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Malaysia-IBA Annual Conference 2014 | Tokyo | 19-24 October 2014

IBA Annual Conference 2014 | Tokyo | 19-24 October 2014

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Dear Colleague,
As President of the IBA, I am delighted to invite you to attend the International Bar Association's 2014 Annual Conference, taking place 19–24 October at the Tokyo International Forum.
I am particularly pleased to announce that Japan's Prime Minister His Excellency Shinzo Abe has agreed, in principle, to be the keynote speaker at this year's opening ceremony.
The IBA Annual Conference continues to be the premier opportunity for legal professionals the world over to meet, share experience, develop business and learn from one another. The conference has been bringing together practitioners of every level, from virtually every jurisdiction in the world, for over 60 years.
Last year's conference in Boston, saw more than 6,000 private practitioners, in–house counsel, human rights advocates, judges, bar leaders, business leaders and government representatives gather for the Association's unique blend of professional development, international networking and life–long relationship building.
I urge those of you who are not already members of the IBA to join now. Not only does it mean a discounted registration fee for the Annual Conference, there truly is no better 'family' in terms of mutual professional development and networking opportunities. 
I look forward to catching up with many of you in Tokyo, and to making many more new acquaintances who share my passion for the law and all it can do to serve the world's community.
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Michael J Reynolds
IBA President

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We are all human rights lawyers now – the convergence of business law and human rights
 Mon 20 Oct 0930 – 1230
International recognition of the corporate responsibility to respect internationally recognised human rights has rapidly increased in recent years, culminating in July 2011 with the UN General Assembly's unanimous adoption of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Bar associations, law societies, civil societies, outside counsel and in–house counsel are engaged in a variety of practical  projects to implement the Guiding Principles. This session will bring together all of these relevant stakeholders to share insights and action plans.
The 2014 IBA Pro Bono Award will be presented at this session.
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Best legal practices for an effective response to human trafficking
Tue 21 Oct, 1430 – 1730
This IBA Showcase Session will focus on successful initiatives aimed at eliminating all forms of human trafficking. High–level experts will discuss legal remedies designed to end such trafficking. Speakers will highlight supply chain compliance efforts, governmental regulation of trafficking, prosecution strategies, as well as other successful regional and international initiatives to hold traffickers accountable.
New developments of the IBA Presidential Task Force on Human Trafficking since the Boston IBA Showcase Session on this subject will also be announced at the end of the session, with discussion of opportunities to help participate in further activities.
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Climate change justice and human rights – Presidential Task Force findings
Wed 22 Oct, 0930 – 1230
The IBA Presidential Task Force on Climate Change Justice and Human Rights, comprised of experts and practitioners in environmental law and human rights, was established to ensure the voice of the global legal profession is fully heard in this important debate.
At the 2014 Tokyo Showcase Session, highlights of the Task Force report findings and recommendations will be presented. IBA members will have the further opportunity to dialogue with Task
Force members and world–leading experts regarding the findings, the recommended reforms and actions appropriate to effect climate change justice and human rights, and the contribution lawyers, the judiciary and government leaders can play in achieving these objectives.
The global voice of the legal profession
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This year's event will again feature over 180 substantive sessions, workshops and panels, addressing issues ranging from arbitration to M&A law, from human rights to the ethics of the legal profession.
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In addition to offering attendees up to 25 CPD/CLE hours, the world–leading programme offers unparalleled international networking and business development opportunities.
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In addition to the substantive programme, Tokyo 2014 promises all attendees and their guests an unforgettable opportunity to take in the sights, sounds, diversity and tradition of Japan's capital.
Human rights in North Korea – acceptance and implementation
LPD SHOWCASE SESSION: Tue 21 Oct 0930–1230
Corruption – the problem is the givers, not the takers (or is it?)
BIC SHOWCASE SESSION: Wed 22 Oct 1430–1730
Change and opportunity – the challenge of administering justice in shifting legal environments 
SPPI SHOWCASE SESSION: Thur 23 Oct 0930–1230
Access to justice and what we actually mean by it
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Sponsorship and advertising opportunities 
Whether targeting a specific committee or all 5,000+ attendees, we have the solution. 
Social events open for sponsorship include: the Welcome Party; Arbitration Committee Dinner; Litigation Committee Lunch Cruise; Closely Held and Growing Business Enterprises Committee Dinner; Corporate and M&A Law Committee Dinner; the Insolvency Section Dinner; and the Closing Party, to name but a few.
To ensure you receive information relating to sponsorship of IBA social events in Tokyo, email
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