The IPBA Scholarship Program was established in 1998 to honor the memory of MS Lin of Taipei, Taiwan, founding member and Past President of IPBA. This year, six Scholars joined the IPBA at the 20th Annual Meeting and Conference in Singapore, May 2-5. Categories of Scholarship are: Lawyers in Developing Countries; Young Lawyers; and MS Lin Scholar.
The IPBA thanks the Singapore Ministry of Justice for sponsoring the Scholarship Programme at this Conference.
Scholars attended conference sessions of their choosing, as well as special sessions. Profiles and reports from the Scholars about their experience in Singapore can be found below
Nguyen Ngoc Ha graduated from Ho Chi Minh City University of Law in April 2005 and worked a year each at two well respected Vietnamese law firms. There, her practice focused mainly on commercial law, corporate transactions, employment issues, foreign investment and regulatory issues for foreign companies in Vietnam. In 2007 Ha became a scholarship student at the Transnational Law and Business University (TLBU), Graduate School of Law, Korea. She completed her studies and successfully obtained a LLM in international law in July 2009. During her graduate studies she also spent time on field studies in Paris, Geneva, The Hague, Brussels, and China. Currently Ha is working at Indochine Counsel, one of Vietnam's leading business law firms. She has extensive experience advising foreign clients in international and cross-border transactions, private equity, corporate, and commerce.
Captain Sharma is currently employed as a Staff Legal Officer with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces and his key primary role is to act as a civil defender for his institution. Captain Sharma spent his formative years in Fiji before embarking on Understaduate and Graduate Studies in New Zealand. He is admitted to both the Bars in New Zealand and Fiji. Upon returning to Fiji, Captain Sharma worked for a large commercial law firm in its Capital city before embarking on a career with Fiji's Armed Forces. Post-Conference: he continues with his role as a Staff Legal Officer and will shortly be embarking on United Nation's Peacekeeping duties in Iraq and progressing with a further degree in International Relations.