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.

The High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom

The IBAHRI is the Secretariat to the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom, the independent advisory body of the Media Freedom Coalition. The High Level Panel comprises a diverse group of leading international lawyers tasked with providing legal advice for the purposes of promoting and protecting a vibrant, free, and independent media. The Chair of the High Level Panel is the Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury and its Deputy Chairs are Can Yeginsu and Catherine Amirfar.

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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

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 International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute

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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Join the IBA

Expand your international network, gain new business and learn about the latest legal developments through IBA digital content and events, with IBA membership. Available for individuals, students, law firms, bar associations and corporations.

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