Celebrating Women in Law

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 6:30 PM
Asia Centre, Phaya Thai Plaza



Southeast Asia is a culturally vibrant, economically disparate and politically volatile region. Access to justice through formal court systems in this region can be expensive and very time consuming, which leads many people to choose alternative informal justice solutions.


Regular Tickets 29 March 2016 500 THB


This discussion will take a broad look at what access to justice really means and the roles of different players in the legal process. We will hear from the diverse perspectives of our speakers on what access to justice means to them and learn from their experience working in the legal profession across Southeast Asia.

Our speakers for this discussion will be Emi Rowse -Herbert Smith Freehills and Sheila Varadan – Embode, Chayanich (Mint) Thamparipattra – Consultant and  Wipanan (Eve) Prasompluem – Allen & Overy. The discussion will be led by Emma Day – iProbono.

This event is open to anyone currently working in law or interested in the field. Men are encouraged to attend and we welcome your input into the discussion!

Ticket includes a welcome drink and limited snacks and due to limited capacity we recommend booking fast as we expect this event to sell out.

Problems securing tickets? Email info@akinasia.com


Emi Rowse is an Of Counsel at Herbert Smith Freehills and specialises in international arbitration and commercial litigation, advising clients in a wide range of matters including shareholders’ disputes, directors’ rights and duties and employment disputes. She qualified as a solicitor in Hong Kong in 2001 and joined the Hong Kong dispute resolution team in 2008.  She then spent three years with the firm’s dispute resolution team in Tokyo from August 2011 to July 2014, before returning to the Hong Kong office in August 2014. She relocated to Herbert Smith Freehills Bangkok office in 2016 and now handles international arbitration and investigation matters. Emi is half Japanese and speaks fluent Japanese.



Sheila Varadan is a Senior Associate at Embode. Sheila previously worked with ECPAT International as the Head of Legal Programmes where she coordinated a multi-country study on Access to Justice.  Prior to ECPAT, Sheila spent four years with the International Commission of Jurists as an International Legal Advisor working on access to justice for gross human rights violations in South and Southeast Asia. Sheila has also worked as a Rule of Law Specialist with the International Rescue Committee where she led community-based programming on access to justice issues in the ethnic Burmese Refugee Camps on the Thai-Myanmar border. Before entering the human rights field, Sheila worked as a criminal prosecutor in the Provincial Youth Courts in Ontario Canada.  After qualifying with the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2005, Sheila received the Fox Scholarship to complete barrister pupillage in London as a member of Middle Temple Inn.  Sheila holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (Honours) from the University of Guelph, a Bachelor of Common Law and a Bachelor of Civil Law from McGill University and a Masters of Law in International Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science where she was a Chevening Scholar. Currently she is pursuing a doctorate in international child rights law at Leiden University.


Chayanich (Mint) Thamparipattra, is a social entrepreneur and a labour rights lawyer with a Master of Laws from Georgetown University supported by the Fulbright Scholarship program. She has more than five years work experience consulting on labour rights with the ILO, government agencies, trade unions and NGOs in a number of Asian countries. Her work covers a wide range of topics including social security, freedom of association, non-discrimination and the protection of vulnerable worker groups such as fishers and domestic workers. Chayanich was recently involved in conducting baseline surveys and data collection for a study on employment and working conditions of migrant domestic workers in Thailand with the ILO-UN Women Project and the University of Oxford. Other achievements include serving on the Law Reform Commission of Thailand to advise the Government on labour law reform. She is also a qualified lawyer in Thailand and volunteers for a labour lawyer network on labour cases and training workers on their rights.


Wipanan (Eve) Prasompluem is a Senior Associate in the litigation practice at Allen & Overy. Her practice includes litigation and arbitration, general corporate and commercial law, anti-bribery, competition and telecommunications laws. She has experience in advising leading telecom companies in Thailand in administrative law disputes and disputes relating to telecom concession and interconnection agreements, drafting and reviewing settlement agreements and employment contracts. She is currently involved in a large law suit in which corruption is alleged between an international investment bank and a Thai government entity. She also teaches arbitration as an adjunct lecturer at Chulalongkorn University and has published a research on anti-corruption measures and government ethics law with King Prachadhipok Institute.