The IBA’s response to the war in Ukraine  

IBA Presidency

Almudena Arpón de Mendívil Aldama

President, International Bar Association

My warmest welcome to the Presidential site. It is a great privilege to preside this impressive Association for the term 2023-2024. My aspiration is to steadily elevate the Association to the next level. Our profession, through a global association as the IBA, has a great opportunity as well as the responsibility of assuming a leading role in upholding the rule of law, democracy, and human rights across the world and thus having a positive impact in society.

A Legal Bridge to the Future
The IBA Presidency Blog

A Legal Bridge to the Future

With this blog I wish to build a bridge aimed at providing, in an easy and transparent manner, knowledge about the most relevant IBA projects and activities, specially of those led or supported by me as IBA President. My ambition is to make our Association even more relevant, thus acting as a legal bridge allowing to smoothly walk into the future. I am convinced that the legal profession can increase its contribution to fundamental aspects of society. Making this opportunity a reality requires us to embark in ambitious and realistic projects. I encourage you to learn about them hoping they will engage you.

You will find here updates on IBA projects and activities as well as interviews, speeches, remarks and videos.

Thank you for dedicating your time and attention to these reflections. I hope that this blog may help to better understand those matters where the IBA is involved and which may be of interest to you.

ESG: The Role of Lawyers Today and in the Future

Luis Fernando González Nieves (Pérez Correa González), Florencia Heredia (Allende & Brea), Sarah Fitts (ArentFox Schiff), Almudena Arpón de Mendívil (Gómez-Acebo & Pombo), Luis Burgueño (Von Wobeser y Sierra), John Vellone (Borden Ladner Gervais), Andrew Levine (Debevoise & Plimpton), Michael Maya

Monthly messages

Walking the talk
A monthly contribution by the IBA President


'The purpose of making ESG a presidential priority is to ensure that the international legal community plays a significant role on ESG and thus helps create a positive and enduring change in the world. We shall once more use the law as an instrument of change. To advance our goals, we identified six main areas of work: the ESG resource hub, specialist conferences, training through IBA webinars, education, collaboration with other institutions, and reviewing internal IBA policies and practices.'

Released on Jun 29, 2023

Rule of law - our daily bread?

'Attacks on the rule of law proliferate all over the world. Our profession has a fundamental role to play in defending the rule of law, and its promotion permeates the IBA's activities...'

Released on May 26, 2023

Latin America, a region of contrasts

'I had the great pleasure of attending the Latin American Bar Leaders’ Summit and the Biennial IBA Latin American Regional Forum Conference in Colombia in March. The events highlighted the strong engagement of LATAM bars with the difficult task of defending the profession, rule of law and democracy, but also the region's robust international business law practice...'

Released on Apr 27, 2023

International Women’s Day: From the practice of law to the growing of seeds

'Thirty leading lawyers from all over the world came together virtually to celebrate the inaugural IBA Women’s Day on 8 March – International Women's Day. Many in-person discussions were also held in conjunction with the virtual event, aiming to inspire and guide the younger generation of female practitioners. Of course, our Association was already dedicating significant efforts to promoting gender equality, especially in the legal sector.

Released on Mar 22, 2023

Our brave Ukraine colleagues

‘I wish to express my admiration for and solidarity with our Ukraine colleagues. We may only value their courage with knowledge of their experience. Thus, we have collated some video messages from Ukrainian lawyers regarding their activity in times of war. Featured are lawyers working in Kyiv, those in exile and female lawyers, for whom the war has had a particular impact […]’

Released on Feb 21, 2023

Day 1 of the first 100 days

The journey of a new IBA presidency, the final destination of which is strengthening the leadership of the IBA and of our profession, has just started. The world is changing right before our eyes. Our profession, through a global association such as the IBA, has a great opportunity as well as the responsibility of assuming a leading role in upholding the rule of law and providing legal guidance in this context.

Released on Jan 02, 2023

Presidential priorities

  1. Highlighting the contribution of the legal profession to society
  2. Addressing gender equality in the legal profession
  3. Placing the legal profession as a relevant player on the ESG agenda
  4. Protecting rights in the digital environment
  5. Preparing the legal profession for the future

Download 2023/2024 plan

Upcoming and ongoing projects

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Impact Project

This will consist of a report on the current impact of the legal profession on society and how to maximise it in the future.

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The IBA Gender Equality Project

The IBA will develop guidelines against any type of discrimination in the legal profession. The guidelines will be promoted regionally by IBA Ambassadors for Gender Equality. The Project will take into account the ongoing IBA 50:50 by 2030 project.

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The IBA ESG Project

A project aimed at giving greater prominence and focus to ESG legal issues and their impact in the legal profession.

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Freedom of Speech in the Digital Environment

The fundamental importance of freedom of speech in a democratic society can be challenged and abused in the digital environment. An upcoming report will outline best practices to be shared and supported by different institutions.

International Programme for Young Lawyers

Training programme allowing young lawyers to have a first immersion in the international legal environment.

Institutional agenda

Opening of the Legal Year, England and Wales

CGC Consultation Session

29 OCT
IBA Annual Conference

Stockholm Human Rights Award Ceremony