IAFL Events

IAFL Asia Pacific Chapter Meeting, Brisbane, Australia

Event date: 21 Feb 2024

Where and When

Emporium Hotel South Bank
267 Grey St
South Brisbane
QLD 4101

Start: Wednesday 21 February 2024 at 12:00PM
End: Sunday 25 February 2024 at 08:00AM

The 2024 Asia Pacific Chapter Meeting will be held in Brisbane, Australia.  Queensland's capital city is located in the hilly floodplain of the Brisbane River Valley between Moreton Bay and the Taylor and D'Aguilar mountain ranges. Brisbane is a cosmopolitan hub for arts, culture and dining with a laidback charm and focus on the outdoors. Boasting stunning natural assets, clear blue skies all year round and subtropical alfresco lifestyle, it is an urban metropolis with a relaxed vibe. Amidst the skyscrapers sits an open-air city that embraces the river at its heart. With easy access to nearby icons like the Gold Coast and Great Barrier Reef, it is frequently ranked highly in lists of the most liveable cities. An exciting travel destination, it is on Time Magazine's list of the world's greatest places of 2023 to explore. Brisbane has hosted major events including the 1982 Commonwealth Games, World Expo 88, the final Goodwill Games in 2001, the 2014 G20 summit, and will host the 2032 Summer Olympics and 2032 Summer Paralympics.


Map and Directions

Meeting Hotel & Overflow Hotel

The IAFL has reserved a limited number of rooms for the nights of 19 - 25 February 2024 inclusive at the hotels listed below.

Meeting Hotel: Emporium Hotel South Bank

'As the only five-star hotel in Brisbane’s South Bank, Emporium Hotel sets an exquisite new standard in boutique luxury accommodation, exceptional dining, and award-winning service'. 

Overflow Hotel: Novotel Brisbane South Bank (12 mins walk from the Meeting Hotel)
'Experience modern comfort and convenience in our stylish rooms, indulge in delectable dining options, and immerse yourself in the city's cultural and entertainment offerings. Whether you're in Brisbane for business or leisure, Novotel Brisbane South Bank prime location and unparalleled services ensure a memorable stay.'

The hotels have agreed, subject to availability, to offer the IAFL rate 3 days pre and post the event dates.

The below rates apply, subject to availability, to reservations made via Judy Lane ICS (official accommodation agent) prior to 20 January 2024. A credit card will be required to confirm your reservation and must not expire prior to 26 February 2024.  Please do not contact the hotels direct to make your reservation.

Rates quoted are per room per night in Australian Dollars, inclusive of breakfast, tax and wi-fi:

Emporium Hotel South Bank (meeting hotel)
Vista King Suite
Single occupancy: AUD 519
Double occupancy: AUD 544

Novotel Brisbane South Bank (overflow hotel)
Standard Room
Single occupancy: AUD 350
Double occupancy: AUD 380

From 22 January 2024, Emporium Hotel South Bank and Novotel Brisbane South Bank will make a non-refundable charge of the full stay to the credit card you have provided with this booking form. 

You may cancel or amend your booking by emailing IAFL@judylaneics.com. Our policy is to respond, confirming receipt of your cancellation/amendment, within 48 hours.  If not received, please telephone Barbara Nayler +44 1293 888 352.

PENALTIES (for cancellation/reduction in room nights)
Up until 19 January 2024: no penalty
From 20 January 2024: Full-stay penalty
The full-stay penalty will also apply to no-shows (non-arrival on the day of your booking).
Where penalties are due, the hotel will charge the credit card you have provided with this booking form.


Registration Fees

Early Bird


  (to 10 January) (from 11 January)
First Timer Fellow USD 775 USD 925
First Timer Fellow Tiered Fee* USD 520 USD 925
Fellow USD 925 USD 1,075
Fellow Tiered Fee* USD 620 USD 1,075
Lawyer Guest USD 1025 USD 1,175
Lawyer Guest Tiered Fee* USD 687 USD 1,175
Non-Practising Fellow USD 350 USD 400
Accompanying Guest USD 350 USD 400
Accompanying Guest (21 & Under) USD 75 USD 75

*Tiered/Reduced Registration fees: 
The IAFL is committed to expanding its reach in jurisdictions that are currently under and un-represented within its Fellowship and to making meetings more accessible to all. With these aims in mind, the IAFL is pleased to offer reduced registration fees to attendees from jurisdictions that qualify for IAFL Tiered Dues. The 30% discount only applies to those registering at the early bird rate which is available up to 10 January 2024. After 10 January the regular fee will apply. Click here to view the list of qualifying countries.

Registration fees include:-

Fellows, First Timer Fellows and Lawyer Guests

  • Attendance at the Education Program
  • Access to the Event App
  • Welcome Reception and Dinner at The Emporium Hotel Wednesday 21st February
  • Happy Hour at Crystalbrook on Thursday 22 February
  • Buffet Lunch at The Emporium Hotel on Friday 23 February
  • Happy Hour at Lina Roof Top on Friday 23 February

Non Practicing Fellows

  • Access to the Event App
  • Welcome Reception and Dinner at The Emporium Hotel Wednesday 21 February
  • Happy Hour at Crystalbrook on Thursday 22 February
  • Happy Hour at Lina Roof Top on Friday 23 February

Accompanying Guests

  • Access to the Event App
  • Welcome Reception and Dinner at The Emporium Hotel Wednesday 21 February
  • Happy Hour at Crystalbrook on Thursday 22 February
  • Happy Hour at Lina Roof Top on Friday 23 February

Accompanying Guest (under 21)

  • Welcome Reception and Dinner at The Emporium Hotel Wednesday 21 February
  • Happy Hour at Crystalbrook on Thursday 22 February
  • Happy Hour at Lina Roof Top on Friday 23 February

Meeting Program

Introduction to International Family Law Symposium

There will be a Symposium on Tuesday 20 February, sponsored by HopgoodGanim Lawyers.

For further information or to register your interest please contact IAFL@judylaneics.com

Education Program


The Asia Pacific Chapter Education Program will take place on the morning of Thursday 22 February and all day on Friday 23 February. It will include the following sessions:-

  • The internationally acclaimed Lighthouse Project and other developments in the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Divisions 1 and 2
  • Family Law in the South Pacific
  • Best practice: assessment of and drafting of choice of law and forum clauses particularly in prenuptial and post nuptial agreements
  • Developments in prenuptial and post nuptial agreements around the globe particularly in the Asia Pacific region
  • Coercive Control and Article 13 of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction
  • International Mediation, Arbitration, Collaborative Practice and other Dispute Resolution processes
  • The annual Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE, QC (Hon) Memorial Lecture

Social Program


The social program includes:-

Wednesday 21 February

  • Brisbane Walking Tour & Story Bridge Climb
  • Welcome Reception and Dinner at The Emporium Hotel

Thursday 22 February

  • Thomas Dixon Centre (home of Queensland Ballet) Tour for Accompanying Guests
  • BBQ Lunch & Riverlife Adventures 
  • Happy Hour and Dinners at Howard Smith Wharves

Friday 23 February

  • James Street Shopping Tour with lunch for Accompanying Guests
  • Happy Hour at Lina Roof Top
  • Dinners at leisure

Saturday 24 February

  • Gold Coast Day Trip with lunch at Omeros Brothers & Optional surf lesson
  • Presidents Dinner at Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

Sponsorship Opportunities

The IAFL is delighted to offer sponsorship opportunities for the IAFL Asia Pacific Chapter Meeting in Brisbane.  For full details click on the link below and contact Annie Dunster  (annie.dunster@iafl.com) if you are interested in sponsoring the meeting. 


The IAFL gratefully acknowledge the support of the meeting sponsors

Damien Greer lawyers: Principal Sponsor



Lander & Rogers: Welcome Reception, Wednesday 

 Landers & Rogers

Hersh Family Law Practice LLP: Lunch on Friday and Coffee breaks on Thursday and Friday 

Hersh FamilyLaw Practice

Kennedy Partners: Speakers' Gifts 

Kennedy Law Partners

Other Information

Weather in Brisbane

The temperature range in February is likely to be from 19.8-29.1°C (68-84°F). Average rainfall in February is 172mm.

Airport Transfers

The journey time from the airport to the hotel is approximately 20-30 minutes. Airport transfers can be booked with The Emporium Hotel's concierge via concierge@emporiumhotels.com.au

Use of Delegate Data

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Registration Cancellation

Registration cancellations received in writing to iafl@judylaneics.com will be accepted until 10 January 2024 and fees refunded, less a USD 100.00 administrative fee per person.  This includes social event and tour fees, but only if the Academy is not responsible for any charges or fees due to the cancellation.

Cancellations received after 10 January 2024 will not be refunded, however transfer of your registration to another person is acceptable, up to the date of the event.  Please email iafl@judylaneics.com.  No refunds will be made for non-attendance at the Meeting.

If in the unlikely event the Meeting is cancelled, any travel and accommodation costs will not be refunded.


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