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:

   Annual Conference, Vienna 2015 

IBA Bar Programme Scholarship, Vienna 2015


Annual Conference Scholarship

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

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.

The participating bar associations and law societies for the 2014 programme are:

  • The Ethiopian Lawyers Association
  • The Fiji Law Society
  • Indonesian Advocates Association (PERADI)
  • The Nepal Bar Association
  • The Nepal Law Society
  • The Integrated Bar of the Philippines
  • The Solomon Islands 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.

 

  • There are no scholarships available in this category at present.

SEERIL scholarships for energy and natural resources law studies

The IBA Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law (SEERIL), together with its Academic Advisory Group (AAG), are delighted to announce that they are again accepting applications from students requiring funding for advanced studies or research in the fields of energy and natural resources law.

The scholarships and research grants, up to a total of £18,000 a year, and is open to students at any institution where at least one member of the faculty is an IBA/SEERIL member.  

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

Pro Bono Committee Annual Pro Bono Award

- 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

- 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!




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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