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Lao Bar Association

Statut : Comblé
Organisation : Canadian Bar Association
Acronyme : CBA
Type : Association professionelle
Mandat : The CBA is the largest voluntary professional association of the Canadian legal profession, representing some 38,000 lawyers, judges, notaries, academics and students.. The CBA is committed to improving the law, the administration of justice and access to justice; promotes equality in the legal profession and in the justice system; and improves and promotes the knowledge, skills, ethical standards and well-being of members of the legal profession. It works internationally through its International Development Program (IDP) in which the IYIP would be situated.
Adresse : 865 Carling Avenue, Suite 500
Ottawa, Ontario,
K1S 5S8
FAX: (613)  237 0185
Veuillez visiter le site Internet de l'organisation offrant ce stage pour connaître ses exigences avant de lui envoyer votre curriculum vitae.
Personne ressource : Al Cook
Courriel : alc@cba.org
Pays : Laos
Ville : Vientiane
Secteur : Gouvernement et société civile
Description du stage : This project is viewed as a particularly exciting one. It enables the intern to participate in and contribute to the "opening" of a previously closed society, and to make a noteworthy contribution to the development of the rule of law through a young but very committed and dynamic organization.

The LBA needs capacity building and development in all areas and is very welcoming to an intern, who would be involved in the development of regulations for the legal profession, training for the profession, organizational capacity-building projects, continuing legal education, legal aid and other areas - an outstanding opportunity for an intern with initiative and imagination.

In Canada

The intern will be preparing for the placement. Preparations include:

- Before commencement of internship: Attending 3-day pre-departure briefing and orientation in Ottawa in June: making travel arrangements, filling in on-line and paper forms, discussing and signing intern contract, receiving, discussing and organizing information, meeting CBA Coordinator, staff and other interns etc. (see Pre-departure briefing schedule above). Starting then, the intern develops a reading list and begins reading and researching his/her host country and relevant issues.

- August 1st to September 6th: a) Logistical and practical : obtaining visa, doing and checking travel and entry requirements and documentation; booking air travel and purchasing tickets; getting medical requirements and inoculations, researching host country in practical terms, contacting host supervisor, predecessor and colleague interns on practical issues and arrangements, how to go about travel in host country, accommodation possibilities, exchange rate, banking and other financial information and procedures; setting up a banking procedure with an "Authorized person" to look after financial arrangements and incoming cheques in Canada; purchasing appropriate clothing and necessities, guide book etc. b) Project and work-related: Doing research and other preparatory work that can best be done while still in Canada, preparing resources and materials to take to placement, developing work plan in consultation with host supervisor and CBA Coordinator and staff, familiarizing him or herself with host country constitution and judicial system, legal and justice situation and procedures, relevant legal, social, economic and political issues.

- On return to Canada: attending Debriefing at CBA in Ottawa: delivering a presentation on placement, discussing issues to be taken into account by future interns, attending workshops on career prospects and CBA support for job search, on preparing resumes and cover letters as well as interview techniques, and also on reintegration into Canada.


1. The intern will assist the LBA to expand the training course for intern lawyers in accordance with the recommendations made in the 2004 report Assessing Training Needs of the Lao Bar Association prepared with the assistance of the CBA. The intern will assist in planning the topics for the training, researching and developing the curriculum, and researching and developing materials to be used by the students and by the trainers. The intern will coordinate with members of the Lao Bar and in consultation with the CBA to organize trainers and facilitators for the training sessions. The group of trainers and facilitators should promote gender equality by including female members of the Lao Bar wherever possible to increase awareness and raise the profile of female members of the profession.

2. The intern will participate in the ongoing administration and development of the continuing legal education program. The intern will conduct research to identify topics for continuing legal education seminars and will assist in assembling seminar materials.

3. The intern will conduct research into topics that are relevant for the public legal education program. The intern will work on creating materials for distribution to the targets of the LBA's public legal education program. For example, in the case of trafficking of women, the intern will produce written materials that can be used to educate women about their legal rights, such as easy-to-use pamphlets, or simple radio advertisements.

4. The intern will assist the LBA to develop its code of conduct for lawyers by researching codes of conduct of law societies in various other countries and helping to adapt them to a Lao-appropriate context.

5. The intern will participate as needed in the legal aid program. This will likely not involve dispensing legal advice, but may include helping to train intern lawyers who will then help staff the legal aid clinics. The trainees will be trained in providing legal assistance in areas that are most likely to affect women, such as domestic and sexual violence, human trafficking, and family law cases involving questions of spousal support and custody of children.

The intern will produce: 4 bi-monthly reports, including a final report; ongoing correspondence by e-mail with CBA Coordinator, other interns and intern Counsellors; a personal project e.g. learning a local language (or teaching English or French), creative writing regarding the placement, or photography; doing a personal research or writing project on a topic that particularly interests them for publication in Canada as an outreach activity; two-week holiday regarded as important opportunity to learn about the host country in an informal, practical as well as enjoyable way. Interns are also encouraged to participate in local activities, church, sport, theatre etc., and to make contributions socially and to the community, charitable walks and fundraising, joining choirs etc. These types of activity have been found to be particularly rewarding.
Organisation d'accueil : Lao Bar Association
Détails au sujet de l'organisation d'accueil : The Lao Bar Association (LBA) is a non profit organization with its head office in Vientiane, Laos, and several small unit offices throughout the country. Membership of the LBA is comprised of the lawyers of Laos, of which there are approximately 75. The LBA's head office is the centre of its development activities. The unit offices are where the lawyers conduct their practices.

The LBA's mandate is to strengthen the legal profession in Laos and to increase the functioning of the legal sector by increasing the capacity of lawyers to provide legal services to the public, promoting independence and self-governance of the legal profession, providing legal services to the public, and improving Lao citizens' ability to access justice.

These measures will also serve to support and strengthen the rule of law in Laos. The LBA is concerned with promoting gender equality both in the membership of the bar itself and in terms of assisting women throughout Laos to exercise their rights and overcome barriers to gender equality.