Asiajuris Conference - Bangkok 2020
Eurojuris Congress 2020
Jurismus Congress - Frankfurt 2020
10 February 2020
Dear Members and Friends of Asiajuris,
The interest in the Asiajuris Conference 2020 in Bangkok has exceeded our expectations in various parts of Asia. The excitement reached Europe resulting in many people signing-up despite the long travel.
Unfortunately we are facing some challenges, that we can’t overcome with just enthusiasm and organisation skills: As you all are aware the outbreak of the Novel 2019 Coronavirus not only affects the life of people in China with travel bans and flight cancellation, it has now started to spread to the neighbouring countries and, among others, reached Thailand whereas of now it has already affected many people. We sadly have to assume, that the number of infected people in Thailand may increase further and that the authorities will have to start taking more stringent measures to avoid an outbreak.
We have to expect further limitations of travel and in the worst cases even quarantines by neighbouring countries.
Phone calls with our members in Asia gave us a clear indication, that only a small number of them is ready to travel given this difficult situation in their areas. The board of Eurojuris is looking at the situation as well and will re-evaluate the situation this coming week, deciding, whether the members of the board shall join or not.
We have spoken with the hotel operator as well: They agree to cancel bookings before February 12 without penalty. After February 12 a penalty will be charged.
Given the uncertainty and development regarding the spread of the virus in the region, the small number of Asian lawyers that is ready to join the conference under these circumstances and the deadline given by the hotel, we decided to postpone the Asiajuris Conference 2020 for a later date, probably the first weekend in June. We expect the virus outbreak to be contained and travel restrictions to be lifted by then.
This is not an easy decision, but we have had to take into consideration the well-being of all the participants, considering the main target which was to have a conference with strong participation from Asia and Europe.
We understand, that this decision may be a disappointment to many of you and may cause you additional work and costs to cancel hotel bookings and change flights. The only thing we can do is to promise you, that we will put even more energy into the conference later this year and that we will make this the highlight of 2020.
Thank you for understanding.
Good health and best regards,