Law Council of Australia


LAWASIA Annual Conference – Bengaluru, India 2023

14 December 2023

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Caption: Mr Luke Murphy, Law Council of Australia President with the panel of the conference session titled 'Diverse Judiciaries Produce Better Justice'. 

From 24 – 27 November 2023, Law Council President, Mr Luke Murphy attended the LAWASIA Annual Conference in Bengaluru, India, together with Dr James Popple, CEO and Ms Charlotte Stubbs, Executive Policy Lawyer, International.

During the Conference, President Murphy represented the Law Council at the LAWASIA Annual Council Meeting, which was attended by bar leaders from 19 jurisdictions in addition to LAWASIA’s Executive Committee. During that meeting, the Law Council was delighted to learn that Mr Greg McIntyre SC, President-Elect of the Law Council, has been elected to the LAWASIA Executive Committee for 2024.

President Murphy participated as a panellist in two conference sessions. In the first session on Opening Legal Markets to Foreign Lawyers and Law Firms, President Murphy discussed how the progressive liberalisation of the legal market in Australia has benefited lawyers and law firms in Australia and the emerging challenges for the regulation of legal services as markets become increasingly internationalised.

President Murphy also served as a panellist in the session titled Diverse Judiciaries Produce Better Justice in which he spoke about the importance of diversity in the judiciary to uphold public confidence in the legal system and the administration of justice. President Murphy spoke about the importance of structural measures to increase diversity in the pool of candidates for judicial appointment and the Law Council’s support for direct policy measures to promote diverse judiciaries, as set out in the Law Council’s Policy Statement on the Process of Judicial Appointments.

In the margins of the substantive Conference sessions, the Law Council met bilaterally with the Bar Association of India, Fiji Law Society, the Korean Bar Association, the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, the Law Society of England and Wales, PERADI (the Indonesian Advocates Association) and the Taiwan Bar Association. These bilateral meetings provided an opportunity to receive updates on legal developments in the jurisdictions of the counterpart organisations and also to identify opportunities for collaboration.

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Caption: Mr Luke Murphy, Law Council of Australia and Mr Prashant Kumar, Bar Association of India President, at the signing of the MoU, along with Dr James Popple, Chief Executive Officer, Law Council of Australia, Ms Charlotte Stubbs, Executive Policy Lawyer, International and members of the Bar Association of India. 

The Law Council also signed updated Memoranda of Understanding with the Bar Association of India and the Taiwan Bar Association during the Conference. Memoranda of Understanding are non-binding agreements that promote cooperation and collaboration between the signing parties for the benefit of the legal profession and for enhancing the rule of law in their respective jurisdictions and the region.



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