Valar Probonis – All People must Pro Bono
Oct18

Valar Probonis – All People must Pro Bono

Last month, it was a great honour and privilege to be able to attend the 5th Asia Pro Bono Conference (APBC), in Bali. Truth be told, I had absolutely no idea how the conference would be, and I felt intimidated at the prospect of being in the midst of so many selfless, altruistic individuals, who have dedicated their lives for the service of those who are less fortunate. I would happily admit, in comparison to the others, I felt I was...

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From Conflicts to Peace: Human Rights and Transitional Justice Workshop
Oct17

From Conflicts to Peace: Human Rights and Transitional Justice Workshop

The field of human rights in a region as large as Asia is an ambitious topic to cover in a one-day workshop. With the support of numerous partners including Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR), Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia Community Legal Education Initiative (BABSEACLE) and the United Nations Office of the High Commission on Human Rights (UNOHCHR) held such a workshop in Bali, Indonesia on August 29, 2016. AJAR and the organizers...

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Expanding Client-Centered Lawyering in Bali, Indonesia
Oct17

Expanding Client-Centered Lawyering in Bali, Indonesia

After participating and attending the 5th Asia Pro Bono Conference in Sanur, Indonesia (on the island of Bali), several international trainers stayed for an additional day to give a workshop on client-centered lawyering to local legal aid providers.  The workshop was a huge success and a lot of fun. From the 29th August – 1st September, 320 participants from over 30 nations attended the 5th Asia Pro Bono Conference.  The conference...

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My reflection of 5th Pro Bono Conference
Oct17

My reflection of 5th Pro Bono Conference

Attending the 5th Asia Pro Bono Conference as a student was a wonderful learning opportunity.  As a university student, the general learning process is conducted through textbooks and lectures.  It is not often that students have opportunities to learn first- hand or are given the opportunity to be exposed to the progressive work that is making a difference in the world. From the moment I arrived at the conference, there was a feeling...

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Asia Pro Bono Movement Supports Asia Access to Justice for People Who Use Drugs
Oct16

Asia Pro Bono Movement Supports Asia Access to Justice for People Who Use Drugs

Supporting the unmet legal needs of people who use drugs in Asia, especially within the criminal, civil and administrative spheres, will not only result in a decrease in the numbers of people unnecessarily caught up in the criminal justice system but will also avert the negative impacts on the individual and public health implications of detention. However, it is not possible to meet the legal needs of the drug users when the legal...

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International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) Asian Advocacy
Oct16

International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) Asian Advocacy

The IDPC is a global network of 163 non-governmental organizations  that focus on issues related to drug production, trafficking and personal usage. It promotes objective and open debate, on the effectiveness, direction and content of drug policies, at the national and international level, and supports evidence-based policies that are effective, in reducing drug-related harm[1]. The capacity to train Asian civil society advocates for...

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