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IBA releases statement defending principle of lawyer client confidentiality from international attack

The International Bar Association (IBA) has released a statement in defence of lawyer-client confidentiality, following a number of recent attacks on the principle from high-profile international organisations.

Released on Jan 18, 2022

IBA releases statement defending principle of lawyer-client confidentiality from international attack

The International Bar Association (IBA) has released a statement in defence of lawyer-client confidentiality, following a number of recent attacks on the principle from high-profile international organisations.

Released on Jan 17, 2022

IBA appeals to UN for denunciation of Taliban take-over of Afghanistan Independent Bar Association

In an open letter to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, the IBA expressed grave concern over the Taliban take-over of the AIBA and has appealed for the ‘unparalleled voice’ of the UN to...

Released on Dec 15, 2021

Turkey: IBAHRI welcomes Council of Europe vote for infringement proceedings over failure to release Osman Kavala

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) welcomes the Council of Europe (CoE)’s vote in favour of launching infringement proceedings against Turkey over its failure to release human rights defender Osman Kavala from arbitrary detention.

Released on Dec 14, 2021

IBA Anti-Corruption Committee launches Project Roll Out to support new OECD anti-bribery compliance guidelines

Following the publication of the OECD’s guidance on compliance with anti-bribery laws, a subcommittee of the IBA’s Anti-Corruption Committee has commenced Project Roll Out.

Released on Dec 9, 2021

High Level Panel reiterates concerns as court in military-ruled Myanmar finds ASSK and other civilian leaders guilty of two offences

On 6 December 2021, members of the High-Level Panel, consisting of prominent lawyers, reiterated their concerns regarding the trials of political leaders in Myanmar - State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and President U Win Myint - as failing to meet minimum fair trial standards established under international law.

Released on Dec 8, 2021

Hina Jilani receives 2020 Stockholm Human Rights Award after year postponement

Pioneering lawyer, pro-democracy campaigner and avid civil rights activist Hina Jilani was announced one year ago as the recipient of the 2020 Stockholm Human Rights Award and was expected to receive the prize during an in-person ceremony.

Released on Dec 7, 2021

IBA Group Member Awards recognise support of Americas leading law firms

The IBA has announced law firms Bomchil, Miller & Chevalier, Pinheiro Neto, TozziniFreire and White & Case as 2021 winners of the IBA Group Member Awards for the Americas.

Released on Dec 6, 2021

Can Yeginsu and Catherine Amirfar announced to the leadership of the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom

The Rt Hon Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury has appointed Can Yeginsu and Catherine Amirfar to serve as the Deputy Chairs of The High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom.

Released on Dec 2, 2021

IBA announces final four awardees of grant for frontline legal aid charities

The International Bar Association (IBA) and the IBA Foundation have announced the final four charities to receive financial assistance from the funding programme set up by the IBA and the Foundation, at the start of the COVID-19 crisis, to support frontline legal aid providers.

Released on Nov 26, 2021

IBAHRI keeps spotlight on key issues raised at 48th session of the UN Human Rights Council

At the 48th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC48), the IBAHRI joined other non-governmental organisations in statements condemning international human rights violations, with a particular focus on lawyers under attack, facing arbitrary detention or suppression of their professional activities.

Released on Nov 23, 2021

IBA Group Member Awards recognise support of leading international law firms

The IBA has announced law firms Baker McKenzie, Clifford Chance, IMMMA Advocates and DLA Piper as 2021 winners of the IBA Group Member Awards for Europe and Africa. The awards were given in recognition of these law firms’ exceptional support and contributions to…

Released on Nov 18, 2021

IBAHRI contributes to UN major forum on equal access to justice for all

At the conclusion of the third session of the United Nations Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, which was held from 16-17 November 2021, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) reflected on the IBAHRI’s contributions, the key discussions held and outcomes of the session.

Released on Nov 18, 2021

IBAHRI calls for United Nations action following opening of people’s tribunal on Iran atrocities

Following the opening of the International People’s Tribunal on Iran’s Atrocities of November 2019, the IBAHRI calls for the establishment of a UNHRC independent mechanism to further investigate the alleged commission of atrocity crimes by Iranian authorities during and following the November 2019 crackdown in Iran.

Released on Nov 13, 2021

Appeal for legal assistance for Afghan women at risk

The IBA, through its Human Rights Institute, has been assisting women at risk, and other vulnerable individuals, in Afghanistan. We are seeking lawyers who are willing to advocate for such families and help them secure passage to their ultimate location.

Released on Nov 11, 2021

IBAHRI condemns Israel’s designation of Palestinian civil society groups as terrorist organisations and calls for immediate reversal

The IBAHRI strongly condemns the military order of Israel’s Defence Ministry designating six Palestinian civil society organisations (CSOs) as terrorist organisations and calls on the Israeli Government to reverse the order immediately.

Released on Nov 10, 2021

Singapore: IBAHRI calls for revocation of scheduled execution of Nagaenthran Dharmalingam

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls on Singapore to revoke its decision to execute Nagaenthran Dharmalingam, a Malaysian man with an internationally recognised intellectual disability who has been sentenced to death by hanging for a drug-related offence. His IQ is assessed to be 69.

Released on Nov 8, 2021

IBAHRI welcomes formal abolition of the death penalty in Sierra Leone

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) commends Sierra Leone for passing the Abolition of the Death Penalty Act 2021, formally eradicating the death penalty in the country in law and practice.

Released on Nov 4, 2021

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists: The High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom calls for creation of international investigative task force

To mark the 8th International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists on 2 November 2021, the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom calls on all states, including members of the Media Freedom Coalition, and the international community to strengthen efforts in holding perpetrators of crimes against journalists accountable and for the establishment of an international investigative task force.

Released on Nov 2, 2021

Kenyan lawyer Beth Michoma wins the 2021 IBA Women Lawyers' Interest Group Outstanding Woman Lawyer Award

The IBA has named Kenyan lawyer Beth Michoma as the recipient of the IBA Women Lawyers' Interest Group Outstanding Woman Lawyer Award 2021. This award was established in recognition of Anne-Marie Hutchinson, a pioneering family lawyer who died in October 2020.

Released on Oct 28, 2021

Belarus: Lawyers Ludmila Kazak and Maksim Znak win the 2021 IBA Human Rights Award

The 2021 IBA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Human Rights has been jointly bestowed upon lawyers Ludmila Kazak and Maksim Znak (pictured left) for their commitment to defending democratic principles and human rights in Belarus. Sponsored by LexisNexis, the Award is conferred annually to…

Released on Oct 28, 2021

UK barrister Michael Polak wins the 2021 IBA Outstanding Young Lawyer Award

The 2021 IBA Annual Outstanding Young Lawyer Award recipient has been named as Michael Polak, Barrister at London’s Church Court Chambers and Director of Justice Abroad, for his commitment to defending human rights across the globe through his professional practice and personal endeavours.

Released on Oct 28, 2021

IBA announces winners of 2021 awards

The IBA Outstanding Young Lawyer Award is bestowed upon Michael Polak; the IBA Pro Bono Award is received by Geoff Budlender; the IBA Outstanding Woman Lawyer Award is given to Beth Michoma; and the IBA Award for Human Rights is jointly bestowed upon Ludmila Kazak and Maxim Znak.

Released on Oct 28, 2021

South Africa: Anti-apartheid lawyer Geoff Budlender wins the 2021 IBA Pro Bono Award

The recipient of the IBA Pro Bono Award for 2021 has been named as Geoff Budlender for his dedication to pro bono causes in South Africa. Over the course of a 45-year career in the law, Mr Budlender’s work has helped millions of people.

Released on Oct 28, 2021

High Level Panel raises concerns regarding gagging of lawyers in Myanmar

On 27 October 2021, members of the High Level Panel, consisting of prominent lawyers, raised concerns about recent reports of lawyers representing several political leaders in Myanmar being barred from speaking about the trials. 

Released on Oct 27, 2021

Turkey: IBAHRI calls for unconditional and immediate release of the arbitrarily detained Osman Kavala

The IBAHRI calls on Turkey’s authorities to release Osman Kavala unconditionally and immediately as per the legally binding decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) delivered more than two years ago.

Released on Oct 27, 2021

IBA Covid-19 Legal Policy Task Force releases report on optimising pandemic management

The International Bar Association (IBA) Covid-19 Legal Policy Task Force has released a report detailing the pandemic’s impact in key legal areas and making concrete actionable recommendations to improve pandemic management in the future.

Released on Oct 26, 2021

New IBA report sets out principles for dealing with mental wellbeing crisis in the legal profession

Following the first ever global surveys examining the mental wellbeing of legal professionals at both an individual and institutional level, a new International Bar Association (IBA) report identifies worrying mental wellbeing trends across the profession and provides ten principles for legal workplaces and organisations.

Released on Oct 26, 2021

IBA Global Showcase to take place 25-29 October 2021

Released on Oct 20, 2021

High Level Panel congratulates Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov on Nobel Peace Prize

Released on Oct 12, 2021