Working towards our objectives
In order to advance our objectives, the IBAHRI undertakes a variety of projects to build capacity, lobby for change and highlight issues of international concern to the public, the media and the legal community. Our core activities include training for lawyers and judges; capacity building with bar associations and law societies; undertaking high-level fact-finding missions; and conducting trial observations. The IBAHRI also works on a number of thematic programmes, such as the abolition of the death penalty, poverty, sexual orientation, and international terrorism. We liaise closely with international and regional human rights organisations producing news releases and publications to highlight issues of concern to worldwide media.
The IBAHRI was established in 1995 under the honorary presidency of Nelson Mandela. The IBAHRI provided effective means for the International Bar Association (IBA) to promote the rule of law and the interests of the legal profession. Since 1995 the IBAHRI has grown significantly, becoming a leading voice in the promotion of the rule of law worldwide.The IBAHRI welcomes members from across the legal, social and political spectrum; indeed, many of our most active participants do not practise human rights law in their daily lives but, through membership of the IBAHRI, demonstrate their commitment to supporting human rights and the freedom of the profession.