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The Role Of Lawyers In Protecting Democracy

In collaboration with Law Association for Asia and the Pacific (LAWASIA) and Integrated Bar of the Philippines.



Mr. Mah Weng Kwai, the President of the Law Association for Asia and the Pacific (LAWASIA) and Mr. Klaus Preschle, Country Representative of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) addressed around fifty lawyers from the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Thailand and Australia during a Forum on the Role of Lawyers in Protecting Constitutional Democracy. Other speakers included Ambassador Raul Goco, Chairman of LAWASIA Philippines, Atty. Raoul R. Angangco, President of LAWASIA Philippines, and Atty. Edgar Tarriela, Councillor for LAWASIA Philippines.

The forum was held during the general assembly of the law association for Asia and the Pacific 2007 on invitation of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. Mr. Klaus Preschle expressed the intention of KAS to work more closely together with constitutional lawyers to improve constitutional framework in Asia and to protect democracy from its enemies. He presented the “Rule of Law” Project of the Regional KAS office in Singapore and the initiatives of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and its partners in the Philippines.

In his keynote speech, Mr. Mah Went Kwai stressed the need for passionate lawyers who are willing and able to protect constitutional democracy. The forum discussed issues such as constitutional development in Asia, implementation of democratic principles and international collaboration.

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