Webcast series

The IBA's webcast series began in 2010 and has featured distinguished interviewees from across the spectrum of business law and human rights, representing a wide variety of jurisdictions.

These lively in-depth interviews, conducted by award-winning broadcasters including former CNN anchor Todd Benjamin, involve an interactive Q&A with viewers.



Interviewees - 2017

Paul Rawlinson, Global Chairman, Baker McKenzie

David Anderson QC

The Global Chairman of Baker McKenzie explored law firm strategy, culture and management, and the challenges of competing in the global economy,in this live webcast and Q&A.

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Interviewees - 2016

David Anderson QC

David Anderson QC

This IBA webcast featured David Anderson QC, the UK’s Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation. He discussed counter-terrorism laws and anti-radicalisation strategies in the UK and elsewhere in Europe and the potential impact of Brexit on the security situation across the continent. He also talked about the Investigatory Powers Bill, the role of surveillance and bulk powers in averting threats. 

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Funke Abimbola, 18 August 2016

Funke Abimbola

This live webcast with Funke Abimbola, General Counsel of Roche UK, explored the corporate compliance challenges facing the leading biotech company and the evolving role of in-house lawyers. The interview examined the legal aspects of supporting Roche’s pharmaceutical R&D and healthcare strategies, addressing issues such as company operations, risk management, and diversity in the profession.

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Drago Kos, 15 June 2016

Drago Kos

This webcast with Drago Kos, Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery, covered timely issues in anti-corruption, including relevant aspects emerging from the Panama Papers as the OECD commenced the 4th phase of review under the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention.

The webcast was conducted by Jonathan Rugman, Foreign Affairs Correspondent at UK broadcaster Channel 4.

Watch Drago Kos webcast


Interviewees - 2015

David Morley, August 2015

David Morley

The fourth IBA webcast and Q&A of 2015 featured David Morley, Senior Partner, Allen & Overy, and was broadcast live on 13 August. The interview was conducted by former CNN broadcast journalist Todd Benjamin.

The webcast covered recent changes in the delivery of legal services, globalisation and social diversity in law firms. Morley also discussed changes in the banking and financial sector and his approach to law firm management and strategy.

Watch David Morley webcast


José Carlos Ugaz,  June 2015

Jose Ugaz - Ángel Álvarez Rodríguez-Presidencia República Dominicana José Carlos Ugaz is one of the world’s leading anti-corruption lawyers, and was elected Chair of Transparency International (TI) in October 2014. During his time as Ad Hoc Attorney General of Peru, Ugaz prosecuted hundreds of government officials. He led the corruption case against the former President of Peru, Alberto Fujimori, who is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence.

Under his mandate, $205m in assets were frozen abroad and $75m were recovered. Ugaz has also been a member of the UN Peace Keeping Mission and the UN Election Observers Mission for El Salvador, and from 2004-2006 he served at the World Bank’s Institutional Integrity Office. He assumed the presidency of TI’s chapter in Peru in 2002 and was elected to the TI Board in 2011.

In this interview he discusses corruption in sport including FIFA and his role at Transparency International

Watch José Ugaz webcast

James Palmer, April 2015

The second IBA webcast of 2015 will feature James Palmer, Senior Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, and will be broadcast live on 24 April at 14.30 BST. The interview will be conducted by former CNN broadcast journalist Todd Benjamin.

The webcast will cover law firm management and strategy, including the role of senior partner, remuneration and retention, diversity in leadership and international expansion. It will also cover Palmer’s extensive background in corporate law and governance, for example his involvement in developing the UK’s takeover regime and its Companies Act 2006, and his views on shareholder engagement, directors’ duties and the purpose of corporate governance following the financial crisis.

Watch James Palmer webcast

Viviane Reding, March 2015

The IBA’s first live webcast of 2015 featured Viviane Reding MEP, former EU Vice-President and the first Commissioner responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship. It was broadcast live on 17 March from the European Parliament.

The webcast covered data protection and international trade among other subjects. The interview was conducted by former CNN broadcast journalist Todd Benjamin. 

Watch Viviane Reding webcast

Interviewees - 2014

Navi Pillay, May 2014

Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, was the interviewee for a wide-ranging IBA webcast and Q&A, broadcast on Friday 30 May 2014 as part of the IBA's webcast series.

A South African of Indian Tamil origin, Ms Pillay served as the first non-white female judge of the High Court of South Africa and President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda before taking up her post at the UN in 2008.

In this webcast she discussed the ke y challenges of her role and gave her views on some of the most serious and complex human rights crises across the world.

Watch Navi Pillay webcast here

Michael Kirby, March 2014

The IBA’s first live webcast of 2014 featured Michael Kirby, Chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea. The former Australian High Court judge discussed the findings of the Commission's recent report, his methods of inquiry and what steps can be taken to bring accountability for the gross human rights abuses perpetuated by the Pyongyang regime.

He also gave his views on the global ‘war on drugs’, his work with UNAIDs his efforts to get worldwide reform of anti-gay laws. The interview was conducted by veteran BBC correspondent Kirsty Lang.

Watch Michael Kirby webcast here

Pic: © Marcus Mok

Interviewees - 2013

Ángel Gurría, November 2013

Secretary General of the OECD since June 2006, Gurría has reinforced the organisation’s influential role as a focal point for global debate on economic policy, also ensuring it pursues modernisation and reform. As Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs (1994–1997) and Secretary of Finance and Public Credit (1998–2000), he negotiated the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and helped stabilise the economy.

Watch Ángel Gurría webcast here

Pic: World Economic Forum

Sir Nicolas Bratza, July 2013

As President of the European Court of Human Rights - which oversees justice for more than 800 million people - Sir Nicolas Bratza grappled with a backlog of 138,000 cases, growing anti-ECHR sentiment in the UK and elsewhere, and stagnating funding streams. What hopes for the future?

Watch Nicolas Bratza webcast here

Pic: Diocese of Westminster

Jim O’Neill, June 2013

The former Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management is best known for coining the term ‘BRICs’ as the acronym now universally applied to the world’s four key emerging economies – Brazil, Russia, India and China – symbolising the current shift in global economic power. O’Neill also led the attempted Red Knights takeover of Manchester United in 2010.

Watch Jim O'Neill webcast here


Cyril Shroff, April 2013

Managing partner at one of India’s leading law firms, Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co (AMSS) in Mumbai, Cyril Shroff has seen the development of much of India’s corporate law and the growth of India into an Asian superpower over his 30-year career. He is an expert on the Indian economy, the legal profession in India and its challenges, including governance issues and bureaucracy, and new developments in regulation, tax and competition law.

Watch Cyril Shroff webcast here