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IBA, IBAHRI and UBA announce international conference on justice and accountability for the war in Ukraine

The IBA, IBAHRI and the Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA) are proud to announce the International Conference on Justice and Accountability for the War in Ukraine, taking place on 27 and 28 November 2023 in Brussels, Belgium.

Released on Nov 27, 2023

The Netherlands: IBA releases latest report on gender disparity in the legal profession

A new report from the IBA, with a focus on the Netherlands, is the fifth in a series on gender disparity at senior levels across the global legal profession.

Released on Nov 22, 2023

IBA introduces Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit to assist law firms in their D&I endeavours

The IBA has launched its Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Toolkit – a set of free, comprehensive guidelines designed to help law firms embed the core principles of diversity and inclusion into their organisations.

Released on Nov 20, 2023

Closing soon, registration for the 2024 IBA ICC Moot Court Competition

The annual International Bar Association (IBA) International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot Court Competition is open for registrations for the 2024 edition, taking place from 31 May – 7 June 2024 in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Released on Nov 14, 2023

Law associations to hold half day event at COP28 on 8 December 2023

The event will take place on Friday 8 December 2023 from 1400–1800 and will focus on the role that legal professionals and organisations play in addressing the key international challenges posed by climate change.

Released on Nov 14, 2023

La International Bar Association (IBA) manifiesta su grave preocupación sobre la posible erosión del estado de derecho en España

El partido socialista español (PSOE) alcanzó un acuerdo con el partido catalán Junts (el “Acuerdo”) el pasado 9 de noviembre

Released on Nov 13, 2023

The IBA expresses serious concerns about a potential erosion of the rule of law in Spain

The Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) reached an agreement (the ‘Agreement’) with the Catalonian party, Junts, on 9 November. The Agreement includes provisions which, if enforced, would seriously erode the rule of law in Spain.

Released on Nov 13, 2023

IBA Annual Award winners announced at the 2023 Annual Conference in Paris

The 2023 IBA awardees were announced on Thursday 2 November during the SPPI breakfast at the IBA Annual Conference 2023 in Paris, France.

Released on Nov 10, 2023

IBAHRI, bar associations and international lawyers’ organisations call for protection of lawyers in Iran

The IBAHRI, together with several international lawyers’ organisations, has released a joint statement to express solidarity with human rights lawyers in Iran, Nazanin Salari, Mahmoud Taravat-Ruy, and Masoud Ahmadian.

Released on Nov 9, 2023

Raphael Lorenzo Aguiling Pangalangan of The Philippines wins 2023 IBA Outstanding Young Lawyer Award

Human rights lawyer Raphael Lorenzo Aguiling Pangalangan of the Republic of the Philippines is the recipient of the 2023 IBA Annual Outstanding Young Lawyer Award.

Released on Nov 8, 2023

Argentina: Maria Fernanda Mierez receives 2023 IBA Pro Bono Award

The recipient of the IBA Pro Bono Award for 2023 has been announced as María Fernanda Mierez, Partner at Argentinian law firm Beccar Varela.

Released on Nov 6, 2023

Singapore: Ravi Madasamy receives IBA Human Rights Award 2023

Lawyer Ravi Madasamy has received the 2023 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Human Rights for his extraordinary dedication to defending human rights, and the abolition of the death penalty in the Republic of Singapore.

Released on Nov 2, 2023

Israel/Gaza: IBAHRI calls for adherence to international law

In the aftermath of the atrocities that took place on 7 October 2023, the President of the International Bar Association issued a statement in condemnation of Hamas’s atrocity crimes.

Released on Nov 2, 2023

Russia: IBAHRI condemns arrests of Alexey Navalny’s lawyers and calls for their immediate release

The IBAHRI condemns the arrests of Vadim Kobzev, Alexey Liptser and Igor Sergunin, lawyers representing Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny, and calls for their immediate release and for all charges against them to be dropped.

Released on Oct 18, 2023

IBA launches global anti-corruption survey

The IBA Anti-Corruption Committee and the IBA Legal Policy and Research Unit (LPRU), with input from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), have announced the launch of a new anti-corruption survey to gather data on the existence and effectiveness of anti-corruption and anti-money laundering legislation at a global level.

Released on Oct 17, 2023

IBA condemns Hamas attacks on Israel which represent a clear violation of human rights and humanitarian law and urges for a just solution to be achieved between Israel and Palestine

The International Bar Association (IBA) strongly condemns the heinous attacks on Israel by the militant group Hamas. These indiscriminate and targeted atrocities against Israeli citizens contravene an unequivocal, non-derogable prohibition under international law.

Released on Oct 11, 2023

Ukraine: IBAHRI Director Baroness Helena Kennedy to co-chair task force on deported children

Baroness Helena Kennedy KC, Director of the IBAHRI, is announced by Andriy Yermak, Head of the Ukraine President's Office, as Co-Chair of Bring Kids Back UA – a high-level group of experts focused on returning forcefully deported children to Ukraine.

Released on Oct 4, 2023

Pour la première fois, l’IBA publie un agenda juridique identifiant les principaux points d’inquiétude de la profession

L’IBA a publié l’Agenda juridique de l’IBA (l’Agenda), un document qui identifie les défis les plus urgents auxquels feront face les juristes au cours des cinq prochaines années (2023-2028) et inclura l’engagement de l’IBA à assurer le leadership sur les questions évoquées.

Released on Oct 3, 2023

Zimbabwe: IBAHRI issues joint statement condemning arrest of human rights lawyers

The IBAHRI and Lawyers for Lawyers (L4L) have issued a joint statement condemning the arrest of Zimbabwean human rights lawyers Douglas Coltart and Tapiwa Muchineripi and calling for authorities to drop all charges against them.

Released on Oct 3, 2023

La IBA publica por primera vez una agenda jurídica que identifica las preocupaciones más acuciantes de la profesión

La IBA ha publicado La Agenda Legal de la IBA, un documento que identifica los desafíos más apremiantes que enfrentará la profesión jurídica durante los próximos cinco años (2023-2028) e incluye el compromiso de la IBA de brindar liderazgo intelectual sobre las cuestiones planteadas.

Released on Sep 28, 2023

IBA publishes for the first time a legal agenda identifying profession’s most pressing concerns

The IBA has published The IBA Legal Agenda – a document that identifies the most pressing challenges facing the legal profession over the next five years (2023-2028) and includes commitment by the IBA to provide thought leadership on the issues raised.

Released on Sep 28, 2023

Bangladesh: IBAHRI condemns imprisonment of human rights defenders and calls for their immediate release

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemns the imprisonment of rights defenders, Adilur Rahman Khan and ASM Nasiruddin Elan, and calls on the Bangladesh authorities to release them immediately and quash their convictions.

Released on Sep 21, 2023

IBA to host free training in the US for corporate counsel on protecting companies and respecting human rights

The IBA Business Human Rights Committee and the IBA Legal Policy & Research Unit have announced free, in-person training sessions on business and human rights for in-house lawyers and corporate counsel on business and human rights.

Released on Aug 23, 2023

IBA to host free training in the US for corporate counsel: Unlocking the “S” in ESG

The IBA Business Human Rights Committee and the IBA Legal Policy & Research Unit have announced free, in-person training sessions on business and human rights for in-house lawyers and corporate counsel on business and human rights.

Released on Aug 23, 2023

Guatemala: El IBAHRI condena las diligencias contra el juez Carlos Giovanni Ruano Pineda

El Instituto de Derechos Humanos de la Asociación Internacional de Abogados (International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, o IBAHRI) condena las diligencias judiciales previas iniciadas contra el juez guatemalteco Carlos Giovanni Ruano Pineda...

Released on Aug 17, 2023

Guatemala: IBAHRI condemns proceedings against Judge Carlos Giovanni Ruano Pineda

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemns the pre-trial proceedings initiated against Guatemalan Judge Carlos Giovanni Ruano Pineda by the Foundation against Terrorism – described in reports as a far-right group with a track record of targeting judges and anti-corruption prosecutors.

Released on Aug 16, 2023

IBAHRI concerned about the discrimination of Ahmadiyya lawyers in Pakistan

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) is highly concerned about the recent news that lawyers belonging to the Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan – a numeric minority community in the country – are being required to renounce their religion as a prerequisite to practice law.

Released on Aug 10, 2023

IBAHRI welcomes the UK Government’s recognition of the Yazidi genocide

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) welcomes the UK Government’s formal recognition of the atrocities against the Yazidis as genocide.

Released on Aug 3, 2023

Ghana: IBAHRI commends abolition of the death penalty

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) commends the Republic of Ghana for abolishing the death penalty for all crimes except high treason. On 25 July 2023, the Ghanaian Parliament passed two private members’ bills...

Released on Aug 3, 2023

New IBA report provides first-of-its-kind global perspective on cybersecurity risk governance

A new report from the IBA Presidential Task Force on Cybersecurity and the IBA Legal Policy & Research Unit provides a first-of-its-kind global perspective on key governance practices for senior managers and boards of directors to protect their organisations against cyber-attacks.

Released on Jul 31, 2023