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:


 

IBA 2016 Annual Conference Scholarship - Washington DC

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.

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. Please review the terms and conditions for the particular scholarship before applying.

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

 

The 2016 scholarships to attend our Washington DC Annual Conference are now open. A full list of Committees and Sections offering scholarships and how to apply can be found here.

 


 

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 normally open for submission of applications between February and March each year and it is generally awarded during the months of June/July.  For further details on applicant qualifications and application submissions please see the following.

For 2016's full terms and conditions and application form, please click here. The deadline for applications for the 2016 scholarship is 29 March 2016.

7th World Women Lawyers' Conference Scholarships

*This award is now closed to applications. The following is provided for information only*

The Women Lawyers' Interest Group of the IBA is delighted that it will be awarding scholarships to attend its 7th World Women Lawyers' Conference in Berlin from 7-8 April 2016. The scholarships will be awarded to scholars who wish to participate in this IBA conference, but who are unable to do so owing to financial constraint. The IBA therefore invites interested persons to apply for a scholarship.

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.

Outstanding International Woman Lawyer Award 2016

The Women Lawyers' Interest Group has opened nominations for its biennial Award, to be presented at the 7th World Women Lawyers' Conference being held in Berlin from 7-8 April 2016.

Nominees will be 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.

Nominations must be submitted and received by Monday 1 February 2015.

For further information please click here for the award nomination form and full criteria.

Pro Bono Award Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award IBA Human Rights Award Law Students' Committee Award

Pro Bono Committee Annual Pro Bono Award - 2015 Award Nominations are now closed

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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 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 - 2015 Award Nominations are now closed

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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 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.