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Wednesday 11 October (1615 - 1730)

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The panellists in this session will examine witness evidence including: • the need for it, if any; • the perspective of the arbitrator; • steps that arbitrators can take to better evaluate testimony; • methods for counsel to avoid affecting a witness’s memory; and • the preparation of witness statements.

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Wednesday 11 October (1615 - 1730)

Securities Law Committee (Lead)
Antitrust Section

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Stricter and more unpredictable merger control and other administrative, regulatory and supervisory preconditions make it increasingly difficult to plan and execute the closing of M&A transactions. The session will look at how best to manage such transaction risks.

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Wednesday 11 October (1930 - 2230)

Business Human Rights Committee (Lead)
Leisure Industries Section (Lead)
Young Lawyers' Committee (Lead)

Wednesday 11 October (2000 - 2230)

Arbitration Committee (Lead)

Wednesday 11 October (2000 - 2230)

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

Wednesday 11 October (2000 - 2230)

Diversity and Equality Law Committee (Lead)
Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee (Lead)

Wednesday 11 October (2000 - 2230)

Wednesday 11 October (2000 - 2230)

International Construction Projects Committee (Lead)

Wednesday 11 October (2000 - 2230)

Wednesday 11 October (2030 - 2230)

Aviation Law Committee (Lead)

Wednesday 11 October (2030 - 2230)

Closely Held and Growing Business Enterprises Committee (Lead)

Wednesday 11 October (2030 - 2230)

Communications Law Committee (Lead)
Space Law Committee (Lead)
Technology Law Committee (Lead)

Wednesday 11 October (2030 - 2230)

Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee (Lead)

Thursday 12 October (0800 - 0930)

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This session will explore access to justice in Australia from an environmental and human rights perspective. The Law Society of NSW President, Pauline Wright, will hold an in conversation discussion with Sue Higginson, Principal Solicitor and CEO of the Environmental Defenders Office and Associate Professor Anna Cody, Director of Kingsford Legal Centre, a community legal centre which is part of the University of NSW Law Faculty. Anna was last year’s Australian Human Rights Commission Law Award recipient. Over the last fifteen years in Australia and NSW there has been a steady erosion of rule of law principles and fundamental rights and freedoms. Australia is the only Western nation without a legislative or constitutionally enshrined bill of rights and it appears that human rights protection is going backwards for many vulnerable groups such as asylum seekers and Indigenous Australians. While there is a strong legislative framework for environmental protection in NSW, the environment is voiceless. Justice and rights in this area can only come to the fore when there are advocates who will stand up to protect it and enforce those laws. Pursuing access to environmental justice is hard work and defenders can often feel like they are blindfolded with their hands tied behind their backs and, in these circumstances, rule of law principle are also critical.

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Thursday 12 October (0930 - 1230)

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This panel will focus on whether common holding structures, such as trusts and foundations, are still viable and, if not, whether it is still possible to provide effective structures for cross-border clients.

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Thursday 12 October (0930 - 1230)

Antitrust Section (Lead)
Young Lawyers' Committee

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Virtually all jurisdictions today are united in their hostility to cartels. Antitrust enforcers have arrived at a consensus that ‘hardcore’ price and output restraints must be rooted out and attacked with punitive measures. What next? This panel will address emerging approaches to the application of competition law to competitor coordination falling short of cartel activity. What are the rules and how can businesses comply? Topics to be discussed are the scope of prohibitions on ‘concerted practices’ under EU (and, soon, Australian) law, scope of ‘agreement’ under US law, contrasting approaches across jurisdictions to the legality of information exchanges and price signalling, and the nature of other ‘non-traditional’ theories of collusive or cooperative conduct

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Thursday 12 October (0930 - 1230)

IBA's Human Rights Institute (Lead)

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Australia is the only country in the Commonwealth of Nations, and one of the few countries in the world, without a Bill of Rights. A former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, Sir Harry Gibbs, once declared: 'If society is tolerant and rational, it does not need a Bill of Rights; if it is not, no Bill of Rights will preserve it'. Is this the case in present-day Australia? What is the experience in other countries? Join a debate on this issue with a distinguished panel.

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Thursday 12 October (0930 - 1230)

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Efficiency and low costs of financial service: is that what makes FinTech successful? How should banks respond? What is the regulatory response? Lawyers, industry representatives and regulators will discuss whether pressure on banks from FinTech companies will force banks to change their business model and how regulators with prudential or financial stability mandate should react.

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Thursday 12 October (0930 - 1230)

Young Lawyers' Committee (Lead)
Arbitration Committee
Mediation Committee

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This session focuses on recent changes in the framework for ADR in different jurisdictions. By bringing to the table for discussion how venues are becoming more attractive to parties, and what shifts are being made in the public and private sectors, this session aims to provide informed opinions on which jurisdictions could be emerging in the ADR-scene in the next few years. Topics such as legislative reform of national acts, governmental initiatives, support from judicial systems, and the creation of private institutions, among others, shall be discussed. In addition, experienced practitioners shall provide their insight on the ADR scheme of alternative jurisdictions.

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Thursday 12 October (0930 - 1230)

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This session will look at issues confronting issuers and intermediaries in the distribution of financial products, particularly insurance related products. The panel will explore the role of litigation in enforcing, creating, and in some instances, further complicating the creation and distribution of financial products.

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