BIC International Trade in Legal Services Committee Publications

BIC International Trade in Legal Services Committee Publications

BIC International Trade in Legal Services Committee publishes a variety of interesting articles and other content of relevance to the practice area.

ITLS Committee Discussion Paper-Association

Trade in Legal Services - FTAs and GATS

International Developments that Affect the Legal Profession Everywhere

IBA Global Cross Border Legal Services Report

What model for cross-border joint practice?

This handbook was prepared to assist IBA member Bars and law societies, or other authorities responsible for lawyer regulation, when dealing with the practical and regulatory issues that arise when local and foreign lawyers form some kind of ‘association’ or joint practice. This work was prompted by enquiries from a number of IBA member Bars who expressed interest in understanding how other jurisdictions have tackled this issue. The handbook is not intended to recommend any particular form of joint practice or model of regulating such practices over any other. It is also not intended to promote joint practice to jurisdictions that do not permit foreign and local lawyers to share fees on a structured basis, if they have no desire to introduce changes.

Click here to download the handbook.

IBA Global Cross Border Legal Services Report

Revised Handbook on General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) (2013)

This handbook was written to help IBA Member Bars (and all bar associations) who may be approached by the trade negotiators from their own countries. It provides everything a bar would need to know about:

  • the substantive provision of the GATS (General Agreement on Trade in Services);
  • how the GATS' substantive provisions apply in the context of legal services;
  • what has happened since the adoption of the GATS and its relevance to legal services;
  • where the debates have occurred with respect to legal services (and to give you a flavour of the disagreements); and
  • the developments that IBA Member Bars might be asked to respond to.

The handbook has been prepared and compiled by Professor Laurel Terry, and the International Trade in Legal Services Committee of the IBA's Bar Issues Commission. Read more on the ITILS projects page.

Select a language to download   or click here to download the 1st edition (2002) of the GATS Handbook