Eye on IPBA

Issue #51, August 2018




Issue #51 August 2018

The IPBA Secretariat
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Topics: IPBA Membership News • IPBA Committee News IPBA Leadership Activities • IPBA Regional Event Report
29th IPBA Annual Meeting and Conference in Singapore 2019
IPBA Events 2018 • IPBA-Supported Events 2018

Dear [[first_name]] [[last_name]] Esq.,
Deepest apologies for sending out this issue one day later than planned! We debated as to whether we should send this out on a Saturday, but we know how hardworking our members are and anticipate that some of you will be checking mails. Read this as a break from your serious cases!
So, here goes!
This is literally being written "on the fly", as we are traveling home from the AIJA Congress that is just ending in Brussels (read about it below in the "Leadership Activities" section). This was the first time for a member of the Secretariat to be invited to another association's conference, so thank you, AIJA! It was a whirlwind of activity, but a fantastic opportunity to promote the IPBA as well as meet many exciting young lawyers from around the world, see how another organization runs its conference, and get to know better our counterparts at other legal associations who were also in attendance. All legal associations have something to offer its members in terms of substantive conference programs, networking opportunities, and resource material, and an online presence. Indeed, many of our members belong to those associations as well. There was no sense of competition at all among all the association leaders, and we are confident that through our strengthened ties we can become better associations and contribute to the growth of lawyers around the world.


The 4th IPBA Arbitration Day is turning out to be a two-day event called the "IPBA - THAC Arbitration Day"! November 5th is organized by the IPBA, while November 6th is an arbitration conference held in conjunction with the Thailand Arbitration Commission (THAC). See more details on the IPBA web site.

IPBA Membership News

  • Do you know someone interested in becoming a member of the IPBA? Now is the best time for them to join! Anyone joining as a new member from September 1st can enjoy an extra four months of membership for the price of one year. 
  • Another way for potential members to join is to sign up for IPBA 2019 Singapore at the regular rate, and choose the option to have a one-year IPBA membership. (Please note that current members can not use this option, and the conference registration fee does NOT include membership renewal.)
  • You need your membership number in order to register at the discounted member rate for the Singapore 2019 Annual Meeting and Conference. You can find your number next to your photo in your Member Profile page of the IPBA web site.

IPBA Committee News

The IPBA Committee Chairs have almost finalized their programs for the upcoming IPBA 2019 Singapore Conference. However, some committees are still searching for speakers. If you are interested in a speaking opportunity, be sure to contact the appropriate Committee Chair right away!

The Scholarship Committee is still seeking applicants for the IPBA Scholarship Program for selected Scholars to attend the conference in Singapore. Young lawyers aged 35 and under from any jurisdiction, and lawyers from Bangladesh Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Mongolia, and the Pacific Islands may apply. The deadline is October 31st, 2018.

IPBA Leadership Activities

Regional Coordinator for Australasia and Southwestern Pacific Islands Neil Russ and Past President Jim FitzSimons attended the POLA Conference (Presidents of Law Associations in Asia) in Canberra, Australia the first week of August. Neil notes that, "We consider that attendance at POLA is highly desirable for IPBA, because it assists with networking, provides us with a profile alongside "peer" organisations, and provides IPBA with a significant opportunity to promote the IPBA to under-represented jurisdictions. The IPBA also gets the opportunity to promote its annual conference." The IPBA, as well as other like international legal associations, attends as an "Observer", meaning that it does not hold a vote, but is welcome as an attendee. The IPBA plans to continue attending this conference.


President Perry Pe attended the ABA Annual Conference in Chicago August 2-4, where he ran into many IPBA members and colleagues from other associations.

Pictued below are Perry with, left to right: New Zealand law Society President Kathryn Beck; Immediate Past President of German Bar Prof Dr Wolfgang Ewer; IPBA Past President Jerry Libby; Law Society of England and Wales President Christina Blacklaws.



Today, Perry is attending the final day at the AIJA Congress in Brussels representing the IPBA. Rhonda Lundin of the IPBA Secretariat gave a presentation promoting the IPBA to members at the Pre-Congress Seminar on "What do you Need to be an International Lawyer?". Thank you so much to AIJA Association Manager Giuseppe Marletta for inviting the ABA SIL, IBA, UIA, and the IPBA to introduce our associations to AIJA delegates. Other IPBA leaders were also in attendance in Brussels, including IPBA Membership Committee Chair Tatsu Nakayama, Publications Committee Chair John Wilson, and TMC Committee Chair Barunesh Chandra; we also ran into several active members of the IPBA. AIJA and IPBA share the same spirit and philosophy, and our associations work together well. We also deepened our ties with other bar associations around the world, so watch for more collaborative efforts that will help you expand your networks, give you more opportunities to attend conferences, and access legal information useful to your practice.



Top left: IPBA and AIJA leaders met to discuss our continued cooperation.
Top right: UIA President Pedro Pais de Almeida, Perry Pe, ABA SIL Chair Robert Brown, and IBA President Horacio Bernardes Neto.
Bottom left: Perry appeals to potential members at a special lunch event.
Bottom right: John Wilson, Perry Pe, Tatsu Nakayama of the IPBA with Xavier Costa, the First Vice-President of AIJA (on that day; he's President now!).


Perry will be busy in the upcoming months, too, and we'll post more photos and reports in each Eye on IPBA!

IPBA Events 2018-2019

August 25 IPBA 2nd Mekong Regional Forum: POSTPONED UNTIL EARLY 2019 Yangon, Myanmar
September 20 Doing Business with Asia: Development in Trade, IP, Investment and Dispute Settlement Los Angeles, USA
September 28 LatAm Legal Views on Investment, Trade, Compliance & International Dispute Resolution Santiago, Chile
November 2-4 IPBA Mid-Year Council Meeting
(IPBA Council Members only)
Chiang Mai, Thailand
November 5-6 IPBA - THAC Arbitration Day
Now two separate events! Check the link for details.
Bangkok, Thailand
November 7 IPBA 4th East Asia Regional Forum Seoul, Korea
November 22 IPBA European Regional Conference: International Commercial Courts in Various European Jurisdictions & in Singapore Brussels, Belgium
January 24, 2019 IPBA Mid-East Regional Forum Dubai
March 6-7, 2019 Asia M&A Forum 2019 Hong Kong

IPBA-Supported Events 2018

August 29-September 1 56th International Young Lawyers' Congress by AIJA Brussels, Belgium
September 6

Wolters Kluwer's Japan: 5th Annual International Arbitration, Compliance and Competition Law Summit

Tokyo, Japan
September 6 IFLR's India M&A Forum 2018 Mumbai, India
September 13-14 CEAC and CELA Present: China's Belt and Road Initiative Hamburg, Germany
September 17 Wolters Kluwer's 5th Annual International & Regulatory Summit Istanbul, Turkey
September 21 Legal Era's 3rd Annual Insolvency Summit 2018 Mumbai, India
October 25-27 AIJA 10th Annual Arbitration Conference Singarpoe
October 25 ALB Japan Corporate Compliance and Governance Forum Tokyo, Japan
October 25-26 DUXES' 12th China Anti-Corruption Compliance Summit 2018 Shanghai, China

More details can be found on the IPBA web site!

29th IPBA Annual Meeting and Conference
in Singapore
April 25-27, 2019

Technology, Business and Law - Global Perspectives

235 days until the Conference!

  • The current Early Bird rate is valid until November 30, 2018.
  • Register now online at: https://ipba2019.org/
  • The preliminary programme can be viewed on the web site: https://ipba2019.org/programme/
  • There are two golf tournaments to enjoy!
  • Come and see for yourself if there really are Crazy Rich Asians in Singapore!

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