IBA Global Insight - December 2011

FEATURES: MIDDLE EAST SPECIAL EDITION

ANNUAL CONFERENCE FOCUS
Mohamed ElBaradei 

The Nobel Peace Laureate, Egyptian Presidential candidate and seasoned diplomat – having served three terms as Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency – addressed the IBA’s first conference hosted in the Middle East in its 64-year history. He spoke of his hope for the international rule of law in light of the Arab Spring.

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THE IBA INTERVIEW
Cherif Bassiouni

Frequently referred to as the Father of international criminal law, Mahmoud Cherif Bassiouni, led the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry into events during unrest in February and March 2011. In a wide-ranging interview conducted by Al Jazeera’s Nick Clark at the IBA annual conference ahead of the unprecedented report’s publication, Professor Bassiouni provides unrivalled insight on this and numerous other crucial political, diplomatic and legal initiatives.

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FINANCIAL CRISIS
Who rates the rating agencies?

The US and countries across Europe have been humbled by downgrades from the hugely powerful credit rating agencies. As markets react ruthlessly to their proclamations, and governments topple throughout the Eurozone, IBA Global Insight assesses their influence.

LITIGATION
Rolls Royce justice

‘Transparency’ was a recurring refrain during the Murdochs’ parliamentary testimony in July, yet many questions on the phone hacking scandal remain unanswered.

ASIA: CAPITAL MARKETS
The great gamble

US law firms have spent big to attract elite Hong Kong talent, but with so many firms apparently obsessed with gaining eminence in the volatile IPO segment, recouping their investments will inevitably prove arduous.

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Regulars
From the Editor
News: Annual conference focus
Comment and analysis
USA: Land of the unfree
Latin America: Who watches the watchers?
Middle East: Eurozone crisis and MENA's Future