John Kerry gives frank and authoritative interview on eve of US Presidential elections

Tuesday 3 November 2020

As the citizens of the United States head to the polls, John Kerry, a former Democratic Nominee for the US Presidency and Former United States Secretary of State, has participated in a wide-ranging and frank interview with Dr Mark Ellis, Executive Director of the International Bar Association (IBA).

Click here to watch the footage from the studio of the IBA 2020 – Virtually Together Conference on Monday 2 November.  

‘We are witnessing greater complexity, greater challenges than at any time where we need law, we need agreements, we need to work out the rules of the road. I'm talking about cyber warfare talking about reinforcing chemical standards which we thought we had agreed to after World War One. I'm talking about human rights exacerbated... The continuing increasing challenge of the climate crisis. So, we have a lot to talk about...' John Kerry

Some of the topics discussed in relation to the US Presidential elections and more generally, the state of affairs of the US today on what Secretary Kerry described as 'the eve of the most important election of my lifetime.'

  • Multilateralism

  • Climate Change

  • Democratic National Convention 

  • COVID-19

  • Cyber Security

  • Palestine

  • US Troops

  • China

  • Russia

Watch here: tinyurl.com/y4yx7pzh


Notes to the Editor

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  4. The International Bar Association (IBA), the global voice of the legal profession, is the foremost organisation for international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. Established in 1947, shortly after the creation of the United Nations, it was born out of the conviction that an organisation made up of the world's bar associations could contribute to global stability and peace through the administration of justice.

    In the ensuing 70 years since its creation, the organisation has evolved from an association comprised exclusively of bar associations and law societies to one that incorporates individual international lawyers and entire law firms. The present membership is comprised of more than 80,000 individual international lawyers from most of the world’s leading law firms and some 190 bar associations and law societies spanning more than 170 countries.

    The IBA has considerable expertise in providing assistance to the global legal community, and through its global membership, it influences the development of international law reform and helps to shape the future of the legal profession throughout the world.

    The IBA’s administrative office is in London, United Kingdom. Regional offices are located in: São Paulo, Brazil; Seoul, South Korea; and Washington DC, United States, while the International Bar Association’s International Criminal Court and International Criminal Law Programme (ICC & ICL) is managed from an office in The Hague, the Netherlands.

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