International Bridges to Justice and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore merged expertise with innovation to create the first-ever Criminal Justice Training for ASEAN countries in Singapore, 14-18 Feb 2011.  Hosted at the beautiful campus of the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at National University of Singapore, this inaugural event gathered 18 participants  from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.  The attendees arrived ready to learn from each other and international experts the current state of criminal justice in ASEAN at large, and within their respective nations.

As part of the interactive training methodology, participants were asked to give brief presentations highlighting current laws in their own countries that uphold the rights of the accused, specifically early access to defense counsel.  Experts from Singapore, Asia, and America introduced new methods of reviewing and analyzing evidence from a criminal case to provide the greatest access to accurate information.  Advocacy and negotiation skills complemented the leadership development and criminal justice review.

IBJ Staff and Participants, IBJ-MFA Training (Opening Ceremony – 14 Feb 2011) Back Row (Left-to-Right): Mr. J. Tan (Singapore), Mr. Yathiraju (Malaysia), Mr. Vansilalom (Laos), Ms. Young (Malaysia), Prof. Tian (IBJ China), Prof. Zhang (IBJ China), Mr. Chen (IBJ China) Middle Row (Left-to-Right): Ms. Lim (Singapore); Mr. Ekroni (Indonesia), Mrs. Inthaphonh (Laos), Ms. Zapanta (Philippines), Ms. Hoang (Vietnam), Ms. Decena-Valdez (Philippines), Ms. Seang (Cambodia), Ms. Rodriguez (Philippines), Ms. Saroeun (Cambodia), Ms. Lim (Cambodia), Ms. Poonsukcharoen (Thailand) Front Row (Left-to-Right): Mr. Amin (Indonesia), Mr. Sukristyawan (Indonesia), Mr. Liyanage (IBJ), Ms. Tse (IBJ), Ambassador Ong (Singapore MFA), Director Koh (Singapore MFA), Ms. Krake (IBJ), Ms. Stauffer (IBJ), Ms. Yeo (Singapore)

IBJ expresses its gratitude to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, the Law Society of Singapore, and Ambassador Ong Keng Yong for their support.   IBJ also express its thanks to trainers from Drew & Napier, Infinitus Law, Rodyk & Davidson, NUS Law, Bird & Bird, and Eldan Law for their expertise.  This event would not have been possible without financial backing from Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, and Rajah & Tann.  We look forward to working with all our partners, sponsors and trainers in future collaborations.

List of Attendees: MFA-IBJ  Training Feb 2011

Surname First Name Sex Title Country
HOANG Thi Thuy Hoa F Vice-head of International Programs Division Vietnam
TAN Josephus Joon Liang M Legal Associate Singapore
LIM Pei Ling June F Legal Associate Singapore
YEO Nadia F Legal Associate Singapore
RODRIGUEZ Josyli Tabajonda F Prosecution Attorney Philippines
ZAPANTA Lourdes Ramirez F City Prosecutor Philippines
DECENDA-VALDEZ Hazel Canet F Assistant State Prosecutor Philippines
INTHAPHONH Lattana (Aith) F Deputy Director, MOJ Laos
VANSILALOM Vilaxon M Legal Staff, MOJ Laos
SEANG Hun F Bureau Chief of Honourable Decoration Cambodia
SAROEUN Sopor F Chief Personnel Officer, MOJ Cambodia
LIM Sophary F Officer, MOJ Cambodia
ARUNASALAM Komathi Aip F Lawyer Malaysia
YOUNG Yvonne Ai Peng F Lawyer- Advocate Malaysia
Yathiraju Anbananthan M Lawyer – Criminal Defense Malaysia
AMIN Rusdi M Prosecutor Indonesia
SUKRISTYAWAN Fajar M Head of Prosecution Office- North Jakarta Indonesia
EKRONI Dado Achmad M Prosecutor Indonesia
POONSUKCHAROEN Poonsuk F Legal Officer, Human Rights Lawyers’ Assoc. Thailand
TIAN Wenchang M IBJ China Staff China
ZHANG Guowei M IBJ China Staff China
CHEN Dong M IBJ China Staff China

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