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

Maria Pia Sacco
Senior Project Lawyer

George Artley
BIC Project Lawyer

Beatriz Martinez
Project Lawyer

Flagship projects

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’ 9 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.

How to apply
Project Proposal Processs

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

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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.

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.