Legal Policy & Research Unit - Resources and Reports

The LPRU have created and contributed to a number of legal reports, articles and guidance documents. the following page displays our most recent material covering a range of legal areas that are relevant to the IBA membership and beyond    

Reports & Guidance

Blockchain technology: Is it building a brighter future?

The invention of a revolutionary encoding or crytographic technology known as ‘blockchain’ is already central to a significant proportion of business-to-business and business-to-consumer commerce, legal products and processes.

The Reference Annex to the IBA Practical Guide on Business and Human Rights for Business Lawyers

The Reference Annex to the IBA Practical Guide on Business and Human Rights for Business Lawyers is intended to be consistent with the general principles of the Practical Guide. However, it amplifies and focuses in more detail on some of the potential implications for the legal profession of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs)3 than was possible in the shorter and more focused Practical Guide.

The IBA Practical Guide on Business and Human Rights for Business Lawyers

The Practical Guide is intended to provide an accessible summary of a complex and nuanced subject by assisting internal and external lawyers who are involved in advising businesses globally

IBA Business and Human Rights Guidance for Bar Associations

This Business and Human Rights Guidance for Bar Associations is intended to enable bar associations around the world to increase awareness and understanding of lawyers who advise business clients on the relevance of business and human rights, and particularly of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (the ‘UNGPs’), and the various laws, policies, and standards that promote business respect for human rights. 

The International Bar Association Judicial Integrity Initiative:Judicial Systems and Corruption

This report seeks to identify means by which to counter corruption within judicial systems around the world, presenting the key findings arising from the initial phase of the Judicial Integrity Initiative.

‘Times are a-changin’: disruptive innovation and the legal profession

This report seeks to investigate Professor Christensen’s ‘disruptive innovation’ theory as applicable to the legal profession. It provides a brief analysis of various changes and consequences within the legal market for both buyers and sellers of legal services.

The Impact of Online Social Networking on the Legal Profession and Practice

This report represents a first attempt to shed light on the examine the presence and role of online social networking within the legal profession and practice on an international scale.


Women in the law – an Australian perspective

The quest for gender equality in the workplace has always been an uphill battle: in the public and private sectors, in Australia, and all over the world...

Blockchain, smart contracts and lawyers

Blockchain is a disruptive technology – it has the potential to radically change how we interact and transact with others…


Companies and Human Rights: challenges and opportunities for lawyers

There are a number of solid arguments by which the legal profession should show proactive interest in the field of business and human rights…

Is Corruption in the judicial system the business of Lawyers? 

Judicial corruption can trigger social and political conflict and can fracture and divide communities by keeping alive a sense of injury created by unjust treatment...

Facing’ Social Media: Setting Principles For An Expanding Future

A constant challenge for legal ethics education is to keep pace with new challenges facing the global legal profession. This is particularly true in the 21st century...

Whistleblowing: The Position of Nigerian Legislation

Whistleblowing can be a highly instrumental tool in curtailing corruption in the banking industry.  However, the act of whistleblowing in Nigeria is not common practice…

Data Security and the Legal Profession: Risks, Unique Challenges and Practical Considerations

Data security is the area of information security that deals with the protection of digital assets.1 It is an increasingly prominent and important area of risk for the global legal profession…