Eye on IPBA

September 2019


From The IPBA Secretariat

Issue #63 September 2019

IPBA Regional Events • IPBA Scholarship Program 2020 Applications
IPBA Membership News • IPBA Leadership Activities

29th IPBA Annual Meeting and Conference in Shanghai
IPBA Events 2019 • IPBA-Supported Events 2019

Dear [[first_name]] [[last_name]] Esq.,

Pick any topic, and there is certainly a song written about it. There are many songs written about the month of September, but the one that always comes to mind is Earth, Wind & Fire's "September". It instantly brings a smile to your face, makes you want to get up and dance, and brings back memories of carefree younger days.

It's no Fantasy that there are so many Reasons to enjoy the IPBA. The Shining Stars of the IPBA have planned activities until the end of the year, and we owe them our Gratitude. We hope that you can Getaway from your office for a while to join us at our Regional Conferences on timely topics that might be controversial, but That's the Way of the World

Ba de ya . . .

IPBA Regional Events

September 5: Chicago, Illinois, USA
"North America, Asia and the Law of International Business: Rules of the Road in 2019 and Beyond"
This timely half-day conference features speakers from the US, Canada, and Brazil discussing anti-corruption issues, investment, IP and technology, national security, trade, and other issues faced when helping your clients navigate the changing nature of international business.

September 25: Seoul, Korea
If you are in Seoul in September, join the IPBA get-together with cocktails and nibbles, courtesy of Yoon & Yang. Register by September 10th to: dhkim@yoonyang.com

October 14: Milan, Italy
"The evolution of protectionism: circulation of investment, goods and services, people and judgments"
This Regional Conference is held in conjunction with the IPBA Mid-Year Council Meetings is a great opportunity to meet some of the IPBA Officers and other Council members, too.

November 13-14: Osaka, Japan
IPBA 5th Aribtration Day
This annual conference will be held in Osaka, Japan for the first time.

IPBA Scholarship Program 2020

Qualified lawyers will be selected to attend the Annual Meeting and Conference in Shanghai, April 20-23, 2020. The Scholarship includes roundtrip airfare; hotel accommodation; conference fee waiver; and a 3-year term IPBA membership. This is a great opportunity to share with your junior partners or business associates around the world, who might not otherwise be able to attend our Annual Conference on their own. There are two categories of Scholarship:

Lawyers from Developing Countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, or the Pacific Islands.

Young Lawyers: aged 35 and under, from any jurisdiction.

The deadline for applications is October 31, 2019.

IPBA Membership News

  • Now is the best time to introduce your collegues and business associates to the IPBA! Anyone who joins from September 1st can enjoy membership through December 31 of the following year. Prospective members can contact the IPBA Secretariat with membership inquiries.
  • Membership renewal season will begin in November. Be sure to keep your membership updated through 2020 in order to take advantage of cheaper registration rates for the Annual Meeting and Conference in Shanghai.
  • The IPBA Journal June Issue is a bit delayed due to simultaneous preparation of a Special Edition focusing on the Annual Meeting and Conference in Singapore, but you should receive both within the next few weeks.

IPBA Leadership Activities

IPBA President-Elect Jack Li and Immediate Past President Perry Pe attended the 30th POLA Conference 2019, held in Kunming, Yunnan, China. The conference focused on “New Era: Legal Services’ Interconnection” and the main topics of the conference included the “Belt and Road” development, “Legal Practice and Artificial Intelligence”, “Diversification Mechanism of International Trade” and “Construction of Legal Aid and Public Legal Service System”.

The Vice-minister of the Ministry of Justice of China, Mr Xiong Xuanguo provided a keynote speech. Perry conducted a speech regarding Alternative Dispute Resolution in International Trade and Jack’s speech focused on “Belt and Road” and the legal service. They all mentioned the host of  Shanghai 2020 annual meeting and conference and reported the current preparatory work to the delegates.

Moreover, ACLA also sent a delegation that included President Wang Junfeng, Vice President Zhang Xuebing, Zhu Zhengfu, Secretary General Han Xiutao and Deputy Secretary-General Xia Lu, Kang Yu, among others. Presidents and representatives of Bar associations from Australia, India, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Singapore, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Macau as well as the President of IBA and Lawasia.


In August, a cool wind starts to blow in North America, carrying a strong sense of autumn. This wind guided Jack to the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco August 8-13, where he represented the IPBA on behalf of IPBA President Francis Xavier, who could not attend.

During this occasion, Jack participated in the Distinguished Guest Roundtable, where delegates shared their ideas regarding legal construction, AI, and law firm management. The delegates of the Roundtable consisted of the Presidents or representatives of global bar associations such as IPBA, UIA, and AIJA; and different countries' or regions’ bar associations including the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, South Korea, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Pakistan, and Mexico.

Meanwhile, Jack continued to promote the IPBA 30th annual Meeting and Conference in Shanghai, to be held April 20-23, 2020. Robert Brown, President of ABA-SIL, confirmed that ABA will send several representatives to attend, while aiming to support and cooperate with IPBA based on the MOU signed between our two associations in Singapore this year.

During the meeting in San Francisco, Jack also communicated with the President of UIA, the former President of AIJA, the Vice President of the Japan Federation of Bar Association, the President and former President of the German Bar Association and the President of the Korea Bar Association, all of whom exchanged their ideas regarding how to strengthen cooperation between their organizations and IPBA. Tthey all show their intention to attend the Shanghai conference.

Sindey R. Thomas, who was nominated by the then US Former President Bill Clinton as the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, delivered a keynote speech at the Annual General Meeting. More than 2,000 lawyers, judges, government officials, and law professors attended the annual meeting.



30th IPBA Annual Meeting and Conference in Shanghai

Global Rules Reform: the Opportunies and Challenges for Legal Industry

April 20-23, 2020

230 days until the Conference!

  • Committee Chairs and busy putting together the substantive sessions for the conference. If you are intersted in being a speaker, contact the Chair of the Committee focused on the topic on which you wish to speak.
  • The current "Early Bird" rate is available until November 30th.
  • Group registration rates are offered to multiple registrations from the same firm or organization! Check the conference web site for details.

IPBA Events 2019

September 5 North America, Asia and the Law in International Business: Rules of the Road in 2019 and Beyond Chicago, Illinois, USA
September 25 IPBA Get-Together at Yoon & Yang Seoul, Korea
October 14 The Evolution of Protectionism and M&A: Circulation of Investment, People, and Services Milan, Italy
November 13-14 IPBA 5th Arbitration Day Osaka, Japan
November 21 IPBA 5th East Asia Regional Forum Beijing, China

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IPBA-Supported Events 2019

September 3-7 AIJA Annual Congress Rome, Italy
October 24-25 ABA -SIL's “Asia-Pacific Forum: Navigating the Life Cycle of a Cross-Border Deal” Hong Kong


More details can be found on the IPBA web site!

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