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Rule of Law Signature Engagement Event
“SEE A Journey of Transformation for a Sustainable Future”

5 November 2021 (9am 5:35pm)

Supporting organizer: LAWASIA

Programme (All the time in HKT (GMT+8)) Program in Chinese

8:30am – 9:00am Registration
9:00am – 9:30am Opening Session

Welcome Address

- The Honourable Ms. Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah, GBM, GBS, SC, JP

Opening Address

- The Honourable Andrew Cheung Kui-nung, GBM
9:30am – 9:55am Keynote Speech

“Big Earth Data in Facilitating of Sustainable Development Goals”
In 2015, the United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to guide the economic, social, and environmental aspects of development. However, several factors have constrained the implementation of the SDGs, including uneven development, lack of data, and the interconnection and mutual restriction between the goals. The Big Earth Data Science Engineering Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences carried out research on improving SDG monitoring and evaluation of SDGs and made a series of achievement. To this end, the International Research Center of Big Data for Sustainable Development Goals (CBAS) was established to strengthen national and international efforts through improved scientific support driven by innovative big data solutions for SDGs.

- Professor Dr. Guo Huadong
9:55am – 10:45am Launch of the ‘Rule of Law Database’

- Dr. Thomas So, JP
10:45am – 11:00am Break
11:00am – 12:30pm What can we learn from the International Youth Legal Exchange Conference 2021 (“IYLEC 2021”)?

In September 2021, the Department of Justice and the International Youth Legal Exchange Federation co-organised the IYLEC 2021 themed “Access to Justice: The Key to Inclusive Society and Sustainable Development”. 11 delegations nominated by the legal and dispute resolution institutions in the Asia Pacific Region shared their views on cultural, socio-economic and legal traditions of their respective jurisdictions and how it may impact on the access to justice and provided recommendations.

This two-part session will first report on the IYLEC 2021, followed by an interactive roundtable dialogue session with the delegations and members of the adjudicating panel.

As a follow up to IYLEC 2021 held in September 2021, the delegations awarded with the “Best Paper” and “Best Presentation” are invited to a dialogue session with members of the adjudicating panel for a more in-depth sharing of their views on the relationship between culture and the rule of law and their vision on the rule of law for the region and beyond.

- Ms. Venus Cheung (Moderator)
- Mr. Geoffrey Jerry J Mosiol
- Ms. Jowena Sirau Anak John Wayne
- Mr. Lim San Shien
- Mr. Zephan Hwang and Ms Glenda Tan
- Mr. C.M Chan
- Mr. Alex Fan

Closing Remarks for First Roundtable Dialogue Session

- Professor Dr. Surakiart Sathirathai
12:30pm – 2:15pm Lunch break
2:15pm – 3:45pm Panel Discussion: Access to Justice in the Age of Legal Technology

COVID-19 has accelerated the use of technology in the court rooms with virtual hearings conducted to ensure access to justice. Technology also enables cross transactional disputes to be settled via virtual means without the possible hefty costs of physical travels. What does legal technology entails for the future development of law and legal education? In this session, we will invite views from the judiciary on the use of technology in ensuring and advancing access to justice; use of technology in resolving disputes via ODR, and how legal education prepares law students for the future.

- Mr. Nick Chan, MH, JP (Moderator)
- Judge He Fan
- Ms. Stephanie Barrett
- Mr. Raymond Ngai
- Professor Yoshihisa Hayakawa
- Professor Lutz-Christian Wolff
3:45pm – 4:00pm Break
4:00pm – 5:20pm Second Roundtable Dialogue Session -
Bridging the Gap: Roundtable Dialogue on Building a Sustainable Future for the Rule of Law

The rule of law is a key pillar to the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda. “Invest in more equal and inclusive societies” is one of the four areas for decisive action identified by the UN Secretary General António Guterres during the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in July 2021. This session will discuss how can we progress towards a more equal and inclusive society with the fundamental principles of the rule of law for jurisdictions of different cultural background and practices of the rule of law?

- Mr. Justin D’Agostino, MH (Moderator)
- The Honourable Ms. Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah, GBM, GBS, SC, JP
- Ms. Dany Channraksmeychhoukroth,
- Ms. Sok Vanseka
- Ms. Hak Thongsee
- Mrs. Perenami Momodu
- Professor Dr. Mohamed Abdel Wahab
5:20pm – 5:25pm Ceremonial Opening of the Hot-desking of LAWASIA
5:25pm – 5:35pm Closing Remarks

- Ms. Melissa Pang, BBS, MH, JP


Welcome Address

Opening Address

Keynote Speech

Launch of the ‘Rule of Law Database’

First Roundtable Dialogue Session

Closing Remarks for First Roundtable Dialogue Session

Panel Discussion

Second Roundtable Dialogue Session

Closing Remarks