Eye on IPBA

Eye on IPBA Issue #27, August 2016




Issue #27 August 2016

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Topics: IPBA Membership News • IPBA Membership News • IPBA Committee News • Auckland 2017  •
IPBA Local and Regional Events • IPBA-Supported Events

Some of you may have received the Eye on IPBA August issue with an error in the time of the Special General Meeting (below). Please refer to this version of the Eye on IPBA August issue instead. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
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August greetings from the IPBA! 
Did you know that the word "august" (with the accent on the last syllable: auGUST) in English means "impressive", "esteemed", "honorable"? It can be said that the IPBA is an august association, as its reputation growns in the Asia-Pacific Region and beyond. We are approached more often these days to collaborate with other legal associations on a global as well as local scale. The IPBA Officers consider seriously and thoroughly every one of these invitations to work together. You'll hear more about these efforts in the months to come.
We are gearing up for our Mid-Year Council Meeting and Regional Conference in Brussels, Belgium. The Council will meet over the course of three days to report on their areas of responsibility: Membership; Publications; Programs; Committees; Web Site; Annual Conferences; Finances; and more. Also to be discussed are ways to keep the IPBA moving forward, through new initiatives from our active members. We count on you, our august members, to help keep the IPBA healthy and thriving!

IPBA Membership News

Did you receive your printed Membership Directory? Please note that the directory covers the period of April 1, 2015, through March 31, 2016. If you joined the iPBA in April or later this year, you will not appear in this issue. You will appear in the next version to be produced in 2017.

We hope you have received our e-mail notice of the Special General Meeting to be held on November 18, 2016 at 16:00 (Japan time) by teleconference. The purpose is to approve the audited financial report for fiscal year 2015. Please contact the IPBA Secretariat if you plan to participate in the meeting; those registered will be provided with the dial-in information prior to the call.

IPBA Committee News

This month’s Committee News includes an invitation to gather at the IBA in Washington, D.C., and legal update from India.

International Trade, Corey Norton, Chair

Attending the International Bar Association’s Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., next month?!  Several IPBA members have indicated they are and are interested in getting together while there. Past International Trade Committee Chair Jeff Snyder has graciously volunteered to organize a gathering in DC. Please contact him if you would like to join the festivities!  He can be reached at jsnyder@crowell.com and +1 202.624.2790.

Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Barunesh Chandra, Chair

From Monika Singh (India):
On 21st July, 2016 Ministry of Communication and Information Technology issued the Information Technology (Preservation and Retention of Information by Intermediaries Providing Digital Locker Facilities) Rules, 2016 which provides clarity with regard to the appointment of digital locker authority, operation of digital locker system, manner in which digital locker system can be used by the various participants (subscriber, requester, issuer), suspension and revocation of digital locker account etc. Above mentioned rules are in furtherance of the digital locker system, which is one of the key initiatives under the Digital India programme, which aims at minimising the usage of physical documents and enable sharing of e-documents across agencies.

IPBA President Activities

IPBA President Dhinesh Bhaskaran has just attended the AIJA Annual Congress in Munich, Germany, as a distinguished guest. The MoU between the two associations is now on its second renewal, and our relationship is stronger than ever. In addition to Dhinesh, other IPBA Officers and Council members where also there, and met with the leaders of AIJA. The leaders of AIJA have also attended the IPBA Annual Meeting and Conferences as distinguished guests as part of the reciprocal agreement. We look forward to deeper collaboration in the years to come.

27th IPBA Annual Meeting and Conference in Auckland: 
Connectivity & Convergence
April 6-9, 2017
  • Only 217 days to go until the first day of the conference! Register now at the Super Early Bird Rate, available until October 3rd, via the official conference web site.
  • Scholarship Applications are accepted until October 31, 2016. This program is open to young lawyers and those in developing countries to attend the annual meeting and conference each year. Download the application and read more about the program on the IPBA web site.
  • Learn more about New Zealand below!

New Zealand: Black Sand, Kiwis and the City of Sails

There’s more to know about the IPBA 2017 host nation

Formed by volcanic activity in the Pacific Ocean 500 million years ago, New Zealand was the last habitable land mass to be settled by humankind. Today, its 185 billion USD trade-driven economy comprises partners throughout the pacific and the world.

At the centre of this trade is Auckland, New Zealand’s commercial hub and the host city for the 2017 Inter-Pacific Bar Association Conference. For most, the IPBA Annual Meeting and Conference is an opportunity to build connections with lawyers from around the Pacific, but for some it’s also an unmissable chance to explore a new destination.

Home to approximately 1.4 million people, Auckland is a vibrant, cultured and scenic harbour city. Its waterfront precinct, ‘The Viaduct’, trendy strip ‘Ponsonby’ and diverse inner city all offer world class dining, shopping, and entertainment. Yet within only twenty kilometres of the city centre lie over 45 extinct volcanoes.

Composed of two distinct islands, the ‘North’ and ‘South’, New Zealand’s landscape is very diverse and in many places still untouched. It ranges from alpine wilderness to lakes, fiords, volcanoes, and mountain ranges– a unique mix which is what really sets New Zealand apart.

Affectionately known as ‘Kiwi’s’, the locals are renowned for their laid-back, friendly personas and outdoor oriented lifestyle.  2017 will be the second year the IPBA has held its Annual Conference and Meeting in Auckland, with the first being held in 1990, 27 years previous.

The 2017 Inter-Pacific Bar Association Annual Meeting and Conference offers tours in and around Auckland including Sailing, Golf, Hobbiton Movie Set, Vineyards and Rainforest and Beach experiences.  For more information about Auckland and the IPBA excursions and tours, visit www.ipba2017.com

IPBA Local and Regional Events

IPBA Arbitration Day
September 8th
IPBA Regional Conference in Brussels
October 10
IPBA East Asia Forum
November 10-11

Join us for the second year of this popular event.



"Government's role and regulatory tools in cross-border transactions Between Asia Pacific and Europe"

Click HERE for the online registration form, or click the image below for details and to download the registration form.

Thank you to all who have expressed interest already in attending this event! Registration will soon be open.

IPBA-Supported Events

Dates Organizer Event Venue
August 31-September 1 BABSEACLE 5th Asia Pro-Bono Conference Bali, Indonesia
September 19 Chinese European Arbitration Association CEAC Breakfast, Cosmos Club Washington, D.C., USA
September 21-23 Bar Council of Malaysia International Malaysia Law Conference: “Challenges of an ASEAN Community: Rule of Law, Business and Being People-Oriented" Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
September 27 Thomson Reuters/ALB ALB's Japan Corporate Compliance & Governance Forum Tokyo, Japan
October 18-22 ABA Section of International Law Fall Meeting Tokyo, Japan
October 24-25 marcus evans Corporate Counsel Asia Summit Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
November 14-15 American Conference Institute 5th Asia-Pacific Summit on Anti-corruption Singapore

Check the IPBA web site for more events! IPBA members can enjoy discounted registration rates for these events.

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