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CONFERENCE OUTLINE PROGRAMME

Facing Up To Challenges In The Legal Profession

Day 1 – 29th November 2013

Morning session :

8.00- 8.45 – Registration

8.45- 9.00 – Opening remarks – Urmila Boolell

9.00 – 9.45 – Keynote Address – Maura  McGowan QC

09:45- 10.00 – Coffee break (seated)

 

10:00 – 10:15 – DVD Message - Christiane Féral-Schuhl, bâtonnier du barreau de Paris

10.15 – 11.00- Tribute - Stalwarts of the profession

11.00- 12.15 – Plenary session 1 – Access to Justice

12.30 – 14.00 – Lunch

 

Afternoon session :

14.00 – 15.00 – – Plenary session 2 – ‘’Interworkings’’ within the profession

15.00 – 15.30 – Coffee  break

 

15.30 – 17.00 Specialist sessions 1-3

19.15 pm onwards – Bar Annual Dinner

 

 

Day 2 – 30th November 2013

Morning session :

8.30- 9.00 – Registration

9.00- 10.30 – Plenary session 3 –International aspects of legal practice

10.30- 11.00 – coffee break

 

 11.00- 12.30  Specialist sessions  4-6

12.30 – 13.30 – Lunch

 

Afternoon session :

 

13.30- 14.45 – Specialist sessions 7-8

14.45- 15.30 – Plenary session 4 – Challenges within the profession

15.30 – 16.30 - Rapporteurs reports and closing remarks

16.30 - Coffee

 

Session title

Subject

Moderator / chair

 

 

Tribute

 

 

Stalwarts of the profession:

- Sir Rampersad Neerunjun QC

- Sir Gaetan Duval QC

Speakers:

Anil Gayan SC

Jacques Panglose

 

Plenary session 1

Access to Justice

- Responding to the stakeholders expectations in the delivery of  justice

- ensuring to adherence of ethics at the criminal bar

- delay as a bar to access to justice

 

 

Moderator:

Sanjay Bhuckory SC

 

Speakers:

Keir Starmer QC

Satyajit Boolell SC

Touria Prayag

 

Rapporteur:

Zaynah Essop

 

Plenary session 2

‘Interworkings’ within the profession

Analysing the relationship amongst the stakeholders within the profession and addressing areas of concern and looking at means of improving communication etc

Moderator:

Patrice de Speville SC

 

Speakers:

Angelique Desvaux

Danielle Lagesse SA

Virginie Corneillet

Ashwin Dwarka

 

Rapporteur:

K. Teck Young

 

Plenary session 3

 International aspects of legal practice

Looking at the evolution of legal practice in other jurisdictions and assessing our comparative  organisation and competitiveness- Is the concept of law firms succeeding in Mauritius ?

- How do Mauritian rate on the International scene?

- Benchmarking ourselves to other jurisdictions

- Foreign lawyers and law firms in Mauritius

- Networks and international alliances

-Structural organisation of the law firm, skills, professionalism and transfer of knowhow from overseas

- Mauritian law firms and Africa

- Shareholding of law firms by non lawyers

- Transferability of shares in law firms (listed law firms)

 

 

Moderator:

Marc Hein

 

Speakers:

Iqbal Rajaballee SC

Raj Makoond

Steven Scali

 

Rapporteur:

Priscilla Pathoo

 

Plenary session 4

Challenges within the profession

(the internal approach – the organisation of the lawyers, how do we ensure that we have space for all the prospective entrants and opportunities within the ’out of court´ organisations)

Moderator:

Herve Duval

 

Speakers:

Antoine Domingue SC

Renu Audit

Yves Hein

 

Rapporteur:

WardaEbrahim

 

 

Specialist session 1

Public law

- Constitutional law: Our constitution 45 years later: scope for reform

-Administrative law: Codified Judicial Review through the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review )Act 1977 [Australia] : Kangaroo Court or successful experiment?

- Human rights: SPEAK on International Human Rights Advocacy

 

 

Session Chair

Aruna Narain

 

Speakers

Justice Caunhye

Roger de Robillard

Priscilla Balgobin

 

 

Rapporteur:

D Bissessur

 

 

Specialist session 2

Commercial law

Structuring Investment and Private Client Wealth Management Through Mauritius

Session Chair:

Rishi Pursem SC

 

Speakers:

Gilbert Noel

Jason Harel

Muhammad Uteem

NadeemLallmamode

 

Rapporteur:

TawheenChoomka

 

Specialist session 3

 Civil law

(including all aspects of civil procedure, enforcement and execution issues etc) 

 

Session Chair:

Anwar Moollan  

 

Speakers:

Herve Duval

Andre Robert

J.P.Montocchio

 

 

Specialist Session 4

Criminal law

-The role of the Prosecutor in upholding the Rule of Law

 

- White collar crime is not a victimless crime

 

-Ethical conduct for barristers: representing your client – what are the boundaries?

 

Victims of crime: what are their rights?

 

Session Chair:

Satyajit Boolell SC

 

Speakers :

Keir Starmer QC

RaoufGulbul

Rashid Ahmine

Rex Stephen

 

Rapporteur:

V. Ramaya

 

Specialist session 5

ADR

Mediation, Conciliation , Arbitration: Danger or Opportunity?

$1-          Mediation and conciliation

$1-          Permanent Court of Arbitration

$1-          Conciliation in commercial disputes

$1-          Advocacy in arbitration

Session Chair:

Duncan Bagshaw

 

Speakers:

Justice Chong

Fedelma Smith

R Mardemootoo

Jamsheed Peeroo

 

 

 

Specialist session 6

Gender issues

1. Gender bias in the family justice system- [ Focus to be on gender bias in divorce  cases, custody cases and cases of child/ spousal support]

2. Gender bias in the criminal justice system-[Focus to be on gender bias in cases of domestic violence, rape, prostitution and other sexual offences]

3. Gender bias in the court system [Focus to be on  access to justice, court room  environment, legal education and gender bias in usage of language]

Session Chair:

Pramilla Patten

 

Speakers:

Maura McGowan QC

M. Lourdes Lam Hung

Johan Moutou-Leckning

Justice HajeeAbdoula

 

 

 

Specialist session7

Taxation and financial

- importance of the financial services sector to the economy

-role of lawyers in the financial services sector

-legal framework of the sector

-Mauritius in the international financial community

-Mauritius as a tax treaty jurisdiction

- importance of tax treaties

- role of vehicles used in international tax structuring

- importance of tax informational exchange

-challenges

Session Chair:

Rajesh Ramloll

 

Speakers:

Assad Abulatiff*

Steven Scali

 

Rapporteur:

N. Muneesamy

 

Specialist Session 8

Legal literacy

(mentoring and awareness issues concerning the workings and pitfalls of the legal system and the administration of justice) 

Session Chair:

Eric Ribot SC

 

Speakers:

PreeshaBisnauthsingh

Navin Dookhit

AmritDassyne