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Wednesday 27 October (1100 - 1145)

Wednesday 27 October (1200 - 1315)

Rule of Law Forum (Lead)
Bar Issues Commission
Diversity and Equality Law Committee
IBA Diversity & Inclusion Council
IBA Legal Policy & Research Unit
Judges' Forum
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Law Committee
Women Lawyers' Interest Group

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Equality before the Law – bar perspectives on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

As most of us return to some sort of business as usual post Covid-19, it is important to reflect on, and continue to think about the effects of the pandemic on equality, diversity and inclusion. This showcase session, presented by the Rule of Law Forum, will provide an opportunity to hear about both the positive and negative impacts of Covid-19 on EDI, from the perspectives of five bar leaders from around the world. Whether you are a bar leader yourself or a lawyer working in-house or in a law firm, this session will offer new insights into this important topic and how different jurisdictions have been affected.

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Wednesday 27 October (1315 - 1400)

Bar Issues Commission (Lead)
Diversity and Equality Law Committee (Lead)
IBA Diversity & Inclusion Council (Lead)
IBA Legal Policy & Research Unit (Lead)
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Law Committee (Lead)
Rule of Law Forum (Lead)
Women Lawyers' Interest Group (Lead)

Wednesday 27 October (1400 - 1500)

Presidential Task Force on Covid (Lead)
Antitrust Section
Communications Law Committee
Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee
European Regional Forum
Healthcare and Life Sciences Law Committee
Immigration and Nationality Law Committee
Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee
International Commerce and Distribution Committee
Legal Practice Division
Technology Law Committee

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With global deaths exceeding 5,000,000 and untold social and economic devastation, Covid-19 has been the greatest global catastrophe since the Second World War. Given the magnitude of the disaster that has befallen us, pandemics must be treated as the major national security challenges that they are.

Covid-19 has exposed numerous tragic failures in key legal policy areas and certainly has exposed the limits of current multilateralism and pertinent legal regimes.

The IBA is ideally situated to lead and inspire a constructive and vital assessment of Covid-19's impact in key legal policy areas and propose approaches to potential reforms which will be reported and discussed during this session.

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Wednesday 27 October (1500 - 1545)

Antitrust Section (Lead)
Communications Law Committee (Lead)
Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee (Lead)
European Regional Forum (Lead)
Healthcare and Life Sciences Law Committee (Lead)
Immigration and Nationality Law Committee (Lead)
Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee (Lead)
International Commerce and Distribution Committee (Lead)
Legal Practice Division (Lead)
Presidential Task Force on Covid (Lead)
Technology Law Committee (Lead)

Wednesday 27 October (1600 - 1730)

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The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) has been described as one of Africa's most exciting developments in the recent past. Touted as the Continent's socio-economic game changer, it indeed has the potential to transform intra-African trade and enhance the growth of African economies. With a combined market of more than 1.2 billion people and a combined GDP of US$2.5 trillion, the AfCFTA is a significant milestone following the '6-stage' integration timetable set out in the 1991 Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community (Abuja Treaty). This session will examine the role of the legal profession in making the Agreement work. It will examine the benefits that have been derived from other regional free trade agreements as well as the challenges to their effectiveness.

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Wednesday 27 October (1730 - 1815)

African Regional Forum (Lead)

Wednesday 27 October (1800 - 1930)

IBA's Human Rights Institute (Lead)
Judges' Forum
Rule of Law Forum

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Events in Hong Kong, Belarus, Russia, Myanmar and elsewhere in our world beg the question: are we seeing a serious erosion of the commitments to international law and its institutions and a retreat from the commitments made in the aftermath of the Second World War? We hope lawyers from all parts of the profession will join us.

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Thursday 28 October (0900 - 1100)

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The session time listed is British Summer Time (BST). This session will not be recorded.
The 75 minute session will be followed by 45 minutes of networking on the same platform. 
Each year hundreds of thousands of pilgrims (from many faith traditions and from none) set off from popular starting points across Europe to travel along the Camino Way on foot or by bicycle to Santiago de Compestela and Cape Finisterre in Northern Spain (otherwise known as the end of the world in Roman times). The Camino Way is not one but a network of routes many of which were established in the early Middle Ages all heading in the same direction. 

Over the last 50 years in particular travelling the Camino Way has become synonymous with a temporary spiritual retreat from modern life providing an opportunity to search for meaning and purpose in our lives.

As we slowly emerge from the collective and individual traumas of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Officers of the IBA European Regional Forum invite you to join them as we take a spiritual and virtual walk together “along the Camino Way”.

Our walk will begin with our Keynote Speaker, Julian Daizan Skinner, a Zen Buddhist Master in the Rinzai tradition, who will explore some of the meanings of walking “along the Camino Way” and who will look at the human requirement to seek meaning and purpose in life.

The keynote speech will be followed by two breakout sessions in which we will collectively explore some of the key themes of walking the “Camino Way”. In particular we will look at the importance of building community, sharing and connection both in our private and professional lives and with those who are near and those who are far away.

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Thursday 28 October (1200 - 1300)

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Fawzia Koofi is a former member of a peace negotiation team representing the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Ms Koofi is currently the leader of a newly established political party called Movement for Change in Afghanistan, and was nominated for the Nobel peace prize in 2020 for her efforts towards peace.

She has made her leadership journey in a country of internal conflicts. After completing her baccalaureate degree, she entered a competitive medical school but soon after, in September 1995, the Taliban took over. They barred women from access to all education, and so, finding the doors of a university education closed to her, Ms Koofi focused her energies on women’s rights organisations and worked closely with vulnerable groups, such as internally displaced people and marginalised women and children.

After the fall of the Taliban Ms Koofi continued her work and eventually received her bachelor's degree from the Kabul University’s Law and Political Sciences faculty, and her Masters on International Relations from the Geneva School of Diplomacy. Ms Koofi’s political family background and commitment to public service motivated her to grasp opportunities, paving the way for many women. She decided to run for a seat in parliament in the Badakhshan province and was elected in September 2005.

Ms Koofi was subsequently elected as the first woman Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament in the history of Afghanistan. Some of the key women’s initiatives that she has championed include the improvement of women’s living conditions in Afghan prisons; women’s education; and the issue of violence against children – with the latter taking the form of a commission chaired by Afghanistan’s first Vice President. She has tabled many progressive laws protecting women and children, such as those on violence against women, and the harassment of women and children. She has also contributed to laws that ensure the protection of human rights for Afghan citizens.

In 2016 she was elected as President of Inter-Parliamentary Union’s (IPU) Human Rights Committee, an organisation that works to promote democracy and peace around the world.

She has been hailed as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Fearless Mind of 2013 by the Times Magazine, among others.

Ms Koofi has authored both the memoir Letters to my Daughters and her autobiography, The Favoured Daughter.

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Thursday 28 October (1315 - 1400)

Section on Public and Professional Interest (Lead)
Human Rights Law Committee
Pro Bono Committee
Women Lawyers' Interest Group
Young Lawyers' Committee

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The session time listed is British Summer Time (BST).
Join us for the virtual awards ceremony, where the IBA Award for Outstanding Contribution by a Legal Practitioner to Human Rights, the IBA Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, in recognition of William Reece Smith Jr, the IBA Pro Bono Award and the IBA Outstanding International Woman Lawyer Award, in recognition of Anne-Marie Hutchinson, all supported by LexisNexis, will be presented.

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Thursday 28 October (1400 - 1445)

Human Rights Law Committee (Lead)
Pro Bono Committee (Lead)
Section on Public and Professional Interest (Lead)
Women Lawyers' Interest Group (Lead)
Young Lawyers' Committee (Lead)

Thursday 28 October (1400 - 1500)

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Representation of companies engaged in cross-border commerce means that the contemporary lawyer must be aware of legal issues from other jurisdictions. Lawyers may themselves engage in activities, virtually or in person, in other jurisdictions. Jurisdictions vary in their approaches to lawyers not licensed by them nonetheless acting for clients within their borders. Distinct differences exist regarding approaches to discovery, the boundaries of unauthorised practice of law, treatment of attorney client privilege, and requirements for mandatory continuing legal education, among others. Certain common law jurisdictions are decentralised as well in their approach to the regulation of lawyers as well as cross border practice, adding another layer of considerations. This session reviews some of the more common issues lawyers address in these circumstances and discusses how bar associations may assist.

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Thursday 28 October (1500 - 1545)

Bar Issues Commission (Lead)

Thursday 28 October (1600 - 1730)

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This session will draw on the expertise of two panels of managing partners from a broad size and geographic spread of firms to answer questions and discuss various topics on the forefront of all law firm leaders’ minds with regard to the future. We will have several polls.

Topics will include:

  • The future of the physical office and will people return to the office. (with a poll)
  • How do we meet the increasing expectations of our young lawyers?
  • How do we serve clients in the future?
  • How do we ensure we have a remuneration system that appropriately rewards effort and collaboration?
  • How do we best charge for our services? (with a poll)
  • Who would/should be a Managing Partner?

Please note that this is an interactive session taking place as a Zoom meeting.

The session will be followed by networking on the same platform.

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Thursday 28 October (1900 - 1945)

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Brad Karp has been the Chairman of Paul, Weiss since 2008. One of the country’s leading litigators and corporate advisers, Brad has successfully guided numerous Fortune 100 companies, global financial institutions and other companies and individuals through “bet the company” litigations, regulatory matters, internal investigations, and corporate crises. Prior to being named chairman, Brad chaired the firm’s Litigation Department. Brad has spent his entire career at Paul, Weiss, beginning as a summer associate.

Brad is described by Chambers as “the best strategic adviser in the business” and “someone who every CEO in America should have on speed dial,” by The New York Times as “the most connected lawyer in the country,” and by Best Lawyers as “the most talented, responsive, client-sensitive, creative, effective lawyer of his generation in the country, no question.”

Brad has been named multiple times as “Lawyer of the Year” and “Litigator of the Year.” Brad has earned dozens of industry awards and recognitions for his successful client representations and legal achievements and for his role as a leader in the legal profession, the business community and the public interest world. Brad is active in the community, serving on more than 30 public interest, educational, cultural and charitable boards and has received numerous recognitions for his pro bono accomplishments and charitable service.

Paul, Weiss is one of the world’s highest-ranked firms on The American Lawyer’s prestigious A-list.

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Friday 29 October (0900 - 1015)

IBA Diversity & Inclusion Council (Lead)
Forum for Barristers and Advocates
IBA Legal Policy & Research Unit
Judges' Forum
Law Firm Management Committee
Women Lawyers' Interest Group

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The session will explain the purpose of the IBA ‘50/50 by 2030’ Global Gender project, the root-causes of the lack of gender parity at the most senior levels of the legal profession and explore whether diversity initiatives are having any impact.

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Friday 29 October (1015 - 1045)

Forum for Barristers and Advocates (Lead)
IBA Diversity & Inclusion Council (Lead)
IBA Legal Policy & Research Unit (Lead)
Judges' Forum (Lead)
Law Firm Management Committee (Lead)
Women Lawyers' Interest Group (Lead)

Friday 29 October (1400 - 1515)

Presidential Task Force on Modern Slavery (Lead)
Anti-Corruption Committee
Business Crime Committee
Business Human Rights Committee
Corporate Counsel Forum
Criminal Law Section
Global Employment Institute (GEI)
Human Rights Law Committee
IBA Legal Policy & Research Unit
Immigration and Nationality Law Committee
Poverty and Social Development Committee
Pro Bono Committee

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According to the 2017 Global Estimates of Modern Slavery published by Alliance 8.7, 40.3 million people were estimated to be victim of modern slavery in 2016. The rise of Modern Slavery is one of the most shameful issues of our life and times. As the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery stated: “Covid-19 has exposed pre-existing systemic gaps in social protection and justice systems, including with regard to identification and prosecution of contemporary forms of slavery, despite commitments made by States to meet target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals”. Modern Slavery is a threat to the rule of law in the world and a profound human tragedy, yet few jurisdictions have directly addressed it.

During this session, we will present the work of the IBA Taskforce on Modern Slavery and we will consider whether Modern Slavery in the supply chain of a company already breaches or could easily breach laws in other parts of a legal system. This important issue has not been analysed in such a holistic way before. Join this important Presidential Showcase session to discuss how the IBA and the wider legal profession can align national legal systems against the global crime of Modern Slavery and begin to eradicate it. 

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Friday 29 October (1515 - 1600)

Anti-Corruption Committee (Lead)
Business Crime Committee (Lead)
Business Human Rights Committee (Lead)
Corporate Counsel Forum (Lead)
Criminal Law Committee (Lead)
Global Employment Institute (GEI) (Lead)
Human Rights Law Committee (Lead)
IBA Legal Policy & Research Unit (Lead)
Immigration and Nationality Law Committee (Lead)
Poverty and Social Development Committee (Lead)
Presidential Task Force on Modern Slavery (Lead)
Pro Bono Committee (Lead)