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  • 01 Oct 2020 12:11 PM | John Arthur (Administrator)

    AALA in conjunction with CIArb Australia and the Society of Construction Law Australia presents:

    Corporate Counsel Webinar

    Mitigating Risk when dealing with foreign parties

    You are invited to attend this webinar featuring leading in-house counsel and senior advocates who will address issues including risks in the location of the counter-party and assets, drafting suitable dispute resolution clauses, the use or arbitration v. litigation, enforcing foreign judgments and the New York Convention, choosing the seat or dispute resolution forum, choice of laws (substantive law, of the dispute, the law of the arbitration agreement, the procedural law), cross-cultural and language issues, ring fencing assets, the use of freezing orders where assets are located to aid enforcement pre, during and post arbitration/litigation as well as practical tips and guidance from experienced lawyers.

    Panel: Sheila Ahuja, Partner in Allen & Overy's Global Arbitration group based in Singapore; Kanaga Dharmananda SC, member of the Western Australina Bar; Lachlan McMurtrie, Group Manager Legal, Newcrest Mining Limited; Dr Fan Yang, founding Director of International Dispute Resolution Academy, Hong Kong; and Sameer Shah, an Advocate from India and an International Arbitrator and Mediator.

    Details can be found here.

    Date:Monday, 26 October 2020

    Time:8.00pm ADST (5.00pm AWST & Singapore)

    Virtual Format:Webinar

    Registration Essential: Please register by Thursday 22 October 2020.

    For a zoom link for late registrations go here.

    Enquiries:Sue Rice, Executive Officer, CIArb Australia: info@ciarb.net.au

  • 26 Sep 2020 11:37 AM | John Arthur (Administrator)

    Cultural diversity cannot be pushed to backburner by Jerome Doraisamy|24 September 2020, Lawyers Weekly

    Managing economic uncertainty may be a top priority for legal employers right now, but with Asian Australians copping flak for the spread of coronavirus, cultural diversity efforts must remain at the forefront for the legal profession.

    When it comes to Australia’s legal profession, cultural diversity is a “growing reality”, but true inclusion remains elusive.

    That is the view of Kingsley Liu and Molina Asthana, the president and vice-president respectively of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association (AALA), who further feel that, despite the progress of recent years, “institutional and unconscious biases remain in force”.

    For full article, go to: https://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/biglaw/29530-cultural-diversity-cannot-be-pushed-to-backburner?%20utm_source=LawyersWeekly&utm_campaign=25_09_20&utm_medium=email&utm_content=1&utm_emailID=804cb2b23aff22ade3ef0f28a2ded6044e9733c391738da367fb5e33deb59158

  • 24 Sep 2020 4:01 PM | John Arthur (Administrator)

    Daniel D Nguyen, Barrister-at-law, and Victorian President of Asian Australian Lawyers Association interviewed by Law in Colour.

    To read the interview go to: https://www.lawincolour.com/interviews/daniel-d-nguyen

  • 18 Sep 2020 4:55 PM | John Arthur (Administrator)

    LAWASIA 2020 Conference Online – Webinar Series:

    Join LAWASIA for a series of webinars every Tuesday and Thursday, commencing on 15 September until 8 October 2020 (4 consecutive weeks, 7 webinars in total).

    In lieu of the LAWASIA physical Annual Conference, the LAWASIA 2020 Conference Online webinar series will provide an opportunity for our members to enhance their legal knowledge; collaborate and build networks with like-minded lawyers and legal organisations throughout the region; and come together to help LAWASIA fulfil its important mission of promoting the rule of law, access to justice and respect for human rights throughout Asia and the Pacific region.

    LAWASIA has developed an excellent program, focusing on a range of legal issues and key areas of law, including sessions focusing on intellectual property, ADR, employment law, anti-trust and competition law, and corporate securities and investment. Panels of experts and eminent speakers from across the region have been recruited and will undoubtedly entertain, educate and enrich all those able to attend.

    The LAWASIA 2020 Conference online webinar series will be free of charge. We encourage you to circulate this offering to your friends and colleagues and we look forward to welcoming you all to the 2020 LAWASIA Conference Online!

    For more information and to register go to: https://www.lawasia.asn.au/conferences-events/current-webinars/lawasia-2020-conference-online


    DATE: From Thursday 17 September to Thursday 8 October 2020

    Every Tuesday and Thursday, 4 consecutive weeks (7webinars in total)

    TIME: 16:30 - 18:00 (Australian Eastern Standard Time)

    COST: Complimentary

  • 17 Sep 2020 9:41 AM | John Arthur (Administrator)

    The Asian Australian Lawyers Association presents

    The National Cultural Diversity Summit

    Cultural Diversity and the Legal Profession: Be the change we want to see

    3 October 2020

    Time: 1:00PM AEST / 11:00AM AWST

    Location: Register to receive your exclusive Zoom invite.

    Price: FREE for all members and non-members.

    AALA is thrilled to announce the launch of the inaugural AALA National Summit. The AALA National Summit will be held entirely online via Zoom and is free for all members and the wider community.

    The AALA National Summit is bringing together leading international thinkers, comedians and performers to critically examine and discuss a road map for Cultural Diversity in the Law.

    REGISTRATION is essential. To access the AALA National Summit Agenda and to secure your seat, visit the AALA website here: http://aala.org.au/event-3984061

    Join us to hear from,

    • § The Hon Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California
    • § The Rt Hon Lord Justice Singh, Court of Appeal of England and Wales
    • § The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, former High Court judge and AALA National Patron
    • § The Hon Darryl Rangiah, Justice of the Federal Court of Australia
    • § Victorian County Court Judicial Registrar My Anh Tran (soon to be a judge of the Court)
    • § Mai Chen, Managing Partner, Chen Palmer Lawyers and Chair of the Superdiversity Institute for Law, Policy and Business, NZ

    …and many more, including comedian Diana Nguyen.

    Click here to download Summit program: http://www.aala.org.au/resources/Documents/FINAL%20AALA%20National%20Summit%20Program%20(1%20October%2020)%20(1).pdf

  • 15 Sep 2020 12:50 PM | John Arthur (Administrator)

    ACICA/CIArb Australia International Arbitration Conference 2020


    Monday, 12 October 2020

    The Australian Centre of International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Australia (CIArb Australia) are pleased to invite you to their 2020 International Arbitration Conference: Bridging the Distance: Arbitration in the New World.

    Our one day program will offer virtual presentations on topics including:

    • Advocacy in the Virtual Environment
    • Technology as an Enabler in International Arbitration
    • The Future of Investor-State Dispute Resolution
    • Around the Globe in 60 Minutes
    • Mega Projects in the New Normal
    • Is Third Party Funding Changing International Arbitration?
    • Enhancing Efficiencies in the Arbitral Process

    and feature a host of eminent speakers and expert practitioners from around the globe!

    Full programme details are available here, and a list of speakers may be found here:


    Download the flyer at: https://acica.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/2020_IA_Conference_flyer-08.pdf

    Register to attend the conference now!

    Venue Virtual presentations (Zoom platform)

    Starts Mon Oct 12 2020, 08:00am UTC+11

    Ends Mon Oct 12 2020, 06:00pm UTC+11

  • 14 Sep 2020 6:16 PM | John Arthur (Administrator)

    In conjunction with O'Sullivan Davies Lawyers and Swarup Asthana Lawyers, as part of its National Digital Events Series 2020, AALA is pleased to host a Webinar on common situations faced by Asian Australian families in the Australian Family Law system when there is a separation.

    Join Sherlene Heng of O'Sullivan Davies, AALA WA Branch Committee Member, as we hear from the panel:

    Sabrina Tan - O'Sullivan Davies, AALA WA Branch Committee Member;

    Rachel Harkness- 0 'Sullivan Davies;

    Victor Tham - O'Sullivan Davies; and

    Molina Asthana- Principal of Swarup Asthana Lawyers, AALA NationaI Vice-President

    Date: Wednesday, 23 September 2020

    Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm AWST / 3:00pm - 4:00pm AEST

    Location: Zoom

    RSVP by 21 September 2020

    to receive your exclusive online registration details.

    For more information and to register, visit: http://aala.org.au/events

    For NSW, Qld and Vic practitioners, if this seminar is relevant to your practice needs or professional development, you can claim 1 CPD point; for WA practitioners, an application for 1 point in Substantive Law is pending.

  • 04 Sep 2020 7:01 PM | John Arthur (Administrator)

    As part of the AALA National Digital Series, join the Victorian Committee as we hear from

    Reynah Tang AM

    Member of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal


    "Practice and procedure in VCAT's Administrative Division"

    Date: Wednesday 30 September

    Time: 5:30 pm- 7.00 pm AEST

    Location: Zoom

    RSVP by 28 September 2020 to receive your exclusive online registration details.

    For more information, and to register for this event go to:


  • 04 Sep 2020 12:26 PM | John Arthur (Administrator)

    In conjunction with the National Environmental Law Association and as part of its National Digital Events Series, AALA is pleased to host a Webinar on Implementing International Environmental Obligations at a National Level in the Asia-Pacific Region.

    The event will be hosted by Professor Ben Boer, a distinguished Professor of Law at the Research Institute of Environmental Law, Wuhan University, and Emeritus Professor at the University of Sydney. He was Deputy Chair of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law for 2012-2016 and is a much-published author on environmental law topics.

    While this event is free for members of AALA and NELA, a registration fee of $20 will be charged for non-members.

    If this webinar is appropriate for your continuing legal education (CLE) requirements for practice, you should consider claiming 1 point in substantive law for this event.

    A flyer is linked:


    This event is hosted on Zoom, and details will be provided to registrants.


    Time and Date: Tuesday 29 September 2020, 6 PM to 7 PM AEST

    Details: A Zoom Link will be emailed to registrants on registration

    Registration: AALA National Digital Events Series - Implementing International Environmental Obligations at a National Level in the Asia-Pacific Region - 29 September 2020

    Kind regards,

    Asian Australian Lawyers Association

  • 30 Aug 2020 4:39 PM | John Arthur (Administrator)

    Reaching out to our members has been an extraordinary journey and today, AALA is proud to recognise and we congratulate our members for their recent promotions and career progression.

    AALA continues to advocate for cultural diversity in the law and we continue to support our members to build resilience and excellence. Our sincerest congratulations

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