Scholarships and Awards

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.

List of upcoming scholarship and award opportunities for 2015:

IBA 2015 Annual Conference Scholarship - Vienna

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 over 4000 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 to so.

These scholarship opportunities are available to those who meet the following criteria:

  • 'Young Lawyer'; 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
  • IBA membership is not a requirement to submit application

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

For information on how to apply for the 2015 Annual Conference Scholarship to 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 Magna Carta Writing Competition - 2015 Annual Conference Vienna

In 2015, we celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, one of the world’s most important constitutional documents. The Magna Carta remains as relevant today to the struggle for the rule of law and against unrestricted government power as it was it was on June 15, 1215, when King John agreed to its terms to pacify with his rebellious barons, if not more so.

On behalf of the President of the IBA, it is our pleasure to invite Young Lawyers and Law Students to help celebrate this this important anniversary by participating at the IBA 2015 Annual Conference in Vienna through the submission of an original essay on the Magna Carta.  The winning author of the essay will be provided a scholarship to attend the Annual Conference in Vienna.

For further information and directions for submission, please click on the following links:

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.

Below is the list of participating bar associations and law societies for the 2015 programme are:

  • The Estonian Bar Association
  • The Georgian Bar Association
  • The Latvian Council of Sworn Advocates 
  • The Chamber of Lawyers of the Russian Federation
  • The Bar Association of Serbia
  • The Union of Advokates of Ukraine
  • The Ukraine Bar Association

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.

Law Students' Committee Award

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. See full details and application form

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. Full details and application form

  • There are no scholarships available in this category at present.
                            Pro Bono Award Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award IBA Human Rights Award

Pro Bono Committee Annual Pro Bono Award - 2015 Award Nominations now open for submission! Please click here for information.

- Sponsored by  

The IBA Pro Bono Committee invite nominations for its prestigious Pro Bono Award of lawyers who are leading our profession in building a pro bono culture.   Nominees will be considered 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.

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 - 2015 Award Nominations now open for submission! Please click here for information.

- 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.  Nominees will be considered on the following criteria:

  • professional excellence;

  • 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

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

- Sponsored by  

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


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.


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