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TIME DAY 1 PROGRAMME
08:30 AM REGISTRATION
09:00 AM

WELCOME ADDRESS

The Honourable Justice Aedit Abdullah, Supreme Court of Singapore

Mr Wendell Wong, Co-Chair, Criminal Practice Committee, The Law Society of Singapore; Director (Dispute Resolution), Drew & Napier LLC

09:15 AM

OPENING ADDRESS

Mr Edwin Tong, SC, Senior Minister of State for Law and Health; Member of Parliament for Marine Parade GRC

09:45 AM KEYNOTE SESSION

Attorney General Michael Lauber, Attorney General of Switzerland
10:15 AM MORNING TEA BREAK
10:45 AM

PLENARY SESSION 1: TRANSNATIONAL MOVEMENT OF ILLEGAL PROCEEDS OF CRIME – TRACING THE WAY FORWARD

The increasingly inter-connected nature of the world and the rise of electronic transactions has brought with it many conveniences and advantages. At the same time, these developments represent a double-edged sword, as evidenced by the increase in the sophistication with which the movement of illegal proceeds of crime between jurisdictions is effected, as well as the quantum of funds being moved illicitly. The ongoing investigations involving 1Malaysian Development Berhad and possible money-laundering beyond the Malaysian borders is but one example. This session will explore current trends in the movement of such proceeds, as well as the ways in which jurisdictions can cooperate effectively in interdicting and recovering them.

Moderator:

  • The Honourable Justice Aedit Abdullah, Supreme Court of Singapore

Panellists:

  • Attorney General Michael Lauber, Attorney General of Switzerland
  • Mr Hri Kumar Nair, SC, Deputy Attorney-General, Attorney-General's Chambers
  • Mr David ChewDirector, Commercial Affairs Department, Singapore Police Force
  • Mr Suresh Damodara, Partner, Damodara Hazra LLP
  • Mr Dane ShellySenior Manager, Global Investigations, Asia-Pacific, PayPal
12:45 PM LUNCH
01:30 PM

BREAKOUT SESSION 1: HOW ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE WILL IMPACT CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM?

Venue: Stamford Room, Singapore Academy of Law, The Adelphi, 1 Coleman Street, #08-08

This session explores the potential benefits and risks of introducing artificial intelligence systems into our criminal justice system. Should AI be used for e.g. to set or deny bail or to assess the risk of recidivism for the purposes of sentencing? Does AI really hold the potential for eliminating human bias in judicial decision making or does it simply introduce other forms of bias inherent in the data or algorithms used?

Moderator:

  • The Honourable Justice Lee Seiu Kin, Supreme Court of Singapore

Panellists:

  • Mr Jerrold Soh, Co-Founder, Lex Quanta
  • Mr Li Hongyi, Deputy Director (Government Digital Services Product Design Development), Government Technology Agency 
  • Mr Rakesh Kirpalani, Director (Corporate Restructuring & Workouts / Dispute Resolution), Drew & Napier LLC
  • Mr Tan Ken Hwee, Chief Transformation and Innovation Officer (Judiciary), Supreme Court of Singapore
01:30 PM

BREAKOUT SESSION 2: COMMUNITY BASED SENTENCING

Venue: B2, Supreme Court Auditorium

Since their introduction in 2011, community sentences have allowed the Courts to impose different and more calibrated sentencing for less serious crimes and where rehabilitation is paramount. Given the effectiveness of community sentences, recent amendments were made to the Criminal Procedure Code affording the Courts even greater flexibility in imposing such sentences, as well as introducing new orders, such as suspended imprisonment terms. This session will provide insights from key stakeholders on the current state of the community sentence regime and the way forward.

Moderator:

  • The Honourable Justice See Kee Oon, Presiding Judge, State Courts of Singapore

Panellists:

  • Dr Jerome Goh, Senior Consultant and Chief (Department of Forensic Psychiatry), Institute of Mental Health; Council Member, Medico-Legal Society of Singapore
  • Mr Mohamed Faizal Mohamed Abdul Kadir, Deputy Chief Prosecutor & Senior State Counsel, Crime Division, Attorney-General's Chambers
  • Dr Winslow Munidasa, Founder & Executive Director, Promises Pte Ltd
  • Mr Sunil Sudheesan, President, Association of Criminal Lawyers of Singapore; Director, Head Criminal Department, Quahe Woo & Palmer LLC
  • Judge Victor Yeo, Second Principal District Judge, State Courts
03:00 PM AFTERNOON TEA BREAK
03:30 PM

PLENARY SESSION 2: CHALLENGES IN DEALING WITH SEXUAL OFFENDING & OFFENCES

Going through the criminal justice process can be a trying experience for victims and their families.  However, this is especially so for sexual offences, where victims may be subject to repeated and potentially embarrassing questioning about deeply personal matters during the investigation and court process. This is over and above the trauma caused by being victims of offences that, in today’s technological age, are committed in circumstances that may leave a lasting impact long after the conclusion of cases. This session will discuss new crime trends in sexual offending, and how the recent legislative amendments have afforded an increasing measure of victim-centricity into the criminal justice process and what further steps might be explored to ensure that victims of sexual offences are not dis-incentivised from reporting crimes, and are adequately supported throughout the criminal justice process.

Moderator:

  • Ms Lee Lit Cheng, Chief Prosecutor, Crime Division, Attorney-General's Chambers

Panellists:

  • Mr Eli Saada ChingBusiness and Training Consultant, Former Commander of the Youth Crime Department in the Israel Police Force ( Tel Aviv region)
  • Ms Corinna Lim, Executive Director, Association of Women for Action and Research
  • Dr. Christopher CheokSenior Consultant, Dept of Psychiatry, Institute of Mental Health 
  • Mr Ramesh Tiwary, Co-Chair, Criminal Practice Committee, The Law Society of Singapore; Sole Proprietor, Ramesh Tiwary Advocate & Solicitor
05:30 PM END OF DAY 1