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26 July 2010

Thomas Buergenthal
Live IBA webcast and interactive Q&A session

Thomas BuergenthalThe IBA’s next live webcast interview and Q&A, on Wednesday 28 July, 1430–1530 BST, will be with renowned international jurist Judge Thomas Buergenthal, currently serving at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. His extraordinary life story, including incarceration at Auschwitz, and his contributions to international law make him a compelling choice for the interview, which will be conducted by award-winning former CNN journalist, Todd Benjamin.

Online registration is necessary for this live event. You will be sent a reminder with access details to the e-mail address submitted in advance of the interview. Viewers are encouraged to participate in an interactive Q&A session.

Previous webcasts are available on the IBA film platform. These include interviews with:

  • Justice Richard Goldstone on human rights and international justice;
  • Stuart Popham, Senior Partner worldwide, Clifford Chance, on law firm management through economic crisis;
  • Professor John Ruggie, Special Representative of the UN Sec-Gen on business and human rights.

The IBA is planning further webcasts for 2010, details of which will be published in future editions of E-news.

  • To register for the Judge Thomas Buergenthal webcast click here.

Lawyers as Leaders: IBA and UNGC produce video training manual on lawyers and corporate sustainability

To increase awareness of legal issues related to corporate sustainability, the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and the IBA, with the generous support of LexisNexis, have produced the first module of a video training manual. Entitled Lawyers as Leaders: The Essential Role of Legal Counsel in the Corporate Sustainability Agenda, the module is on business and human rights. It includes:

  • An introduction by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay;
  • Analysis and commentary by Caroline Rees, Director of the Governance and Accountability Program of the CSR Initiative of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government; and
  • Interviews with Professor John Ruggie, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on business and human rights; Mark Nordstrom, Senior Labor & Employment Counsel, General Electric Company; and Debra Valentine, Group Executive, Legal & Executive Affairs, Rio Tinto Group.

The manual will consist of four separate modules – one each on human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption, featuring profiles of legal experts as well as general counsel who are leaders in their companies on sustainability issues. The manual will also present analysis, commentary, interviews, and provide guidance materials and the opportunity to interact through discussion fora. The manual is aimed at in-house counsel but will be useful to any lawyer, law student or member of organisation or civil society concerned with these issues.

  • Click here to access the business and human rights module.

IBA Asia Pacific Regional Forum Conference

Asia Pacific Regional Forum ConferenceThe second IBA Asia-Pacific Regional Forum Conference will take place from the 17-19 November 2010 in Tokyo, and focuses particularly on the impact of the financial crisis on the emerging markets in the Asia Pacific region. It will cover a range of themes that are also expressed across all the Regional Fora’ conference agendas.


The Hon Michael Kirby wins international justice prize

Michael KirbyHRI Council member – recently retired High Court judge the Hon Michael Kirby – has been named the co-winner of a prestigious international justice prize.

The Gruber Justice Prize is presented to individuals or organisations for contributions that have advanced the cause of justice through the legal system.

Michael Kirby was awarded the prize for his defence of victims of unjust regimes, and for his promotion of international human rights particularly in relation to law relating to privacy, data security, bioethics and HIV/AIDS. His citation for the award acknowledges that: ‘Active in law reform at home and abroad his work has had an impact on the legal culture of many countries.


IBA Closely Held and Growing Business Enterprises Committee contributes to EU assessment of SE Regulation

The IBA Closely Held and Growing Business Enterprises Committee has participated in the evaluation of the SE Regulation (Council Regulation (EC) No 2157/2001), introducing the European public limited company (Societas Europaea – SE).

In force for over five years, the Regulation is currently being assessed by the European Commission, which has called for responses to its questionnaire covering the most debated aspects of the SE statute, such as employee participation and shelf SEs.

  • A copy of the committee’s submission is available by clicking here.


Checklist for European cross-border transfers of businesses

The well-attended conference session ‘European cross-border transfers of businesses – all you need to know’, at the IBA 2009 Annual Conference in Madrid, has resulted in the production of a checklist that may be used when planning a European cross-border transfer of a business.

The session was organised and presented by the European Regional Forum, the Closely Held and Growing Business Enterprises Committee, the Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee, and the Taxes Committee. In the session, it was agreed that the output should be captured and circulated in order to preserve the comments of the expert panellists and the very knowledgeable audience.

  • Download more information and the checklist here.

News from the IBAHRI

War crimes committed by Burma’s military junta go under the spotlight at IBAHRI open discussion

The IBAHRI hosted an open discussion entitled Justice for Burma: confronting the Junta in New York on 14 July, with the support of the Open Society Institute. Human rights violations including widespread murder, torture, rape and the destruction of thousands of villages and homes were discussed in the context of the recent recommendation by the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Burma, Tomás Ojea Quintana, that the UN Security Council establish a ‘commission of inquiry with a specific, fact-finding mandate to address the question of international crimes’.


IBA ICC Monitoring Programme releases 8th Monitoring Report

ICC Monitoring Report, May 2010, front coverThe IBA's eighth International Criminal Court (ICC) monitoring report entitled The ICC’s Trials: An examination of key judicial developments at the International Criminal Court between November 2009 and April 2010, is now available. The report assesses key judicial developments at the Court between late November 2009 and early April 2010, in particular the progress in the trial cases against Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui, and Jean Pierre Bemba Gombo. Five key issues are closely analysed: investigations by the Office of the Prosecutor; the situation in Kenya; the role of intermediaries; defence disclosure and funding the defence.


ICC calling African female lawyers, Paris

On the morning of Friday 2 July 2010, nearly 60 Parisian lawyers, mostly women, gathered in the conference room of the Palais de Justice to hear about the List of Counsel of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Barreau de Paris kindly agreed to support the campaign undertaken by ICC and the IBA to increase the number of women lawyers, more specifically African women, on the ICC List of Counsel.


IBA membership

New Member Newsletter April 2010Help us increase our network. If you know of anyone who would benefit from membership of the IBA please download our 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 then getting the discounted fee.

If you have yet to renew for 2010, we urge you to do so. The current uncertain 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.