The 6th Trio For Justice took place on the 10th of January 2015 in Huey Tueng Tao Park in Chiang Mai to raise funds to support clinical legal education and community empowerment initiatives.

Raising awareness for access to justice became a walk in the park at BABSEA CLE and BABSEA CLE Foundation’s 6th Trio For Justice on Saturday, 10 January 2015. The proceeds support the work BABSEA CLE Foundation and our partners do with universities to establish and support legal clinics in Thailand, as well as BABSEA CLE’s projects supporting university-based and community-based legal clinics throughout the region — working on issues of land law and sustainable development, the rights of stateless persons, rights of persons with HIV, migrant worker rights, prisoners’ rights, juvenile justice, access to health care, and the rights of transgender people and sex workers. The Trio For Justice comprises a half-marathon, a 10K and 5K run/walk as well as a 3K fun run/walk. In 2015 we combined the Trio For Justice with the popular Access to Justice Public Interest Fair (A2J). These were followed by the Access to Justice Celebration Dinner in the evening of the 10th and an access to justice themed movie night under the stars on Sunday the 11th. Various CLE workshops for law students from the region will be added to the agenda on Thursday and Friday to complete the Access to Justice Weekend. (Click here for more information)

A2J Logo FinalThe Access to Justice Fair offers various organisations and foundations in the Southeast Asian region the opportunity to share their experiences and efforts in furthering access to justice. The A2J Fair is a way for like-minded organisations to come together in their shared objectives, of creating awareness about social issues faced by marginalized groups. The A2J Fair included attendees from organisations such as The Children’s Organization of Southeast Asia (COSA), Urban Light, Amnesty International Thailand, Justice Without Borders, Prince of Songkla University, and the University of Phayao, to name a few. This was a great opportunity for all participants to network and exchange thoughts on social justice topics. In the evening, the Access to Justice Celebration Dinner will round off an exciting day. The dinner was to celebrate both the Trio For Justice and A2J Fair to give all participants a chance to deepen connections with each other and replenish after great accomplishments. The dinner was held at the BABSEA CLE Volunteer House at 8 Soi 6, T Suandok, T Suthep where a buffet and drinks awaited the guests.

Photos from the event are online and available for download, for a nominal donation here.

On 10 January 2015 runners, walkers and volunteers from all corners of the world took part in a Half Marathon, 10K and 5K run/walk as well as a 3K fun run/walk. These events make up the Trio For Justice, a family-friendly event that is now in its fifth year and hosted by the not-for-profit access to justice and legal education organization, Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia Community Legal Education Initiative (BABSEA CLE) and BABSEA CLE Foundation. The 6th Trio For Justice was attended by many of BABSEA CLE’s and BABSEA CLE Foundation’s partners, sponsors, volunteers and members of the general public from Thailand as well as international participants coming in from as far away as Australia, the USA, Germany, Croatia, , Myanmar, Venezuela, Spain, England, Singapore,  Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand and Canada, to name a few. Some of the sponsors present were Herbert Smith Freehills, UNDP Myanmar, USAID, Ashurst, Beacon Law Corporation, Chiang Mai Lanna Business Service, and Living film. The money Trio For Justice raised this year will go towards funding BABSEA CLE and BABSEA CLE Foundation’s many projects, and those of their partners, aimed at widening access to justice and supporting the development of justice/clinical legal education in the region.

The 6th Trio For Justice was an all-inclusive fun event for runners, walkers and volunteers however, there were some excellent achievements and times recorded in each of the events. The 6th Trio For Justice was attended by people of all ages and nationalities, including many students from local schools as well as a group of students from Wat Sai Moon (Burmese temple). Before each of the runs we held a warm up zumba class which everyone got involved with and the runs were followed by a raffle and a quiz about the work of BABSEA CLE and its partners as well as the meaning of access to justice and legal education.

The Trio For Justice is one of forerunner events in the fundraising calendar of BABSEA CLE and BABSEA CLE Foundation. It also helps to create significant awareness and promote dialogue about many of the social justice issues that the two organizations deal with on a daily basis. BABSEA CLE and BABSEA CLE Foundation partner with civil society, government, businesses, law firms and university partners to improve the quality of legal education throughout the Southeast Asia region. They also conduct various community teaching sessions and outreach programmes to directly assist disenfranchised people to become aware of and protect their rights. Photos from the event are online and available for download, for a nominal fee here. If you didn’t get a chance to purchase merchandise on the day and would like to buy a Trio For Justice t-shirt, reusable cup, calendar, postcard or badge, feel free to come to our office any weekday from 9am to 5pm or send us an email with your request.