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International Family Law Conference 2016, The Future of Family Justice - International and Multi-Disciplinary Pathways

 

11 PUBLIC CPD POINTS
Day 1 - 6 CPD Points
Day 2 - 5 CPD Points
Practice Area: Family
Training Level: General
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The theme of the conference is The Future of Family Justice – International and Multi-Disciplinary Pathways. Modernisation and globalisation have led to a growing diversity of family forms and structures and every society needs to respond to the challenges presented by these changing families and help them nurture the next generation., This conference will enable legal and social science experts in various jurisdictions and fields to share their experiences, highlight the challenges they face, and to exchange ideas.

 

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DAY ONE, 29 September 2016 (Thursday)


 

TIME

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

 

8.30am

Registration

 

 

9.00am

Welcome Address

 

The Honourable Judicial Commissioner Valerie Thean, Presiding Judge of the Family Justice Courts, Singapore

 

 

9.10am

Opening Address: The Future of Family Justice: International and Multi-Disciplinary Pathways

 

The Honourable the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, Supreme Court, Singapore

 

 

9.45am

Keynote Address: The International Family Law Landscape and Challenges for the Future

 

The Honourable Chief Justice Diana Bryant AO, Family Court of Australia

 

 

10.30am

Morning Tea Break

 

 

11.00am

Plenary Session 1: Family Justice Systems Around the World and the Challenges

 

A family law system is shaped by the unique social, religious and cultural features of the society it serves. This session will provide an overview of family justice systems springing from different legal frameworks, the trends in family law, and the structure created to resolve family disputes. Participants will discuss how their systems have attempted to address the concerns and pressures created by demographic and social changes. A panel of distinguished speakers comprising academics and judges from various countries will share their perspectives.

 

Moderator :

The Honourable Justice Judith Prakash, Supreme Court, Singapore

 

Speakers:

  • The Right Honourable Lady Justice Jill Black DBE, Court of Appeal of England and Wales
  • The Honourable Madam Justice Bebe Pui Ying Chu, Judge-in-charge of the Family List in the Court of First Instance, High Court, Hong Kong
  • Professor Emerita  Dr. Dagmar Coester-Waltjen, LL.M.(Univ. of Michigan) University of Göttingen, Germany
  • Professor Leong Wai Kum, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore

 

 

1.00pm

Lunch Break

 

 

2.00pm

Plenary Session 2: International Frameworks Relating to Separating Couples

 

International marriages are on the rise as more individuals are moving overseas to work, live, get married and raise families. When the marriage unravels, it is no longer unusual that parties of different nationalities, cultures and legal traditions have to conduct separation or divorce proceedings in a jurisdiction foreign to one or both parties. This session delves into the challenging issues that arise in such cross-border disputes, including jurisdiction, conflict of laws issues, forum shopping, access, and difficult decisions on child relocation or abduction. Experts in this area will share their perspectives on these issues and exchange information and ideas regarding the various approaches that differing jurisdictions have taken to or can take to address them. 

 

Moderator :

Professor Anselmo Reyes, Representative, Hague Conference on Private International Law, Asia Pacific Regional Office, Hong Kong

 

Speakers:

  • The Honourable Justice Victoria Bennett, Family Court of Australia
  • The Honourable Justice Jacques Chamberland, Court of Appeal Quebec
  • Professor Linda Silberman, Professor of Law, New York University
  • Professor Yeo Tiong Min S.C. (Honoris Causa), Dean, School of Law, Singapore Management University

 

 

3.30pm

Afternoon Tea Break

 

 

4.00pm

Plenary Session 3: International Mediation in Cross-Border Family Disputes

 

Following the discussion from Plenary Session 2, would international mediation in relation to cross-border family disputes be one of the preferred approaches to deal with such highly emotional and difficult conflicts? What are the challenges? Are the challenges surmountable? What are the ways to enable mediation to take place at the earliest possible juncture? Would that help? Justice Belinda Ang will moderate a lively discussion on these issues by experienced mediators and jurists. 

 

Moderator:

The Honourable Justice Belinda Ang, Supreme Court, Singapore; Chairperson, Singapore Mediation Centre

 

Speakers:

  • The Right Honourable Sir Mathew Thorpe, Former Head of International Family Justice for England and Wales
  • The Honourable Justice Michael John Hartmann, Non-Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal, Hong Kong
  • Professor Paul Beaumont, Chair in EU and Private International Law, University of Aberdeen
  • District Judge Kevin Ng, Family Justice Courts, Singapore

 

 

5.30pm

Cocktail Reception

 

 

7.00pm

End of Day 1

 

 

 


DAY TWO, 30 September 2016 (Friday)


 

TIME

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

 

9.00am

Registration

 

9.30am

Keynote Address

 

Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Social and Family Development

 

 

10.00am

Morning Tea Break

 

10.30pm

 

Plenary Session 4: The Role of Social Science and Family Law

 

The challenges created by rapidly changing family structures demand that the law and social science work together to provide holistic solutions for complex and dynamic human relationships. The use of social science research in the development of family law has been significant and recognised as a valuable tool. Experts from the social science and legal fields will give their views on the influence of social science research and appropriate use of extrinsic materials in family law jurisprudence, its importance in child issues, the role of social science in family law practice, and how the partnership will likely evolve in the future.

 

Moderator :

The Honourable Judicial Commissioner Debbie Ong, Supreme Court, Singapore

 

Speakers:

  • Dr Jeffrey Edleson, Dean and Professor, School of Social Welfare, University of California Berkeley
  • Professor Marilyn Freeman, Principal Research Fellow, Westminster Law School, and Co-Director, International Centre for Family Law, Policy and Practice  
  • Dr Robert Emery, Professor of Psychology and Director of Centre for Children, Families and the Law at the University of Virginia
  • Ms Jennifer Teoh, Director and Senior Principal Forensic Psychologist, Ministry of Social and Family Development

 

 

12.00pm

Lunch Break

 

1.30pm

Concurrent Session 5A: Family Violence and Child Abuse

 

 

Family violence in high conflict divorces and allegations of child abuse, neglect or abandonment often add to the complexity and sensitivity of family disputes. Some of these cases might result in one parent fleeing to another country with the child or children. This session will discuss the challenges a court faces in handling multiple issues for victims, perpetrators and families in domestic violence cases and child abuse, and possible approaches that can be taken to address those issues.

 

Moderator:

District Judge Shobha Nair, Family Justice Courts, Singapore

 

Speakers:

  • Ms Sudha Shetty, Esq, Assistant Dean for International Partnerships and Alliances, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California Berkeley
  • Dr Jeffrey Edleson, Dean and Professor, School of Social Welfare, University of California Berkele
  • Ms Anne Hollonds, Director, The Australian Institute of Family Studies
  • Associate Professor Chan Wing Cheong, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
  • Ms Michelle Woodworth, Co-Chairperson, Family Law Practice Committee of the Law Society of Singapore

 

 

Concurrent Session 5B: Multi-Disciplinary Approaches to Family Mediation

 

Is the traditional model of mediation for civil cases applicable to family mediation? Should the approach for family mediation be different? Panellists will share their thoughts and experiences in family mediation.Should the child be involved in the custody dispute between the parents?Professionals are divided. Panellists will share their perspectives. Participants will be invited to share their experiences, views and concerns about including children in dispute resolution.

 

Moderator:

Ms Sophia Ang, Director, Counselling and Psychological Services, Family Justice Courts

 

Speakers:

  • Mr Raymond Yeo, Co-Chairperson, Family Law Practice Committee of the Law Society of Singapore
  • Ms Robyn Hooworth, Director and Senior Mediator, Collaborative Mediation Service, Australia and Hong Kong
  • Ms Kerri Gunthrope, Relationship Counsellor, Child Consultant for Family Mediation Accredited Family Mediator, Hong Kong 

 

 

2.45pm

Afternoon Tea Break

 

 

3.15pm

Plenary Session 6: The Future of Family Justice – The Evolving Role of Family Practice and Ethics

 

As family justice systems change to adapt to the needs and demands of changing families, it is inevitable that the practice of family law will evolve to meet these changes. This session will address the changing scope of family law practice and how family lawyers are adapting their practices to meet the challenges that arise, with a focus on ethical issues specific to family practice such as managing vulnerable clients and dealing with emotional conflicts.

 

Moderator:

The Honourable Judicial Commissioner Foo Tuat Yien, Supreme Court, Singapore

 

Speakers:

  • Chief Judge John Henry Pascoe, AC CVO, Federal Circuit Court of Australia
  • Professor Nahum Mushin, Adjunct Professor of Law, Monash University
  • Ms Lim Hui Min, Director, Legal Aid Bureau, Singapore
  • Ms Winnie Chow, Partner, Hampton, Winter and Glynn, Hong Kong
  • Mr Yap Teong Liang, Founding Partner, T L Yap & Associates

 

 

4.45pm

Closing Remarks: Family Justice in a World Without Borders

 

The Honourable Judicial Commissioner Valerie Thean, Presiding Judge of the Family Justice Courts, Singapore

 

 

5.00pm

Close of Conference

 

* The programme is subject to change.


DAY ONE, 29 September 2016 (Thursday)


 

Welcome Address

 

The Honourable Judicial Commissioner Valerie Thean
Presiding Judge of the Family Justice Courts, Singapore

 

JC Thean is Presiding Judge at the Family Justice Courts, which is a specialist court structure comprising the High Court Family Division and the Family and Youth Courts.

Prior to becoming a Judicial Commissioner, JC Thean has held various posts within the public service, such as Senior District Judge at the State Courts, Deputy Secretary (Law) at the Ministry of Law, Senior State Counsel at the Attorney-General’s Chambers, Assistant Registrar at the Supreme Court and Justice’s Law Clerk to the Supreme Court. She has also taught arbitration as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore Law Faculty.

 

She received her Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) from Downing College, Cambridge University, in 1991, and her Master of Laws from Harvard Law School, in 1995.

 

 

Opening Address: The Future of Family Justice: International and Multi-Disciplinary Pathways

 

The Honourable the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon
Supreme Court, Singapore

 

The Honourable the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon graduated with Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from the National University of Singapore in 1986 and later obtained a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School in 1991. He was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 1987 and appointed Senior Counsel in January 2008. From April 2006 to March 2007, Mr Menon served as a Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court and presided over several prominent criminal and civil cases in the High Court. He returned to Rajah & Tann LLP after his term at the bench, becoming its Managing Partner in August 2009. Mr Menon served as the Attorney-General from 1 October 2010 to 24 June 2012. As Attorney-General, he oversaw the implementation of the Criminal Procedure Code 2010, which made significant changes to the criminal process in Singapore. Mr Menon was appointed a Judge of Appeal of the Supreme Court on 1 August 2012, and the Chief Justice of Singapore on 6 November 2012.

 

 

Keynote Address: The International Family Law Landscape and Challenges for the Future

 

The Honourable Chief Justice Diana Bryant AO
Family Court of Australia

 

Diana Bryant is the Chief Justice to the Family Court of Australia. Her recent achievements include overseeing the conclusion of the Children’s Cases Program, a pilot program for a less adversarial means of hearing parenting cases, as well as implementing a Docket system throughout the Court. She is one of Australia’s two judges designated to the International Hague Network of Judges and has authored several publications on child-centred practises, among others.

 

 

Plenary Session 1: Family Justice Systems Around the World and the Challenges

 

 

Moderator :

 

The Honourable Justice Judith Prakash
Supreme Court, Singapore

 

Justice Judith Prakash was appointed a Judge in April 1995, having served as a Judicial Commissioner from April 1992. She was called to the Bar in 1975 and was in private practice, primarily in the areas of shipping and commercial law, for 18 years. She is a member of Advisory Board to the School of Law, SMU.

 

 

 

Speakers:

 

The Right Honourable Lady Justice Jill Black DBE
Court of Appeal of England and Wales

 

Lady Justice Black was appointed to the High Court on 1 October 1999 where she was assigned to the Family Division.

 

Whilst in the High Court, she tried family law cases and administrative law cases. She also carried out a number of other functions as part of her judicial role. She was the Family Division Liaison Judge for the Northern Circuit from 2000 to 2004, then chairman of the Judicial Studies Board’s Family Committee from 2004 to 2008. In 2008 she was appointed a judicial commissioner on the Judicial Appointments Commission, where she served until 2013, latterly as Vice Chairman of the Commission.

 

In June 2010, she was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal and continues to serve in that capacity in the Court of Appeal of England and Wales. She was appointed to the Privy Council in 2011.

 

In 2013, she was appointed Head of the Office of International Family Justice for England and Wales. 

 

 

 

The Honourable Madam Justice Bebe Pui Ying Chu
Judge-in-charge of the Family List in the Court of First Instance, High Court, Hong Kong

 

Madam Justice Chu joined the Family Court of Hong Kong in 2003 and was appointed the Principal Family Court Judge in 2009.  She became a Judge of Court of First Instance of the High Court in 2015, and has since been designated with the special responsibilities for Family Cases in the High Court.  Madam Justice Chu is one of Hong Kong’s International Hague Network Judges and currently is a member of the Working Party on Mediation, and the Implementation Committee on Family Procedure Rules.

 

 

 

 

Professor Emerita Dr. Dagmar Coester-Waltjen, LL.M.(Univ. of Michigan) 
University of Göttingen, Germany 

 

Dagmar Coester-Waltjen is a Professor at the University of Göttingen with over 30 years of faculty experience. She achieved the status of Habilitation at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich "Internationales Beweisrecht" (conflict of laws on evidence) in 1983 and is a member of the Academia Europaea (London) and of the Academy of Comparative Law (Paris). Her field of expertise is family law, civil procedure and conflict of laws.

 

 

 

Professor Leong Wai Kum
Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore

 

Professor Leong Wai Kum is a senior member of the NUS Faculty of Law where she continues to teach Family Law. She dedicates herself to researching and improving the Family Law in Singapore. She submitted private representations to Parliament in 1979 and 1995 on major reviews of the Women’s Charter. Professor Leong has published widely including her latest book Elements of Family Law in Singapore 2d (Singapore: LexisNexis, 2013). 

 

 

 

Plenary Session 2: International Frameworks Relating to Separating Couples

 

 

Moderator:

 

Professor Justice Anselmo Reyes
Representative, Hague Conference on Private International Law, Asia Pacific Regional Office, Hong Kong

 

Anselmo Reyes has been Professor of Legal Practice at Hong Kong University since October 2012. He was Judge of the Hong Kong High Court from 2003 to 2012. He has served as Representative of the Asia-Pacific Regional Office of the Hague Conference on Private International Law since April 2013. He is an International Judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court and an Overseas Bencher of the Inner Temple.

 

 

 

Speakers:

 

The Honourable Justice Victoria Bennett
Family Court of Australia

 

The Honourable Justice Victoria Bennett was appointed to the Family Court of Australia, in Melbourne, in November 2005. She is the longest serving judge in the Melbourne Registry.

 

The Family Court of Australia is a superior court which deals with complex family law disputes about financial and children’s matters and appeals from first instance decisions. It also has original jurisdiction in corporations law.

 

Her Honour has had many years of experience in Hague Convention matters. Together with the Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia, she is designated as a judge of the International Hague Judicial Network for Australia. 

 

 

 

 

The Honourable Justice Jacques Chamberland
Court of Appeal Quebec

 

Justice Jacques Chamberland was appointed to the Quebec Court of Appeal in 1993. He regularly takes part in the work of The Hague Conference on Private International Law, particularly with regard to the civil aspects of international child abduction. He is also a special advisor to the chair of the Judicial Committee on International Child Protection (a committee of the Canadian Judicial Council). 

 

 

 

Professor Linda Silberman
Professor of Law, New York University

 

Professor Linda Silberman is the Martin Lipton Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law and Co-director of the Center on Transnational Litigation, Arbitration, and Commercial Law.  She has been a member of numerous U.S. State Department delegations to the Hague Conference on Private International Law with respect to both the Hague Abduction Convention and the 1996 Protection of Children Convention.  She is the author of numerous articles on those Conventions, and delivered Hague Academy lectures entitled “Cooperative Efforts in Private International Law on Behalf of Children: The Hague Children’s Conventions”. She is also known for her work on alternative dispute resolution in the family law area.

 

 

Professor Yeo Tiong Min S.C. (Honoris Causa)
Dean, School of Law, Singapore Management University

 

Yeo Tiong Min first studied law at the National University of Singapore (NUS), and then obtained post-graduate degrees from the University of Oxford where he was a Senior Research Fellow for a time. He taught at NUS before being appointed the inaugural Yong Pung How Professor of Law at the Singapore Management University in 2007. His research interests are in private law, with a concentration on private international law.

 

 

Plenary Session 3: International Mediation in Cross-Border Family Disputes

 

 

Moderator:

 

The Honourable Justice Belinda Ang
Supreme Court, Singapore
Chairperson, Singapore Mediation Centre

 

Justice Ang was appointed Judicial Commissioner on 1 February 2002, and was appointed Judge of the Supreme Court of Singapore on 2 January 2003. Justice Ang sits as a specialist judge for Admiralty and Shipping and Arbitration matters as well as in the Finance, Securities, Banking, Complex Commercial cases cluster. Justice Ang took over as Chairperson of the Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC) on 1 September 2011.

 

Prior to these appointments, she was a lawyer in private practice and held the title of Senior Counsel (appointed in 1998). Justice Ang was a member of the sub-committee on the Review of Arbitration Laws, appointed by the Attorney-General in 1991, that made recommendations on Singapore’s laws relating to international commercial arbitrations, and which led to the enactment of the International Arbitration Act (Cap 143). She also completed a mediation workshop and was accredited a SMC mediator. Whilst in practice, Justice Ang was involved in mediations either as Counsel or as Mediator.

 

 

 

Speakers:

 

The Right Honourable Sir Mathew Thorpe
Former Head of International Family Justice for England and Wales

 

Sir Mathew Thorpe is an Associate Member of 1 Hare Court, from which (in its previous form) he practised as Mathew Thorpe QC before his appointment to the Family Division in 1988. Sir Mathew was Head of Chambers at Mitre Court between 1986 and 1988. His distinguished judicial career is well-known, and he retired from the Court of Appeal in the summer of 2013. From 1995 to his retirement he was Head of International Family Justice for England and Wales.

 

 

 

 

 

The Honourable Justice Michael John Hartmann
Non-Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal, Hong Kong

 

Over his legal career, Mr Justice Michael Hartmann has had broad experience in international matters. Arriving in Hong Kong (from Zimbabwe) in 1983, he headed the international team in the criminal division of the Attorney General's Chambers, assisting in negotiating new extradition treaties to comply with Hong Kong's 1997 change of sovereignty. He was also one of the team who ensured that the Hague Convention on the Civil Abduction of Children was introduced into Hong Kong law in time for the change of sovereignty. As a High Court judge, Justice of Appeal and finally as a Non-Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal, Mr Justice Hartmann has written a number of judgments on difficult areas of international family law, including such issues as relocation, and has chaired a number of judicial committees seeking to improve and rationalise family law procedures. For the past four years, since his retirement as a full-time member of the Hong Kong judiciary, he has specialised in family mediation.

 

 

 

Professor Paul Beaumont
Chair in EU and Private International Law, University of Aberdeen

 

Professor Paul Beaumont has been Professor of European Union and Private International Law at the University of Aberdeen since 1995.  He has written and edited several books on EU Law and Private International Law. His articles have appeared in many leading journals and edited collections. He served on the Hague Conference on Private International Law's drafting committees on Choice of Court and Maintenance, is the chair of the Hague’s Experts’ Group on Cross-border recognition and enforcement of agreements in family matters involving children, and represents the EU on the Hague’s Judgments Project. 

 

 

District Judge Kevin Ng
Family Justice Courts, Singapore

 

District Judge Kevin Ng is the judge overseeing the Family Dispute Resolution and Counselling & Psychological Services group of the Family Justice Courts. For the last 10 years, Kevin has focused on the area of appropriate dispute resolution in family matters. In 2006, he helped establish the court’s Family Resolutions Centre and in 2011, the Child Focused Resolution Centre.  These centres handle the mediation of divorce cases, and the provision of mandatory counselling and mediation to divorcing couples who have children. Kevin is an accredited mediator with the Singapore Mediator Centre, Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution and the Singapore International Mediation Institute.

 

 

 


DAY TWO, 30 September 2016 (Friday)


 

 

Opening Address

 

Mr Tan Chuan-Jin
Minister for Social and Family Development

 

Mr Tan Chuan-Jin is the Minister for Social and Family Development, an appointment he has held since 9 April 2015. Prior to this, Mr Tan was the Acting Minister for Manpower from 1 August 2012, and Minister for Manpower from 1 May 2014. An avid sportsman, Mr Tan serves as the President of the Singapore National Olympic Council. He is also the Co-Chairman of the Singapore-Liaoning Economic and Trade Council.

 

 

 

Plenary Session 4: The Role of Social Science and Family Law

 

 

Moderator :

 

The Honourable Judicial Commissioner Debbie Ong
Supreme Court, Singapore

 

Prior to her appointment to the Bench, Judicial Commissioner Debbie Ong had been a law academic at the NUS Law Faculty. She is currently Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court of Singapore. A leading family law scholar for many years, she has published widely in family law. She is a member of the International Advisory Board of the UK Child and Family Quarterly Journal, and formerly, amongst other roles, a volunteer Family Court Mediator, Chairperson of the Governance Committee of Tampines Family Service Centre, member of the Review Board constituted under the Children and Young Persons Act.

 

 

 

Speakers:

 

Dr Jeffrey Edleson
Dean and Professor, School of Social Welfare, University of California Berkeley

 

Jeffrey L. Edleson, PhD, is Dean and Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Social Welfare. He is Professor Emeritus in the University of Minnesota School of Social Work and founding director of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse. He has published more than 130 articles and 12 books on domestic violence, group work, and program evaluation. Edleson recently served on the US National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. 

 

 

Professor Marilyn Freeman
Principal Research Fellow, Westminster Law School, and Co-Director, International Centre for Family Law, Policy and Practice  

 

Professor Marilyn Freeman is a leading child law expert and international child abduction specialist. She is also the co-director of the International Centre for Family Law, Policy and Practice which is affiliated to Westminster Law School where she holds the appointment as Principal Research Fellow. Her research includes the effects of international child abduction and relocation and higher and further education responses to forced marriage. She holds a door tenancy at specialist family law chambers and publishes widely. Professor Freeman is also a qualified Family Mediator.

 

 

Dr Robert Emery
Professor of Psychology and Director of Centre for Children, Families and the Law at the University of Virginia

 

Robert Emery, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Children, Families, and the Law at the University of Virginia. He has authored over 150 scientific publications, and several books including Marriage, Divorce, and Children's Adjustment; Renegotiating Family Relationships: Divorce, Child Custody, and Mediation; and his guides for parents, The Truth about Children and Divorce: Dealing with the Emotions So You and Your Children Can Thrive and the forthcoming, Two Homes, One Childhood: A Parenting Plan to Last a Lifetime.

 

 

Ms Jennifer Teoh
Director and Senior Principal Forensic Psychologist, Ministry of Social and Family Development

 

Ms Jennifer Teoh is the Director and Senior Principal Forensic Psychologist of the Clinical and Forensic Psychology Service in the Ministry of Social and Family Development. She specialises in forensic assessment and treatment of families and youth in the child protection, juvenile and adult justice systems. She has authored international publications on social psychology and youth delinquency and was conferred the National Day Awards commendation medal in 2010. 

 

 

Concurrent Session 5A: Family Violence and Child Abuse

 

 

 

Moderator:

 

District Judge Shobha Nair
Family Justice Courts, Singapore

 

Shobha Nair (LL.B. (NUS); LL.M. (Georgetown) is a district judge of the family justice courts. She has served in different capacities prior to judicial service. She was a deputy public prosecutor from 1991-1996 and served as senior tutor at the NUS from 1996-2000 (School of Architecture and the Built Environment) before joining Singapore Technologies Kinetics as legal counsel. She has served in the criminal and civil divisions of the Subordinate Courts (as it was known then).   

 

 

 

 

Speakers:

 

Ms Sudha Shetty, Esq
Assistant Dean for International Partnerships and Alliances, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California Berkeley

 

Ms Sudha Shetty,Esq, Assistant Dean for International Partnerships and Alliances, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California Berkeley

 

Sudha Shetty is the Assistant Dean for International Partnerships and Alliances at the Goldman School of Public at U C Berkeley. She speaks and writes extensively on domestic violence issues facing immigrant women and women of color. She has been a consultant to the law firm of Dorsey & Whitney, L.L.P. on diversity issues and in her former role as Director of the Seattle University Law School’s Access to Justice Institute she developed a variety of legal access projects focused on battered women. She has been honored and received many awards for her work with underserved communities.

 

 

 

Dr Jeffrey Edleson
Dean and Professor, School of Social Welfare, University of California Berkeley

 

 

 

 

 

Ms Anne Hollonds
Director, The Australian Institute of Family Studies

 

Anne is the new Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, Australia’s key independent research Institute on families.

 

Anne has extensive senior executive experience in policy and practice, including 17 years as Chief Executive Officer. As a psychologist, Anne’s earlier career was in child and family counselling, mental health, child protection, adoption, family law mediation, and domestic violence prevention.  She holds several government advisory roles including Chair of the NSW Domestic and Family Violence Council.

 

 

 

Associate Professor Chan Wing Cheong
Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore

 

Chan Wing Cheong teaches and researches in criminal law and family law. The major book publications he has been involved in include Support for Victims of Crime in Asia; Criminal Law in Malaysia and Singapore; Singapore’s Ageing Population: Managing Healthcare and End of Life Decisions; Codification, Macaulay and the Indian Penal Code and Criminal Law for the 21st Century: A Model Code for Singapore. He is also a member of a working group convened by the Family Court to review different aspects of the Family Law in Singapore.

 

 

 

Ms Michelle Woodworth
Co-Chairperson, Family Law Practice Committee of the Law Society of Singapore

 

Michelle Woodworth is a Partner at RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice. Michelle graduated with LL.B (Hons) and has been admitted to the Bar of England & Wales, Supreme Court of Singapore, Supreme Court of NSW, Australia and High Court of Australia. Michelle was in private practice for over 12 years, then served as a District Judge of the Subordinate Courts of Singapore (now the Family Justice Courts). Thereafter she joined the Law Society of Singapore as Director and Head of their Representation and Law Reform Department before returning to private practice. Michelle tutors Family Law at Part B of the Singapore Bar Examinations and Co-Chairs the Law Society’s Family Law Practice Committee. She authored a chapter on custody, care and control and access of children in a book launched in May 2005 entitled “The Art of Family Lawyering” and edited its 2nd edition in January 2013. Michelle is an Advocate and Solicitor, Mediator (IMI and SIMI Certified, SMC Accredited), Collaborative Family Practitioner and Court-Appointed Child Representative.

 

Concurrent Session 5B: Multi-Disciplinary Approaches to Family Mediation

 

 

Moderator:

 

Ms Sophia Ang
Director, Counselling and Psychological Services, Family Justice Courts

 

Sophia Ang oversees the psychological and counselling related services within the Family Justice Courts, which provides assessments, counselling and conciliation services to litigants and their families who are going through various legal proceedings in the courts.

 

Sophia is a registered counsellor and clinical supervisor with the Singapore Association of Counselling (SAC), a member with the Association for Marital & Family Association (Singapore) and the Singapore Psychological Society, a principal mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre and a certified mediator with the Singapore International Mediation Institute. She also sits on the Review Board for Children and Young Persons Home and the National Healthcare Group Ethics Review Board for Community Health Research.

 

 

 

Speakers:

 

Mr Raymond Yeo
Co-Chairperson, Family Law Practice Committee of the Law Society of Singapore

 

Raymond Yeo is a returning overseas graduate called to the English Bar in 1996.  He has since developed a specialist area of practice in his own boutique law firm providing services relating to Family and Matrimonial Law.  He has been involved in a wide variety of cases including acrimonious custody disputes, cross-border jurisdictional and foreign claims, and division of assets of substantial value.  He is on the Panel of Child Representatives with the Family Justice Courts and an Accredited Mediator.

 

 

 

Ms Robyn Hooworth
Director and Senior Mediator, Collaborative Mediation Service, Australia and Hong Kong 

 

Robyn Hooworth (BSW Hons)is a Family Mediator, General Mediator, Lead Assessor, Trainer and Dispute Resolution Consultant in HK and Australia since 1987. She is a Senior Teaching and Research Member with the Dispute Resolution Centre, School of Law, Bond University, Australia and Co- Director of the Global Mediation Institute, HK. Robyn has conducted over 3,000 mediations in HK and Australia specialising in Child informed mediation, working with high conflict parties and mediating in a multi-cultural context.  

 

 

 

Ms Kerri Gunthrope 
Family and Relationship Counsellor, Hong Kong accredited mediator 

Kerri Gunthrope began her studies as a counsellor and then worked in Family Group Conferencing developed in New Zealand.  She found this approach to be a powerful instrument to encourage change and provide the family unit the support to manage through these turbulent times.

 

To increase her knowledge regarding effective methods to support families, she studied Family Mediation at Bond University Australia and worked within this field at Relationships Centres Australia for five years.

 

She completed her training in Child Inclusive Mediation with Prof Jennifer McIntosh then completed level 2 training in Gottman Relationship therapy among other relationship courses.

 

 

 

Plenary Session 6: The Future of Family Justice – The Evolving Role of Family Practice and Ethics

 

 

Moderator:

 

The Honourable Judicial Commissioner Foo Tuat Yien
Supreme Court, Singapore

 

Judicial Commissioner Foo Tuat Yien joined the Supreme Court in 2015.

 

She has an LLB from the National University of Singapore and an MBA from University of Michigan, Ann-Arbor.

 

She was Registrar of Titles/Controller of Residential Property from 1991-2000, Principal District Judge, Subordinate Courts from 2000-2004, Asst Chief Executive (Legal), Competition Commission from 2005-2009, Principal District Judge, Family Court and State Courts from 2009-2015.   She also served as Commissioner, Appeals Board (Land Acquisition). 

 

 

 

Speakers:

 

Chief Judge John Henry Pascoe, AC CVO
Federal Circuit Court of Australia

 

His Honour Chief Judge John Pascoe AC CVO is the Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, a position he has held since July 2004.

 

The Federal Circuit Court of Australia is a federal trial Court of broad and diverse jurisdiction across all areas of Federal law including Family law, Migration, Human Rights, Bankruptcy, Copyright, Industrial, and Admiralty law.

 

 

Professor the Honourable Nahum Mushin
Adjunct Professor of Law, Monash University

 

The Honourable Nahum Mushin is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Monash University where he teaches ethics. Prior to his appointment to that position, he was a Judge of the Family Court of Australia for 21 years and a Presidential Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for 6 years. Professor Mushin chaired the Australian Government’s advisory committees on the apology to people affected by forced adoptions and implementation of measures to support them. He has been involved in multicultural issues and the law throughout his career.

 

 

Ms Lim Hui Min
Director, Legal Aid Bureau, Singapore

 

Ms Lim Hui Min started work in a private law firm before joining the Singapore Legal Service, doing stints in the Civil Registry of the then Subordinate Courts of Singapore and the Family and Juvenile Court. She has also worked in the then Ministry of Community Development Youth and Sports, designing programmes to deliver social and work assistance to the less-privileged, and later, as the head of its legal department. She is currently the Director of Legal Aid. Ms Lim has numerous publications on civil and family law.

 

 

Ms Winnie Chow
Partner, Hampton, Winter and Glynn, Hong Kong

 

Winne Chow is a Solicitor, Collaborative Practitioner, Parenting Coordinator, Trained Mediator and Civil Celebrant of Marriages.  She is also the Vice President of The International Academy of Family Lawyers, an Executive Committee Member of the Hong Kong Family Law Association, Member of the Law Society Family Law Committee and Vice Chair on the Hong Kong Collaborative Practice Group

 

 

Mr Yap Teong Liang
Director, T L Yap Law Chambers LLC

 

Yap Teong Liang was admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in June 1992 and runs his boutique law firm specialising in Family Law.

 

His cases involve cross border jurisdictional and forum issues, child abduction and relocation, child custody, maintenance, division of assets and family violence matters.

 

Teong Liang is a Child Representative, Collaborative Family Practitioner and an Accredited Mediator with the Family Justice Courts and Regent’s University, UK. He is on the panel of Cross-Border Family Mediators of MiKK, Berlin, Germany In February 2016, he completed the Parenting Coordination Training Programme.  

 

 

Closing Remarks: Family Justice in a World Without Borders

 

 

The Honourable Judicial Commissioner Valerie Thean
Presiding Judge of the Family Justice Courts, Singapore

 

REGISTRATION DETAILS
(REGISTRATION CLOSING DATE: 15 SEP 2016 or when all seats are filled)

 

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11 PUBLIC CPD POINTS
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Venue: Supreme Court Auditorium, Basement 2, 1 Supreme Court Lane, Singapore 178879

Event Date: 29 - 30 September 2016

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Early Bird Registration EXTENDED to 31 July 2016--Register Now and Save!

 

The theme of the conference is The Future of Family Justice – International and Multi-Disciplinary Pathways. Modernisation and globalisation have led to a growing diversity of family forms and structures and every society needs to respond to the challenges presented by these changing families and help them nurture the next generation., This conference will enable legal and social science experts in various jurisdictions and fields to share their experiences, highlight the challenges they face, and to exchange ideas.

 

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