Dr Gordon Hughes AM


Dr Gordon Hughes AM, a leading international expert on IT and Data Protection Law, became a LAWASIA member in 1988. His considerable service to the legal profession is documented through election to the roles of president of the Victorian Society for Computers and Law (1991-1994), president of the Law Institute of Victoria (1992-1993), and president of Australia’s peak body, the Law Council of Australia from 1999 to 2000.

After serving as an Executive Committee member and vice-president he became LAWASIA president in 2001 and played a fundamental role in increasing its profile in all areas. He worked actively throughout the region during his presidency, earning the respect and admiration of many for his dedication to positioning LAWASIA as an invaluable resource for all lawyers with an interest in the international legal community.

He was appointed a Distinguished Member of Council in 2005 and an honorary Life Member of LAWASIA in recognition of his significant and continued support. Subsequent to his presidency, he chaired the LAWASIA Business Law Section and in 2021 he assumed the role of LAWASIA Secretary-General on a part-time basis.

In 2017, Dr Hughes was awarded an Order of Australia “for significant service to the law, to professional organisations and to international affairs and legal practice in the Asia-Pacific region”.



Conference & Events Manager

Ms Magda Imre

Magda Imre joined the Secretariat in 2014. Magda is responsible for the administration and coordination of LAWASIA’s conferences and other events. She liaises with organising committees and oversees all conference logistics.

Magda has an extensive background in international event management, working with a variety of multinational companies and external stakeholders to provide high-quality professional events.

With over 12 years of events experience and as a Senior Event Manager, she has successfully delivered more than 30 international business summits across Europe, the Middle East and the Asia Pacific. Magda is dedicated to building strong business networks in the Asia Pacific and to providing relevant professional events to LAWASIA’s cross-cultural membership.

Your contact for: Any event-related inquiries, including those from conference venues, suppliers, and current or prospective conference attendees.



Conference & Events Coordinator

Ms Shanna Venter

Shanna joined the Secretariat in 2018 as the Conference & Events Coordinator.  

In her role, Shanna assists Magda with the day to day administration, coordination and logistics of LAWASIA’s conferences and other events, to ensure the overall success and smooth running.  

Shanna enjoys working with people, and has found her passion for Event Management through her experience in the Corporate Travel & Events, Hospitality and Entertainment Industries. 

Your contact for: Any event-related enquiries, including those from conference venues, suppliers, and current or prospective conference attendees.



Communications & Marketing Coordinator, Secretariat

Ms Julie Do

Julie is French and comes from Paris. She has joined the LAWASIA Secretariat team as a Communication and Marketing Coordinator since January 2019. In her current role, Julie is responsible for the development and maintenance of LAWASIA communications, publications, and member resources, including the website, social media, e-newsletters, conference and events collateral, member marketing / promotional material.

After working six years for Deloitte in Paris within the Marketing and Communication department, Julie has decided to move overseas to diversify her experience working for international organisations where she can apply her extensive background in digital marketing.

Your contact for: any marketing-communication related enquiries (advertising, e-Newsletters, website etc).


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