20 February, 2013


“Deliberation and debate is the way you stir the soul of our democracy.”  – Jesse Jackson
The LexisNexis Rule of Law Debate 2013 takes place on March 7th in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It will feature champion debaters representing universities from four ASEAN countries, who will debate the motion, “This House Believes That The ASEAN Declaration of Human Rights Is An Ineffective Safeguard To Human Rights.”  
The ASEAN Declaration of Human Rights, which came into being in 2012, lays out universal human rights principles as a guideline in the governing of Southeast Asian regions. As pronounced in the preamble of the declaration, its main aim is to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms, as well as the principles of democracy, rule of law and good governance.
Whilst many have hailed the instrument as a huge step towards the promotion and protection of human rights in the region, many also question the quality of its universality due to its cultural relativistic deference to “Asian” values. The debate aims to create awareness about the ASEAN Declaration of Human Rights, stimulate discussions on its benefits and challenges and broaden the whirlwind of discussion on human rights issues today.  



The event will bring together partners, customers and friends of LexisNexis in an intimate setting, enabling meaningful discussions on the topic. The aim is to create new partnerships, initiatives and projects which will further advance the rule of law in the region.  
The LexisNexis Rule of Law Debate 2013 will be streamed live on March 7th at 2.30pm (GMT+8) with the hope that the discussion extends to all who participate virtually. 



The Debaters


Teams from the following institutions:


•    International Islamic University Malaysia
•    National University of Singapore
•    University of Philippines 
•    Universitas Indonesia


The Prize


1. USD2,000 Cash; and
2. USD3,000 worth of LexisNexis publications


The Format


British Parliamentary


Event Details


Date       7 March 2013 (Thursday)
Time       2:30PM onwards (GMT+8) 
Venue    Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur




2:30PM       : Opening  
2.40PM       : Welcoming Address by Shawn Clark, CEO of LexisNexis Asia
2.50PM       : Keynote Lecture by Mr. Lim Chee Wee, President of the Malaysian Bar: “Human Rights in ASEAN – Past, Present and Future.”
3.00PM       : Panel Forum by Edmund Bon and Faisal Moideen, moderated by Syahredzan Johan: “Do We Need An ASEAN Court of Human Rights”
3.30PM      : Announcement of Debate Motion and Speaker Positions
3.40PM      : Break and Debate Preparation Time
4.10PM      : The LexisNexis Rule of Law Debate 2013: “This House Believes That the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration Is An Ineffective Safeguard of Human Rights”
5.20PM       Results & Prize-giving
5.30PM       Light Refreshments/End


Event is strictly by invitation only. To request for an invite, please e-mail [email protected] 


The LexisNexis Rule of Law Debate 2013 will be screened live at   http://www.ustream.tv/channel/LexisNexisMY , so mark it down in your calendar today!


For updates, please visit Facebook at @LexisNexisMalaysia or follow Twitter feed at @LexisNexisMY. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #LN4ROL




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