17th Annual Bar Leaders' Conference

22 May - 23 May 2024 JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel, Bucharest, Romania

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A conference presented by the IBA Bar Issues Commission

Once again, this key event will bring together bar leaders from around the globe to discuss the latest developments and thorny issues affecting the legal profession today. This year's programme will include input from expert panellists and commentators, as well as encouraging interaction from delegates in several roundtable sessions.

Session topics will include:

  • 2024 is ‘the global year of elections’. What should Bars and law societies do during national elections? Heads down or speak up? How can you participate with impact on important issues without being seen as politically partisan?  
  • Generative AI could radically alter the practice of law. What are the issues that Bars and law societies should be addressing right now and how?  
  • Governance of Bars and law societies. What’s changing and what should Bar Leaders be doing about it?  
  • What leadership role can Bars and law societies play on climate change? 

As a bar leader you have a very challenging and pressurised role. You need all the help you can get. It is exceptionally valuable to share ideas, insights and experiences with those who are performing the same role in other jurisdictions. 

Important Dates


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Early bird deadline

Book by this date to receive early bird discounts.


Online registration deadline

Registration may still be possible after this date via the IBA office, but is subject to availability. Please contact confs@int-bar.org for further information.


Online amendment deadline

No further amendments can be made to your booking after this date. Please contact confs@int-bar.org for further information.


Cancellation deadline

Cancellations are subject to an admin charge as stated in the conference programme. After this date, no refunds can be made.

Online registrations received:

  Until 13 May

IBA member




After 13 May Registrations must be received in hard copy at the IBA office

Hard copy registration forms and fees received:

  After 24 April

IBA member




* By paying the non-member fee, we welcome you as a delegate member of the IBA for the year in which this conference is held, which entitles you to the following benefits:

  • Password access to certain parts of the IBA website.
  • Receipt of IBA E-news and access to online versions of IBA Global Insight.
  • Pay the member rate

** A reduced rate is offered to IBA Corporate Group Members. Please register online to obtain a 25 per cent discount on the IBA Member fee

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