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Opening Ceremony & Walking Dinner

Date & Time


 Tuesday, 23 August

 19:30-02:00 SGT

Concert Hall, Esplanade

Address: 1 Esplanade Drive


Fondly nicknamed "the Durian” by Singaporeans for its resemblance to the popular spiky tropical fruit, the Esplanade is a world-class performing arts centre made up of two rounded glass domes fitted with over 7,000 triangular aluminium sunshades. The boldly designed performing arts centre has become a memorable part of Singapore’s skyline. The AIJA’s Opening Ceremony will be held in the beautiful Concert Hall which together with the 2,000-seat Theatre have hosted a range of high-profile events, such as the return of the quintessential musical Les Misérables.

19:30-20:45 The Opening Ceremony will commence with the Co-Chairs of the Organising Committee welcoming all participants and sharing an overview of the 2022 Annual Congress, followed by the AIJA President (2021-2022), Anna Wyrzykowska, sharing her insights on AIJA and the future of the legal profession. The ceremony with continue with a keynote presentation and conclude on an artistic note with a surprise performance showcasing the multicultural treasures of Singapore.

20:45-02:00 The Opening Ceremony will be followed by a walking dinner in the Foyer offering a break-taking view on the bay. Delegates will have the chance to experience a ‘hawker centre’ style dinner with stations offering a selection of local dishes as well as flavours from across the world, including Chinese, Malay, Indian, and western. Hawker centres are an indispensable pillar of the Singaporean way of life. We will conclude this incredible evening with music and dance while experiencing the true AIJA afterparty spirit!

Please note that there is a possibility to purchase a single ticket, you can buy it here: https://www.aija.org/registration/?event=singapore2022tickets

Dress code: Business formal


Mr Edwin Tong SC

Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, and Second Minister for Law

Mr Edwin Tong SC is Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, and Second Minister for Law. He is also Chairman of the Chinese Community Liaison Group, and Deputy Chairman of the People’s Association.

At the Ministry of Law, he focuses on the development and promotion of Singapore’s legal and dispute resolution sector, including the Singapore Convention on Mediation. He also handles wide-ranging aspects of law reform, such as intellectual property, corporate restructuring and insolvency, and legal aid. 

Before taking office, Mr Tong spent his entire working life at Allen & Gledhill LLP. In that time, he was concurrently Head of the Restructuring and Corporate Insolvency Department, Co-Head of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department, and a member of the Exco. He was widely acknowledged to be a leading lawyer of the Singapore Bar, and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2015.

Mr Tong was educated at St Joseph’s Institution, Raffles Junior College and later read law at the National University of Singapore.


Professor Richard Susskind

Society for Computers and Law

Professor Richard Susskind OBE is the world’s most cited author on the future of legal services. He is President of the Society for Computers and Law, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Oxford Internet Institute, the Founder of Remote Courts Worldwide and, since 1998, has been Technology Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. The author of 10 books, including Tomorrow’s Lawyers (2013, 2017), Online Courts and the Future of Justice (2019, 2021), and (with Daniel Susskind) The Future of the Professions (2015, 2022), Richard’s work has been translated into 18 languages and he has been invited to speak in over 60 countries. Richard advises international law firms, national governments, and the legal departments of global organisations. In the 1980s, he wrote his doctorate on artificial intelligence and the law at Oxford University.


A Finer Side of Magic

Combining Technology with magic, Alexander Y skilfully crafts his magic to tell stories of imagination and illusions.

Holding a Master Degree in Psychology from National University of Singapore, Alexander artistically blends emotions and intellect into his magic making them sophisticated and memorable.

Internationally sought after by top luxury brands like LVMH, Chopard, Bvlgari, Lancome, Mercedes Benz and many more for his creativity, Alexander embeds their brand story in his magic, curating customised illusions in the performances.

The Open Score Project (OSP)

The Open Score Project (OSP) is a syncretic music ensemble founded in 2018 by Gildon Choo and friends. Comprising of musicians from different cultural backgrounds and musical influences, the Open Score Project aims to frontier a new sound that reflects Singapore’s identity and cultural diversity.

OSP draws inspiration upon the different cultural traditions of Singapore for its original works and arrangements. The soundscape of the ensemble encompasses a variety of color from different ethnic instruments, such as the Morin Khuur, Pipa, Tabla, Accordion, Cello, Bansuri amongst others. The mission of the ensemble is to paint a unique soundscape fitting of the rich cultural diversity in Singapore through artistic exchanges and collaboration among artists.

OSP was invited to be part of the Singapore Festival 2019 in Hanoi, Vietnam and Singapore Day 2019 in Shanghai, China. OSP also represented Singapore through invitation by the Uzbekistan Embassy to partake in the First International Bakhshi Art Festival held in Termez, Uzbekistan, where the group performed an original arrangement inspired by the tale of “The Legend of Red Hill”.

Some of OSP’s original programs includes “My Sunny Island”, a locally flavoured, interactive and multicultural musical performance for children, as well as “When We Get Together”, a participatory art program, for Arts in Your Neighbourhood, an initiative by the National Arts Council. And in 2019, OSP held her debut concert titled “Stories: Yours & Mine”, featuring original works around themed narratives. 

And most recently, with the support of the National Arts Council, OSP explored a topic beyond the average differences between races. The titular musical series “Palindrome: in girum imus nocte et consumimur igni” featured four new original works inspired by local stories.

OSP aims to bring more of her unique style and raise awareness of Singapore’s diversity through her performances locally as well as around the world.