1. The 9th ASEAN Senior Law Officials Meeting (ASLOM) was held in Brunei Darussalam on the 23rd-24th August 2004.
2. The Meeting was attended by; H.E. Mr. Samphy Phov, Member of the Council of Jurists of the Royal Government and Director of International Affairs Dept. Ministry of Justice, Kingdom of Cambodia; Prof. Dr. Romli Atmasasmita, Head of the National Law Reform Agency, Department of Justice and Human Rights, Republic of Indonesia; Mr. Sida Lokaphone, Director General of the Law Research Department, Ministry of Justice, Lao PDR; Datuk Zaitun Zawiyah Puteh, Solicitor General, Attorney General’s Chambers, Malaysia; Mr. U Mya Nyein, Director General of the Office of Attorney General, Union of Myanmar; Mr. Ricardo V. Paras III, Chief State Counsel, Department of Justice, Republic of the Philippines; Mr. Chan Seng Onn, Solicitor-General, Attorney General’s Chambers, Republic of Singapore; Assoc. Prof. Tongthong Chandransu, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Kingdom of Thailand; Mr. Le Thanh Long, Deputy Director of International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Justice, Socialist Republic of Viet Nam; Pengiran Kasmirhan Pengiran Haji Mohd. Tahir, Principal Counsel, Attorney General’s Chambers, Brunei Darussalam; Prof. Dr. Wilfrido V. Villacorta, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN and their respective delegations.
3. The Deputy Permanent Secretary of Justice of Thailand, Assoc. Prof. Tongthong Chandransu being the chair of the 8th ASLOM, opened the meeting by thanking the Government of Brunei Darussalam for hosting the 9th ASLOM. He reiterated the necessity and mutual benefits reaped from this forum as being an avenue for closer cooperation in the field of law for ASEAN member countries and welcomed further discussions on not only outstanding issues but also on newer proposals and initiatives to be introduced.
4. Prof Tongthong noted the recent developments within ASEAN, in particular with the Bali Concord II which established the three pillars in October last year. The three pillars are the ASEAN Security Community, ASEAN Economic Community and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community. ASLOM’s role is now increasingly critical, not only to promote legal infrastructure and law development of each member countries but also to be one of the instrumental mechanisms for enabling ASEAN to realize its goals. He then called upon the Meeting to elect the next Chairmanship and Vice-Chairmanship for the 9th ASLOM.
5. The Meeting unanimously agreed for Pg Hjh Zabaidah Pg Hj Kamaludin, Assistance Solicitor General of Brunei Darussalam to be the Chairperson and Mr. Le Thanh Long, Deputy Director of International Cooperation Department, Viet Nam, to be the Vice-Chairperson of the 9th ASEAN Senior Law Officials Meeting (ASLOM).
6. In her address to the Meeting, the Chairperson welcomed all the delegates to Brunei Darussalam and expressed her hopes for the Meeting to achieve its objectives and generate fruitful and successful discussions on the basis of mutual respect and traditional spirit of cordiality, friendship and solidarity of ASEAN.
7. The ASEAN Secretariat updated the meeting of the new hyperlink on transnational crime that is available on the ASEAN website and further urged other countries that have not done so, to provide their relevant links to the Secretariat. To date, there are hyperlinks in the ASEAN Secretariat website to the relevant legal institutions in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. The Singapore Delegation informed the Meeting that all the statutes of Singapore are available online at the website of their Attorney General’s Chambers which is linked to the ASEAN website.
8. The Meeting agreed that the existing avenue available to all Member Countries for the sharing of legal research should be maintained. Member Countries are encouraged to submit reports and published sources of legal research that they want to share to the ASEAN Secretariat so it can be published on the ASEAN website.
9. As the ASEAN Government Law Directory needs to be updated by the next ALAWMM, Member Countries were reminded to forward all current relevant information to Vietnam, the host of the next ALAWMM, so that the second edition of the ASEAN Government Law Directory can be published and distributed at that Meeting.
10. The 2nd Meeting of the ASEAN Government Law Officers Programme was held in Bali in 2003 and made some important recommendations. The Meeting agreed that a 3rd ASEAN Government Law Officers Programme should be convened soon. The ASEAN Secretariat will be consulting with Member Countries to determine the Member Country that will host the 3rd AGLOP as well as the time, the venue and the subjects to be discussed at this Meeting.
11. Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam have nominated their national contact points to be the ASEAN Legal Authorities who will be responsible for facilitating the exchange of legal information amongst ASEAN countries and will also be the repository of ASEAN Legal information for their government. This information is available on the ASEAN website.
12. Since the last ASLOM, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam have participated in the exchange of study visits in order to study each other’s legal systems and develop links among their key legal officials.
13. On the Treaty for Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters that was first proposed by Malaysia at the 8th ASLOM, the Meeting noted that Malaysia has initiated and hosted two meetings of like-minded countries to formulate this Treaty, which Malaysia expects will be successfully concluded shortly.
14. The 9th ASLOM welcomed the proposal by Thailand to host a second Law Forum on ASEAN Laws and Practices to be held either before or after the Eleventh United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice on 18th-25th April 2005.
15. The 9th ASLOM discussed and agreed that there can be continuing exchange of views and experiences between ASEAN Member Countries on the harmonization of intellectual property rights, trade laws, legal cooperation in alternative dispute resolutions such as conciliation and mediation and on ways to streamline the procedures for the legalization of documents.
16. The Meeting decided to offer its assistance through the ASEAN Secretariat by establishing an expert working group to provide inputs and on ways and means to devise legal frameworks to combat terrorism in ASEAN.
17. The 10th ASLOM and the 6th ALAWMM will be held in Hanoi, Viet Nam in mid September 2005. The dates will be agreed upon after consultation among Member Countries.
18. The Meeting considered and adopted the report of the 9th ASEAN Senior Law Officials Meeting held in Brunei Darussalam on 23-24 August 2004.
19. The Meeting expressed its appreciation to Brunei Darussalam for the warm hospitality accorded to them and for the efficient arrangements made for the Meeting.
20. The Meeting was held in the traditional ASEAN spirit of cordiality and solidarity.