The IBA Legal Policy and Research Unit (LPRU)
The LPRU undertakes research and develops and implements innovative strategies and initiatives that are relevant to current contemporary global issues.
The LPRU is comprised of four legal advisors and a projects coordinator. The lawyers have particular areas of expertise, including legal ethics and compliance, anti-corruption, business and human rights, judicial integrity, women in business law, social media, digital identity, cybersecurity and technological innovation, such as the use of blockchain in the legal profession. This expertise continues to be developed through project based work, research, governance, publications and policy development. The LPRU engages with IBA members, legal professionals, international organisations, bar associations and governments to develop and consolidate the global network through which it can conduct its work to ensure the most efficient outcome. The LPRU utilises this network to develop an understanding of issues that are relevant to the legal profession across the globe. This allows the LPRU to have a significant impact of a range of relevant initiatives and strategies.
Rocio Paniagua, Senior Legal Manager
Rocío completed her law degree at the Autonomous University of Madrid and undertook additional law studies at the Roma Tre University in Italy and the Complutense University of Madrid, where she earned a Masters in International Cooperation for Development. A member of the Madrid Bar Association, she has previously worked as a Legal Officer in the International Department of the Spanish National Bar Association and in two major re-insurers in London and Dublin. Rocío is responsible for the planning, promotion, development, management and execution of IBA legal projects in the area of corporate and professional integrity, including anti-corruption, professional ethics, and business and human rights.
Anurag Bana, Senior Legal Advisor
Anurag Bana is a Senior Legal Advisor with the Legal Policy & Research Unit, with over fifteen years of experience in developing and implementing legal policies and best practices across international jurisdictions. He is an Indian qualified lawyer with a postgraduate BCL from the University of Oxford. Anurag has previously undertaken a Supreme Court of India judicial clerkship with Justice N Santosh Hegde.
In his capacity within the LPRU, Anurag currently leads several technology related projects including disruptive technological innovation, examining the impact of blockchain on the legal profession. Anurag is an expert contributor for the Blockchain Whitepaper Project of the UN Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business. Since 2017, Anurag has been a member of the IBA Presidential Task Force on Cyber Security and of the IBA Legal Practice Division’s Task Force on Government Access to IT Systems. He is involved in projects developing guidelines and principles in both regards. Anurag also represents the IBA at the UK Attorney General’s International Pro Bono Coordinating Committee meetings. In 2013, Anurag was appointed as the Chair of the IBA Social Media Working Group that developed the international social media principles for the legal profession adopted by the IBA in 2014.
Anurag regularly contributes to, presents at and participates in key fora. He has contributed as a legal researcher at the UNCITRAL Secretariat, UN Office in Vienna, towards drafting the Model Law on Public Procurement. Anurag has published and presented several specialist papers on technology law related issues covering cyber security, data protection, digital identity, digital assets and social media laws. He has also published prolifically on international attorney-client privilege and confidentiality.
Previously, Anurag has worked as a legal practitioner in New Delhi in consumer and contract law matters. He has also worked with the Patents and Trademarks Department of Skoda Auto (Volkswagen Group) in Czech Republic, providing legal advice on IPR matters for a product launch in India. He is a member of the informal expert group of the UNCITRAL Working Group IV (E-Commerce); a founding member of the Chinese European Legal Association (CELA); a member of the India Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law; and a life member of the Oxford Union Society.
Kieran Pender, Legal Advisor
Kieran is a graduate of The Australian National University (ANU), where he was awarded the University Medal. Kieran was formerly a research associate with Bradley Allen Love Lawyers, and a sessional academic at the ANU. His interests include whistleblowing, anti-corruption, employment law and media law. Kieran has previously been a fellow with the World Bank Group's Integrity Vice Presidency, a Santander Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley and a researcher with an Australian senator. He is also a freelance journalist, having reported from four continents for publications including The Guardian, Al Jazeera and Monocle.
Emily Boig, Projects Coordinator
Emily is a Human Geography Graduate from the University of Leeds. Formerly, Emily was a Customer Insight Analyst within the Marketing and Insight Department at ASDA and a Transport Planner for Gist Distribution Ltd, which manages the supply chain for Marks and Spencer.