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24 September 2010

IBA Annual Conference, Vancouver
3–8 October 2010


With just over one week until this year's Annual Conference, the city of Vancouver is now preparing to receive 4,500 conference delegates in addition to their guests. Pre-registration for the event has now closed, but registration is still possible at the Conference itself. The final programme is now available to download from the Annual Conference website.

As part of the IBA's ongoing mission to ensure that members and delegates are able to take full advantage of the networking and personal development opportunities available to them at the Annual Conference, Vancouver 2010 will see some exciting technological developments.

Free Wi-Fi access for all attendees

The IBA is delighted to announce that this year we are able to provide all conference attendees with free access to Wi-Fi throughout the conference centre, for the duration of the working days of the event (Monday 4 to Friday 8 October).

Full instructions of how to take advantage of this will be sent by e-mail to all attendees next week, and will be available from the IBA Registration Desk and Membership Stand.

Mobile delegate search/list of participants

Mobile delegate searchDelegates at this year’s Annual Conference will be the first among our members to experience the new mobile delegate search, which replaces the printed list of participants. This application has been developed to aid networking by giving delegates instant access to an up-to-date list of their fellow attendees, and comes with the added benefit of a built-in messaging service. Anyone with an internet or Wi-Fi-enabled device will have access, using their standard IBA username and password. Individual login details can be accessed at www.ibanet.org/Access/ForgottenDetails.aspx.

Online networking survey

Also at this year’s Annual Conference the IBA will be conducting a short survey on the use of mobile technology and online networking services. All  completed surveys will be entered into a draw and the winner will receive an Apple 16GB iPad. For the chance to enter, pick up a survey from the Registration Desk or IBA Membership Stand, complete and return it by the Wednesday afternoon break. Feedback from delegates and members is valuable to ensure further improvements in the services we can offer.

IBA OECD UNODC Anti-Corruption Strategy for the Legal Profession: an update

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Anti-Corruption Strategy training, September 2010Learn more about the past and forthcoming activities developed under the Strategy, including (i) the training sessions for legal professionals in Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Peru and Colombia and (ii) the high-level roundtable planned for our Annual Conference in Vancouver, where the first Report on the Risks and Threats of Corruption for the Legal Profession will be launched and discussed by global experts such as Mark Mendelsohn (Paul Weiss), Dimitri Vlassis (UNODC), Homer Moyer (Miller & Chevalier), Michael Schwartz (KPMG) and Robert Lupone (Siemens).


IBA appoints new director for Dubai office, and shifts to high gear in Middle East

The IBA is pleased to announce that Dr Abeer Jarrar has accepted the role of Director of the IBA Middle East Office in Dubai, UAE. She began work at the IBA Middle East office, which is located within the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), on 19 August. She takes over this role from Dr Khaled Aswad, who opened the IBA’s office in Dubai in early 2008.

Dr Jarrar’s appointment marks stepped up efforts by the IBA to engage the legal profession and raise its profile in the region in the run up to the IBA’s Annual Conference in Dubai in October 2011. In the months to come Dr Jarrar will work to expand the IBA’s presence in the region and manage a busy regional agenda that includes leading a series of projects and initiatives culminating in regional high-level events.

Dr Jarrar brings to the regional IBA scene rich experience in the fields of legal practice, diplomacy, legal research, and professional networking. Dr Jarrar is a bilingual lawyer. At the beginning of her career, Dr Jarrar, a native of Jordan, practiced law as a litigator in the Jordanian courts, while also advising on cross-border projects. She then joined the diplomatic corps, where she rapidly progressed in her diplomatic career, culminating with a consular post in Washington, DC, where she represented Jordan for a number of years. While still in Washington, she also pursued a doctoral degree at Georgetown University and managed legal events for the Washington Foreign Law Society.

Dr Jarrar holds a BA in Law from the University of Jordan, a masters degree in international commercial law from the University of Kent Law School in England, and a doctoral degree in international law and comparative jurisprudence from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC.

IBAHRI launches Freedom of Expression blog

Freedom of expression blogThe IBAHRI is pleased to announce the launch of a new blog as part of its Media Law and Freedom of Expression website, which is jointly sponsored by the Media Law Committee. The blog provides a forum for media law practitioners, students and other interested parties to comment on hot topics arising out of media law and freedom of expression worldwide. It also features a weekly round-up of freedom of expression in news, encapsulating many urgent issues in one post.

Guest posts are welcome and can be submitted via e-mail to mediasites@int-bar.org.

The Media Law and Freedom of Expression website is a free members-only website established to share relevant resources and to provide a platform for practitioners to network worldwide.

  • To find out more about the Media Law and Freedom of Expression website click here.

IBA Committees announce Multi-Jurisdictional Class Action/Collective Redress Working Group

The IBA Multi-Jurisdictional Class Action/Collective Redress Working Group to be established by the Consumer Litigation and Litigation Committees will provide a forum for the discussion, and potentially the formulation, of policy with respect to the conduct of class proceedings which are multi-jurisdictional in nature from the practitioner, legislative and adjudicative perspectives. The Working Group will facilitate the exchange of ideas across a variety of stakeholder interests and jurisdictions, and will aim to achieve a number of objectives with respect to the conduct of multi-jurisdictional proceedings for collective redress, including:

  • Fostering awareness and dialogue with respect to the differing regimes governing class actions and collective redress remedies;
  • Addressing the possibility of judicial cooperation in simultaneous proceedings arising in different jurisdictions; and
  • Continuing to explore issues and questions concerning the extra-territorial scope of multi-jurisdictional class action and collective redress proceedings.

The Working Group aims to be a leading voice in the global discussions of these increasingly important issues. It will begin this work at the IBA Annual Conference in Vancouver. For more information about the Working Group please contact John P Brown (jbrown@mccarthy.ca) or Sylvie Rodrigue (srodrigue@ogilvyrenault.com).

You can also attend a presentation and open discussion of these issues in Vancouver at the session entitled Cross-border mass claims and collective redress: are we on the road to an international multijurisdictional litigation panel? This will be held on Thursday 7 October 2010 between 1000 and 1300 in Room 205, Level 2 at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre. To read more about this session click here.

IBA training programme nominated for Law Society award

The IBA’s international LL.M masters programme has been nominated for the Law Society’s new Excellence in Learning & Development Award. According to the Society’s website, the judges are seeking the ‘very best examples of high quality and influential programmes of learning and development from across the legal sector.’

The international LL.M masters programme from The IBA and The College of Law is aimed at law graduates, newly qualified and more experienced lawyers wishing to enhance their skills and to compete in the global market. The LL.M is based on legal practice and provides a qualification that is rigorous, challenging and stimulating yet at the same time highly beneficial to the day-to-day working life of the student.

  • For more information about the Law Society Awards click here.
  • To read about the LLM in International Legal Practice, visit the College of Law’s website.

Meet your 2010 CLE/CPD requirements and plan for 2011 CLE/CPD and networking

Conferences fulfil one of the IBA's most important objectives – the promotion of useful contacts and interchange between lawyers throughout the world. They also provide a forum for the dissemination of specialist information on all areas of the law.

The IBA stages around 40 conferences each year in major cities throughout the world. Conferences are open to both IBA members and non-members, with discounted rates offered for early registration and IBA members.

Attendance at IBA conferences is also a great way to meet your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements. All IBA conferences carry CPD/CLE accreditation – please see individual conference programmes for details.

Initial details for conferences early in 2011 are now available, and where registration is yet not open, you can register your interest to attend. Registering your interest will ensure that you receive programme and registration details by email and hard copy as soon as they are available. Preliminary details of the e-mailing conference taking place in 2011 will be made available in the coming weeks, check www.ibanet.org regularly for updates.

There are still a number of international IBA events taking place in October and November this year, covering various areas of practice.

  • For further information and to register, visit the conferences page of the IBA website.

IBA Closely Held and Growing Business Enterprises Committee submits comments on the European Commission`s green paper on Corporate governance in financial institutions and remuneration policiesr

The recent financial crisis caused a worldwide discussion about necessary and possible reforms in the banking sector. In this context, the IBA Closely Held and Growing Business Enterprises Committee contacted its members in June 2010 to form a Working Group with a view to providing the European Commission (EC) with comments on its recent green paper concerning corporate governance in financial institutions and remuneration policies. The Working Group submitted its comments to the EC on 31 August 2010.

  • Download the full IBA submission by clicking here.


New online publication launched – Convergence

Convergence, the publication of the IBA Intellectual Property, Communications and Technology Section, is now an online publication. It was felt that this better reflected the demands of this area of law and the needs of the section's membership. The publication can now engage with the fast-paced and constantly evolving world of law relating to communications, technology, intellectual property and arts and culture more dynamically. Convergence is the IBA’s first publication published exclusively online.

The publication provides current and incisive analysis of developments in the areas of information technology, intellectual property, media, the law relating to arts and culture, communications and outer space law, reaching almost 4,000 IP, communications and technology practitioners.

Members of the section and subscribers can access the publication for free, by clicking on www.ibanet.org/Publications/Convergence/contents.aspx and using their membership details to login.

Young lawyers training courses
The Fundamentals of International Legal Business Practice

Two training courses will be taking place later this year. The courses are part of an on-going programme devised by the IBA’s Public & Professional Interest Division (PPID) to assist young lawyers and junior members of the profession with their understanding of the fundamentals of international legal practice.

The first course will be held preceding the IBA 2010 Annual Conference in Vancouver, on Saturday 2 October 2010 at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre West. For more information and to register for this course please click here.

The second course will be held following the 2nd Asia Pacific Regional Forum Conference: Asia after the GFC Leading the Global Recovery conference in Tokyo, on Saturday 20 November 2010. A light reception will follow after this course. For more information and to register for this course please click here.

IBA membership

New Member Newsletter September 2010Help us increase our network. If you know of anyone who would benefit from membership of the IBA please download our updated New Member Newsletter and e-mail them a copy. As a part of the membership benefits it should be noted that the majority of our conferences have both a member and non-member fee. If your colleague wishes to attend a conference they can save money by signing up and the getting the discounted fee. Furthermore, now that we have entered September, any new members joining the IBA will pay for 2011 and receive the remainder of this year for free.

If you have yet to renew for 2010 we urge you to do so. The current economic situation has underlined the need for a global perspective. The IBA recognises this need and our numerous publications, networking opportunities and comprehensive set of specialist conferences are designed to support our position as the global voice of the legal profession. You can alter and pay your current membership invoice in the ‘My IBA’ section of our website.

Please feel free to use this opportunity to give us feedback by sending us your thoughts to member@int-bar.org.