The event was held at Huay Tung Tao Park. Please click here for the map!
Raising awareness for access to justice became a walk in the park at BABSEACLE and BABSEACLE Foundation’s 7th Trio For Justice on Saturday, 23 January, 2016 at Huay Tung Tao Park. The proceeds support the work BABSEACLE Foundation and our partners do with universities to establish and support legal clinics in Thailand, as well as BABSEACLE’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 comprised a half-marathon, a 10K and a 5K run/walk as well as a 3K fun run/walk. Similar to last year, the Trio For Justice was part of Access to Justice Weekend, taking place simultaneously 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 23rd and an Access to Justice themed movie night under the stars on Sunday the 24th. Various CLE workshops for law students and members of the legal community from the region were added to the agenda on Thursday and Friday to complete the Access to Justice Weekend.
The Access to Justice Fair offered 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 was 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 last year included attendees from organisations such as Amnesty International Thailand, The Children’s Organization of Southeast Asia (COSA), Justice Without Borders, Prince of Songkla University, the University of Phayao, and Urban Light 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 rounded 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 BABSEACLE Volunteer House at 8 Soi 6, T Suandok, T Suthep where a buffet and drinks awaited the guests
Successful Access to Justice Weekend 2016 and 7th Trio For Justice
The 2nd Access to Justice Weekend took place in Chiang Mai, Thailand, between the 21st and the 24th of January 2016. The event, organized by Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia Community Legal Education Initiative (BABSEACLE), comprised of a 2-day workshop; the 5th Access to Justice Public Interest Fair; the 7th Trio For Justice run/walk; the Silent Auction, which raised money for Access to Justice and Pro Bono Initiatives in the region; the Access to Justice Celebration Dinner; and the legal-themed Movie Night under the stars. This justice awareness event brought together many students, teachers, trainers, non-government-organizations, and individuals that wanted to improve their knowledge on access to justice and rule of law.
The Annual Access to Justice (A2J) Weekend workshops took place over two days and had several clinical legal education (CLE) oriented sessions run by trainers from BABSEACLE and its international partners. The workshop hosted 57 participants originating from the Asia region and several international trainers. There were sessions on the practical skills of case management, negotiation, and monitoring and evaluation, as well as sessions which were focused on building values and pro bono ethics. The workshop was a great success and was well attended. The participants actively participated in all of the sessions and learned about a variety of skills applicable to their profession. The interactive teaching methods were well received as participants were constantly engaged and thinking critically.
On Saturday 23rd at the Huey Tueng Tao Park, three events took place simultaneously: the 7th Trio For Justice run/walk, the Access to Justice (A2J) Public Interest Fair and the Silent Auction. Over 400 people participated in the run and explored the booths at the fair. The Trio For Justice is one of the cornerstone events in the fundraising calendar of BABSEACLE. 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. It comprised a half-marathon run, a 10K run/walk and a 5K run/walk as well as a 3K fun run/walk. The day started with a fun Zumba session, to help those who had trouble getting up early in the morning to be ready for the run. At 7am the run started, and what a magnificent day it turned out to be, the sun was shining when the last runner crossed the finish line. People had a chance to write on their bibs’ what justice related issue they were running for, and some of the examples included: equality, respect, education, for their family, future, happiness, joy and health. The event was perceived as a fun and challenging run, surrounded by a beautiful environment.
The A2J Public Interest Fair hosted an array of organizations and foundations that work with access to justice and public interest issues in the Asian region. They had the opportunity to share their experiences and efforts in furthering access to justice and public interest issues in the region. Attendees were intrigued and eager to learn more and engage with the access to justice and public interest issues.
Next to the Fair we set up a Silent Auction, which had opened on Thursday during the workshop. The Silent Auction helped to support many of the impactful justice education, ethics and pro bono initiatives BABSEACLE and its partners are engaged in throughout the Asia region, as well as helping BABSEACLE to fund the many pro bono and CLE Workshops within the region. A total of 4500Baht was raised during the Silent Auction.
On the Saturday evening, the Access to Justice Celebration Dinner was held at the BABSEACLE Volunteer House, to all together enjoy the atmosphere of the weekend and to have a deserved good meal after the physical effort of the day! The event was enriched by the cultural performances organized by the participants themselves, who sang an array of songs, and danced traditional dances from their home countries.
The Access to Justice Weekend ended with a legal themed movie night “under the stars”, held at the BABSEACLE Volunteer House on Sunday 24th. The rain didn’t stop us from having a fabulous time, so we moved indoors! Two episodes from the shows The Verdict and The Sun, the Moon and the Truth were shown. Both the videos reflected upon the themes of justice and rule of law, with a question and answers after each to ensure there was a fair level of understanding.
The Access to Justice (A2J) Weekend was a great success! We would like to thank all our supporters, participants, volunteers, staff, and friends that joined it.
Hope to see you all again next year!