Welcome to Washington, DC 2016

As President of the IBA, I am delighted to invite you to the International Bar Association’s 2016 Annual Conference in Washington, DC.  I expect that this year’s conference will be a special and memorable one, and I hope that you will join us there. Because of the location and timing of this year’s conference, we will have the unique opportunity to hear from senior US government officials and to experience the American Presidential election up close.

The IBA Annual Conference is always the central event of the international legal community’s calendar, as it provides an occasion like no other to exchange knowledge and to create and renew a global network of colleagues and business contacts. The 2016 Conference is expected to draw a record number of participants, exceeding 6,000 delegates from around the world.  For the first time in the Conference history, I will be hosting a series of keynote addresses by and interviews with prominent government officials before the committee sessions each morning, which will be a unique opportunity to hear directly about the most important issues of our day.

The programme will feature nearly 200 substantive legal sessions, workshops and panels, including topics on current events and contentious issues facing the profession.  As usual, the LPD, SPPI and HRI will present outstanding Showcase sessions, and the week will culminate in the exceptional Rule of Law Day.  The conference will also feature sessions presenting the lessons and achievements of each of my Presidential Task Forces:  on Climate Change Justice and Human Rights, the Judicial Integrity Initiative, Human Trafficking, and Independence of the Legal Profession. 

Many of these sessions will also take advantage of our location in Washington, DC by including officials from the government, multilateral organisations and others based there. In Washington, DC we will be able to draw on the US Government and others at the highest levels.  Look for exciting announcements of our 2016 keynote speakers.

If you are not already a member of the IBA, I highly recommend that you join – not only for the instant discount from which you benefit for this conference but also for the value in the continuous benefits to your education and professional development throughout the year and the connections the IBA committees can provide.

It continues to be a privilege to serve as the IBA President, and I look forward to meeting friends old and new in Washington, DC.

With warm regards for an historic week,


David W Rivkin
IBA President