Legal Policy & Research Unit

The IBA Legal Projects Director oversees the Legal Policy & Research Unit (LPRU) and the Bar Issues Commission project lawyers. The team undertakes research, and develops and implements innovative strategies, projects and initiatives that are relevant to business and the rule of law, the global legal profession and the broader global community.

Meet the team

Sara Carnegie

Anurag Bana
Senior Project Lawyer

Helen Ugwu
Project Coordinator

George Artley
BIC Project Lawyer

Beatriz Martinez
Project Lawyer

Flagship projects

Modern Slavery
Modern Slavery

The IBA has recently launched a multifaceted initiative on Modern Slavery, bringing together a working group of legal experts and international stakeholders.

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Mental Wellbeing in the Legal Profession
Mental Wellbeing

The Mental Wellbeing in the Legal Profession project brings together research, resources, and representatives from around the world.

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50:50 by 2030 Gender Project
50:50 by 2030 Gender Project

The IBA ‘50:50 by 2030’ nine-year project aims to uncover the root-causes of the lack of gender parity at the most senior levels of the legal profession.

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Climate Crisis
Climate Crisis

The increase in global temperatures and rising sea levels represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to humanity and life on the planet.

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Our areas of work

Digital Disruptive Innovation

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Bar related project work

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Anti-corruption and Commercial

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Future Trends and Focus

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Business and Ethics

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The LPRU have created and contributed to a number of legal reports, articles and guidance documents.

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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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Project Proposal Processs

Could your project benefit from the support of the IBA Legal Policy & Research Unit?

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Public events

Podcast series: Sustainable Law in Action

The LPRU has released a new episode in its podcast series. In this episode Sara Carnegie speaks to Zelda Perkins and Professor Julie Macfarlane about the controversial use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and their prevalence in sexual harassment cases.

Why are young lawyers leaving the profession and what are they looking for?

Following a survey with more than 3,000 responses, the latest IBA report shines spotlight on the priorities, interests, and concerns of younger legal professionals. Of those surveyed, 54 per cent are considering switching jobs and 20 per cent are thinking about leaving the legal profession entirely. Click here to read the full report.

US Summit for Democracy

The IBA received the US State Department’s endorsement to conduct one of a handful of side events connected to the US Summit for Democracy. The webinar, presented by several IBA committees and the LPRU, with the title “The Role of Lawyers in an Era of Evolving Ethical Expectations: Ways Forward Within a Democratic Society”, is available here. The panel addressed the role of lawyers in a democratic society, from defending human rights and fundamental freedoms, to facilitating arguably unethical wealth accumulation and illicit financial flows.

AI and Human Rights

The event featured a host of revered international subject experts, taking place in collaboration with Queen Mary's Center for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), Queen Mary's Digital Environments Research Institute (DERI), International Bar Association (IBA) and speakers from The Alan Turing Institute.

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