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Legal Policy & Research Unit

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Today, in Amman, Jordan, delegates attending the International Bar Association (IBA) Initiative for Women Business Lawyers in the Middle East event will be addressed by a number of distinguished keynote speakers including HE Reem Abu Hassan, Minister of Social Development of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, HE Sharif Zu’bi, former Minister of Industry and Trade and former Minister of Justice and HE Mervet Tallawy, Director General of the Arab Women Organization (AWO). Read more...

The Anti-Corruption Committee and Sports Sub-Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA) today call on governments and the major financial supporters of sporting bodies and events to push for fundamental reform to improve the governance, transparency and oversight of international sports organisations, such as the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

The Chair of the IBA Anti-Corruption Committee, Rob Wyld, said: ‘Sport is a global industry worth many billions in any currency and that, unfortunately, provides ample opportunity for corruption at all levels and in many settings. Bid manipulation can be problematic in respect of governments and companies alike. The former, manipulating bids to host major sporting events, and the latte Read more...

The International Bar Association (IBA) Initiative for Women Business Lawyers in the Middle East is to host its second programme, aimed at lawyers in commercial law practice, in partnership with the Arab International Women’s Forum (AIWF) and the Arab Women’s Legal Network(AWLN) on 7 September 2015 in Amman, Jordan. Delegates will be addressed by a number of distinguished speakers including HE Sharif Zubi, Former Minister of Justice.

The event entitled ‘Jordanian Women in Legal Professions: Challenges and Opportunities’ will bring together lawyers from across the region to discuss standards and trends in the practice of law and methods and strategies to develop an international legal practice Read more...

Today, the President of the International Bar Association (IBA), David W Rivkin, is hosting a high-level meeting in London to develop ideas for the IBA Judicial Integrity Initiative, a new project aimed at combating judicial corruption. Attending the inaugural meeting are current and former chiefs of justice from several jurisdictions and representatives from, among others: the Organisation for Economic Co-operation (OECD); the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC); the World Justice Project; the Basel Institute on Governance; the Italian Research Institute on Judicial Systems; the University of Glasgow; and global businesses.

Mr Rivkin commented, ‘Corruption in judiciaries is a problem on every continent. Where it occurs, this corruption undermines the rule of law and civil society, because it causes citizens to lose faith in the ability of government to assist them. And where judicial corruption exists, it is impossible to eliminate corruption in other aspects of government. This issue requires the attention and resolve of the legal profession as a whole to overcome it, and the IBA, as the global association of lawyers and bar associations, can uniquely contribute to the fight against judicial corruption. The IBA Judicial Integrity Initiativeis as an extension of the anti-corruption work the IBA has been doing around the world; training lawyers to identify corruption, and not to participate in it unwittingly. The IBA OECD UNODC Anti-Corruption Strategy for the Legal Professionwas launched in 2010 and is a flagship programme of the IBA, promoting integrity compliance among lawyers.’ Read more...