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SAARC Law Conference to be held in capital

Kathmandu, March 3, 2016: The 13th SAARC LAW Conference and 10th SAARC Chief Justices’ Conference are all set to be held in Kathmandu on Saturday.

President Bidhya Devi Bhandari is scheduled to inaugurate the two-day conference. The conference of advocates and chief justices would be held under the theme of ‘Connecting SAARC through Law, Justice, Good Governance and Development.’

At a news conference organised today, Chief Justice Kalyan Shrestha, who is also the chairman of SAARC LAW Nepal, expressed belief that SAARC member states would benefit from the experiences of each other.

Apart from chief justices from five member states, around 220 representatives from the judicial sector of seven SAARC member countries and Asian Development Bank are taking part in the conferences.

A total of 18 delegates from Bangladesh, 23 from Bhutan, 24 from India, 50 from Pakistan, three from Sri Lanka, 29 from Asian Development Bank and 100 from Nepal are attending the conference.

Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha from Bangladesh, Tshering Wangchuk from Bhutan, Tirath Singh Thakur from India and Kanagasabapathy Sripavan of Sri Lanka are arriving in Kathmandu to attend the conference at the invitation of Chief Justice Shrestha.

The Chief Justices’ Conference will be held side by side with the SAARC LAW Conference.

Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and Abdul Malik Kamawi, member of High Council of Supreme Court of Afghanistan, would also attend the conference as representatives of their chief justices.

No representative from the Maldives is attending the regional conference, said President of SAARC LAW Nepal and senior advocate Purnaman Shakya.

The SAARC LAW Nepal is hosting the SAARC LAW Conference while the Supreme Court of Nepal will host the Chief Justices’ Conference.

The participants will present working papers on the themes of governance and human rights, corporate and business law, justice administration and dispute settlement, and legal education and profession.