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Welcome to E-news -
27 October 2010

IBA Annual Conference, Vancouver, 3–8 October 2010
Bob Woodward addresses opening ceremony

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Thousands of lawyers flocked to the opening ceremony of the International Bar Association’s Annual Conference in Vancouver to hear Bob Woodward, the journalist renowned for causing President Nixon’s resignation over the Watergate scandal, address them on secrecy and the rule of law.

Bob Woodward at the IBA Annual Conference 2010The focus of Woodward’s speech, on 3 October, was secret government – society’s main cause of concern, he said, and the biggest threat to democracy.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter, introduced by IBA Executive Director Mark Ellis as ‘the most celebrated journalist of our age’, began his speech with a quip at the delegates’ expense.

Conference host committee co-ordinator Henri Alvarez, from Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, opened the ceremony by welcoming the delegates to the city, before the Honourable Robert Douglas Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, made the opening address.

IBA President Fernando Pelaez-Pier used his speech to praise the organisers of the conference, which this year attracted more than 4,500 delegates from 130 countries. He described his two-year presidency, which will conclude in December, as ‘an experience of a lifetime, both demanding and rewarding’.

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Conference interviews, sessions and papers available

 

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For those who did attend, there is plenty of content available to remind you of your time in Vancouver and revisit the conference, and for those who did not, there are a number of ways you can experience what you missed.

Global report on the risks and threats of corruption and the legal profession launched

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The IBA, in cooperation with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), launched a global report entitled Risks and Threats of Corruption and the Legal Profession, based on the results of a major international survey conducted during the summer of 2010. The report is part of the Anti-Corruption Strategy for the Legal Profession, an initiative led by these organisations to understand the impact of international anti-corruption instruments and associated implementing legislation with extraterritorial application on the legal practice, and to arm lawyers with the necessary tools and knowledge to identify, address and resolve potential threats to the integrity of the legal profession caused by corruption.

Anti-Corruption Report launch, Vancouver, October 2010The Report was presented on 4 October at the 2010 IBA Annual Conference in Vancouver, in the session Risks and Threats of Corruption and the Legal Profession. There was a roundtable in which the major findings were discussed by a panel of international experts such as Dimitri Vlassis, Head of the Corruption and Economic Crime Branch at the UNODC; Mark Mendelsohn, former Deputy Chief of the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division of the US Department of Justice and Partner at Paul Weiss; Mike Schwartz, Global Head of Anti-Corruption and Bribery at KPMG; Homer Moyer, Partner at Miller & Chevalier and Chair of the IBA Anti-Corruption Committee; Tomas Lindholm, Partner at Lindholm and Wallgren; and Gonzalo Guzman, IBA Senior Staff Lawyer.

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The IBA speaks to former DoJ lawyer Mark Mendelsohn about corruption in the legal profession

Mark Mendelsohn in VancouverThe IBA interviewed over a dozen delegates at the Annual Conference in Vancouver on their views of human rights, legal practice and the rule of law – including Mark Mendelsohn, former Deputy Head of the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice.

Commenting on the significance of the Anti-Corruption Strategy for the Legal Profession – launched by the IBA, OECD and the UN, earlier this month – he said: ‘The project symbolises a recognition that corruption is a topic for the legal profession itself to deal with, not just in advising their clients, but also in looking at the role that lawyers play, both helpful and harmful, in connection with the corruption problem.’

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IBAHRI holds roundtable discussion on the death penalty in the US

Death penalty in the US, discussion, Oct 2010 EnewsLondon, 21 October: The IBAHRI and BBP Law School’s Human Rights Unit hosted a roundtable discussion on the death penalty in the US. The event, entitled 'Death Penalty in the US: a roundtable discussion on the legal challenges and paths to abolition of the death penalty in the US', was held in conjunction with the World Day Against the Death Penalty (10 October), which this year focused on the US.

This month’s event constituted another step forward for the IBAHRI’s ongoing campaign against capital punishment, which began with the IBAHRI Resolution on the Abolition of the Death Penalty, passed by the IBA Human Rights Institute’s Council on 15 May 2008. Among other issues, the discussion addressed: (i) the racial and socioeconomic bias in the application of the death penalty in the US; (ii) the death penalty as a form of torture; and (iii) the miscarriage of justice in death penalty cases in the US.

The panel comprised four experts highly-renowned for their work on the death penalty in the US: Dr Carolyn Hoyle, Reader in Criminology at the Centre for Criminology at The University of Oxford; Sophie Walker, attorney and investigator for the US at Reprieve and Robert Bryan, attorney specialising in capital cases and lead counsel for the death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal in Pennsylvania. Moderating the discussion was Piers Bannister, author and consultant on human rights.

  • To view more information about the event, click here.
  • To read the IBAHRI Resolution calling for an end to the death penalty worldwide click here.

New IBA Guidelines for Drafting International Arbitration Clauses approved by IBA Council

On 7 October 2010, at the IBA Annual Conference, the IBA Council approved the new IBA Guidelines for Drafting International Arbitration Clauses.

The Guidelines are the result of a project initiated by the IBA Arbitration Committee in 2008 in order to assist parties and their counsel to achieve effective arbitration clauses which unambiguously embody the parties’ wishes. They reflect the Committee’s understanding of the best current international practices and provide both a framework and detailed provisions for drafters of international arbitration clauses.

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IBA Global Employment Institute '10/20 Survey' project

The IBA Global Employment Institute (GEI) carried out a benchmark survey project between April and September this year. The survey questionnaire asked senior managers of more than 100 multinationals from 21 countries spread across the five continents and from all the economic sectors, to evaluate the ten most important strategic subjects they will face in the next decade (up to 2020). From the results of this survey, the GEI Council has prepared an Executive Summary as a part of the Preliminary Report and is currently working on the Final Report which will be released at the end of 2010.

  • The Executive Summary is now available, click here.

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IBAHRI success in Vancouver

HRI at IBA Annual Conference Oct  2010The Monday of the IBA's Annual Conference in Vancouver hosted the IBAHRI Showcase Session entitled: The appointment of judges to international courts and tribunals – competence, pragmatism, reprisal? While the 2010 Rome Statute Review Conference in Kampala, May-June 2010, brought the International Criminal Court (ICC) into the spotlight, the HRI Showcase Session generated interesting debate as the processes for appointing judges to the ICC and other international courts and tribunals have come under increasing criticism.

On the Tuesday of conference week, the IBAHRI held a session on Criminal justice reform in Southern Africa, discussing alternatives to pre-trial detention. The session was held in conjunction with the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) and the African Regional Forum.

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Young lawyers training course
The Fundamentals of International Legal Business Practice

The second of two training courses run by the IBA in 2010 will be taking place in Tokyo on Saturday 20 November. The course is part of an on-going programme devised by the IBA’s Public & Professional Interest Division (PPID) to assist young lawyers and junior members of the profession with their understanding of the fundamentals of international legal practice.

The course will be held following the 2nd Asia Pacific Regional Forum Conference: Asia after the GFC Leading the Global Recovery conference in Tokyo, on Saturday 20 November 2010. A light reception will follow after this course.

  • For more information and to register for this course please click here.

IBA e-book on mediation techniques

Mediation Techniques e-book coverThe IBA is pleased to announce the launch of its first e-book. This publication offers a practical collection of tips from and for practising mediators of different styles facing different sorts of issues. It aims to be usable by mediators at an early stage in their career but to contain sufficient variety to still be interesting to more experienced mediators.

The format of this e-book is a series of short essays by practitioners covering topics from pre-mediation planning through to post-mediation follow-through, interspersed with pages of short hints and tips to which users are encouraged to add their own points.

This book will be available as a PDF download (to mobile devices, to PCs or to print off) and a more interactive version of the book will be available on the website. A discussion area for people who buy/subscribe to the e-book will also be made available.

  • Further details regarding the e-book can be found here.

IBA membership

New Member Newsletter September 2010Help us increase our network. If you know of anyone who would benefit from membership of the IBA please download our updated New Member Newsletter and e-mail them a copy. As a part of the membership benefits it should be noted that the majority of our conferences have both a member and non-member fee. If your colleague wishes to attend a conference they can save money by signing up and the getting the discounted fee. Furthermore, now that we have entered September, any new members joining the IBA will pay for 2011 and receive the remainder of this year for free.

If you have yet to renew for 2010 we urge you to do so. The current economic situation has underlined the need for a global perspective. The IBA recognises this need and our numerous publications, networking opportunities and comprehensive set of specialist conferences are designed to support our position as the global voice of the legal profession. You can alter and pay your current membership invoice in the ‘My IBA’ section of our website.

Please feel free to use this opportunity to give us feedback by sending us your thoughts to member@int-bar.org.


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