With the aim of providing interactive and educational opportunities to the growing international legal community, the Sections of the Legal Practice and Public and Professional Interest Divisions of the IBA offer annual opportunities for young lawyers from around the world to apply for scholarships and to be nominated for awards that recognise outstanding individuals in the legal profession.
IBA Annual Conference scholarships
The 2016 scholarship round is now closed
Each year the International Bar Association (IBA), the world's largest international organisation of law societies, bar associations and individual lawyers engaged in transitional law, holds an Annual Conference, which attracts the participation of some 6000 lawyers from more than 100 jurisdictions. The IBA's Legal Practice Division (LPD), Section of Public and Professional Interest Division (SPPI) and Other Entities present informative and engaging sessions covering current topics of significance to lawyers throughout the world.
The Annual Conference working sessions are complemented by a full social programme which provides the opportunity for delegates meet, establish and maintain business contacts and friendships with peers of the legal profession worldwide.
Scholarships are awarded to young lawyers who wish to participate at the Annual Conference, but may find it financially difficult to do so. The 2016 scholarship is now closed, and the scholarships for the 2017 Sidney scholarship will be launched in February 2017.
These scholarship opportunities are available to those who meet the following criteria:
'Young Lawyer' refers to all lawyers who are up to the age of 35 at the time of the conference.
Applicants must hold a law degree at the time of application.
Applicants do not need to be practising at the time of application, but must be currently licensed and eligible to practice law within their region.
IBA membership is not a requirement to submit application
Employees of the IBA, officers of any IBA entity and relatives of the above are excluded from the competition.
Previous winners of any LPD/SPPI Annual Conference Scholarships are also excluded from the competition. All other applicants from previous years may reapply.
Each participant may submit one essay/application for one scholarship in a calendar year.
Select scholarships may have additional criteria.
The Annual Conference scholarship award includes the following:
waived registration for the IBA Annual Conference;
contribution towards accommodation costs while attending the conference;
contribution towards travel costs to attend the conference;
two year free membership of the IBA, including membership of one committee within the awarding section of the Legal Practice Division, and one committee within the Section on Public and Professional Interest (SPPI);
a waiver of either the following years' IBA Annual Conference registration fee or a waived registration fee to attend a speciality conference sponsored by any committee within the awarding LPD section
To see a list of the winning scholars of the 2015 Annual Conference Vienna, please click here
To see a list of the winning scholars of the 2014 Annual Conference Tokyo, please click here
To see a list of the winning scholars of the 2013 Annual Conference Boston, please click here.
IBA Bar Programme Scholarship
The IBA provides a scholarship programme to several selected International Bar Associations and Law Societies, by which these associations and societies, in turn, are able to offer young lawyers (up to and including the age of 35) within their jurisdiction, the opportunity to participate in the IBA Annual Conference, but who may find it financially difficult to do so.
Eligible persons (current members of the relevant bar associations or law societies, up to and including the age of 35, and with over 3 years legal practice and experience) who wish to apply for this programme must contact the relevant bar association/society directly to request application details.
Candidates who are presented to the IBA for consideration of the programme scholarship will be pre-selected by the individual bar or law society.
The IBA Bar Programme Scholarship award includes the following:
waived registration fee for the IBA Annual Conference
contribution towards return economy flight to the conference city/country
accommodation (room and breakfast) while attending the Annual Conference
Stipend; £50 per day
Participating bars and societies are asked to submit their candidates to the IBA.
This programme is open to lawyers who meet the eligibility criteria and who have not attended a previous IBA Annual Conference.
SEERIL awards an amount of up to 18,000 to pursue post-graduate studies that may involve master, PhD or post-doctoral research topics in the energy and natural resources field.
This scholarship is open to all qualifying academic institutions and their students free of charge. A ‘qualifying academic institution’ is one where at least one member or adjunct member of the faculty is a member of the IBA and a SEERIL committee.
The Scholarship is open for submission of applications between February and March each year and it is generally awarded during the months of June/July. The 2016 Scholarship is now closed to applications.
7th World Women Lawyers' Conference Scholarships
*This scholarship is now closed to applications. The following is provided for information only*
The Women Lawyers' Interest Group of the IBA has awarded several scholarships to attend its 7th World Women Lawyers' Conference in Berlin from 7-8 April 2016. The scholarships have been awarded to scholars who wish to participate in this IBA conference, but who are unable to do so owing to financial constraint.
The scholarship award includes:
free registration for the IBA 7th World Women Lawyers' Conference, 7-8 April 2016, Berlin, Germany; and
a contribution towards travel and accommodation costs to the conference.
This award is biennial, and will next be awarded in 2018.
Outstanding International Woman Lawyer Award 2016
* This award is now closed to nominations. *
The Women Lawyers' Interest Group will be presenting its biennial Award at the 7th World Women Lawyers' Conference being held in Berlin from 7-8 April 2016.
Nominees were considered on the following criteria:
Achieved professional excellence in her field; and
Influenced other women to pursue legal careers; or
Opened doors for women lawyers in a variety of job settings that historically were closed to them; or
Advanced opportunities for women within their practice area or segment of the profession.
Pro Bono Committee Annual Pro Bono Award 2016
- Sponsored by
The IBA Pro Bono Committee awards its prestigious Pro Bono Award annually to lawyers who are leading our profession in building a pro bono culture. The award is free to enter and it is open to all lawyers, whether or not they are members of the IBA.
Nominations are currently closed, and the selection will be made based on the following criteria:
Dedication – The Committee seeks to recognize pro bono work that exhibits an exceptional level of commitment and dedication to the provision of free legal services and access to justice.
Innovation – The Committee seeks to recognize efforts and pro bono work that have been designed or carried out in an innovative fashion and might serve as a model for others in that jurisdiction and other jurisdictions.
Impact – The Committee seeks to recognize work, including legislative reform, litigation, and transactional representation, that has brought about a significant impact–to an individual, community, group, or country ,or to the provision of pro bono services generally.
The award will be presented to the winner at the 2016 IBA Annual Conference in Washington, DC which will be held 18 - 23 September 2016. The winner, as part of the award, will receive:
free registration to attend the 2016 IBA Annual Conference in Washington, DC;
a contribution of up to US$5,000 towards accommodation and travel costs to attend the conference; and
one years' free membership of the IBA, PPID and Pro Bono Committee.
Congratulations to Marcos Fuchs, winner of the 2015 Pro Bono Award!
Congratulations to Nick Paul, winner of the 2014 Pro Bono Award!
Congratulations to Susan Finegan, winner of the 2013 Pro Bono Award!
Young Lawyers' Committee Annual Outstanding Young Lawyer Award - 2016 nominations are now open
- Sponsored by
The IBA Young Lawyers’ Committee, in recognition of William Reece JR, annually present an award to a young lawyer who has shown not only excellence in their work and achievements in their career to date, but also a commitment to professional and ethical standards.
The award is free to enter and it is open to all lawyers, up to and including the age of 35, whether or not they are members of the IBA. Nominations are currently closed, and the selection will be made based on the following criteria:
a reputation for; or advancement of, legal ethics and professional responsibility;
service to the community - local and further afield; and
other merits similar to the above or considered relevant by the candidate or his/her nominators, such as innovative approach to their legal practice, including but not restricted to, pro bono work.
The award will be presented to the winner at the 2016 IBA Annual Conference in Washington, DC, which will be held 18 - 23 September 2016. The winner, as part of the award, will receive the following:
free registration for the IBA 2016 Annual Conference, 18-23 September 2016, Washington, DC, USA;
a contribution of up to US$5000 towards accommodation and travel costs to attend the conference; and
one years' free membership of the IBA, PPID and Young Lawyers' Committee.
Congratulations to Federica D'Alessandra, winner of the 2015 Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award!
Congratulations to Maria Belen Espineira, winner of the 2014 Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award!
Congratulations to Alberto Mata, winner of the 2013 Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award!
IBA Human Rights Award
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Each year the IBA presents an award to an outstanding lawyer in the world of human rights law. We are seeking high-calibre nominations for 2015. Nominations are now open for the International Bar Association (IBA) Human Rights Award 2015 and close on 31 May 2015.
See more information and a list of previous winners here
Law Students' Committee Award
*This award is now closed to applications. The following is provided for information only*
During the International Bar Association (IBA) 2015 Annual Student Conference, to be held 14–15 November 2015 in London, the IBA Law Students’ Committee will present an award to a law student who has shown not only excellence in their academic achievements to date, but also a commitment to volunteering and whose exploits other law students should strive to emulate.
LexisNexis is honoured to sponsor the Law Students’ Committee’s Outstanding Aspiring Lawyer of the Year Award. The winner of the award will receive a £500 credit on the new purchase of LexisNexis publications.
All applications received by FRIDAY 28 AUGUST 2015 will be submitted to a judging panel who must be satisfied that the candidate is eligible for the award.
For an introduction to the Sections of the Legal Practice Division, please click on links below:
For an introduction to the Committees and Interest Groups of the Section on Public and Professional Interest Division, please click on the links below:
Access information on 2012 Annual Conference scholarships.
Access information on 2011 Annual Conference scholarships.
Access information on 2010 Annual Conference scholarships.
Access information on 2009 Annual Conference scholarships.