As the privilege of holding the LAWASIA presidency during its 50th Jubilee year is mine, so is the honour of inviting all members of the legal community to join us at the 29th LAWASIA Conference 2016 in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 12-15 August.
It is indeed a pleasure to offer the warmest of invitations to all who have an interest in the opportunity to exchange legal views and information as well as the desire to be identified as a contributor to the international discourse that this conference offers.
It is significant and welcome that LAWASIA’s jubilee celebrations are marked by this conference and hosted by our friends and colleagues at the Bar Association of Sri Lanka.
The eighteen Asia Pacific jurisdictions that met in Canberra, Australia in August 1966 to sign the inaugural constitution of what was then a law association for Asia and the western Pacific, included representatives from the former Ceylon. The support of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka for LAWASIA has been an ongoing and valued contribution throughout our collective history.
The names of both the host country and the law associations have changed over time, and it bears consideration that this is a true reflection of the dynamism that has typified our region over the past half century.
What has not changed is the commitment of LAWASIA, though its members, both organisational and individual, to upholding the rule of law, to fostering devotion to the commonly-held principles that bind the legal community, to providing a platform for ongoing legal education and to working to protect the rights of all people under the law.
Both LAWASIA and its hosts at the Bar Association of Sri Lanka are certain that delegates will relish the opportunity to visit this beautiful country and are equally certain that the celebration of 50 years of LAWASIA at this conference will deliver an unforgettable experience, the memories of which will carry us all though the next 50 years. I look forward to welcoming you all.