International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) works with the global legal community to promote and protect human rights and the independence of the legal profession worldwide.

IBAHRI mourns past Co-Chair Sternford Moyo

Sternford was for six years a Chair of the IBA's Human Rights Institute Council and remained on the Council thereafter. He was a constant support, and his wise counsel was invaluable to the Director and the legal team. Sternford was a giant amongst men who became an outstanding President of the IBA and a global leader of the law. He is sorely missed, and we send out deep condolences to his widow, his family, and his friends.
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The High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom

The IBAHRI serves as the Secretariat to the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom, an independent advisory body for the Media Freedom Coalition. This Panel consists of top international lawyers who offer legal advice to support and protect a vibrant, free, and independent media. The Panel is chaired by Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, with Can Yeginsu and Catherine Amirfar as Deputy Chairs.

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IBAHRI Activities

Human Rights in the Administration of Justice

Freedom of Expression, Association and Assembly

Independence and Support for the Legal Profession

Equality and Non-discrimination

International Accountability

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United Nations Programme

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Forthcoming Conferences & Events

Media and resources

Support the IBAHRI

An independent and effective legal profession plays a fundamental role in facilitating access to justice, ensuring accountability of the state and upholding the rule of law. As a member of the IBAHRI you will be supporting lawyers and judges around the world to fight human rights abuses, impunity and injustice.

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25th anniversary of the IBAHRI

In a short film, the IBAHRI reflects on the nascent hope and promise towards the end of the 20th century and the start of the new millennium for a more just world. It then looks at the reality of today and the swift diminishing of that hope, brought about by reduced freedoms across the globe and a creeping resurgence of authoritarianism.

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Legal Internship Programme

Intern positions are available for undergraduate law students, postgraduate law students, and newly qualified lawyers.

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