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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
Director

Anurag Bana
Senior Project Lawyer

Maria Pia Sacco
Senior Project Lawyer

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’ 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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Reports

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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Public events

14
DEC
Podcast series: Sustainable Law in Action

The LPRU has released a new episode in its podcast series. This episode explores, with experts from Blackrock, Clifford Chance and Debevoise & Plimpton, the role of investment stewardship in promoting sustainability, the regulatory landscape for sustainable finance, the importance of ESG transparency and the need for a common language to curb the risk of greenwashing.

09
DEC
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.

03
DEC
Mental wellbeing in the legal profession

The LPRU took part in the Chambers Diversity and Inclusion and Greenberg Traurig 8th Annual Miami Diversity Summit, in which we presented the results of the recently released IBA report on mental wellbeing in the legal profession.