Asia Fair Trial Practices Roundtable

Strategies for Addressing Pre-Trial Detention

The Asia Fair Trial Practices Roundtable is an ongoing initiative that fosters dialogue, collaboration, and innovation to enhance the fairness and effectiveness of legal systems in the region. BABSEACLE has been organizing the Asia Fair Trial Practices Roundtable series since 2023. Previous roundtables have focused on Promoting the Rule of Law through Fair Evidence Practice and Death Penalty and Serious Offences Sentence Mitigation, Strategies and Barriers.

The upcoming virtual roundtable, titled ‘Strategies for Addressing Pre-Trial Detention,’ will focus on pre-trial detention, a critical stage in the legal process that often raises significant concerns regarding access to justice, the presumption of innocence, and the protection of human rights. Focusing on addressing challenges in pre-trial detention, we explore innovative strategies and collaborative solutions to ensure fair and effective legal proceedings.

Date: 25 July 2024


Sydney: 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Bangkok: 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Mumbai: 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM
London: 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Platform: Zoom Application


Session Highlights

  • Understanding Pre-Trial Detention: Foster a deeper understanding of the importance of addressing pre-trial detention, including its impact on individuals, communities, human rights, and the justice system.
  • Identifying Challenges: Through engaging discussions and expert insights, the roundtable will identify the key challenges contributing to pre-trial detention rates. From systemic issues within legal frameworks to socio-economic disparities.
  • Explore Effective Strategies: Explore and innovative evidence-based strategies with the aim of further developing applying these strategies in various jurisdictions to reduce pre-trial detention rates, while safeguarding fundamental rights, ensuring fair and timely access to justice, and promoting alternatives to detention.
  • Address Socioeconomic Factors: Address underlying socioeconomic factors that contribute to pre-trial detention, such as poverty, inequality, and lack of social support, through targeted interventions and community-based initiatives aimed at addressing root causes and promoting social justice/fair trial principle.
  • Advocacy for Legal Processing: Explore and develop effective advocacy strategies aimed at addressing the root causes of pre-trial detention, promoting transparency, accountability, and upholding human rights standards within the legal system.
  • Foster Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing: Facilitate collaboration and knowledge sharing among participants, including legal practitioners, defense lawyers, law lecturers, researchers, law society organizations, international experts, etc., to exchange best practices, lessons learned, and develop and implement sustainable solutions for addressing pre-trial detention.

Who Should Attend?

  • Legal professionals and practitioners
  • Law Journalists
  • Law lecturers
  • Judges
  • Prosecutors
  • Scholars and academics
  • Researchers in the field of law and human rights
  • Advocates for fair trial practices
  • Civil society, NGOs, and individuals who are engaged in the work related to fair trial and pre-trial detention.



2:00 – 2:20 pm

Welcome and Introductions to the Roundtable Session Objectives

2:20 – 2:40 pm

Presentation 1 

2:40 – 3:00 pm

Presentation 2 

3:00 – 3:20 pm

Presentation 3 

3:20 – 3:40 pm

Presentation 4 

3:40 – 4:00 pm

Presentation 5 

4:00 – 4:20 pm

Concluding Remarks, Next Steps, Ways to be in the Fair Trial Regional Network

4:20 – 4:30 pm

Post Roundtable Evaluation

Download – Virtual Backgound


For more information, contact BABSEACLE team at [email protected]