IBA Secretary-General Profile

James M Klotz


James M Klotz is Secretary-General of the International Bar Association (IBA). His tenure is for the calendar years of 2017 and 2018.

Mr Klotz has been a member of the IBA for more than 30 years, and he has represented the Canadian Bar Association on the IBA Council since 1994. In addition to being a member of the IBA’s Management Board since 2010, he has held many senior leadership posts including: Chair, Bar Issues Commission (2011-2012); Chair, BIC Policy Committee (2008-2009); and, Chair, International Sales Committee (2003-2004). During his multi-year role with the Bar Issues Commission, he was directly involved with the creation of the IBA Guide for Establishing and Maintaining Complaints and Discipline Procedures, the Commentary on the IBA International Principles on Conduct for the Legal Profession, and the IBA Anti- Corruption Guidance for Bar Associations.

Mr Klotz is a partner in the Canadian law firm, Miller Thomson LLP where he is Co-Chair of its International Business Transactions Group, and lead of its anti-corruption and international governance practice. Having led complex transactions in 110 countries, he is regarded for his practical experience in the international business arena.

From 2011-2014, he was a member of the Independent Governance Committee of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). From 2009-2012, he served as President and Chairman of the Board of Transparency International (Canada) Inc. Since 2013, he has been a member of the Allard Prize Advisory Board, Allard Prize for International Integrity.

Other recognitions include:

  • Canada’s Best Lawyers, International Finance Law, since 2006.
  • Award of Excellence in International Law, Ontario Bar Association, 2012
  • Commemorative Medal, Polish Ministry of Justice, 2011

Mr Klotz graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto (LL.B. 1982), and returned as an Adjunct Professor of International Law (2003-2004, 2009-2010). In 2008, he received his ICD.D. designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. He is the author of several textbooks, including ‘Power Tools for Negotiating International Deals’, and ‘International Sales Agreements: A Drafting and Negotiating Guide’.

He speaks conversational French, Mandarin Chinese, and is learning Spanish.


Downloadable PDF