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.

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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News and recent releases


IBA publishes new report on maintaining judicial integrity and ethical standards in practice

As awareness of the importance of judicial accountability increases globally, a new report published by the International Bar Association (IBA) focuses on the concrete processes available to hold judges to account for any misconduct; whether warranting disciplinary action or criminal sanctions.


Ad Hoc Committee on Artificial Intelligence (‘CAHAI’): contributions to the multi-stakeholder consultation on ‘Human Rights Due Diligence for Artificial Intelligence’

The IBA Working Group on AI and Human Rights (incorporating members of the IBA Business and Human Rights Committee, the Technology Law Committee, the IBA Legal Policy & Research Unit and Queen Mary University) submitted its response to the Council of Europe Ad Hoc Committee on Artificial Intelligence multi-stakeholder consultation.


Bullying and Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession

Following the publication of the 2019 landmark report Us Too? Bullying and Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession, the Legal Policy & Research Unit, in collaboration with The College of Law Australia, have launched a set of e-learning modules designed to guide individuals and workplaces towards making positive cultural changes. The training modules can be accessed on the IBA website here.


Are Whistleblowing Laws Working? A Global Study of Whistleblower Protection Litigation

A landmark report co-published by the LPRU and Government Accountability Project, which tracks the records of whistleblower laws in 39 countries and provides an unprecedented analysis of whistleblower protection legislation worldwide.

Forthcoming public events


Report Launch - IBA Judicial Integrity Report in collaboration with the UNODC

Within the IBA’s Judicial Integrity Initiative, in this webinar, we will present the key findings of an IBA study which focuses on the processes that are in place to hold judges to account for their conduct. Please click here to register for this event.


IBA LPRU Business and sustainability podcast series

Ten years after the endorsement by the UN Human Rights Council of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, their author, Professor John Ruggie discusses the ever-changing landscape of human rights due diligence with the IBA in the first episode of a series of podcasts on business and sustainability. Click here to listen!


Webinar - Unwell: Lawyers, the well-being crisis and how to reverse the slide

The IBA's recent global wellbeing survey’s preliminary findings showed that we must raise awareness and destigmatise discussions around mental health and wellbeing, in addition to investigating how institutions can translate awareness into effective interventions to improve workplaces.