ALA Governing Council Meeting (Chiang Rai, 26 June 2004)

The Governing Council met on 26 June 2004 at the Dusit Island Resort, Chiang Rai. There was strong participation from member countries, with seven National Chapters represented: Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The formal meeting was preceded by a short Opening Ceremony with a welcome address by the Honourable President of the Supreme Court of Thailand and Chairman of ALA (Thailand) Chief Justice Atthaniti Disatha-Amnarj, and an address by the Honourable Justice Chao Hick Tin, President of the ALA.

The ALA President then presented to the Immediate Past President of ALA the Right Honourable Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin (received on his behalf by Justice Dato’ Hashim Yusoff) and to the chairmen of national committees a photograph taken together with President S R Nathan of Singapore at the 8th ALA General Assembly. The photographs were personally autographed by President Nathan.

The Secretary-General also distributed the revised version of the Constitution and By-Laws of ALA, incorporating amendments made at the 8th General Assembly. The Secretariat had also compiled a brief history of the ALA with a chronicle of milestones, the name of the past Presidents and past Secretaries-General.

The main items on the agenda were proposals to update the ASEAN Legal Systems publication (which by then was almost 10 years old), to establish an ALA website, to set up a WTO Study Group within ALA; and to convene a Special Commemorative Session to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the holding of the first General Assembly in 1980. After deliberation, the Governing Council supported all three proposals.

The 6 Standing Committees of the ASEAN Law Association also met and presented reports of their deliberations to the Governing Council. On the final night, the Thai National Committee threw a Farewell Dinner, with each delegate turning up in traditional Thai attire generously provided by the host. Thai hospitality was overwhelming with a golf tournament held at the beautiful Santiburi Golf Course designed by Robert Trent Jones, and for the non-golfers a tour to the legendary Golden Triangle and the Doi Tung Royal Villa. Before departing for the airport, delegates were treated to an elephant ride in a traditional Karen village.

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