2010 Asia JusticeMakers Competition Judges
The 2010 JusticeMakers Competition is privileged to work with a remarkable and diverse set of competition judges. Spanning a breadth professional, geographic, and cultural experience, the judges will work to select the most promising ideas for criminal justice reform from around the world.
Daniel R. Fung
President of the Board of Directors of International Bridges to Justice
Daniel R. Fung, the first person of Chinese extraction to serve as Solicitor General of Hong Kong, doing so under respectively Governor Chris Patten and Chief Executive CH Tung straddling the territory’s reversion to Chinese sovereignty (1994-8), is Senior Counsel of the Hong Kong Bar and the Chairman of Des Voeux Chambers, voted by Asia Law & Practice as Chambers of the Year for 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2008, and an accredited arbitrator of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC).
Mr. Fung is a specialist constitutional lawyer with expertise in the setting up of Special Administrative Regions (SAR’s) and Special Economic Zones (SEZ’s) including the establishment of parliaments and legislative bodies in such regions and zones and has worked with the Central People’s Government in Beijing, the Hong Kong SAR, the Macau SAR, the Shenzhen SEZ and the Zhuhai SEZ Governments. From 1985-1990, he was involved in the drafting of the mini-constitution for the Hong Kong SAR. He has advised UNDP on the Greater Tumen River Initiative and the setting up of a Free Trade Zone straddling China, Russia and North Korea. Mr. Fung sits on the board of numerous organizations and is Founder, President or Chairman of many others, including: Co-Chair of the United Nations Peace & Development Foundation (UNPDF), President of the International Law Association (ILA) Hong Kong Chapter, National Delegate to the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Founding Governor of the China-US Exchange Foundation, Chairman of the International Advisory Board to the Government of Shanghai Xuhui District, and member of the Strategic Development Commission of the Hong Kong Government, among others.
Mr. Fung was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1990 and Senior Counsel in 1997. Mr. Fung served on the Basic Law Consultative Committee (1985-90) from its inception to promulgation as Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, as Deputy Judge of the High Court (1992-4) and on the Central Policy Unit of the Hong Kong Government (1993-4). He was also a Distinguished Fulbright Scholar for Hong Kong to the United States (2000), member of the World Bank International Advisory Council on Law & Justice (1999-2005), and special advisor to the United Nations Development Programme. In addition to these posts, Mr. Fung was also a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School and Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School.
Mr Subhas Anandan heads the Criminal Law department at KhattarWong. A renowned criminal lawyer in Singapore, he is credited with conducting several landmark cases that have shaped the face of criminal law in Singapore. In practice for more than 25 years, Mr Subhas graduated with an Honours degree from the University of Singapore in 1970. He specialises in criminal work which ranges from minor offences to capital offences. A familiar figure at both the Subordinate Courts and the Supreme Court, Mr Subhas has handled well over 1500 criminal cases from murder and kidnapping to drugtrafficking.
Mr Subhas is well-regarded as the leading criminal lawyer in Singapore and was awarded the Legal Eagle Award of 2001 which was conferred by the Law Society of Singapore. He is also a founding member and first President of the Association of Criminal Lawyers in Singapore (ACLS), an organisation that aims to contribute to the development of criminal law and represent the interests of criminal law practitioners in Singapore.
Founder and CEO of International Bridges to Justice
A former public defender, Karen first developed her interest in the cross section of criminal law and human rights as a Thomas J. Watson fellow in 1986 after observing Southeast Asian refugees detained in a local prison without trial. She later moved to Cambodia in 1994 to train the country’s first core group of public defenders and subsequently served as a United Nations Judicial Mentor. Under the auspices of U.N, she trained judges and prosecutors and established the first arraignment court in Cambodia. After witnessing many violations of the rights of citizens Karen founded International Bridges to Justice in 2000 to promote systemic global change in the administration of criminal justice. She has since negotiated and implemented groundbreaking measures in judicial reform with the Chinese, Vietnamese and Cambodian governments. Under her leadership, IBJ has expanded its programming to Rwanda, Burundi and Zimbabwe, and is now working to create a Global Defender Support Program that will bring IBJ assistance to public defenders worldwide.
Karen is a graduate of UCLA Law School and Harvard Divinity School. She is the recipient of numerous awards and was recently named by the US News and World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders. As a social entrepreneur, she has been recognized by the Skoll, Ashoka and Echoing Green foundations. She was recently awarded the Gleitsman International Activist Award by the Harvard Kennedy School.
Persida V. Rueda-Acosta
Chief Public Attorney of the Philippine’s Public Attorney’s Office
Chief Persida V. Rueda-Acosta is the Chief Public Attorney of the Philippine’s Public Attorney’s Office, an agency that is mandated to give free legal assistance to indigent clients in the Philippines. She was appointed in February 2001 by H.E. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Since then, she has become a herald of hope to the poor and the oppressed who are searching for justice.
As the nationwide head of the Public Attorney’s Office she has been honored and conferred with various recognitions, including the highest Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award in Outstanding Public Service from the Civil Service Commission. In January 2004, her zealous efforts resulted in the stay of execution for hundreds of death row convicts, the grant of executive clemency for all 70-year-old and above inmates, and the abrogation of death penalty in the Philippines on June 24, 2006.
In addition to Chief Acosta’s achievements in public service, free legal aid, prison reforms and other human rights endeavors, she is also a professor of law at the Ateneo de Manila University. In spite of the demands of her work as the nationwide head of about 1,400 public attorneys and 800 support staff housed in 292 district offices and 17 regional offices, she finds time to teach and mold future officers of the court, inspiring them to tread the road less traveled – to defend the rights of the poor and the marginalized sectors in the Philippines. Through her professorship and lobbying, Chief Acosta has worked tirelessly to propel public service, legal aid, and human rights advocacy.
Professor Hunter is President and Professor of Law at Singapore Management University. A native of the state of Georgia in the United States, he earned his B.A. (1968) and J.D. (1971) from Yale University. Professor Hunter practiced law in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta prior to joining the faculty of the Emory University School of Law in 1976, where he taught until taking Emeritus status in 2004. From 1989-2001, he was Dean of the Law School at Emory and from 2001-2003, he served as Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs of Emory University. He also has taught at the University of Virginia, the College of William & Mary, the University of Hong Kong, and the University of Sydney (Fulbright Senior Scholar 1988 and McWilliams Visiting Professor 2004). He is a recurring Visiting Professor of Law at the Central European University in Budapest. He was appointed President of Singapore Management University in 2004
Professor Hunter is the author of Modern Law of Contracts, now in its third edition, as well as several other books, monographs, and professional articles on contracts, commercial law, and American constitutional law. He has been a member of the Board of Editors of the Journal of Contract Law since 1988.
Professor Hunter was appointed a board member of the American Arbitration Association in May 2006. He also serves on several boards in Singapore, including the Building and Construction Authority, Singapore International Chamber of Commerce and the National Research Foundation.
Wilhelmina M. Wright
Judge at the Minnesota Court of Appeals
Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright was appointed by Governor Jesse Ventura to the Minnesota Court of Appeals, where she has served since September 3, 2002. Previously she served as a trial judge on the Ramsey County District Court in Saint Paul. She has served as a member of the Minnesota Judicial Council, the Minnesota Courts Public Trust and Confidence Work Group, and the MSBA Task Force on the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct.
Judge Wright graduated with honors in Literature from Yale University in 1986. She received her juris doctorate from Harvard Law School in 1989.
Prior to joining the bench, Judge Wright was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota, where she represented the United States in complex economic fraud cases and violent crime cases in the United States District Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. She was awarded the United States Department of Justice Special Achievement Award in 1997 and the United States Department of Justice Director’s Award for Public Service in 2000.
Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s office in 1995, Judge Wright practiced with the Washington, DC law firm of Hogan & Hartson, LLP. In the education and litigation practice groups, she primarily represented school districts across the nation seeking to enhance educational opportunities for public school students. After law school, Judge Wright was a law clerk for the Honorable Damon J. Keith on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Senior Advocate — India
Sidharth Luthra Senior Counsel has been practising law in India since 1991. He was designated as a Senior Advocate in July 2007. He has experience in Litigation (both Original as well as Appellate) having practised in the Trial Courts, High Courts and the Supreme Court of India. His areas of experience are Corporate Criminal Law including Intellectual Property Law, Information Technology Law, Customs and Excise Law and Extradition law apart from bodily crimes. He taught law at the University of Delhi (1997 – 1998).
Since 2009 he is a Member of the Delhi State Legal Services Authority, the body which provides legal aid for poor and underprivileged litigants throughout the State of Delhi. He is also a resource person for the Delhi Judicial Academy. Recently he has been invited to be on the Disciplinary Committee of the Bar Council of Delhi. For the last over 10 years he has been associated with Criminal Justice Society (India) and at present is its General Secretary. He is part of the Advisory Board of the Delhi Law Times and the Delhi Reported Judgements (Legal Journal).
Mr. Luthra specializes in criminal law having done his M. Phil in Criminology from the University of Cambridge, U. K. after completing law degree from the University of Delhi. He has been awarded a fellowship by Cambridge Commonwealth Trust. He has been representing the Union of India in the High Court of Delhi (2004 to July 2007). He is a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Society (U. K.) and an active member of the Oxford and Cambridge Society of India and the Supreme Court Bar Association (India). Since 2004 he, along with his family, is part of the organisation of an annual exclusive moot court held in January in his late father’s memory since 2004 called the K K Luthra Memorial Moot (www.kkluthramoot.org) which has international participation since 2009.
Teri Ng was with Microsoft for fourteen years from 1995 to 2009. She has broad experience in Asia Pacific, where she was based in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Beijing during her tenure with Microsoft. In her most recent position, she was the General Manager of the Legal and Corporate Affairs department in Beijing. She led a team of ten legal professionals that provides the legal support to Microsoft’s wide ranging business throughout China, including online businesses, licensing, R&D, compliance, investments and HR.
Prior to her Beijing posting, Teri was the lead attorney for Microsoft’s business in Hong Kong where she oversaw the commercial legal support, government relations, community affairs, policy and intellectual property enforcement activities. Previous to Hong Kong, she was based in Tokyo for three years where she was the lead commercial attorney for Microsoft Japan, and provided, among others, key support for complex joint ventures and anti-trust matters.
Before joining Microsoft, Teri was in private practice with the San Francisco law firm of McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen (which has since been merged and is now Bingham, McCutchen LP) working on general corporate transactional matters, bond financings, and mergers and acquisitions.
Teri received her law degree from UCLA and her undergraduate degree from Cornell University majoring in Asian Studies. She was an exchange student at Beijing University participating in an intensive Chinese language program.
Philip Jeyaretnam S.C
Partner in the Law Firm of Rodyk & Davidson LLP
Philip Jeyaretnam S.C.is a Senior Counsel, and was President of the Law Society of Singapore from 2004 to 2007. He has been a member of the Council of the IBA Human Rights Institute since 2009, and has been a member of the editorial panel of the Hague Journal on the Rule of Law since 2008.