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Sunday 22 September (1500 - 1700)

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• Do you get results from networking events? • Do you know how to connect to the right people? • Do you nurture your relationships on a regular basis? • Do you struggle with getting your relationships to help you grow your practice? • Do you have trouble with marketing and 'selling' yourself? If any of these questions resonate with you, then you’re not alone. Many lawyers struggle with how to build relationships and networking at conferences and networking events in a way that is intentional and actually helps propel them forward, make more income, get more referrals or get better clients. In this practical and empowering special session, advocate Itzik Amiel, international speaker, bestselling author and the global authority on business development and business networking for lawyers, will share the seven secrets to building your relations capital by identifying the people critical to your success, and developing strategies to build relations and grow your practice and referrals. These strategies are based on his bestselling book: ‘The Attention Switch’. If you want to be connected, make yourself worth connecting to. It’s a journey, and every step counts.

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Sunday 22 September (1700 - 1900)

Monday 23 September (0930 - 0945)

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Come and meet the officers of the IBA Taxes Committee before the presentation by the keynote speakers.

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Taxes Committee (Lead)

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Monday 23 September (0930 - 1045)

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The panel describes and discusses LGBTI rights and issues regarding discrimination, equality, employment, civil status, immigration, property relations and criminalisation. The panel also takes into account how different jurisdictions treat LGBTI rights and issues and whether there are endemic mechanisms in place that could be availed of to protect LGBTI rights and interests.

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Diversity and Equality Law Committee
Immigration and Nationality Law Committee
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Law Committee (Lead)

Monday 23 September (0930 - 1045)

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The panel addresses the evolving principles of climate change law and the often-conflicting responses of stakeholders to the problems posed by climate change. It also considers the impact of populist/nationalist political movements, extreme natural events, economic incentives and disincentives, and other developments on the evolving national and international efforts to address climate change.

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Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law Section (SEERIL) (Lead)
Environment, Health and Safety Law Committee
International Construction Projects Committee
Mining Law Committee
Oil and Gas Law Committee
Power Law Committee
Water Law Committee

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Monday 23 September (0930 - 1045)

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This session discusses whether and to what extent judges and arbitrators should facilitate settlement, and the impact of the Singapore Convention on Enforcement of Mediated Settlements on international disputes.

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Arbitration Committee
Class Actions Committee
Dispute Resolution Section (Lead)
Litigation Committee
Mediation Committee
Negligence and Damages Committee

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Monday 23 September (0930 - 1045)

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Legal expense insurance (LEI) is a well-established industry and a significant source of legal funding in many developed jurisdictions, notably in Europe. It is established, but less developed in some common law jurisdictions, including Canada and some parts of the United States. Elsewhere in the world, however, legal expense insurance has been a vexed aspect of the access to justice initiatives of the profession. The reasons most often cited for the failure of LEI to establish itself in otherwise-developed jurisdictions have included the intransigence of governments, the indifference of the insurance industry, the lack of understanding of the concept within the legal profession, the size of certain markets and a lack of transparency of approach. LEI is a simple concept. It has often been proposed as a solution to deal with the issue of access to justice for the ‘forgotten middle’. It recognises that a section of the community will always have the ability to access and afford legal services when the need arises. It likewise recognises that those who cannot, and are never likely to be able to access such services, will be assisted by the public purse. The need for access to legal services generally arises out of a crisis, or at least an untimely event not of the person’s choosing. Middle income earners do not expect, and do not plan, to have the resources on hand to meet the costs of such a need as and when it arises. Since not all people will need access to legal services, it becomes a classic example of an event for which spreading the risk of such a need by means of insurance is the answer. Over the course of 2018–2019, the Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee has been researching the following issues in LEI provision, and it will present a session on its findings, and proposed solutions to improve access to justice through LEI. Jurisdictions where LEI is widely available: 1. In which jurisdictions is LEI available? 2. How is it marketed? 3. How is LEI regulated in different jurisdictions? 4. What roles exist for bar associations in the maintenance of standards of legal services and promotion of product? 5. What measures are in place to ensure choice of lawyer for the insured client? 6. What are the contractual arrangements between lawyers and LEI providers? Jurisdictions where LEI is underutilised: 1. What are the reasons for the underusage? 2. What impediments exist to the greater use of LEI? 3. To what extent has the introduction of LEI been supported by the insurance industry and the legal profession? 4. Can research establish best practice principles that could be used to widen the use of LEI in different jurisdictions? The research was undertaken by questionnaire to bar associations, law societies and members of the IBA, as well as LEI providers and associations. The Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee intends to use the session in Seoul to present its research, as it has done successfully in previous years.

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Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee (Lead)
Forum for Barristers and Advocates
Litigation Committee

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Monday 23 September (0930 - 1045)

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General counsel from around the world discuss the main challenges they face in their position and key drivers in decision-making. Key topics include: criteria for deciding when to outsource legal work and when to keep it in-house, internal legal team building and competition for talent.

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Corporate Counsel Forum
North American Regional Forum (Lead)

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Monday 23 September (0930 - 1045)

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This session will look at the magnitude of the phenomenon of children being deprived of liberty for migration-related reasons in the context of the ongoing refugee crisis. The discussion will include an examination of specific issues related to unaccompanied minors and separated children. The panellists will also look at the applicable human rights framework and discuss recommendations for law, policy and practice to safeguard the human rights of the children concerned. Children deprived of liberty for migration-related reasons is one of the key focus areas of a UN Global Study on children deprived of liberty, which will be presented in September. Our session in Seoul is therefore very timely.

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Human Rights Law Committee (Lead)

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Monday 23 September (0930 - 1045)

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With the fall in the oil price and the uncertainties of the shipping markets in recent years, we have seen hundreds of offshore supply vessels under construction abandoned in the Asian shipbuilding nations. How are the disputes under the shipbuilding contracts being resolved? What is the status of the shipbuilders themselves? And how does this sit with the high levels of new orders we are seeing among other vessel types?

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Maritime and Transport Law Committee (Lead)

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Monday 23 September (0930 - 1045)

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This session assists young lawyers and newcomers in navigating and making the most of the IBA Annual Conference, from tips on how to network effectively to assisting them in understanding the structure and function of the IBA, as well as becoming involved in its committees. This session also looks at the structure of the IBA as a whole and explain how anyone can get involved in the IBA Young Lawyers’ Committee.

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Young Lawyers' Committee (Lead)

Monday 23 September (0930 - 1230)

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This always very dynamic and well-attended session enables you to select from a menu of hot topics in the IP, communications, media and technology sectors and participate in roundtable discussions. The format is interactive networking. Topics are selected to be of current interest and likely to stimulate a lively debate. Moderators on each table introduce the table topic and the participants do the rest. Background knowledge or experience within areas for discussion is not required. You will have the opportunity to discuss four topics: at scheduled turnover times the participants move around the tables to the next topic of their choosing. Our menu will include hot and 'late breaking' topics in the areas of intellectual property law, internet law and mobile technologies, technology contracting and dispute resolution, arts law and space law. Discussion is usually around the interface of law, business and technology, with a global focus. Many topics for discussion are often the subject of considerable public and media interest and this will be the case again. In participating in the table topics, you will gain a greater insight into these areas and be able to add your own comments. In addition, afternoon tea will be available so that no time is wasted for those who want to boost their energy levels prior to or during the session. The session will provide you with a great opportunity to meet many other lawyers and to discuss topics of mutual interest with them: don't forget your business cards. We welcome new participants in these discussions. We will also be soliciting your views about your areas of interest and other suggestions, to enable the Section to programme future activities accordingly. Table 1 - Are we running out of trade marks? Table 2 - Still a Mess: Brexit and intellectual property and technology Law Table 3 - The EU Digital Single Market Directive: necessary protection or unreasonable restriction Table 4 - Fake news and hate speech in social media: what is it and how do we deal with it Table 5 - Alternative dispute resolution in intellectual property and technology disputes Table 6 - “Extreme pressure”: forced changes to intellectual property laws as the price of free trade. Table 7 - Regulation of online marketplaces – are Uber and Airbnb online markets or service providers? Table 8 - Accelerated innovations - buying innovation instead of building it Table 9 - Finding the right treatment for crypto viruses - cybersecurity and data breaches Table 10 - A special airfare or sporting ticket price for you - pricing algorithms and collusion Table 11 - Demystifying 5G – what is it, how will it work and how should it be regulated Table 12 - Trusted AI (privacy and ethical issues when using artificial intelligence) Table 13a - Exploiting outer space and celestial bodies: new regulations and the cases of Germany, the US and Luxemburg Table 13b - Encouraging private investment in outer space: space tourism, private companies in space travels… Table 14 - Keeping the media in check - can police raids on news rooms become the new reality? Table 15a - Stolen but no longer yours: the complicated fate of Nazi-looted art Table 15b - Protecting phantoms: how to enforce IP rights of anonymous artists

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Monday 23 September (0930 - 1230)

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This interactive criminal trial session has become one of the main and best-attended events during the IBA Annual Conference. It focusses on a case of conflict of interest and alleged criminal liability of a corporate entity and some of its top management, all of whom are charged with various criminal allegations, among them corruption and foreign bribery.

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Anti-Corruption Committee
Business Crime Committee
Criminal Law Committee
Criminal Law Section (Lead)

Monday 23 September (0930 - 1230)

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In 2019, the IBA released its landmark research on bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession. A global survey of approximately 7,000 legal professionals across 135 countries – the largest of its kind – found high rates of bullying and sexual harassment, chronic underreporting and inadequate responses from workplaces. In addition to the compelling moral, ethical and legal reasons to address such conduct, the survey also provides a strong business case: legal professionals are leaving their workplaces and the profession entirely due to bullying and sexual harassment. Urgent change is needed. In the first half of this session a high-profile panel discusses the research and considers how the profession can effectively address bullying and sexual harassment.The second half features a broader discussion about how the profession can overcome the numerous barriers to greater diversity and inclusivity with the global legal profession.

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IBA Diversity & Inclusion Council
IBA Legal Policy & Research Unit
IBA's Human Rights Institute
Presidential Task Force on Bullying and Harassment in the Legal Profession (Lead)

Monday 23 September (0930 - 1230)

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Our hot topics session is designed to be interactive – it is the opposite of a ‘talking heads’ format! We host a series of tables where we discuss ‘late breaking’ topics in the areas of international sales, trade, franchising and product law. The format is interactive and topics are selected to be of current interest and likely to stimulate discussion and debate. Moderators at each table introduce and briefly discuss the table topic and then participants weigh in with their views. You have the opportunity to discuss three topics. We have scheduled turnover times when the participants change tables to move to the next topic of their choice. By participating in the table discussions, you gain a greater insight into these areas and the other participants and table moderators benefit from your comments. The session provides you with a great opportunity to meet many other lawyers and discuss topics of mutual interest with them. Many times at our session, participants meet lawyers from other countries who they keep in touch with for years to come. Each year our table moderators comment that they ‘learnt as much or more’ from the table participants as they themselves conveyed!

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International Commerce and Distribution Committee
International Commerce, Trade, Franchising and Product Law Section (Lead)
International Franchising Committee
International Trade and Customs Law Committee
Product Law and Advertising Committee

Monday 23 September (0945 - 1045)

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Mr. Kim, the Korean Ministry of Economy & Finance’s head of International Tax Division, will discuss policy directions the Korean government has taken on international tax matters and progress made during the past two decades. The keynote speech will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by Mr. Porus Kaka.

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Taxes Committee (Lead)

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Monday 23 September (1045 - 1145)

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An open meeting of the Maritime and Transport Law Committee held to discuss matters of interest and future activities.

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Maritime and Transport Law Committee (Lead)

Monday 23 September (1115 - 1230)

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This session looks at what to do when the extend-and-pretend strategy is no longer an option.

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Banking Law Committee (Lead)
Insolvency Section
Insolvent Financial Institutions Subcommittee

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Monday 23 September (1115 - 1230)

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This session explores the following topics: • how data in the future will be captured, structured and utilised by property owners and how that will impact real estate transactions; • smart contracts; • deep analytics; • automatic contract generation and negotiation; and • self-executing due diligence and AI as a due diligence tool.

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Corporate and M&A Law Committee
Real Estate Section (Lead)

Monday 23 September (1115 - 1230)

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This panel examines some of the new initiatives to address gender issues in international trade agreements.

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International Trade and Customs Law Committee (Lead)