As a member of the IBA your bar or law society will have access to the combined knowledge of over 190 bars and law societies worldwide. You will join the IBA Council as a member and have automatic membership of the IBA Bar Issues Commission (BIC). The BIC provides programmes, projects and networking opportunities relating to the interests of bar associations and law societies, providing a platform for member organisations to discuss and work together on subjects of common interest.
This membership allows you to:
- Nominate up to 3 bar representatives to become IBA members
- Share information with, and learn from other bars and law societies around the world
- Discuss and vote on resolutions that can affect and influence the legal profession worldwide
- Receive support from the IBA should your bar association or law society be under undue pressure by the authorities or experience difficulties.
- Enhance the education of lawyers belonging to your bar association or law society by using a variety of educational facilities
Full organisational membership
Any national law society/ bar association shall be eligible to apply for Full organisational membership of the IBA. Full Member Organisations may appoint up to two IBA Councillors to sit on the IBA Council and are entitled to vote at Council meetings. Full Member Organisations pay higher dues than sustaining organisational members.
Sustaining organisational membership
Any law society/bar association/organisation of members of the legal profession which is a is a regional, state or city organisation, shall be eligible to apply for Sustaining organisation membership. Sustaining Member Organisations may appoint up to two IBA representatives to sit on the IBA Council, but they are not entitled to vote unless an agreement has been reached with the Full Member Organisation from that country.