Expert Evidence in Australia and Japan
Co-hosted by the Asian Law Centre and the Asian Australian Lawyers Association Inc.
Date: Monday 4 June 2018
Time:5.30pm - 7.00pm
Venue: Room 920, Level 9, Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham Street, Carlton, 3053
All welcome. Please forward this information to those who may be interested.
Complex cases often require expert knowledge to achieve appropriate resolution in the eyes of the parties and society. But it is challenging for judges who don't have specific expertise or experience in the relevant field to decide those cases. For ordinary civil cases requiring expertise,parties in Australia bring experts to the court and the cases are resolved by examining their opinions. On the other hand,in Japan, the courts appoint experts and solve those cases based on their opinions. This seminar will focus on how ordinary civil cases which need expertise are resolved in Japan and highlight the differences in ways of thinking of solutions for these cases between Australia and Japan
Invitation to the inaugural Asian Australian Foundation Oration dinner (www.aafoundation.org.au) on Tuesday 5 June 2018 at 6.30pm at the Pavilion room at the Victorian Arts Centre
The Asian Australian Foundation (AAF) was founded in 2015 and is a philanthropic community foundation that connects Asian Australians bringing together their resources and knowledge for public good, to shape a dynamic Asian philanthropic presence in Australia.
AAF’s mission is to enable and promote collective giving in the Asian Australian community in order to “Give Voice and Inspire Change” on issues that matter by building bridges across community.
Past grants made by the AAF include:
This year, the AAF is launching the Asian Australian Foundation Oration dinner. The Oration will showcase and celebrate the contribution and impact of significant leaders of Asian heritage to Australia, communities and the world.
The Asian Australian Foundation Oration will be delivered by Dr. Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner.
The topic will be: “ The challenges for diversity in an environment of increasing populism. Where does Australia sit in this spectrum and how should Asian Australians show leadership in embracing such challenges.”
The dinner will also be an opportunity for networking, and to witness the awarding of grants to organisations that the AAF is supporting and has supported.
It will be a meaningful and inspirational night on Tuesday 5 June 2018 at 6.30pm at the Pavilion room at the Victorian Arts Centre.
The Asian Australian Lawyers Association is putting together a table for the dinner. If you would like to attend, please contact Ms Tuanh Nguyen at email@example.com to register your interest.
Details and bookings can also be made directly by 10 May 2018 if you wish to book your own table at:
AALA encourages its members to register for the HKABA Young Professionals Event on 2nd May 2018.
For more information, please see click here. Registrations to Gary Cheung at firstname.lastname@example.org
In particular, the statistics reveal 15% of surveyed members were born overseas, 37% had at least one parent born overseas, and 9% spoke a language other than English at home. The most common of those languages were Greek, Italian, French, German and Hebrew.
Further, the Australian Human Rights Commission has recently released its updated report "Leading for Change", which follows its previous report released in 2016.
The report finds, for instance, that only 1.6% of Chief Executives in Australia have an Asian cultural background, compared to 21% of the Australian population that has an Asian cultural background.
The report includes statistics from the Asian Australian Lawyers Association (at pages 16-17, 20 and 28).
To read the report, please click here.
The New York Times has recently published an article on the lack of cultural diversity in Australian Parliament.
To read the article, please click the link below:
For more information and to apply, see https://lnkd.in/feAMcMe
Ms Choi is seeking participants in Melbourne to be interviewed for her research. The interviews will be kept confidential, and the identity of the participants and their firms/organisations will be kept anonymous. It is anticipated that the interview will take approximately 1 hour.
The participant criteria are as follows:
- Working in the legal profession
- 'Emerging leader' such as Senior Associate or Senior Legal Counsel
- 'Senior leader' such as Partner, Barrister, Judge or Head of Legal Counsel
- Has an Asian cultural background (this includes Central Asia, such as Indian or Sri Lankan). They can either be a 1st generation migrant or born in Australia (2nd and subsequent generation).
The AALA would encourage members who meet the criteria to participate in the research. Studies such as this one play an important role in advancing cultural diversity in the profession.
For more information and to express your interest in participating, please click here.
The AALA's inaugural William Ah Ket Scholarship was featured on ABC Radio's AM program.
The report features comments from:
Click here to listen to the excerpt.
A solicitor in a Victorian government agency is the first winner of the William Ah Ket Scholarship, a $5,000 prize named after the first barrister of Chinese heritage in Australia.
K. Abraham Thomas has won the scholarship for his paper Affirmative Action in Piercing the Bamboo Ceiling within the Australian Legal Profession.
Mr. Abraham's paper considers the ‘bamboo ceiling’ in the legal profession and whether affirmative action is an adequate means to alleviate any inequalities, ultimately concluding that it would be preferable to harness ‘The Medici Effect’ (developed by Frans Johansson in his 2006 book of the same name) to ensure diversity of thought.
Mr. Abraham, who is of Indian heritage, was admitted in 2015 and is ‘passionate about law and its interaction with society’.
The winner was announced tonight at a ceremony in Melbourne.
The judging panel for this year’s scholarship was:
Chief Justice Martin said each of the essays on the shortlist were very interesting.
‘Each was very thorough and reflected a great deal of research and thought. In my view, each would have been a worthy winner of the scholarship.’
The William Ah Ket Scholarship is an initiative by the Asian Australian Lawyers Association (AALA) designed to highlight the contribution of William Ah Ket and to encourage debate about issues related to equality, diversity and the law.
The scholarship is sponsored by Maddocks, the law firm where William completed his articles in 1903.
William joined the Victorian Bar in 1904, becoming the first Chinese barrister to practise in Melbourne
AALA vice president William Lye, OAM congratulated Abraham on winning the $5,000 scholarship.
‘The quality of entries this year was outstanding, but it was Abraham’s paper that stood out,’ he said.
‘This year was the inaugural year for the William Ah Ket Scholarship and our aim is for this to grow into a prestigious legal scholarship.’
For further information, contact Maddocks Communications Manager Jason Silverii on 03 9258 3509 or at Jason.email@example.com.
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