Human

Rights

Committee Mandate

It is anticipated that the LAWASIA Human Rights Committee will focus activity on the following:

  • 1.1    Research into human rights in particular in the Asian Pacific region.
  • 1.2    Providing LAWASIA members with information on human rights.
  • 1.3    Organising or assisting meetings, sessions and conferences of LAWASIA on human rights issues.
  • 1.4    Proposing and/or implementing human rights intervention activities including intervention letters, organizing and researching trial and other observation missions.
  • 1.5    Participation in meetings, among others, of bar associations/ law societies, international lawyers’ organizations and international organisations.
  • 1.6    Establishing and administrating a LAWASIA Human Rights Award, awarded to lawyers or advocates who have made prominent achievements in human rights in the Asian Pacific region.
  • 1.7    Drafting principles for consideration by Council (e.g. principles on separation of command between civil police force and military).
  • 1.8    Giving consideration to further development of the draft LAWASIA Pacific Human Rights Charter.

Committee Leaders

Mr Yasushi
Co-Chair, Human Rights Committee | LAWASIA

Professor Yasushi Higashizawa
Meijigakuin University
3-1-5 Takanawa, Minato
Tokyo, 108-0074
JAPAN

T: +81 3 5421 5501
F: +81 3 5421 5256
E: humanrights.chair@lawasia.asn.au

Professor of the Meiji Gakuin University, Faculty of Law and a Special Counsel of , the Nishi Tokyo Kyodo Law Offices (Tokyo). Attorney at law admitted in Japan, States of New York and California, USA, as well as Listed Counsel of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

He serves as a Co-Chair of the Human Rights Committee of the LAWASIA as well as a Counselor to the President of the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA). He also served, among others, as a chair of the International Human Rights Committee (IHRC) of the JFBA, a Council Member of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBA-HRI) and a ExCo. Member of the International Criminal Bar (ICB).

 

Ms Pauline Wright

Co-Chair, Human Rights Committee | LAWASIA

Pauline Wright
Donellan & Co Solicitors
AUSTRALIA

E: pwright@pjdonnellan.com.au

Vice Chair, Human Rights Committee | LAWASIA

 

Mr Shanmuga Kanesalingam

Shanmuga Kanesalingam
Kanesalingam & Co. Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights
MALAYSIA

E: shan@kanesalingam.com

Secretary, Human Rights Committee | LAWASIA

 

Rebecca Preston
Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, Canberra
AUSTRALIA

E: rapreston10@gmail.com

 

Ria Singh Sawhney
Advocate, Researchers
INDIA

E: ria.singhsawhney@gmail.com

Publications Officer, Human Rights Committee | LAWASIA

 

Sugandha Yadav
Advocate
INDIA

E: sugandhayadav726@gmail.com

Expert Counsellor  Children, Indigenous people, Gender, Human Rights Committee | LAWASIA

 

Dr Holly Doel-Mackaway
Macquarie Law School
AUSTRALIA

E: holly.doel-mackaway@mq.edu.au

Expert Counsellor  (HR & Environment) Human Rights Committee | LAWASIA

 

Matt Floro

Matt Floro
Environmental Defenders Office
AUSTRALIA

E: matthewfloro@gmail.com

Expert Counsellor  HR Advocacy & Training, Human Rights Committee | LAWASIA

 

Firdaus Husni
Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights
MALAYSIA

E: firdaus@mcchr.org