The Asia Access to Justice Week is a BABSEACLE initiative held annually in Chiang Mai Thailand. Every year, people gather and participate in various activities focusing on the strengthening and supporting greater access to justice for the vulnerable, marginalized and poorer members in our communities. These activities include field trips, training workshop, the Asia Justice Marathon, and a live theater production. To connect into the global community, in 2018, BABSEACLE will host The Global Pro Bono Run (Walk), the inaugural virtual run/walk.
Regional CLE Mock Trial Training
6 December 2018
The training will include several sessions with a strong focus on the Regional CLE Mock Trial event’s rules and procedures. Moreover, the different stages of the trial (case planning and case theory, witness preparation and testifying witness examination techniques) will be explained. The importance of evidence, impartiality and transparency will also be covered. Other sessions also focused on improving participants’ presenting skills (including opening and closing statements). The training aims to show the students how the CLE Mock Trial is organized, to review its general principles and to deepen their knowledge, skills and value in order to achieve a successful and fair trial. The students will learn how to apply and use the facts to the law, how to present a case and the characteristics of an ethical advocate. The training also aims to help students to develop their legal, analytical and advocacy skills, increasing familiarity with the court process and enhancing their appreciation and understanding of legal ethics.
The trainers will be legal practitioners from BABSEACLE’s law firm partners naming DLA Piper and Herbert Smith Freehills and many others.
Access to Justice Public Interest Fair
6 December 2018
The Access to Justice Fair celebrates our philosophy of building bridges among like-minded organizations and individuals. It is an awareness-raising event that gives groups working for social justice an invaluable opportunity to network with one another while introducing their work to the public and promoting job and volunteer possibilities.
The participants will include organizations that work for the rights of single mothers, children, disabled persons, the LGBT and Transgender communities, Burmese people, as well as educational, health care and law-related organizations.
The fair will be held simultaneously at the same venue as the Regional CLE Mock Trial Training at Amora Hotel, Chiang Mai.
Access to Justice Movie Night
6 December 2018
The A2J Movie Night Under the Stars is held under the stars at the garden at the BABSEACLE Volunteer House on the first evening of the Annual Access to Justice Week. Movie Night exemplifies the BABSEACLE philosophy of building social justice across borders. The movie night introduces the practice and idea of coming together with the community to promote a dialogue about social justice through popcorn, movie and post movie discussion.
Regional CLE Mock Trial Event
7 December 2018
The Regional CLE Mock trial is a practical learning experience in which students simulate a local court trial of a minor civil dispute or criminal offence. Regional CLE Mock trial allows students to develop legal, analytical and advocacy skills, thereby increasing familiarity with court process and enhancing participants’ appreciation and understanding of legal ethics. The focus of the Regional CLE Mock Trial Event is the development of these clinical legal education (CLE) outcomes. As such, the structure used for this Mock Trial Event will not strictly adhere to local procedure, but has been modelled to facilitate the development of CLE outcomes in a practical setting.
The event will involve Bachelor of Law student participants from the region. It is being organized as a means to further strengthen each of these university law department’s CLE programmes and their approaches to teaching.
This Regional cLE Mock Trial Event is part of a nationwide clinical legal education, Rule of Law/ Access to Justice, programme that BABSEACLE, Herbert Smith Freehills and DLA Piper/New Perimeter are assisting in implementing.
Access to Justice Roundtable
8 December 2018
While for some attending the A2JW, Saturday 8th December will provide a day off to relax and visit many of the wonderful sites Chiang Mai has to offer, for others attending the A2JW this day will continue the opportunity of A2J related collaboration and sharing. It will include several strategic planning roundtable events.
Asia Justice Marathon (at Huey Tung Tao Park)
9 December 2018
Asia Justice Marathon will include a Relay (Half Marathon and Marathon), Full Marathon (42K), Half Marathon (21K), 10K & 5K run/walk, as well as an additional 3K fun run/walk/wheeling for families and children.
On this day, The Global Pro Bono Run (Walk/Jog), a charity virtual run (walk or jog) will also occur to support of Pro Bono and Access to Justice Globally. This event will be showcased and run alongside the 10th Asia Justice Marathon in Chiang Mai Thailand. No matter where you are, you will be able to take part in this movement. It doesn't matter how fast your run or walk or what distance you choose, make your run/walk for greater access to legal services for those who are poor, marginalized and/or vulnerable. Together we are not just running (or walking) in an event, we are on a global path to help ensure greater access to justice.