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Wednesday 11 October (1115 - 1230)

Water Law Committee (Lead)

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Using Australia’s water trading experience as an example, this session will consider the regulatory mechanisms that support water trading systems, as well as the practical legal, commercial and political challenges that water trading entails.

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Wednesday 11 October (1230 - 1330)

Environment, Health and Safety Law Committee (Lead)

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An open meeting of the Environment, Health and Safety Law Committee will be held to discuss matters of interest and future activities.

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Wednesday 11 October (1230 - 1330)

Mediation Committee (Lead)

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An open meeting of the Mediation Committee will be held to discuss matters of interest and future activities.

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Wednesday 11 October (1230 - 1430)

Legal Practice Division (Lead)
LPD

Wednesday 11 October (1315 - 1415)

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Julian Assange is the founder and editor-in-Chief of Wikileaks and freedom of expression activist. He recently marked the fifth anniversary of his asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy as a political refugee. He is the subject of a seven year Grand Jury investigation in the United States that Australian diplomats called "unprecedented in scale and scope". In April 2017 the US Attorney general affirmed that his arrest is a "priority". In 2016 he won his case against the states of Sweden and UK before the United Nations which found that he was subject to arbitrary detention and should be released and compensated. WikiLeaks publications have been used as evidence in myriad civil and criminal court cases around the world. In August 2017 the Inter-American Court considered the nature of offshore refugee law emerging from his situation with nearly 80 institutions and states briefing the court.

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Wednesday 11 October (1330 - 1430)

Academic and Professional Development Committee (Lead)

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An open meeting of the Academic and Professional Development Committee will be held to discuss matters of interest and future activities.

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Wednesday 11 October (1330 - 1430)

Latin American Regional Forum (Lead)

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An open meeting of the Latin American Regional Forum will be held to discuss matters of interest and future activities.

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Wednesday 11 October (1330 - 1430)

Product Law and Advertising Committee (Lead)

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Please get involved! An open meeting of the Product Law and Advertising Committee will be held immediately before the committee’s lead session this year: Striking the right balance in consumer protection: Australia as role model or nanny state? The meeting and the session with take place in the same room. In the committee meeting, members and those interested in the committee work are encouraged to: (1) discuss open Officer positions and seek volunteers to fill them; (2) plan future activities of the committee and (3) make suggestions to enhance the utility of Product Law and Advertising Committee for its members.

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Wednesday 11 October (1345 - 1730)

Institutes and Trusts (Lead)

Wednesday 11 October (1400 - 1730)

Law Firm Management Committee (Lead)

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Delegates will have an opportunity to visit several law firms to discuss strategy, practice areas and practice management, organisational issues, marketing and office systems. Spaces are limited and are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Registered conference delegates can sign up at the Speaker's Desk in the registration area on Level 4 of the ICC Sydney.

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Wednesday 11 October (1400 - 1730)

Real Estate Section (Lead)

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In addition to very interesting sessions, the Real Estate Section will once again organise its special real estate property tour. The tour will provide participants with an insider’s look at premier developments through a tour of many of central Sydney’s key districts and landmarks. Spaces are limited and are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Registered conference delegates can sign up at the Speaker's Desk in the registration area on Level 4 of the ICC Sydney.

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Wednesday 11 October (1400 - 1730)

Wednesday 11 October (1430 - 1545)

Securities Law Committee (Lead)
Closely Held and Growing Business Enterprises Committee

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In recent years, crowdfunding has consistently gained momentum and popularity worldwide as a relatively efficient method of raising limited amounts of seed capital for new and growing enterprises. The regulatory response to this phenomenon has been less consistent. This session will address the following questions: - Is there a growing consensus among securities regulators in different jurisdictions around best practices in harnessing the potential for crowdfunding to stimulate innovation and economic growth without drowning small-scale entrepreneurs in too much red tape? - What lessons can be drawn from the first year of the United States’ Regulation Crowdfunding? -In countries that have posted early successes in fostering a robust local crowdfunding market, has domestic regulation been a help or a hindrance? -With significant experimentation in the structure and format of crowdfunding platforms still underway, is broad regulation still premature – and is Europe’s cautious and incremental approach the right one? -Does early evidence indicate that the potential advantages of cross-border crowdfunding platform implementation should drive rapid international harmonization and standardization? -How can the use of crowdfunding regulations (both licensing and transactional) be optimised for growing companies? -What aspects of crowdfunding regulations are useful for larger companies? -Given the disclosure and other requirements, has crowdfunding really reduced the cost of capital for growth companies? -What abuses have been identified early on? Do investors want to invest in crowdfunding? -Can stock exchanges, if mere service providers, play a role in crowdfunding services and can they secure the confidence of investors and small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) issuers? -How does the aftermarket work?

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Wednesday 11 October (1430 - 1730)

International Construction Projects Committee (Lead)

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Australia and New Zealand have been undertaking a significant volume of major projects: renewing ageing infrastructure, catching up on a backlog of constrained delivery of infrastructure for many decades and responding to the effects of natural disasters. Such projects consume significant resources and have long delivery times. They are often launched with fanfare and excitement. But are the objectives of building this infrastructure achieved? Does the community get real value for money? Are we improving in our delivery of such projects or do we learn the same lessons over and over again? The panellists will speak about their own experiences of many of these projects and share their insights as to how we can improve the delivery of major infrastructure.

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Wednesday 11 October (1430 - 1730)

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There are numerous experts who say that both the US presidential election and the UK Brexit referendum were decided on the question of migration. There are also important elections (France, Germany, etc) in which the same topic is in the focus. What role could and should bar associations play to help the members of society to distinguish between facts and myths? Could bar associations simply ignore the security concerns of the citizens based on the traditional defence of human rights? How could bar associations help to find the balance in the public dialogue? The panellists will discuss their own experiences and try, together with the audience, to find some advice for future public discussions.

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Wednesday 11 October (1430 - 1730)

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Business and human rights are gaining prominence in the financial sector. This is true not only in project finance, where these issues have played a significant role for some time, but also in other activities, including lending. This session will address developments that are bringing about a shift in the financial sector towards a more pervasive business and human rights-orientated approach. Those interested in the financial sector should be aware of such developments that could shape the future of financing. For example, there could be implications for the status of financial agreements in which these topics are not prominently addressed but finance has nevertheless been provided. The session will address these and other emerging topics in this field.

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Wednesday 11 October (1430 - 1730)

Professional Ethics Committee (Lead)
Alternative and New Law Business Structures Committee
Women Lawyers' Interest Group

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The legal world has been addressing the issues related to the mobility of lawyers for many years. The area has been expanding with many more lawyers changing firms due to wanting a broader platform; to the right-sizing of firms, the merger or other alignments of firms in many jurisdictions and the insolvency or other financial distress of law firms, to name just a few reasons. The expectations of lawyers and the bodies regulating lawyers have been changing over time, and the laws relating to the duties of lawyers and their new firms have also been changing. Further, there seem to be differing expectations and rules depending on the extent of the development of the Bar and the regulatory framework of the Bar. Law firms now have multijurisdictions to consider when trying to manage expectations and changing laws in many of these jurisdictions. The panel will explore the ethical considerations to clients, suppliers, creditors and employees of the departing firm, and the role and potential liability of the firms to whom the lawyer transitions. This panel will include practitioners and firm leaders who will explore these varied topics during the three-hour panel.

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Wednesday 11 October (1430 - 1730)

Academic and Professional Development Committee (Lead)
Corporate and M&A Law Committee

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How can we accelerate the development of M&A lawyers, increase their business acumen and best prepare them for the demands of practice? The panel will discuss the core competencies of M&A lawyers, and strategies for developing and delivering learning for them, combining learning in-house, on-the-job and in educational institutions. We will explore core programme elements, timing, duration, learning methodology and trainers, and share examples of programmes that IBA members are currently running.

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Wednesday 11 October (1430 - 1730)

Environment, Health and Safety Law Committee (Lead)
Human Rights Law Committee
Water Law Committee

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As the economies of developing countries grow and populations increasingly shift from rural to urban environments, significant environmental and health issues arise for the populations of these nations as well. From increased air pollution and access to clean water, to the harmful effects of climate change and resource development, there are challenging issues and doubts regarding whether the legal frameworks in these nations can develop as well as protect the population from these growing environmental and health challenges at times when countries prioritise economic growth over environmental considerations. This panel will discuss the leading environmental and health challenges in developing nations, where there are fundamental weaknesses in legal frameworks or enforcement mechanisms, and the lessons learned from around the world to implement legal protections for the health, safety and wellbeing of individuals to a clean environment.

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Wednesday 11 October (1430 - 1730)

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Trouble starts when your clients feel that they are being taken for granted. It costs much more to win new clients than to win more work from current clients. In addition, your clients can be your greatest referrers and ambassadors. We will work together on how to: • meet client expectations; • understand what clients mean by wanting ‘added value’; • anticipate and prevent problems; • deal with difficult clients; • turn complaints into opportunities; • increase the quality and quantity of work from your clients; • strengthen and deepen your relationships with your clients; • use client feedback to enhance service delivery; • handle challenging fee discussions; • cross-sell between your firm and the client; • prepare a client relationship management strategy; and • implement your client relationship plans.

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