Conference Program

Please note the below is a preliminary conference program and subject to change. Information correct as at 30 May 2018.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

13:00 – 14:30Conference Registration & Name Badge Collection – Pre-Function Area – Ballroom, 1st Floor
14:30 – 17:30

International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL) Symposium
Challenges of International Family Law and Conventions
The session will explore:
• the importance of multinational conventions in the protection of children’s rights especially situations where there is cross border movement of children,
• the main conventions from a perspective of member states of The Hague Conventions  (1980/1996, 2003 intercountry adoption and maintenance), and
• the importance of conventions from the perspective of those who practice in the states that aspire to membership of those conventions.

Chair: The Honourable Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE, QC | Dawson Cornwell (UK)

• Ms Nancy Zalusky Berg | President of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (USA)
• Ms Ruwani Dantanarayana | John Wilson Partners (SRI LANKA)
• Mr Toshiteru Shibaike | Kotonoha Sogo Law Office (JAPAN)
• Ms Honey Tan | Tan Law Practice (MALAYSIA)
• Ms Kai Yun Wong  | Chia Wong LLP (SINGAPORE)
• Ms Claudia Ningning Zhao | Jincheng Tongda & Neal (CHINA)

17:30 – 19:30Welcome Reception – Zen Garden, Crowne Plaza

Thursday, 7 June 2018

08:30 – 09:00Conference Registration Continues – Pre-Function Area – Ballroom, 1st Floor
08:30 – 08:45Opening Address
Mr Teong Liang Yap | Chair of Organising Committee & Chair of LAWASIA Family Law & Family Rights Section
08:45 – 09:30
Keynote Presentation: Have we Lost the Battle on Children’s Rights?
The Honourable John Pascoe AC CVO | Chief Justice of the Family Court (AUSTRALIA)
09:30 – 10:00Morning Tea
10:00 – 11:00
Session 1: Trafficking of the Vulnerable

There is no single profile for trafficking victims; trafficking occurs to adults and minors in rural, suburban, or urban communities across the world. Victims have diverse socio-economic backgrounds, varied levels of education, and may be documented or undocumented. Traffickers target victims using tailored methods of recruitment and control they find to be effective in compelling that individual into forced labour or commercial sex. This session aims to dispel the myths and assumptions surrounding trafficking and discuss the what, why, how and who of trafficking of the vulnerable, whilst seeking solutions.

Chair: Ms Honey Tan Lay Ean | Tan Law Practice (MALAYSIA)

• Ms Ruwani Dantanarayana
| John Wilson Partners (SRI LANKA)
• Ms Ryoko Minagawa | Otani & Partners (JAPAN)
• Dr Tanya Herring | Bangor University Law School (UK); ICO/London

11:00 – 12:30
Session 2: Surrogacy and its Ethical Challenges

This session explores the tensions between the parents and surrogate mother and the interplay with ethical boundaries whilst having to consider the silent voice of the child.

Chair: Ms Jacqueline Vincent | Watts McCray Lawyers (AUSTRALIA)

• Mr Mark Hanna | Mark Hanna Lawyers (AUSTRALIA)
• The Hon Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE, QC | Dawson Cornwell (UK)
• Ms Siu Lin Goh | Kee Sern, Siu & Huey (MALAYSIA)
• Mr Joe Lynch | Lanna Lawyers (THAILAND)

12:30 – 13:30Lunch – Mosaic Restaurant, Crowne Plaza
13:30 – 15:00

Session 3: Support for Families and Children in Distress
A comparison of how different jurisdictions provide non-legal support programs for families and children in distress to help them navigate the divorce process.

Chair: Mr Philip Sim | Crowther Sim Lawyers (AUSTRALIA)

• Ms Stephanie Allerton | Expatriate Law and Al Rowaad Advocates  (UK/UAE)
• Mr Rajan Chettiar | Rajan Chettiar LLC (SINGAPORE)
• Ms Linda Campbell | The Relationspace (AUSTRALIA)
• Ms Thip Nouansyvong | BABSEACLE (LAOS)

15:00- 15:30

Afternoon Tea

15:30 – 17:00

Session 4: Effective Negotiations and Understanding between the Client, Lawyer and Child
Negotiations are an integral skill set of a family lawyer and this session seeks to give an insight on how family lawyers can equip themselves with relevant knowledge to assist them to better understand the client, the lawyer and the child.

Chair: Ms Malathi Das | Joyce A. Tan & Partners (SINGAPORE)

• Ms Jacqueline Vincent | Watts McCray Lawyers (AUSTRALIA)
• Dato’ Dr Arunan Selvaraj | Rusmah Arunan & Associates (MALAYSIA)
• Ms Elisa Shin-Yi Fu  | Taiwan Bar Association (TAIWAN)
• Ms Gloria James-Civetta  | Gloria James-Civetta & Co (SINGAPORE)

19:00 – 21:00Conference Dinner – Kualao Restaurant

Friday, 8 June 2018

09:30 – 10:30

Session 5: The Protection of Vulnerable Members of the Family
Are current laws adequate to protect vulnerable members of the family, such as the elderly, persons with disabilities, children or persons who may be subjected to abuse, neglect including self-neglect? To what extent should the State intervene?

Chair: Dr Stewart Fenwick | Federal Circuit Court of Australia (AUSTRALIA)

• Ms Malathi Das | Joyce A Tan & Partners LLC (SINGAPORE)
• Ms Keryn Sim | Crowther Sim Lawyers (AUSTRALIA)

10:30 – 11:00Morning Tea
11:00 – 12:30

Session 6: Is this Really Happening: Estrangement and Alienation
The debate continues around the complex issues of estrangement and alienation. What are the symptoms and preventive measures?

Chair: The Honourable Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE, QC | Dawson Cornwell (UK)

• Ms Usha Casewell | Boase Cohen & Collins (HONG KONG)
• Mr Toon Han Chiam | Family Justice Courts (SINGAPORE)
• Ms Linda Heathfield | Howse Williams Bowers (HONG KONG)
• Dr Jennifer Neoh | Clinical Psychologist (AUSTRALIA)

12:30 – 13:30Lunch – Mosaic Restaurant, Crowne Plaza
13:30 – 15:00

Session 7: Social Media and Technology in Family Law Practice
This session could discuss how the advancement of technology e.g. Artificial Intelligence and others may impact on the traditional family law practice and what family lawyers need to do to keep up with the times. How Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media platforms have had an impact on the breakdown of families, evidence used in court and does the law need to change to keep up to date.

Chair: Mr Justin Dowd | Watts McCray Lawyers (AUSTRALIA)

• Professor David Hodson OBE MICArb | The International Family Law Group LLC (UK)
Ms Hui Qing Tan | T L Yap Law Chambers LLC (SINGAPORE)
Ms Nicole Stevens | Watts McCray Lawyers (AUSTRALIA)
• Ms Soyi Kim | Law Office of Soyi Kim (KOREA)

15:00 – 15:30Afternoon Tea
15:30 – 17:00

Panel Discussion
Session 8: Future World: Family Law in the Next Decade
This session aims to bring together Judges from different jurisdictions to share their views and hopes in the practice and development of Family Law in the next decade.

Moderator: Mr Teong Liang Yap | Chair of LAWASIA Family Law & Family Rights Section

• The Honourable John Pascoe AC CVO | Chief Justice of the Family Court (AUSTRALIA)
• Dr Ridwan Mansyur SH., MH | Appellate Court of Bangka Belitung (INDONESIA)
• Honourable Dr Chiranit Havanond | Supreme Court of Thailand (THAILAND)
• District Judge Michelle Elias Solomon | Family Justice Courts (SINGAPORE)
• Mr Isomi Suzuki | Mediator annexed to the Family Court (JAPAN)
• Professor David Hodson OBE MICArb | Deputy Judge, Central Family Court, London (UK)

17:00 – 17:15Closing Remarks
Mr Justin Dowd 
| Vice President of LAWASIA (AUSTRALIA)
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