IBA guides, rules and other free materials

As well as journals, committee publications, books and online content, the IBA also publishes a wealth of information across all aspects of law to assist and support the international legal community.

Here you can find a library of freely accessible documents in online (PDF) format, from ethical principles for the profession, to arbitration guidelines; task force reports on important issues and IBA statements and resolutions.

Many IBA committees also produce guidelines relevant to their practice area. Check the committee publications and projects pages to find out more, or, if you can’t find what you’re looking for, contact publications@int-bar.org.

Practice Rules and Guidelines

Arbitration

The IBA Arbitration Committee and its Task Force on Counsel Conduct have produced guidelines for party representation and counsel conduct in international arbitration.

The IBA Guidelines on Party Representation in International Arbitration are inspired by the principle that party representatives should act with integrity and honesty and should not engage in activities designed to produce unnecessary delay or expense, including tactics aimed at obstructing the arbitration proceedings.

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On 29 May 2010, the International Bar Association adopted the new IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration, which superceed those of 1999. The revised rules will apply to all arbitrations in which the parties agree to apply the IBA Rules after 29 May 2010, whether as part of new arbitration agreements or in determining the rules of procedure in a pending or future arbitration.

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The IBA Guidelines for Drafting International Arbitration Clauses were approved by the IBA Council in October 2010. The Guidelines were developed by a Task Force appointed by the Arbitration Committee and composed of Paul Friedland (chair), Doak Bishop, Karim Hafez, Adriano Jucà, Carole Malinvaud, Sundaresh Menon, Jean-Claude Najar, William (Rusty) Park, Anne-Véronique Schlaepfer, Eduardo Silva Romero, Stephen E Smith, Matthew Weiniger and Damien Nyer (Secretary).

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The Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest represent the most comprehensive work to date defining the framework by which the impartiality of arbitration in the international arena can be most effectively assured. The publication sets out a series of seven general standards of independence and disclosure to govern the selection, appointment, and continuing role of an arbitrator. The Guidelines were approved by the Council of the IBA on 22 May 2004 and are intended for use around the world. 

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Bar Associations and Law Societies

The 13-page document entitled IBA Anti-Corruption Guidance for Bar Associations: Creating, Developing and Promoting Anti-Corruption Initiatives for the Legal Profession was drafted by the IBA’s Legal Projects Team in conjunction with an expert consultation group comprised of members of the IBA Bar Issues Commission, and the IBA Anti-Corruption Committee.

Read more about the IBA LPT Anti-Corruption Strategy for the Legal Profession

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This handbook was written to help IBA Member Bars (and all bar associations) who may be approached by the trade negotiators from their own countries. It provides everything a bar would need to know about:

  • the substantive provision of the GATS (General Agreement on Trade in Services);
  • how the GATS' substantive provisions apply in the context of legal services;
  • what has happened since the adoption of the GATS and its relevance to legal services;
  • where the debates have occurred with respect to legal services (and to give you a flavour of the disagreements); and
  • the developments that IBA Member Bars might be asked to respond to.

The handbook has been prepared and compiled by Professor Laurel Terry, and the International Trade in Legal Services Committee of the IBA's Bar Issues Commission. Read more on the ITILS projects page.

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Cross-Border Sales and Transactions

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Social Media Principles

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Other

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Standards, Principles and Ethics

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This Code was superseded by the IBA Principles on Conduct for the Legal Profession 2011.

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Task Force Reports

IBAHRI Task Force on Illicit Financial Flows, Poverty and Human Rights

This report addresses global taxation from the novel perspective of human rights law and policy. Based on extensive consultation from diverse perspectives, the expert Task Force offers unique insight into the links between tax abuses, poverty and human rights.

The report analyses the responsibilities and remedies to counter tax abuse and delivers recommendations for states, businesses and the legal profession.

Read more about the IBAHRI Task Force and Tax Abuses, Poverty and Human Rights

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Presidential Task Force on the Financial Crisis

Following on from the work of the IBA Presidential Task Force on the Financial Crisis in 2009/10, the Second Phase of the Task Force has released Poverty, Justice and the Rule of Law, an in-depth report on the aftermath of the GFC and its effect on poverty, employment, welfare and good governance, featuring contributions from leading lawyers and academics including four Nobel laureates.

Read more about Poverty, Justice and the Rule of Law and browse chapters online

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This report features an overview of the work of the Task Force from its Chair, Hendrik Haag, as well as updates on regulation from diverse jurisdictions: the US, the UK, Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Japan and Russia.

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This interim report looks into causes and potential solutions to the problems confronting the world's financial markets and those who depend on the resumption of an efficient and appropriate global market system.

It conveys the preliminary views of the Task Force on legal responses to the crisis, pending the publication of the full Task Force report scheduled for October 2010.

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Task Force on International Terrorism

The IBAHRI convened a Task Force, comprising world-famous jurists, in order to analyse the considerable developments in international law and practice.The events of 9/11 set governments and international law-making bodies a number of complex and novel legal challenges in terms of responding to global terrorism whilst protecting people’s fundamental rights and freedoms.

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In 2003, a Terrorism Task Force was formed to analyse the challenges posed by international terrorism. The Task Force draw on the expertise of its high-profile members, the input from specialised IBAHRI working groups and information gained during meetings with high-level officials around the world. The report focuses on key areas including: civil liberties and human rights; the use of force as a response to terrorism; preventing the financing of terrorism and international cooperation in criminal justice; and the role of the ICC.

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IBA Legal Practice Division Task Force on Extraterritorial Jurisdiction

The Task Force was formed to focus on two important questions:

  • When should a state be able to regulate persons or conduct occurring outside its territory?
  • How should overlaps or conflicts of jurisdiction between two or more states be resolved?

The report responds to these questions by laying out the principles governing extraterritoriality, and by providing recommendations for governments, courts, international organisations and businesses on methods for minimising costs and conflicts associated with extraterritorial exercises of jurisdiction. The report focuses in particular on competition and antitrust law, tort law, criminal law, securities law, insolvency law, bribery and corruption.

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