This past week I was in Hong Kong for the 2018 Asian Financial Forum ("Steering Growth; Pioneering Innovation"). You can see a number of my updates from the Forum and associated events on my LinkedIn and Twitter pages.
With my return to Sydney, I am spending most of this weekend judging essays on the topic "How can banking regulatory law reduce poverty and support economic development?" for Lex:lead: Lawyers for Economic Advancement and Development, an international charity registered in New York (I serve on its Senior Advisory Board).
Launched with funding from the International Bar Association Foundation in 2010, Lex:lead runs an annual essay competition on topics of law and development open to students in the world's approximately 50 least developed countries.
I am sure that my fellow judges from around the world are as pleased as I am to be reading such original and thought-provoking contributions by students from across the world's least developed countries.
Winning papers will receive a cash prize and be published by the International Bar Association (see https://www.ibanet.org/IBA-Foundation-publications.aspx).
If you know someone who would be interested in supporting the work of the group, or want to participate in its competitions, scholarships, and internships see below for details.
- Hon. Sir David Baragwanath KNZM QC, New Zealand - Special Tribunal for Lebanon
- Hon. Sir Charles (Dennis) Byron PC, St Kitts and Nevis - President, Caribbean Court of Justice
- Hon. Justice Aminatta LR N'gum, Gambia - UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals
- Hon. Justice Joaquine De Mello, Tanzania - High Court of Tanzania
- Hon. Justice Iain Morley QC, United Kingdom - formerly UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
- His Excellency Ambassador Peter Maddens, Belgium - Government of Belgium
- His Excellency Ambassador Deepak Dhital, Nepal - Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations
- Professor Francis Ssekandi, Uganda - Columbia University and Judge, World Bank Administrative Tribunal
- Professor Uma Tripathi, India - St John's University
- Professor John Mukum Mbaku, Cameroon - Weber State University
- Dr Phillip Tahmindjis AM, Australia - International Bar Association Human Rights Institute
- Dr Marta Pertegas, Spain - Hague Conference on Private International Law
- Ms Dianna Kempe QC JP, Bermuda - formerly Appleby, Spurling and Kempe, International Bar Association
- Mr Fasil Amdetsion, Ethiopia - formerly Ethiopian Ministry for Foreign Affairs
- Mr Christian Loubeau, USA - US Department of State
- Ms Imrana Jalal, Fiji - Commissioner, International Commission of Jurists, Asian Development Bank
- Mr Takeh Sendze, Cameroon - UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals
- Ms Samantha Jallah, Liberia - Office of the General Counsel, Liberian Awards
- Ms Adejoke Babington-Ashaye, Nigeria - World Bank
- Ms Paige Berges, USA - A4ID and Lawyers Without Borders, Barclays
- Mr Michael Adenuga, Nigeria - formerly Commonwealth Secretariat