Become a bar association member

Different types of Law Society/Bar Association Membership of the IBA

Full organisational membership – Any national law society/ bar association shall be eligible to apply for full organisational membership of the IBA. Full member organisations may appoint up to two IBA Councillors to sit on the IBA Council and are entitled to vote at Council meetings. Full member organisations pay higher dues than sustaining organisational members.

Sustaining organisational membership – Any law society/bar association/organisation of members of the legal profession which is not a national organisation, or has been declined admission as a full member organisation, or is a regional organisation, shall be eligible to apply for sustaining organisation membership. Sustaining member organisations may appoint up to two IBA representatives to sit on the IBA Council but they are not entitled to vote unless an agreement has been reached with the full member organisation from that country.

If you are representing a law society/bar association/organisation of members of the legal profession and you wish to enquire about membership of the IBA please e-mail

BIC Membership

Member Organisations are part of the 'Bar Issues Commission' (BIC).  Each organisation that has paid its annual subscription to the Association can appoint up to three members of the BIC free of charge. We encourage Member Organisations to ensure there is continuity in those persons appointed and that those persons have relevant experience with the Member Organisation. These members are treated as IBA members and receive member benefits.

If you have not done so, please download, complete and return the annual membership form for 2019  in order to keep records up to date.  Your BIC Members will be: 

Bar Executive Officer
A senior executive or Officer within the bar association who will be the key liaison person who handles the majority of your IBA and BIC correspondence (eg, receiving and arranging payment of your fees; receipt and distribution of BIC e-newsletters, information on conferences, policy committee projects etc). This contact will also be invited to conferences and bar executive meetings. We appreciate that for smaller associations, it may not be a full time executive who takes on this role.

The president of your association is entitled to attend and vote at all IBA Council meetings and BIC events. We will also want to invite the president to the annual bar leaders conference and any other events which are relevant to the president of your association.

IBA Council Member
Your third BIC representative should be an officer or senior executive who can regularly attend and vote at Council meetings. At your request we will be able to mail the Council agenda directly to an address provided by this person, rather than to the main mailing address of the bar association.