| Abdul Hakiim Yakof |
EIGHT students of the Bachelor of Law (LLB) and Bachelor of Shariah (BSL) pro-grammes at Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) represented the Asian Law Students Association (ALSA) Brunei in the ALSA Conference that was held in the city of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
The conference was organised by ALSA Sri Lanka and was held for five days from January 3 to 7.
The students – Nuur Khalilah binti Abdul Khalid, Abdul Muiz bin Ajis, Sheikh Husrin Jairul Azry bin Sheikh Hassan, Hjh Zalwatul Sakinah binti Hj Abidin, Muhammad Zainul-Akhyaar bin Amer Hairunuddin, Nurul Husna Aqilah binti Hj Abidin, Noradibah binti Ramlee and Azilla Liyana binti Mohd Azam Zaki – were accompanied by Ustazah Nurzakiah binti Hj Ramlee.
The conference began with a registra-tion session for the delegates, which was then followed with a welcoming dinner at the most exclusive hotel in Colombo.
The dinner began with welcoming remarks from the chairperson of the orga-nising committee before introductions by delegations from Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Ma-cau and India.
More activities were held the next day, such as debate competitions, roundtable discussions and meetings.
The Brunei delegation managed to get third place in the debate competition with their topic, “This house supports develo-ping countries violating the intellectual property rights of multinational corpora-tions to benefit in public interest”.
The delegates were also brought to visit the Sri Lankan Parliament Building in Colombo and the ancient city of Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The conference concluded with a fare-well dinner, where the chairperson of the working committee delivered a farewell speech, followed by the presentation of certificates and tokens of appreciation to delegations.
The Brunei delegation departed from Colombo at midnight on January 9 and arrived back home at about 2.40pm local time.