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IBA elevates partnership with Grotius Centre to stage annual moot court competition

In the context of the rule of law under threat in many jurisdictions, the International Bar Association (IBA) has announced a fortified partnership with the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies of Leiden Law School to annually stage the largest moot competition focussed on international criminal law: the final round of which usually takes place at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

Released on Mar 18, 2021

La IBA lanza el proyecto "50/50 en 2030": un estudio longitudinal sobre la desigualdad de género en la profesión jurídica

Con motivo del International Women’s Day 2021 ( Día Internacional de la Mujer 2021), la International Bar Association (la “IBA”) anunció el lanzamiento de un ambicioso proyecto global de nueve años, el primero de esta envergadura, para determinar las causas fundamentales de la falta de igualdad de género en los puestos de responsabilidad, identificar si las iniciativas de diversidad introducidas para abordar esta disparidad están teniendo algún impacto y proporcionar conclusiones prácticas y orientación a

Released on Mar 15, 2021

BHRC and IBAHRI urge President Joe Biden to rescind Executive Order 13928 signed by former President Trump

The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (“BHRC”) and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (“IBAHRI”) write to urge you to rescind Executive Order 13928 (“the Order”) signed by President Trump on 11 July 2020 following the Decision of the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (“ICC”) of 5 March 2020 authorising the investigation into alleged war crimes committed in Afghanistan.

Released on Mar 12, 2021

IBAHRI submits amicus curiae brief on military jurisdiction to the Federal Supreme Court of Brazil

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has submitted an amicus curiae brief to the Federal Supreme Court of Brazil on regional and international human rights law, standards and norms, regarding military jurisdiction over gross human rights violations in peacetime.

Released on Mar 9, 2021

IBAHRI apresenta amicus curiae sobre jurisdição militar ao Supremo Tribunal Federal do Brasil

O International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute – IBAHRI (Instituto de Direitos Humanos da International Bar Association) apresentou uma petição de amicus curiae ao Supremo Tribunal Federal do Brasil sobre as leis, normas e padrões regionais e internacionais de direitos humanos, a respeito da jurisdição militar em face de graves violações dos direitos humanos em tempo de paz.

Released on Mar 9, 2021

IBA launches ‘50/50 by 2030’ project – a longitudinal study into gender disparity in law

On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2021, the International Bar Association (IBA) announced the launch of an ambitious first-of-its-kind, nine-year global project to uncover the root-causes of the lack of gender parity at the most senior levels of the legal profession, identify whether diversity initiatives...

Released on Mar 8, 2021

International Women’s Day 2021: IBAHRI reaffirms commitment to addressing the gendered nature of law and discrimination within

In a Resolution passed unanimously by its Council of esteemed judges and international lawyers, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) reaffirms its commitment to address discrimination against women in law, legal systems and legal practice.

Released on Mar 8, 2021

Sri Lanka: IBAHRI and BHRC issue statement on deteriorating human rights situation

The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (‘BHRC’) and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (‘IBAHRI’) are gravely concerned about the deteriorating human rights situation in Sri Lanka and join calls made during the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council (‘UNHRC’) for Sri Lanka to pursue accountability for past and recent grave human rights violations.

Released on Mar 5, 2021

IBA and IBAHRI condemn the killing of protestors in Myanmar and rampant violence of security forces

The International Bar Association and International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute condemn the killing of unarmed anti-coup protestors in Myanmar and the escalation in violence meted out against them by the police and security forces.IBA President Sternford Moyo said: ‘It is incomprehensible and appalling that the very people who should be protecting and serving the citizens of Myanmar, are instead killing them...

Released on Mar 5, 2021

IBAHRI and CFJ condemn the revocation of legal licences in Belarus and call for their reinstatement

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and the Clooney Foundation for Justice (CFJ) strongly condemn the new wave of repression against the legal profession in Belarus that has seen at least four lawyers deprived of their licence to practise, including Lyudmila Kazak, lawyer for Belarusian Opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova. The rights groups call for the reinstatement of the lawyers' licences.

Released on Mar 2, 2021

Are whistleblowing laws working? IBA and Government Accountability Project publish landmark report

A new report, Are Whistleblowing Laws Working? A Global Study of Whistleblower Protection Litigation, tracks the records of whistleblower laws in 37 countries and provides an unprecedented effort to understand the successes and shortcomings of whistleblower protection legislation worldwide, following a proliferation of laws in recent decades.

Released on Mar 2, 2021

IBA President says FACTI report recommendation would undermine independence of the legal profession

The president of the International Bar Association (IBA) Sternford Moyo has said that a recommendation, contained in a report published today, that governments should regulate lawyers in line with ‘the demands of sustainable finance and the public interest’ is concerning. At the publication’s launch, Mr Moyo addressed a panel of high-ranking United Nations Member States’ representatives with his reservations

Released on Feb 26, 2021

IBAHRI announces launch of International Fair Trial Day and the Ebru Timtik Award

The right to a fair trial has long been recognised by the international community as a fundamental human right. Without a fair trial every individual risks becoming the victim of a miscarriage of justice. Either as an innocent suspect wrongly convicted, or as a victim unable to secure justice for a wrong perpetrated against them. Ebru Timtik was one...

Released on Feb 23, 2021

IBA welcomes election of new ICC officials

The International Bar Association (IBA) welcomes the election of Karim Khan QC as the next Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and six judges, as well as the new president, vice presidents and members of the Bureau of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) – the Court's management oversight and legislative body, composed of...

Released on Feb 22, 2021

IRAN: Organisations express concern over arbitrary imprisonment of Dr Reza Eslami and call for his release

In an open letter to His Excellency Ayatollah Ali Hosseini Khamenei, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and other institutions call on him to take urgent, immediate action to release human rights professor Dr Reza Eslami and other political prisoners arbitrarily imprisoned.

Released on Feb 18, 2021

IBAHRI condemns spate of executions in Iran and calls for a halt

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) strongly condemns the recent spate of executions carried out by the authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which, according to reports, numbered at least 48 during December 2020 and January 2021. A further two executions are reported to have taken place on 13 February 2021.

Released on Feb 17, 2021

IBAHRI condemns arbitrary detentions of human rights activists in Belarus and calls for their release

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) strongly condemns the continued unlawful detentions of Belarusian human rights activists Leanid Sudalenka and Tatsiana Lasitsa, and calls for their release. Mr Sudalenka, a lawyer and head of the Gomel branch of the Viasna Human Rights Centre, and Ms Lasitsa, a volunteer at Viasna...

Released on Feb 16, 2021

New IBA report released for decision-makers in response to ‘statue toppling’ following the killing of George Floyd

Contested Histories in Public Spaces: Principles, Processes, Best Practices presents ten in-depth case studies that examine the complex political, social, cultural, and legal dimensions of these contestations.

Released on Feb 11, 2021

IBAHRI calls for investigation into claims of proposed political prisoner camps in Belarus

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls for an impartial investigation into plans to create political prisoner camps in Belarus, following the surfacing of an audio recording purported to be of the Belarusian Deputy Interior Minister, Mikalai Karpiankou, informing his subordinates of the proposal. The recording, thought...

Released on Feb 10, 2021

IBAHRI calls on Israel to provide COVID-19 vaccines to Palestinians without discrimination or limitation

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls on Israel’s authorities to provide COVID-19 vaccines to Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, in a non-discriminatory manner, as per Israel’s obligation under international law. On 31 January, Israel contributed 5,000 vaccines to frontline Palestinian...

Released on Feb 9, 2021

IBAHRI condemns mass arrests, police brutality and use of law to suffocate dissent in Russia

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemns the arrests of more than 6,000 protestors across Russia, the violence inflicted by the country’s security forces on peaceful demonstrators who were demanding the release of the detained, and subsequently jailed, opposition leader Alexey Navalny and the use of law to...

Released on Feb 5, 2021

Lord’s Resistance Army commander Dominic Ongwen convicted at the International Criminal Court

At the end of a complicated trial that had seen several ‘firsts’, on 4 February 2021, Trial Chamber IX of the International Criminal Court (ICC) handed down a guilty verdict for Dominic Ongwen, former child soldier and commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda. In a 1077-page judgment, Mr Ongwen was convicted on 61...

Released on Feb 4, 2021

IBA and IBAHRI condemn the military coup d’état in Myanmar

The International Bar Association (IBA) and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) strongly condemn the unlawful seizure of power by Myanmar’s military forces on 1 February 2021, the detention of Myanmar’s democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior figures of the ruling party, and the...

Released on Feb 2, 2021

IBAHRI calls for UK Parliament to recognise the essential role of courts in applying the Genocide Convention

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls for the Parliament of the United Kingdom to recognise the essential role of the courts in applying the Genocide Convention, and reasserts its support for the genocide amendment to the UK’s Trade Bill, in light of its rejection by 319 votes to 308 in the House of Commons in…

Released on Jan 29, 2021

IBAHRI calls for due process as trial of ‘Hotel Rwanda’ Paul Rusesabagina faces indefinite delay

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls for due process to be followed in the trial of the exiled Rwandan dissident Paul Rusesabagina, who has been in police custody in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, since 31 August 2020. Mr Rusesabagina, an outspoken critic of President Paul Kagame, told the court…

Released on Jan 27, 2021

IBAHRI condemns the killing of two Afghan Supreme Court judges

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemns the assassination of two judges from Afghanistan’s Supreme Court on 17 January 2021, calling the criminal act an affront to the rule of law. IBAHRI Co-Chair and former Justice of the High Court of Australia (1996 – 2006), the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, commented...

Released on Jan 26, 2021

IBA President congratulates President Joe Biden as human rights put centre of new administration

On behalf of the International Bar Association (IBA), I congratulate Joseph R Biden Jr on his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States and look forward to the restoration of a multilateral model of international affairs. As the global voice of the legal profession, the IBA works to ensure global stability and peace through the administration...

Released on Jan 22, 2021

IBAHRI condemns arrest and right violation of Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) strongly condemns the arrest of Alexey Navalny, prominent anti-corruption activist and outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation State. The IBAHRI also condemns the infringement of Mr Navalny’s right to a lawyer, as reported by his spokesperson Kira Yarmysh.

Released on Jan 20, 2021

IBAHRI calls on the Biden administration to abolish the death penalty in the US

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls on the United States President-elect Joe Biden to commute all federal death sentences and to uphold his campaign commitment to abolish the death penalty in the US, once he assumes the office of President. The IBAHRI strongly condemns the recent federal executions in the US, including that of...

Released on Jan 18, 2021

Hong Kong: IBA and IBAHRI condemn new wave of arrests under the National Security Law

The International Bar Association (IBA) and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemn the use of the National Security Law in Hong Kong to detain pro-democracy activists and questions the legal premise of the accusations levelled against those detained. IBA President Sternford Moyo commented: ‘The detention of supporters of democracy...

Released on Jan 15, 2021