20-Feb-2004 - 22-Feb-2004


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A formal announcement has been made by the Secretary General of SAARCLAW, Mr. Hemant Batra in New Delhi today regarding the 10th SAARCLAW International Conference and the 7th SAARC Chief Justices Conference to be held in Pakistan. The Conference is scheduled to be held in Karachi (Pakistan) at Sheraton Hotel on 20th-22nd February 2004.

The Conference will be attended by delegates from SAARC countries, comprising of Judges, lawyers,bestpanerai.com academicians and government/public servants. The Pakistan Chapter of SAARCLAW will host the Conference, which is expected to draw a large gathering of legal fraternity from Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The Indian delegation will include, amongst other, Judges and eminent lawyers such as the Chief Justice of India, Justice Umesh C. Banerjee, Justice B.A. Khan, Justice V.A. Mohta, Mr. K.K Venugopal, Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Mr. Hemant Batra, Mr. A.K. Ganguly and Mr. Parag P. Tripathi. The Conference is likely to be inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of Pakistan.

The central theme of the SAARCLAW Conference is “LEAP FORWARD – NEXT GENRATION LAWS” i.e. Leap Forward to the Next Generation of Laws. The Conference proposes to explore the vital interface between the social and economic changes and law. It seeks to define the basic parameters of this change: its speed, its direction and its content. It does so by identifying certain crucial interfaces of social and economic change, and their impact on law and legal issues, like, International Law, Banking and Recovery Laws, Media Laws, Cyber Crime, Combating Organized Crime, Corporate Governance and Accountability and WTO and Regional Trade. In these vital areas, the Conference will discuss the need and nature of fundamental reforms, the necessity to focus use of law as an efficacious modality of bringing about social and economic change and also the impact of social, economic and technical changes on laws, law making. The Conference will seek to explore the challenges that lie before the law makers, lawyers and the society at large in wake of the next generation or new laws which have been enacted or need to be enacted in wake of the changed and ever changing social, economic and technological scenario.

The Conference seeks to build into its deliberations a substantial comparative perspective, especially from the SAARC regions. It also proposes to propound a feasible and realistic model for second generation and even third generation of legal, social and economic reforms over the next several decades.