The IBA Jurist Award


A new International Bar Association (IBA) award, the IBA Jurist Award, is to celebrate the ‘unsung heroes’ of the legal profession: jurists who exemplify personal sacrifice and commitment to justice. Nominees can include, for example, lawyers undertaking cases pro bono in the pursuit of justice or judges who rule appropriately on landmark cases despite systemic or societal pressures. The IBA’s global search for these individuals is supported by Ashoka, the largest global network of leading social entrepreneurs working towards achieving social justice.

IBA Executive Director Dr Mark Ellis remarked: ‘As legal professionals, we know that there are members of our profession that represent the very best of us, yet their efforts frequently go unnoticed. Why should this be when they inspire us to do our finest work, and when they earn great respect for the legal profession as a whole? This question was the stimulus behind creating the IBA Jurist Award, beginning the endeavour to raise the visibility of “unsung heroes” in the legal community and in society generally.

Individuals are encouraged to nominate associates and friends they believe have gone beyond the call of duty in their role as jurists and whose stories deserve to be heard. Nominations for the inaugural IBA Jurist Award close on Friday 31 August 2018.

Terms for the nomination

  1. The award is free to enter. It is open to all lawyers, whether or not they are members of the International Bar Association.
  2. Nominations must be received by MIDNIGHT (BST) FRIDAY 31 August 2018. Nominations received after this time will not be considered. Send submissions to
  3. The decision of the judging panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The winner will be contacted at the email address provided. She/he will be required to provide a biographical note giving details of her/his legal career, studies and professional appointments.
  4. By submitting a biographical note, nominees consent to the use of their image and data for publicity purposes.
  5. The IBA and the judging panel are not responsible for the loss, damage or non-arrival of any nomination, nor for any costs or expenses incurred in the preparation or the submission of any nomination email.
  6. By entering the award all nominators and nominees consent to all data submitted to being shared with the judging panel.
  7. Participants are expected to have read and accepted all the above terms and conditions.
  8. The IBA reserves the right to amend and update these terms and conditions at any time without notice.

The award comprises:

  • Publication of an article in the IBA’s flagship magazineIBA Global Insight and e-publication IBA e-News.
  • Creation of a short video of the lawyer and his/her achievement for inclusion on the IBA website.
  • IBA recognition at an event to be determined.
  • A cash sum of USD 1,000.

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