About the IBA

The foremost organisation for international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. Established in 1947, shortly after the creation of the United Nations, the IBA was born out of the conviction that an organisation made up of the world's bar associations could contribute to global stability and peace through the administration of justice. In the ensuing 75 years since its creation, the organisation has evolved, from an association comprised exclusively of bar associations and law societies, to one that incorporates individual international lawyers and entire law firms. The present membership is comprised of more than 80,000 individual international lawyers from most of the world’s leading law firms and some 190 bar associations and law societies spanning more than 170 countries.

The IBA has considerable expertise in providing assistance to the global legal community, and through its global membership it influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the legal profession throughout the world.

Grouped into two divisions – the Legal Practice Division and the Public and Professional Interest Division – the IBA covers all practice areas and professional interests, providing members with access to leading experts and up-to-date information.

Through the various committees of the divisions, the IBA enables an interchange of information and views among its members as to laws, practices and professional responsibilities relating to the practice of business law around the globe.

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At the IBA, we understand that as our world continues to outgrow national frameworks, there is greater demand for international dialogue and collaboration, and in some cases, rules and guidelines. Over the past 70 years, individuals and institutions have looked to the IBA to play a role in these endeavours.

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Conferences & Events

The IBA’s conferences and virtual events provide a forum for the dissemination of specialist legal information and are a great way to network and discuss the latest updates and developments in your area of practice.

Bar Issues Commission

The Bar Issues Commission provides an invaluable forum for IBA member organisations to discuss all matters relating to law at an international level. Representatives from Bar Associations sit on the IBA Council which is the governing body of the IBA.

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eyeWitness to atrocities seeks to bring justice to those who commit international atrocity crimes by offering an app to take verifiable video and photos. As a result, perpetrators will be held accountable for their actions and justice will prevail.

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IBA Human Rights Institute

The IBA Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) works across the Association to promote, protect and enforce human rights under a just rule of law, and to preserve the independence of the judiciary and the legal profession worldwide.

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IBA International Criminal Court and International Criminal Law

The IBA International Criminal Court and International Criminal Law (ICC & ICL) monitors issues related to fairness and equality of arms and encourages the legal community to engage with the work of these Courts.

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IBA Legal Policy & Research Unit

The Legal Policy & Research Unit (LPRU) undertakes research, develops and implements innovative strategies, projects and initiatives that are relevant to business, the rule of law, the global legal profession and the broader global community.

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