Rule of law in governance:

Public sector corruption

Thursday 18 February 2021

Opening Ceremony & Inaugural Webinar


Opening Ceremony & Inaugural Webinar

Rule of Law in Governance: Public Sector Corruption


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Corruption and corrupt practices are seemingly endemic in the public sector. What are the current  steps that have been taken to curtail or control them? How effective are these steps? Is there a need for new code of conduct that international law organizations can adopt to help combat this perennial menace?

LAWASIA, The Law Association for Asia and the Pacific, is a regional association of lawyers, judges, jurists and legal organisations, which advocates for the interests and concerns of the Asia Pacific legal profession. For over fifty years, LAWASIA has operated as a platform to promote the cross-jurisdictional exchange of legal knowledge; as a voice of the legal profession; and as a conduit for encouraging adherence to mutually-held principles of the rule of law, professional integrity and the protection of human rights. 

Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA) is an international non-profit organisation which exists to promote and maintain the rule of law throughout the Commonwealth by ensuring that an independent and efficient legal profession, with the highest standards of ethics and integrity, serves the people of the Commonwealth. CLA seeks to uphold the rule of law by encouraging exchanges between members of the profession through projects, conferences and workshops and by driving improvements in legal education. 

Law Council of Australia represents the Australian legal profession on national and international issues, on federal law and the operation of federal courts and tribunals.  It works for the improvement of the law and of the administration of justice.
The Law Council is a federal organisation representing 65,000 Australian lawyers through their bar associations and law societies and Law Firms Australia (the Constituent Bodies).

South Pacific Lawyers’ Association - or SPLA – is a regional organisation which represents the legal profession in the South Pacific. SPLA is comprised of member organisations and lawyers’ groups representing seventeen jurisdictions across the South Pacific region.

Watch the Opening Ceremony

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Webinar Details

Date: Thursday 18 February 2021

Cost: Complimentary


  • 16:30 - 18:30 (Sydney/Canberra/Melbourne/Solomon Islands/Vanuatu)
  • 18:30 - 20:30 (Wellington/Tonga)
  • 17:30 - 19:30 (Fiji/Tuvalu)
  • 15:30 - 17:30 (PNG)
  • 14:30 - 16:30 (Tokyo/Seoul)
  • 13:30 - 15:30 (Kuala Lumpur/Beijing/Hong Kong)
  • 11:00 - 13:00 (Delhi/Colombo)

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Speaker Panel 

Mr Steven Thiru

Mr Steven Thiru
Vice President| LAWASIA
Vice President (Australiasia) | Commonwealth Lawyers Association


Welcome Remarks
Dr Jacoba Brasch QC

Dr Jacoba Brasch QC
President | Law Council of Australia


 Mr Chunghwan Choi

Mr Chungwhan Choi
President | LAWASIA



Dr Gordon Hugues

Dr Gordon Hughes  AM
Chair | South Pacific Lawyers' Association


Mr Brian Speers

Mr Brian Speers
President | Commonwealth Lawyers Association





Mr Richard Naidu

Mr Richard Naidu 
Founding Committee Member | South Pacific Lawyers' Association Executive Committee


AG Samoa

Savalenoa Mareva Betham-Annandale 
Attorney General of Samoa

Dr Gordon Hughes

Dr Gordon Hughes AM
Chair | South Pacific Lawyers' Association


Mr Alan Bacarese

Mr Alan Bacarese
Director of Investigations, Strategy and Operations, Integrity Vice Presidency | World Bank


 Mr William Wyle Clarke

Mr William Wyle Clark
President | Fiji Law Society



Mr John Hyde

Mr John Hyde
Anti-Corruption Consultant| United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project


Mr Peter Maynard

Mr Peter D Maynard
Vice President (Americas) | Commonwealth Lawyers Association


Ms Melissa K Pang

Ms  Melissa K Pang, BBS, MH, JP
President Elect | LAWASIA
President | The Law Society of Hong Kong 



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