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Friday, 4 November 2016

Report on NYLC-MCCHR Strategic Litigation Camp 2016 by Tiu Foo Woei

Pre-camp

I was sponsored by the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee (KLBC) for the Strategic Litigation Camp at Avillion Resort, Port Dickson which was held from 18 - 21 August 2016 after having come across the details on Facebook.

Prior to the camp, I was assigned to a case study and a group of teammates with whom I worked together to prepare for a moot during the camp. My teammates were Nadra, Yeo Heng Hau, Emily Chong and Priscilla Chin. Emily kindly took on leadership of the team and set up a WhatsApp group for the team to prepare for the camp.

We even met up at a cafe in PJ to discuss the assignment which was based on the Bersih T-shirt Ban. During the cafe meet-up, we got to know each other more and there was a fruitful discussion.

The Camp

Day 1

We arrived at the Resort to be briefed by the staff there on security issues as well as some ground rules. Khairil, the Chairperson, encouraged all participants to speak their mind and ideas in a respectful manner and not restrict others from sharing during the sessions. The hall booked for the camp was designated a “safe place” for the discussion of ideas and opinions and was a clear application of human rights principles.

After that, there was a video screening of a pressing local human rights issue which was raised by Aishah Tajuddin. Her critics threatened bodily harm, amongst other things, in order to cow her into silence. This led to a discussion concerning freedom of expression.

It struck me as important that though we may disagree with the opinion of others, there is no need to silence those opinions as the ensuing intellectual discourse will certainly benefit society. The diverse views and a safe space which allows freedom of thought would certainly enable society to view ideas from different perspectives.

Day 2

We presented the case assigned to us before a panel of facilitators who guided and corrected us through our submissions. We were very grateful with the frankness of the facilitators and their feedback.
The submissions were followed by sessions by Ms. Seh Lih on the introduction to strategic litigation and international human rights standards. This was very informative and I wished that more time was allocated for her sessions.


We were given reading material prior to these sessions to aid understanding of the sessions’ content. A quiz was also held to keep things interesting. 



There was a sharing session involving the camp facilitators, some of whom have had experience in human rights work / advocacy in Malaysia. Each facilitator had a different experience and we got the opportunity to hear them first-hand. One facilitator, Syahredzan Johan, shared his experience when his friends were arrested in the performance of their duties as lawyers at the Brickfields police station. I was inspired by these stories.

Day 3

Syahredzan and Sherrie shared on the fundamental rights guaranteed under the Federal Constitution as well as the limitation of freedom of expression in Malaysia. The highlight of Day 3 for me was the session on Human Rights Advocacy beyond litigation.

Our team was tasked with attempting to raise awareness on the issues of unilateral conversion by a single parent. We came up with different ideas but ultimately, it was decided that video screening would be the most effective tool of advocacy for this issue. Emily was our team’s representative and she shared on how to engage the relevant authorities in order to prevent the abuse of unilateral conversions. This session was an eye-opener in the sense that not all issues have to reach Court in order to be resolved. 


Day 4

Our final day at the camp saw us presenting our cases before experienced lawyers such as Edmund Bon, Goh Siu Lin and Aston Paiva. Despite knowing that our case was weak, we soldiered on with whatever we picked up from the first moot session. The issue was actually the subject of an appeal which Edmund Bon mentioned was coming up for hearing in the Court of Appeal soon. We were all invited to attend the hearing. One member, Priscilla Chin, did in fact attend the appeal in Putrajaya and kept us informed of the outcome on WhatsApp.

Post-Camp

We have kept in touch after the camp. Some of us are still unsure if strategic litigation is the way to go but we are all sure that that we want justice to be done for a better Malaysia. The camp is a blessing and I hope that more seniors will come forward to share their knowledge and train more young lawyers to take up strategic litigation. 

Friday, 21 October 2016

KLBC Activities Report for September 2016

3 September 2016
KL Bar Bowling Tournament 2016
This Tournament was held at Sunway Megalanes, Sunway Pyramid on 3 September 2016. A total of 14 teams participated in the event and the winners were as follows:

Overall Champion: King Pins
1st Runner Up: Sunshine Girlz
2nd Runner Up: Chooi & Company A

Best Male Player
Azmi Jamaluddin (King Pins)

Best Female Player
Wong Li Wei (Mohanadass Partnership)

Best Firm Team
Chooi & Company A



8 September 2016
Pupils Introduction Session
As a monthly tradition organised by the KLBC Pupils Committee, the Pupils Introduction Session for September was held on 8 September 2016. The session, attended by 65 pupils, was led by Shashi Devan and Dinesh Muthal. The purpose of the session is to introduce pupils to the structure of the Malaysian Bar and the Kuala Lumpur Bar, the election to both the Bar Council and the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee (KLBC) and the highlights of the Malaysian Bar. It included a session for pupils to raise issues and problems faced by them during their pupillage period and other members of the KLBC were also present to provide input and possible solutions. Like previous sessions, the pupils were also shown a video montage of the History of the Malaysian Bar.











9 September 2016
KL Bar Social Get-Together
The first edition of the KL Bar Social Get-Together for the term 2016/17 was held on 9 September 2016 at Movida @ Changkat Bukit Bintang. Organised by the Social, Arts & Recreation Committee, the event attracted about 30 members of the Bar and pupils-in-chambers. 

10 September 2016
25th Sports Carnival – KL Bar vs RSC
The Kuala Lumpur Bar hosted the 25th Annual “Sports Carnival” between the Kuala Lumpur Bar (KL Bar) and Royal Selangor Club (RSC) for the YA Tan Sri Dato’ Harun Hashim Challenge Trophy. All games were played on 9 and 10 September 2016. The prize-giving dinner was held on 10 September 2016 which was well attended by all participants. The Series ended in a 4-4 tie and KL Bar and RSC were declared as joint winners.
            
The results of the games played were as follows:

NO.
GAME
WINNER
1.
Badminton
KL Bar
2.
Pool/Snooker
Draw
3.
Squash
RSC
4.
Cricket
KL Bar
5.
Soccer
Draw
6.
Hockey
RSC
7.
Darts
RSC
8.
KL Bar Ladies Football v RSC Juniors (Friendly)
RSC
9.
Boat Race
KL Bar


10 September 2016
YLC Visit to PAWS
Organised by the KLBC Young Lawyers Committee (YLC), the visit to PAWS Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) was held on 10 September 2016. Members of the Bar not only spent time with the animals at the shelter, they also helped to bathe and walk the dogs and clean the shelter area. Generous donors had also come forward to donate various items that were in PAWS’s wishlist such as pet food, parasite removal products, laundry detergent, rubbish bags, etc. All the items were handed to PAWS during the visit.


 27 September 2016
PDC Seminar on The Law of Joint Ventures
Organised by the KLBC Professional Development Committee (PDC), this seminar was presented by Lim Kien Chai on 27 September 2016 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 79 participants. The main objective of the seminar was to share with the participants, in a practical context, the variety of different legal arrangements within which entrepreneurs describe or hold them out as being in a “joint venture”.



28 September 2016
YLC Seminar on Client Management
Organised by the KLBC Young Lawyers Committee (YLC), this seminar was presented by Jamie Wong on 28 September 2016 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 13 participants. The seminar covered the following topics: "Knowing Your Clients"; "Getting Ahead Of Them"; "Promoting Strategic Thinking"; "Developing Essential Soft Skills"; and "Forging Long-Term Professional Relationship".




28 September 2016
Public Forum on Proposed LPA Amendments: Serious Threat to the Independence of the Malaysian Bar
Organised by the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee in collaboration with the Bar Council, this forum was held on 28 September 2016 at the Auditorium Tan Sri Dato’ KR Soma, Wisma Tun Sambanthan from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The panellists for the forum were Steven Thiru, Lim Chee Wee and Mohd Hishamudin Bin Md Yunus and it was moderated by Khaizan Sharizad Ab Razak. The forum was attended by 77 participants.




Tuesday, 4 October 2016

KLBC Activities Report for August 2016



2 August 2016
CCPC Seminar on Wills, Probate, LA and SEDA

Organised by the KLBC Corporate and Conveyancing Practice Committee (CCPC), this seminar was presented by Susan Joseph, Nahzatul Ain binti Mohd Khalid, Too Ji Voon and Daphne Lew Chah Yee on 2 August 2016 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. The seminar was attended by 60 participants.


















3 August 2016
YLC Seminar on The Laws of Bankruptcy

Organised by the KLBC Young Lawyers Committee (YLC), this seminar was presented by Conrad Francis Lopez on 3 August 2016 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 21 participants. The seminar covered the following topics: "Jurisdiction"; "Acts of Bankruptcy"; "Bankruptcy Notice"; "Interim Applications"; "Bankruptcy Petitions"; "Role of the Director General of Insolvency"; "Distribution of Assets"; and "Discharge".







4 August 2016
Pupils Introduction Session

As a monthly tradition organised by the KLBC Pupils Committee, the Pupils Introduction Session for August was held on 4 August 2016. The session, attended by 63 pupils, was led by Shashi Devan. The purpose of the session is to introduce pupils to the structure of the Malaysian Bar and the Kuala Lumpur Bar, the election to both the Bar Council and the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee (KLBC) and the highlights of the Malaysian Bar. It included a session for pupils to raise issues and problems faced by them during their pupillage period and other members of the KLBC were also present to provide input and possible solutions. Like previous sessions, the pupils were also shown a video montage of the History of the Malaysian Bar.



5 August 2016
YLC Charity Gala

Organised by the KLBC Young Lawyers Committee (YLC), the 12th consecutive "Charity Night” renamed “Charity Gala” was held on 5 August 2016 at Glasshouse @ Seputeh from 7:00 pm onwards, and featured performances by young lawyers competing to raise the most funds for charity. The money raised this year was in aid of National Autism Society of Malaysia (NASOM). NASOM is a non-profit, nationwide non-governmental welfare organisation which was formed in 1987 by a group of concerned parents and professionals. Currently, NASOM has established 19 centres around the whole country which provide a variety of programmes and it strives to provide a range of support services to assist people living with autism, especially children and their immediate family members.


6 August 2016
Interstate Bar Games
The Interstate Bar Games this year was hosted by the Malacca Bar Committee in Malacca and played on 6 August 2016. Kuala Lumpur Bar emerged as overall champions and the performance of our teams in the respective sports was as below:

1. Basketball - Champion
2. Netball - Champion and 1st Runner-up
3. Ladies Futsal - Champion
4. Golf - 1st Runner-up
5. Men’s Soccer - 4th and 6th
6. Badminton - Champion
7. Volleyball - Champion




10 August 2016
Blood Donation Campaign
A Blood Donation Campaign, organised by the Social, Arts & Recreation Committee with the assistance of the National Blood Bank, was held on 10 August 2016 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Level 2 of the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex at Jalan Duta. Members of the Bar, Court staff and members of the public nobly came forward to participate in this Blood Donation Campaign. 84 people registered but only 64 were eligible to donate with 20 being rejected for various reasons. Click here to view the photos.





















11 August 2016
PDC-AWL Activists Series on Gender and Sexuality for Lawyers
Jointly organised by the KLBC Professional Development Committee (PDC) and the Association of Women Lawyers (AWL), this seminar was presented by Thilaga, a community organiser and researcher from Justice for Sisters, on 11 August 2016 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 29 participants. The seminar covered the following topics: "Introduction"; "Sex, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation"; "Legal barriers"; and "Line of discrimination" with a Q&A session.






17 August 2016
PDC Seminar on The Fundamentals of Conveyancing
Organised by the KLBC Professional Development Committee (PDC), this seminar was presented by Jeremiah R. Gurusamy on 17 August 2016 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The seminar was attended by 23 participants. The seminar covered the following topics: "Parties to A Sale and Purchase Transaction"; "Property With and Without Individual Title"; "Direct Developer and Subsale Transactions"; "Overview of the Conveyancing Process"; and "Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them".

22 August 2016
PC Criminal Litigation Workshop
The KLBC Pupils Committee organised a Criminal Litigation Workshop specifically for pupils on 22 August 2016 focusing primarily on the practical aspects of handling a brief covering the following areas, "Obtaining Client’s Statement"; "Bail Application"; "Mitigation"; and "Trial Process". 14 pupils attended the Workshop which was conducted by Lim Chi Chau and Samantha Chong Yin Xin.

















23 August 2016
PDC Seminar on GST for Real Property Transactions

Organised by the KLBC Professional Development Committee (PDC), this seminar was presented by Thenesh Kannaa on 23 August 2016 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm. The seminar was attended by 106 participants. The seminar covered the following topics: "Overview of the GST"; "GST on property transactions – exemptions, registration and the ‘business test’ for individuals and companies"; "Incorporating GST clauses on sale and purchase agreements (S&P)"; "Practical tips on GST-related clauses in rental agreements"; and "Transitional provisions for real properties (S&P before 1 April 2015)".



26 August 2016
PDC Seminar on The Registration and Dissolution of Muslim Marriages in Malaysia

Organised by the KLBC Professional Development Committee (PDC), this seminar was presented by Sa’adiah Din on 26 August 2016 at the KL Bar Auditorium from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm. The seminar was attended by 21 participants. The seminar covered the following topics: "Registration Process"; "Wali Hakim Application"; "Registration of Marriage (solemnised overseas)"; "Application for leave to contract a subsequent marriage (Polygamy)"; and "Dissolution of Marriage, Amicable Divorce (Sec. 47), Ta’liq, Khulo’ and Fasakh".





Tuesday, 27 September 2016

NYLC-MCCHR Strategic Litigation Camp 2016



18 – 21 August 2016

Training Room at Avillion, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan

Report by Nadra Fatima binti Mannan


From 18 to 21 August 2016, the National Young Lawyers Committee (NYLC) in collaboration with the Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights (MCCHR) organised an action packed Strategic Litigation Camp at Avillion, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan which was attended by twenty participants from all over Malaysia. With sponsorship courtesy of the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee (KLBC), the author and several KLBC members attended the said camp which turned out to be a memorable and wonderful learning experience.

Training for the camp actually begun before 18 August 2016 when the participants received email instructions to prepare for a moot scheduled for 19 August 2016. Each group was to draft written submissions and to prepare oral submissions for the said moot. Although the moot was held for the very first-time by camp organisers, the hiccoughs were few and far outweighed by the fun and camaraderie among the participants. The moot should indeed be a recurring feature at future camps as it gives the participants to hone their courtroom skills. The author’s group consisted of the following participants:

Name
Law Firm
Chong Pei Yen (Emily)
Tan Law Practice
Priscilla Chin Hooi Sze
Kanesalingam & Co.
Tiu Foo Woei (Cyrus)
Foo Woei & Co.
Datuk Yeo Heng Hau
Halim Hong & Quek

We were assigned the role of counsel for the Respondent in the case of Maria Chin Abdullah & 2 Others v Menteri Dalam Negeri & Another to resist the appeal brought by the Applicant after having lost in the High Court in her bid to judicially review the yellow T-shirt ban during the “Bersih 4.0” rally. As some of you will remember, the Home Minister had issued an order under the Printing Presses and Publications Act to ban yellow T-Shirts which had been associated with the rally. 

The group vividly recollected the first group meeting where Datuk Yeo candidly stated that it was a losing battle for the Respondent. This sentiment was shared by one of the camp facilitators but the point was to demonstrate the ability to make sustained submissions in support of the Respondent’s case. Feedback from the facilitators cum judges was useful and provided an insight as to how to approach the submissions.

Another aspect of the camp was to expose the participants to how Strategic Litigation may be used to address socio-legal issues in various areas of human rights. The concept of strategic litigation is new to some of the participants and our attention was kept focused on various case studies and discussions on current issues such as the depiction of the Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. in a cartoon by Charlie Hebdo, gender discrimination and many more.

Groups were then given the task of analysing various issues. Our group tackled the issue of unilateral conversions whereas other groups focused on issues such as gerrymandering and whether Muslim women ought to be allowed to eat in public during Ramadhan. Group interaction was key and there was a fluid exchange of ideas and opinions which culminated in a group presentation. 

There was a second mooting session which was judged by Aston Paiva, Goh Siu Lin and Edmund Bon, all of whom gave excellent feedback and comments which we will all seek to incorporate into practice.













Overall, the whole training Camp was enlightening and meaningful with tremendous experience and memories. We would like to pay tribute to the organisers: NYLC, MCCHR, Liberal Banter, KLBC, the facilitators: Khairil Zhafri, Long Seh Lih, Sherrie Razak and Syahredzan Johan for conducting and coordinating this training camp smoothly and efficiently.

I am glad to have had the opportunity of working together with fellow comrades: Emily, Priscilla, Foo Wei, and Datuk Yeo and we worked well as team despite distractions in the form of the badminton singles match for gold between Datuk Lee Chong Wei and Cheng Long from China at the Rio Olympics. 


NYLC-MCCHR Strategic Litigation Camp 2016



Date : 18 – 21 August 2016

Venue : Avillion Resort, Port Dickson

Report by Donovan Lee ShyunHyn


Introduction
1.    The Bar Council’s National Young Lawyers Committee (“NYLC”) in collaboration with the Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights (“MCCHR”) jointly organised a strategic litigation camp from 18 to 21 August 2016 at Avillion Resort, Port Dickson (the “Camp”). The theme for the Camp was freedom of expression.

2.    The Camp’s attendees (the “Campers”) comprised of 19 young lawyers and pupils-in-chambers who hail from Johor, Kuala Lumpur, Perak, Sabah and Selangor, some of whom were sponsored by their respective State Bar Committees. Yours truly was able to attend the Camp due to the generosity of the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee in providing the sponsorship.

Day 1: Thursday, 18 August 2016
3.    A bus was chartered to ferry the majority of the Campers who were from Kuala Lumpur and Selangor to the Resort. The Campers from further afield reached the Resort via train and/or flight. With most Campers having reached the Resort at around 4:00 pm, room keys were distributed and bags were unpacked. Following a short safety briefing, the Campers tucked into dinner.  


Photo Description: Taken with my roommate, Cyrus

Photo Description: The Conference Room

Photo Description: Day 1Round Table Dinner

4.    At 7:00 pm, we proceeded to the conference room for the introduction and our very first session. Khairil Zhafri, the Project Officer from MCCHR (“Khairil”) started the ball rolling by introducing himself and also the facilitators for the Camp who are none other than Long Seh Lih, the co-founder of MCCHR (“SehLih”); Khaizan Sharizad Ab Razak, Chair of the National Young Lawyers Committee (“Sherrie”); and Syahredzan Johan, member of the Bar Council (“Syah”).

5.    The Campers and facilitators all contributed to and agreed to be bound by some ground rules which included a ban on playing Pokemon Go and to silent/switch-off our mobile phones during the Camp sessions. Especially important was the strict observance of punctuality for which Campers faced a sanction in the event of its breach.

The Camp’s first session was a film screening and group discussion on freedom of expression, facilitated by Sherrie. The said film was a good eye opener to most of the Campers present as it presented a fresh perspective and set the tone for the remainder of the Camp.

6.    A moot was scheduled for the following morning and written submissions were to be “filed” by 8:00 am the next morning with Khairil. Campers broke into their respective groups to discuss and prepare for the moot.

Day 2: Friday, 19 August 2016
7.    Breakfast began from as early as 7:00 am. Cyrus and I were the earliest at the cafeteria while the rest of the Campers and facilitators started to show up after 8:00 am. Judging by the amount of food served buffet style during the Camp, it is fair to say that the Campers were never left hungry.

Photo Description: The earliest for breakfast on Day 2

8.    At 9:00 am sharp, we were all in the conference room, eagerly and anxiously waiting for the moot to begin. There were 4 groups of Campers with each group either assigned to represent an applicant or a respondent and there were two sets of cases. I was in Group A whereby we acted for the applicants in Maria Chin Abdullah & 2 Others v Menteri Dalam Negeri & Another. My group mates were Nur Zalika Mohd Asri Redha (from Kuala Lumpur); Noraziah Bt Abdul Aziz and Jespreet Kaur Gurdip Singh (from Ipoh); and Mohammad Muzammil Mohamamd Hairiri (from Johor Bahru).

 
Photo Description: My Group A mates, (from the left) Muzammil, Ika, Jespreet, Azee and myself

9.    Groups C and D mooted first followed by my group and Group B who was the Respondent in our case. Each group was given about 15 minutes to present their side of the case followed by the judges’ comments at the end of each case. The judges were Seh Lih, Sherrie and Syah.


 
Photo Description: First Moot Session before (from the left) Sherrie, Seh Lih and Syah

10.    Immediately after the moot session, there was a 30-minute coffee break where light refreshments comprising two types of kuih were served, together with coffee/tea. Campers finally got to unwind a bit after the previous night-long preparation for the moot.

11.    At 11:00 am, Seh Lih introduced to us the concept of strategic litigation and generously shared with us how it all started when she co-founded MCCHR. We were informed, among others, that strategic litigation cases are undertaken by lawyers who are passionate about protecting public interest and upholding the rule of law and MCCHR provides funding for these cases.

12.    Lunch break was between 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, back at the cafeteria. Some of the Campers including myself went back to our respective rooms to get a power nap before we had our lunch while the rest spent the entire hour at the cafeteria; enjoying the variety of food and chit-chatting.

13.    The session after lunch was also facilitated by Seh Lih. The Campers were taught the international human rights standards where treaties such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (“UDHR”) and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (“ICCPR”) were referred to. However, before the treaties came into the picture, we were first given a brief talk on the United Nations and its structure. As the theme for the Camp was on the freedom of expression, the relevant provisions of the said treaties that we primarily focused on were Article 19 of the UDHR and Article 19(2) & (3) of the ICCPR. Seh Lih then went on to talk about the permissible restrictions under international human rights law.

 
Photo Description: Seh Lih on the Structure of United Nations

14.    A lightning recap was conducted immediately after Seh Lih’s session by Khairil. It was actually a pop quiz segment where we were asked questions related to the sessions facilitated by Seh Lih earlier. For every question that we answered right, we will be rewarded with a ‘star’ but the ‘star’ will be removed if we get the next question wrong. It was an individual pop quiz and the winner will receive a mystery gift. Campers were all excited to attempt answering the questions and the winner of the pop quiz was none other than Nurainie Haziqah who got herself a pair of LoyarBurok cufflinks! Congratulations, Ainie!

15.    Soon it was the afternoon tea break followed by the session on human rights advocacy experience exchange led by all the facilitators present. Seh Lih, Sherrie and Syah each took turns to sit at a round table with Campers who were reshuffled and divided into three groups. They had about 15 minutes each to share with the Campers seated at the respective tables on their experiences working on strategic litigation matters. Campers were also encouraged to ask them questions and share their expectations of the Camp.

16.    Next in the agenda was the moment that all of us could not wait for i.e. personal downtime! As the Resort has breathtaking scenery, white sandy beaches, spectacular swimming pools and a well-equipped fitness centre, we thought that it was finally the time that we could actually let loose and truly enjoy the Resort’s facilities for the day, after the long day of lecture plus the preparation for moot the previous night!

Photo Description: The breathtaking view of the Resort!
 
Photo Description: The Fitness Centre!

17.    To our dismay, we were given two sets of homework to do! One was to read up the press statements of the Bar Council and identify the issues to be presented the next morning while the other was a case study pursuant to the session on international human rights standard that we will also have to present the next day. There goes our downtime! Nevertheless, we still managed to squeeze in some leisure activities, being lawyers who are expected to have good time management.

Day 3: Saturday, 20 August 2016
18.    Day 3 began with the presentation of issues extracted from the press releases given on the previous day followed by the presentation of case study by the respective groups. Since Day 2 was about international human rights standards, the crux of Day 3 was predominantly focused on the Federal Constitution of Malaysia (“FC”). Syah then enlightened the Campers on the fundamental liberties enshrined in the FC wherein freedom of expression is one of them whereas Sherrie touched on the restrictions on freedom of expressions in Malaysia, after the break.

19.    Lunch was at 12:30 pm for about an hour as usual. Thereafter, Khairil took charge of the next session on human rights advocacy beyond litigation where we were introduced to other methods of human rights advocacy. Within our original groups of four, the Campers were asked to select a cause that they would like to advocate and prepare the presentation on how they were going to go about it, advocating the cause.

Photo Description: Me presenting for the group

20.    Just like Day 2, a pop quiz was carried out right after the group presentations but the questions this time revolved around the topic covered in Day 3 i.e. in the Malaysian context. Instead of an individual effort, it was made a group effort to get as many right answers as possible and the prizes given for each correct answer was a LoyarBurok sticker!

21.    Day 3 ended with the briefing on the final moot session by the facilitators which will take place on Day 4. The Campers were encouraged to incorporate and apply all the knowledge gained in the past two days into their respective written and oral submissions during the final moot. With that in mind, Campers left to prepare for their respective moots.

Day 4: Sunday, 21 August 2016
22.    Day 4 was the final day of the Camp. The moot session this time was adjudicated by external judges namely Goh Siu Lin, Edmund Bon and Aston Paiva, who are all well-known strategic litigators. Groups A and B were the first two groups to present their side of the case followed by Groups C and D. Invaluable feedback were given by the external judges at the end of each case’s presentations.

Photo Description: The Final Moot before (from the left) Aston Paiva, Goh Siu Lin and Edmund Bon

23.    As the final moot session came to an end, the relieved and joyful feelings were evident on the faces of all the Campers. All of us including the facilitators and external judges took a group photograph in the conference room before we proceeded to check out.

 
Photo Description: The All Inclusive Group Photo!

24.    We had our final lunch at 12:30 pm together and we bade farewell to each other thereafter.
 
 
Photo Description: Final Lunch

Closing
25.    Overall, the Camp was really worth attending albeit intensive as we were bombarded with vast amount of information in respect of human rights, particularly on freedom of expression. It was eye-opening for me and the rest of the Campers. My expectations were met and I now know what strategic litigation is all about. The knowledge gained during the Camp coupled with the practical moot sessions has increased my awareness on human rights and boosted my confidence to begin assisting with strategic litigation matters.

26.    I would like to express my gratitude to the organisers of the Camp for accepting my application to participate in the Camp and the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee for sponsoring my participation.