Us Too? Update: how is the legal profession responding to bullying and sexual harassment?
In May 2019, the International Bar Association (IBA) Legal Policy & Research Unit published a landmark report, Us Too? Bullying and Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession. Drawing on a global survey of 7,000 legal professionals from across 135 countries, the report highlighted chronic levels of inappropriate behaviour in legal workplaces, significant under-reporting of incidents and insufficient action from employers and other stakeholders.
A year on, is progress being made? What are legal workplaces, regulators and representative bodies doing to improve professional culture and better respond to misconduct? What needs to be done? And what does Covid-19 mean for efforts to promote diversity and inclusion within the profession?
Report author Kieran Pender will share insights from the IBA’s unprecedented Us Too? campaign, which included events in over 30 cities across six continents alongside engagement with more than 100 law firms and dozens of other stakeholders. A panel will then reflect on developments of the past 12 months and what we might expect in the years ahead.