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 InnovationRead more
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Anti-corruption and CommercialRead more
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Business and EthicsRead more
The LPRU have created and contributed to a number of legal reports, articles and guidance documents.See all reports
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?Find out more
News and recent releases
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.