

New World Hotel (5 stars)
76 Le Lai Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
(84 8) 3829 4000

Rex Hotel (5 stars)
141 Nguyen Hue Blvd., Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
(84-8) 3829 2185

Novotel Saigon Centre (4 stars)
167 Hai Ba Trung, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

New Pacific (4 stars)
9 - 11 Ky Dong Street, Ward 9 , District.3 , HCM City
(84-8) 3526 1788

Grand Silverland (4 stars)
123-125 Ly Tu Trong, Dist 1, HCMC
(+84 8) 38293 888

Grand Hotel (4 stars)
8 Dong Khoi Street, District 1 Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
(84 8) 3915.5555

Lotte Legend(4 stars)
2A-4A Ton Duc Thang Street, District 1, HCMC
(84 8) 3823 3333

Riverside Saigon (3 stars)
18-19-20 Ton Duc Thang St., Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
(84.8) 38231117 - 38224038

Eden Saigon Hotel (3 stars)
38 Bui Thi Xuan St, Ben Thanh Ward, Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
(84-08) 6298 8388

Palace Saigon (3 stars)
56-66 Nguyen Hue St, 1 District, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
(84-8) 3829 2860 - (84-8) 3827 9342

May Flower (3 stars)
20 – 20 Bis Bui Thi Xuan St, Ben Thanh Ward, Dist.1, HCMC
(+84.8) 39256650

Le Petit Paris (3 stars)
145 Le Thi Rieng St., Ben Thanh Ward, Dist.1, HCMC., Vietnam
(+84) 8 3925 4412

Queen Ann (3 stars)
86-88 Bui Thi Xuan Street, District 1, HCMC, Vietnam
(+84 8) 3925 4444

Asian Ruby Luxury (3 stars)
26 Thi Sach Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
(+84.8) 38272839

Kelly (3 stars)
44 Thu Khoa Huan, Dist 1, Viet Nam
(+84 8) 38233364

Sunflower (3 stars)
11B Thai Van Lung, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, HoChiMinh City

Royal Hotel Saigon (3 stars)
133 Nguyen Hue Ave., Dist.1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
(84 8) 3822 5914 - 3822 5915