Legal Policy & Research Unit

The IBA Legal Projects Director oversees the Legal Policy & Research Unit (LPRU) and the Bar Issues Commission project lawyers. The team undertakes research, and develops and implements innovative strategies, projects and initiatives that are relevant to business and the rule of law, the global legal profession and the broader global community.

Meet the team

Sara Carnegie

Anurag Bana
Senior Project Lawyer

George Artley
BIC Project Lawyer

Helen Ugwu
Project Coordinator

Beatriz Martinez
Project Lawyer

Daniel Collins
Project Coordinator/Paralegal

Business & Human Rights Lawyer
Starting September 2022

Flagship projects

Modern Slavery
Modern Slavery

The IBA has recently launched a multifaceted initiative on Modern Slavery, bringing together a working group of legal experts and international stakeholders.

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Mental Wellbeing in the Legal Profession
Mental Wellbeing

The Mental Wellbeing in the Legal Profession project brings together research, resources, and representatives from around the world.

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50:50 by 2030 Gender Project
50:50 by 2030 Gender Project

The IBA ‘50:50 by 2030’ nine-year project aims to uncover the root-causes of the lack of gender parity at the most senior levels of the legal profession.

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Climate Crisis
Climate Crisis

The increase in global temperatures and rising sea levels represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to humanity and life on the planet.

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Our areas of work

Digital Disruptive Innovation

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Bar related project work

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Anti-corruption and Commercial

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Future Trends and Focus

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Business and Ethics

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The LPRU have created and contributed to a number of legal reports, articles and guidance documents.

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Legal Internship Programme

Intern positions are available for undergraduate law students, postgraduate law students, and newly qualified lawyers.

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Project Proposal Processs

Could your project benefit from the support of the IBA Legal Policy & Research Unit?

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Public Events & External Engagement

Courts as Climate Activists

Recent LPRU intern Patrick Morrish has written an article on Climate conscious courts, and the differing approach of three major jurisdictions to the climate crisis and environmental law.

Modern Lawyer: Pioneers, Purpose and Profit - towards a more sustainable law firm business model

Sara Carnegie contributed to an article in Modern Lawyer on the question of law firm purpose - what it is, what it could be, why it matters and how law firms should approach it.

Podcast series: Sustainable Law in Action

The LPRU has released a new episode in its podcast series. In this episode Sara Carnegie talks to Ukrainian lawyer Nazar Chernyavsky about the role of a lawyer in wartime.

European Economic and Social Committee

George Artley spoke at the EESC event The rule of law: understanding it better to defend it better in Slovakia.

Collective Action Conference

Sara Carnegie spoke at this conference at the Basel Institute on Governance on the role of the legal profession in the fight against corruption.

Webinar: Addressing bullying, harassment and discrimination in the legal profession - a view from the regulatory perch

Efforts to address discrimination, harassment and bullying in the legal profession are necessary. But what does that mean from a professional regulatory context? What is the IBA doing to help the global legal profession grapple successfully with these pervasive problems? Watch the webinar here.

Legal Asia 2022: Re-Disrupting the New Norm

Anurag Bana spoke on Cyber Law: The Pursuit of Digital Sovereignty and its Legal Implications at Legal Asia's Kuala Lumpur conference. View his presentation here.

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