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December 2009

IBA Regional Forum Conferences 2010: Spotlight on Africa

In addition to next year's schedule of specialist, practice focused conferences, and the Annual Conference in Vancouver, 2010 will see four multi-focus, regional conferences take place in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. Exploring internal and external perspectives across multiple practice areas, IBA Regional Conferences provide the perfect opportunity not only to keep abreast of legal developments in the area, but also to network with key practitioners from the region’s leading firms and institutions.

From the 25–26 March, the IBA African Regional Forum will be hosting their regional conference in Cape Town, South Africa. Join lawyers and judges from across Africa and beyond to discuss matters of regional and continental importance at the Forum’s first conference in Southern Africa.

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The death penalty: IBAHRI’s campaign for its abolition

NooseIn November 2009, Russia announced a permanent moratorium on the death penalty, declaring that Russia’s international obligations render death sentences impossible. This news was welcomed by the IBA Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), who, in turn called for Russia to abolish the death penalty entirely and impose a legal as well as a factual moratorium on all executions. This news comes as the IBAHRI’s campaign against the death penalty gathers momentum in its second year of action.


Call for LPD and PPID Council Member nominations 2011-14

IBA Legal Practice Division (LPD) Council and Public and Professional Interest Division (PPID) Council elections will be held at the 2010 Annual Conference in Vancouver. The IBA calls now for nominations of candidates as LPD and PPID Council Members, to serve from 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2014.

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Criminal Law Committee assists UN with training for lawyers working with child victims and witnesses

The IBA Criminal Law Committee is contributing its expertise to new online training for justice professionals on child victims and witnesses of crime.

The training is a joint project of the UNODC, UNICEF and the International Bureau for Children's Rights, in order to assist member states in the implementation of the UN Guidelines on Justice in Matters Involving Child Victims and Witnesses of Crime (which may be downloaded here).

Currently the Committee leadership has contributed comments on the general training package for justice professionals, and in early 2010 the Committee membership will be invited to contribute comments on the package designed specifically for lawyers. The web-based training tool will be launched in mid-2010.

IBA/ICC releases monitoring report

ICC Monitoring (Nov 2009) coverThe IBA ICC Outreach and Monitoring Programme published its 7th Monitoring Report this month. The report, entitled Sustaining the International Criminal Court: Issues for consideration at the 2010 Review Conference and beyond, urges State Parties to the Rome Statute to take the lead in supporting and reinforcing the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Rome Statute system.

In 2010, eight years after the Rome Statute entered into force, the first ICC Review Conference will be held in Kampala, Uganda, with the aim of reviewing and amending the Rome Statute. Sustaining the ICC considers both new and longstanding challenges facing the Court and lays out recommendations for overcoming these challenges. Of particular importance, according to the report, is the ongoing cooperation of States Parties, who are urged to reiterate their commitment to the Rome Statute and the Court at the Review Conference.

IBA SIRC participates at the 37th Session of UNCITRAL Working Group V (Insolvency Law) held in Vienna

The IBA Section on Insolvency, Restructuring and Creditors’ Rights (SIRC) Subcommittee on Insolvency Legislation and Reform Harmonisation sent a delegation to attend and participate in the 37th Session of UNCITRAL Working Group V (Insolvency Law) held in Vienna from 9-13 November 2009. The delegation made several contributions to the proceedings, intervening directly and through national delegations.

A report of the meeting and possible next steps for the Section is available here.


LL.M in International Legal Practice – new joint ventures module

An international joint ventures module will be added to the LL.M course for the January 2010 intake, completing the full complement of modules at ten.

This new module teaches the fundamentals and structure of international joint ventures by reference to the law and practice of England and Wales, with comparisons and references to differing approaches taken by other jurisdictions.

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IBAHRI conducts first parliamentary strengthening course in Macedonia

Macedonia - flagThe IBAHRI held a parliamentary strengthening course in Macedonia in early November. The course, aimed at local parliamentarians, focused on the role of parliament in upholding the rule of law and the implementation of constitutional and human rights obligations. The course considered how the Macedonian Parliament already incorporates human rights scrutiny into its legislative process. The potential for strengthening existing procedures was covered, using examples of best practice and case studies from other jurisdictions.

This training is the first of its kind offered by the IBAHRI to parliamentarians as part of the Westminster Consortium for Parliaments and Democracy (TWC). The Consortium was established to help developing parliaments set up sustainable centres of learning for their staff and members and has come out of a need to increase the capacities of parliaments in order to ensure good governance through capabilities, accountability and responsiveness. Supporting the development of parliaments is an important and vital challenge to all organisations working in the field of democratic governance, and TWC has been formed by bringing together leading experts in the fields of parliamentary practice, financial oversight and communications to develop learning schemes based on international best practice. As part of the wider project, the IBAHRI has agreed to run several three day courses; further courses are planned in Georgia, Ukraine, Uganda, Lebanon and Mozambique.

  • Click here to read more about the IBAHRI’s work on parliamentary strengthening.
  • Visit the TWC website.

IBA membership renewal

New Member Newsletter Sept 09As the year draws to a close we are working hard to clean and clarify the postal and e-mail address information on the IBA database in preparation for 2010 invoicing in January. You can help us out exponentially with this endeavour by checking the accuracy of your personal information in the 'My IBA' section of the website.

If you need any assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us at member@int-bar.org.