LAWASIA owes its creation primarily to the international outlook of the (then) president of the Law Council of Australia, Mr J B Piggott CBE, (then) Mr Justice John Kerr and (then) Mr P B Toose QC.  This group and their colleagues identified the desirability of forming a regional association of lawyers from what was then the Economic Commission of Asia and the Far East (ECAFE) region.
The law societies and bar associations of Asia and the Pacific responded quickly to this initiative and an inaugural conference was held in Canberra in August 1966, where the Law Association of Asia and the Western Pacific, known as LAWASIA, was founded through adoption of its Constitution on 10 August 1966, with representatives from 17 countries of the region present to discuss and agree on its form and content.
Again, nomenclature has changed to reflect a more modern world and the LAWASIA member organisations are now drawn from the Economic and Social Commission of Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) region. 
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