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The 2017 IBA Annual Conference in Sydney will feature around 200 conference sessions. These vary widely in style and, with the core substantive committee sessions at the heart of the conference programme covering most sectors and practice areas, the conference will provide the opportunity to focus on your own areas of interest. 

The IBA Annual Conference attracts many distinguished speakers who in recent years have included: Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary- General; Jose Maria Aznar, former President of Spain; José Manuel Barroso, former European Commission President; Fatou Bensouda, International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor; Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former Secretary-General of NATO and Prime Minister of Denmark; Jeh Johnson, former United States Secretary of Homeland Security (2011-2017); Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund; Loretta E Lynch, former Attorney General of the United States (2011-2017); Robert S Mueller III, former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and General Colin L Powell, former US Secretary of State.

Additionally, there are sessions on a wide range of topics, such as the challenges of law firm management and international relationships, ethics, the future of the legal profession, and the rule of law and human rights. You can hear from some of the leading thinkers in law today through a series of Showcase Sessions highlighting the role the legal profession plays in society.

The conference provides everything from the opportunity to learn from the world’s leading practitioners, to being part of the debate on the future of the law.