International Bar Association and OECD to extend collaboration

The International Bar Association (IBA) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have announced their commitment to extended collaboration on improving legal frameworks, expertise, and development across a number of sectors. Sectors highlighted included employment, energy, environment and natural resources, financial services, migration, trade and investment, and the rule of law and democratic values.

Among the projects detailed, the IBA will assist in training initiatives and drafting guidelines for the G20 High-level Principles on Financial Consumer Protection, contribute to the OECD policy-making process, and promote the standard-setting role of the OECD with legal practitioners worldwide, while the OECD will participate in the IBA Human Rights Institute Task Force on Illicit Financial Flows, Poverty and Human Rights, in IBA conferences and other briefings and consultations with the legal profession, and in joint fact-finding missions and reports. 

These commitments build on the successful partnership already established, above all in anti-corruption work, where the two organisations have combined to drive awareness and standards, and to heighten the legal profession’s focus on the contribution it can make to identifying and removing corruption from transactions in both domestic and international contexts. 

IBA President Akira Kawamura says: ‘We are delighted to extend this important partnership in order to combine and maximise the resources both organisations are devoting to improve economic activity and justice in a number of areas.  Equally, the IBA, OECD and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime will continue to develop our Anti-Corruption Strategy for the Legal Profession into a more permanent programme for the legal sector, and work to promote best practices, academic modules and guidelines in the field of anti-corruption.’        

The OECD’s Director of Legal Affairs, Nicola Bonucci, says: OECD and IBA are global voices in an increasingly complex and interdependent world. Today's signing is the recognition of what each institution can bring to each other: the IBA expertise is welcomed by the OECD while the IBA will raise the awareness of the legal profession on OECD work and standards.’

The announcement was made on Tuesday 9 October 2012 at the OECD headquarters in Paris, where OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and Mr Kawamura signed a memorandum of understanding to formalise the relationship between the OECD and the IBA.


IBA and OECD extend collaboration

IBA and OECD extend collaboration

TOP: OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría (left) and IBA President Akira Kawamura

BOTTOM: (From left) OECD Director of Legal Affairs, Nicola Bonucci; OECD Secretary-General, Angel Gurría; IBA President, Akira Kawamura; and IBA Head of Legal Projects, Gonzalo Guzman

  Photos: OECD/Michael Dean


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The International Bar Association(IBA), established in 1947, is the world’s leading organisation of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. Its membership includes over 45,000 lawyers and more than 200 bar associations and law societies spanning every continent. The IBA influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the legal profession throughout the world.

The IBA’s administrative office is in London. Regional offices are located in São Paulo, Brazil and Seoul, South Korea.


About the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development


The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development(OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. We work with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. We measure productivity and global flows of trade and investment. We analyse and compare data to predict future trends. We set international standards on a wide range of things, from agriculture and tax to the safety of chemicals.