Queensland Law Society

LAWASIA moves headquarters

Date 25 Feb 2013
Contact Natalie Graeff, Manager Corporate Communication
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International law association LAWASIA will move offices from Queensland to New South Wales later this year, after almost a decade being hosted by the Queensland Law Society.

LAWASIA President Malathi Das said LAWASIA had been privileged to enjoy the hospitality and generosity of Queensland Law Society over the past nine years, following its relocation to Brisbane from Darwin in January 2004.   

“LAWASIA hopes and expects that it will maintain close ties with Queensland following the relocation of the secretariat.  At the same time, it warmly welcomes the opportunity to work more closely with the Law Society of NSW and, through its support, to deliver further regional connectivity into Australia,” Ms Das said.

“LAWASIA has received strong support from all Australian jurisdictions since its inception in 1966.

“New South Wales has Australia’s largest legal population and we hope to build on the growth we’ve experienced in Queensland over recent years.

“We expect to relocate to Sydney in August.”

Queensland Law Society (QLS) president Annette Bradfield said Queensland practitioners will still benefit from LAWASIA connections, including opportunities to attend professional development events and participate in committee work.

“LAWASIA will continue to have input into our International Law Committee’s work,” Ms Bradfield said.

“QLS is committed to supporting the increasing internationalisation of the Queensland legal profession by building regional relationships beyond Australia’s borders with overseas governments and through linkages with other law societies and associations like LAWASIA.

“Our international committee also promotes the rule of law through international instruments such as UN conventions, the independence of the judiciary, professional ethics and human rights.

“Working together with LAWASIA on these issues will continue.

“It’s been wonderful hosting them for nine years and we wish them all the best.”