About the Committee
In 2004, a common understanding was reached that the IBA needed to do more to attract young lawyers to join the association and become active and engaged in its various committees, groups and initiatives. Therefore, the Young Lawyers’ Committee was founded with a clear focus on young colleagues and their specific aims and interests, serving as an ‘entrance door’ for young lawyers and putting them into contact with the rest of the Divisions to become further involved in the IBA. The major goal of all our activities is to create a win-win situation in which young colleagues can enhance their skills and networks thanks to IBA programmes, conferences and other projects, while simultaneously providing the IBA and its constituents with fresh ideas and a vivid contact to the next generation of legal experts and counsel.
Having said this, it is safe to say that all our activities have a significant impact on the promotion of the IBA amongst young lawyers and their willingness to join and become active therein. Apart from attracting young colleagues to join our Committee, we further motivate them to become active in the IBA’s Legal Practice Division, Public and Professional Interest Division, Bar Issues Commission and Regional Fora.
The objectives of the Young Lawyers’ Committee are to identify, discuss and promote issues involving young lawyers both around the world and within the association. The YLC aims to achieve this by means of fluid communications with the other IBA Committees so that their relevant activities and programmes can be actively promoted to young lawyers as well as by getting young lawyers involved directly by recommending them as speakers. Other means of communication applied by the Committee are our Newsletters and E-bulletins, which are published around 3 times per year. Here, the Officers of the YLC report on their activities and projects while young colleagues from all over the world submit articles on topics in their jurisdictions they consider being of interest for the Committee.
To enhance the exchange among members of the Committee we are currently reviewing and improving the YLC web-pages. The new pages provide a detailed overview of the YLC and all of its activities. Therefore, the pages will contain various new sections such as information about scholarships, upcoming events and a list of national representatives and their contact details. With the understanding of the YLC being the ‘entrance door’ to the IBA for young lawyers, the pages aim to inform visitors about current cooperation with other committees and other relevant activities. Particularly for young lawyers, the fun aspect should not be neglected: pictures and party reports will be posted. In order to improve the communication between members as well as to enable non-members to get in touch with us, we are working on activating a dedicated ‘ YLC inbox’ in time.