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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

IBA publishes guide for strengthening International Criminal Court and Rome Statute

A comprehensive set of recommendations for States Parties to strengthen the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Rome Statute system and to support domestic cooperation with the Court has been published by the IBA International Criminal Court and Criminal Law (ICC & ICL) Programme.

Released on Oct 12, 2021

IBA 2021 Aptissimi Award Acceptance Speech

The International Bar Association (IBA) received the ESADE Aptissimi Award for Contribution to the Legal Sector and Society 2021. IBA Vice President Almudena Arpón de Mendívil made an acceptance speech on behalf of the organisation.

Released on Oct 7, 2021

La IBA recibe el premio Aptissimi 2021 por su contribución al Sector Jurídico y a la Sociedad

La International Bar Association (IBA) ha recibido el premio Aptissimi 2021 por su contribución al sector legal y a la sociedad.

Released on Oct 7, 2021

IBA receives 2021 Aptissimi Award for Contribution to the Legal Sector and to Society

Released on Oct 7, 2021

High Level Panel raises concerns regarding the trials of political leaders in Myanmar

On 30 September 2021, members of the High Level Panel, consisting of prominent lawyers, found that presently, the trials of political leaders in Myanmar fail to meet minimum fair trial standards established under international law.

Released on Sep 30, 2021

In memory of Professor John G Ruggie

The IBA joins the international community in mourning the passing of Professor John G Ruggie, the architect of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and Berthold Beitz Research Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School.

Released on Sep 24, 2021

IBA announces creation of legal policy task force to review response to COVID-19

The IBA has formed an executive task force to critically and constructively assess the policies underlying COVID-19 responses in salient legal areas, and will issue concrete actionable recommendations to reform legal regimes with the intention of improving the global coordination of containment management in future pandemics.

Released on Sep 6, 2021

IBA Judges' Forum issues statement in support of Afghanistan's Judges

The International Bar Association (IBA) Judges’ Forum strongly endorses the grave concerns expressed by the IBA, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, and numerous other international judicial associations about the situation presently unfolding in Afghanistan.

Released on Aug 20, 2021

Afghanistan: IBA and IBAHRI call for the international community to hold the Taliban to account for pledges made to citizens

During the group’s first official news conference since seizing control of most of Afghanistan on Sunday 15 August 2021, the Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has stated the group wants peace, and will respect women’s rights ‘within our religious framework’.

Released on Aug 18, 2021

Newly published IBA GEI report on human resources trends includes special COVID-19 analysis

Newly published IBA GEI report on human resources trends includes special COVID-19 analysis.

Released on Aug 16, 2021

Attacks on the legal profession in Belarus condemned in new report by IBAHRI and legal groups

The IBAHRI has announced the publication of a new report that analyses 24 cases of retaliatory acts against lawyers who have defended prominent opposition figures or publicly raised concerns about human rights and rule of law violations following the controversial presidential elections of August 2020 in Belarus.

Released on Jul 27, 2021

IBAHRI reflects on key outcomes of the 47th UN Human Rights Council session

With the conclusion of 47th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC47), held from 21 June–13 July 2021, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) reflects on the key outcomes of the session, the insightful side events held, and the resolutions passed.

Released on Jul 15, 2021

Data protection and privacy laws guide released for the legal profession by the IBA African Regional Forum

As the process of safeguarding personal data in accordance with legal principles has become more prominent across Africa, the International Bar Association (IBA) African Regional Forum has released a comprehensive guide on data protection and privacy laws for legal practitioners on the continent.

Released on Jul 14, 2021

Companies’ internal investigations are rising in importance along with calls for increased transparency, says IBA GEI in new report

With businesses under more scrutiny than ever before as allegations of wrongdoing are increasingly being made public, a new report published by the International Bar Association Global Employment Institute (IBA GEI) states internal company investigations are taking on unprecedented importance.

Released on Jul 13, 2021

IBAHRI and Clooney Foundation for Justice's TrialWatch announce monitoring of trial of Ivan Pavlov, lawyer for Alexey Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation

‘TrialWatch will monitor the trial of Russian human rights lawyer Ivan Pavlov’, the Clooney Foundation for Justice (CFJ) said today.

Released on Jul 13, 2021

Statement on the sixth anniversary of the ‘709 Crackdown’ – 9 July 2021

Today, 9 July 2021, we, the undersigned organisations, take the opportunity to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the crackdown on Chinese lawyers and human rights defenders that occurred in the People’s Republic of China on 9 July 2015.

Released on Jul 9, 2021

IBAHRI announces formation of High Level Panel to review trials of political leaders in Myanmar

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has announced the formation of a High Level Panel of internationally renowned lawyers to review the trials of the political leaders State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and President U Win Myint in Myanmar.

Released on Jul 1, 2021

Ground-breaking eyeWitness to Atrocities journey detailed in just-released article

In a striking LexisNexis & Professional pictorial feature the eyeWitness to Atrocities app’s journey towards contributions of 22 dossiers to international justice, including investigations by the International Criminal Court, the United Nations, European war crimes units, domestic courts and police forces is detailed by Corinna Bold.

Released on Jun 28, 2021

IBAHRI condemns forced closure of Hong Kong’s Apple Daily newspaper

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) is deeply concerned by the news that crippling asset freezes, imposed by authorities in Hong Kong, have forced the closure of the pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily, after 26 years of operation.

Released on Jun 25, 2021

Defending human rights lawyers in authoritarian times: a panel discussion

The online event is co-organised by the Geneva Human Rights Platform, the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute, the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders and the Ordre des Avocats Genève.

Released on Jun 22, 2021

IBAHRI condemns arrests and raid on Apple Daily newspaper in Hong Kong

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) unequivocally condemns the recent arrests of the editor-in-chief and four directors of Hong Kong’s Apple Daily newspaper under the controversial National Security Law.

Released on Jun 21, 2021

IBA publishes new report on maintaining judicial integrity and ethical standards in practice

As awareness of the importance of judicial accountability increases globally, a new report published by the International Bar Association (IBA) focuses on the concrete processes available to hold judges to account for any misconduct; whether warranting disciplinary action or criminal sanctions.

Released on Jun 21, 2021

IBA President applauds US pledge to donate 500 million vaccine doses to low and lower-middle-income countries

The International Bar Association (IBA), the global voice of the legal profession, applauds President Joseph R Biden’s decision to donate 500 million COVID-19 vaccines to struggling nations.

Released on Jun 18, 2021

Turkey: IBAHRI condemns the continued arbitrary detention of human rights defender Osman Kavala

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemns the continued arbitrary detention of human rights defender Osman Kavala, following the decision of a Turkish court to continue his confinement until his next hearing.

Released on Jun 17, 2021

UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights 10th anniversary marked with John Ruggie IBA LPRU podcast

Ten years after the unanimous endorsement by the United Nations Human Rights Council of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), their author Professor John Ruggie (pictured) discusses the ever-changing landscape of human rights due diligence with the International Bar Association (IBA) Legal Policy & Research Unit (LPRU).

Released on Jun 16, 2021

Panel de Expertos Jurídicos de Alto Nivel sobre libertad de prensa presenta un amicus curiae a la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos en el caso de difamación penal de “El Universo”

Hoy la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos escuchará el caso Emilio Palacio Urrutia y Otros vs. la República del Ecuador. El caso se refiere a la legalidad de la legislación penal sobre el delito de difamación y las sanciones aplicadas a El Universo, uno de los periódicos más consolidados y de mayor circulación de Ecuador, a su columnista y sus tres directores.

Released on Jun 14, 2021

High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom submits amicus curiae petition to Inter-American Court of Human Rights in ‘El Universo’ criminal defamation case

Today the Inter-American Court of Human Rights begins to hear Emilio Palacio Urrutia and Others v. The Republic of Ecuador. The case concerns the lawfulness of criminal defamation statutes as applied to El Universo, one of Ecuador’s most well-established and widely circulated newspapers, its columnist, and its three directors.

Released on Jun 14, 2021

International Fair Trial Day Joint Statement

Today, 14 June 2021, marks the inaugural International Fair Trial Day (IFTD) which will be observed for the first time worldwide.

Released on Jun 14, 2021