About the Committee
The Poverty and Social Development Committee is a new IBA Committee. However, our work has been ongoing through various IBA auspices for many years. We seek to engage the legal profession in actions that will directly contribute to the attainment of UN Sustainability Goal #1: The Eradication of Poverty.
Poverty marginalises, disables and traps individuals and their communities. Our Committee seeks to develop and apply law to enable all citizens to live their lives fully. We believe that law can be used proactively to support well-being. Law can effectively protect people from the negative consequences of actions by governments, businesses and individuals. These actions can perpetuate or cause poverty. Used constructively and proactively law has the capacity to contribute to societal well-being through the relief of poverty.
We believe that it is the duty of all legal professionals, no matter their role, whether private or public, to create and employ the law for good, to advise and advocate against exploitation of others, and to always be aware of and to avoid the negative consequences of their or their clients’ actions, intended or not. In the long view, with the eradication of poverty greater prosperity is possible for all. Only then will we be able to say that the law aims to be and is just.
A number of great projects are planned, including a podcast on the strong connection between the rule of law and our mandate; work on a new, practical book that will assist lawyers who wish to advance the effort to eradicate poverty through law; relevant session at the IBA Annual Conference and support of a young lawyer through a scholarship. We intend to continue to work on great projects to work with and support non-governmental organisations and other charitable entities that are engaged in the elimination of poverty, and look forward to the difference the work of the committee and all its members will make.
We enthusiastically welcome IBA members who wish to join with us! Become a member of the Poverty and Social development Committee of the IBA.