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Monday 25 October (1430 - 1445)

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Monday 25 October (1500 - 1600)

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Dr. Sandie Okoro (she/her/hers) is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the World Bank Group, and Vice President for Compliance at the World Bank. She is also the Chair of the World Bank Group Task Force on Racism.

A British national and the first black woman to hold this role, Sandie is the principal advisor and spokesperson on all legal matters for the world’s leading development finance institution. She also heads the Compliance Vice Presidency that is responsible for developing and overseeing the World Bank data privacy framework based on the World Bank Group Policy on Personal Data Privacy. The two Vice Presidencies are separate and distinct. In her role as the Chair for the World Bank Group Task Force on Racism, Sandie is bringing the topics of race and racial equity at the forefront of Bank Group staff and operational matters, convening discussions and proposing action steps to help ensure racism and racial inequalities have no place in the institution, its operations, and the countries it serves.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Sandie was General Counsel for HSBC Global Asset Management, Deputy General Counsel of HSBC Retail Banking and Wealth Management, and Global General Counsel at Barings.

Sandie is an ardent defender and champion for women empowerment, gender equality, and justice for all. Outside of work, Sandie is a Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and prior to joining the World Bank Group, she was a council member of the human rights organization JUSTICE, Ambassador for the Law Society’s Diversity Access Scheme and sat on the Equality Standards Panel of the Premier League.

You can follow Sandie Okoro on Twitter @SandieOkoro.

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Monday 25 October (1600 - 1700)

Legal Practice Division (Lead)
IBA Legal Policy & Research Unit

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This LPD Showcase session will provide profound insight on the work of the Presidential Task Force of the IBA on Cyber Risks, where global experts (legal and non-legal) are working together to present a new, global cyber strategy combining industry (and government) action that addresses the following:

  • National level government regulation that goes beyond data privacy rights to require companies to implement flexible, risk-based cybersecurity standards through a governance approach rather than prescriptive requirements;
  • International level cooperation that extends these standards among multinational organizations and like-minded, rule-of-law based countries, recognizing that cybersecurity threats are almost always cross-border in nature;
  • Company level standards that reflect best practices for a holistic, cross-functional cybersecurity program and a new mindset for senior management and board leadership of strong governance and accountability throughout the organization; and
  • Civil level awareness and training regarding liability standards for senior management and boards of directors in protecting against cyber risks.

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Monday 25 October (1700 - 1745)

IBA Legal Policy & Research Unit (Lead)
Legal Practice Division (Lead)

Monday 25 October (1800 - 1900)

Latin American Regional Forum (Lead)

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Much has been said that Fintech's threaten the business of traditional banking, but increasingly they seem to be complementary businesses. While they certainly compete, they also collaborate. Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS) is increasingly becoming an important complement to traditional banking which has slowly given certain access to Fintech which in turn have helped improve financial services offered by traditional banks. What are the most relevant regulatory trends in the region to, on the one hand, encourage this collaboration or disruption and on the other preserve the strength of the traditional financial system? How should BaaS evolve and with it, how will the regulation evolve?

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Monday 25 October (1900 - 1945)

Latin American Regional Forum (Lead)

Tuesday 26 October (0800 - 0900)

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Both Covid-19 and the transition of work in response to climate change has changed the manner in which business is undertaken in the economies of the Asia Pacific region. While the Covid-19 crisis was in some ways a reset button, forcing businesses to re-think their strategies, consumer mindsets and priorities have also changed, and we see greater adoption of digital and green solutions. This session will discuss how digital acceleration, heightened ESG commitments, remote working and other trends are transforming the way we do business in the region.

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Tuesday 26 October (0900 - 0945)

Asia Pacific Regional Forum (Lead)

Tuesday 26 October (1000 - 1100)

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Christopher Francis Patten was born in 1944, educated in London and at Balliol College, Oxford where he read modern history. After a scholarship in America, he worked in the Cabinet Office and the Conservative Research Department where he became the Director under Margaret Thatcher.

He became MP for Bath in 1979 and held several Ministerial posts, becoming Secretary of State for the Environment in 1989 and Chairman of the Conservative Party in 1990.

Lord Patten was Governor of Hong Kong from 1992 to 1997, overseeing the return of The Territory to China. He was Chairman of the Independent Commission on Policing for Northern Ireland set up under the Good Friday Peace Agreement from 1998 to 1999.

Lord Patten was appointed European Commissioner for External Relations in 1999 and held this post until November 2004. He was appointed a Companion of Honour in 1998 and became a member of the House of Lords in 2005. He became a Commandeur of the Legion d’Honneur in 2016.

Lord Patten was Chairman of the BBC Trust, the strategic authority for the broadcaster, from 2011 to 2014.

He helped to co-ordinate the visit of Pope Benedict to the United Kingdom in 2010 and became Chairman of the Vatican Media Advisory Committee for Pope Francis in 2014.

He holds a number of Honorary Degrees, was Chancellor of Newcastle University from 1999 until 2008, and was elected Chancellor of the University of Oxford in 2003. He chaired the International Crisis Group from 2004 to 2011 and became Co-Chair of UK-India Round Table in 2006 until 2014.

Lord Patten has written a number of books – The Tory Case (1982), East and West (1998), Not Quite The Diplomat (2005), What Next?: Surviving the 21st Century (2008) and First Confession (2017).

Lord Patten married Lavender Thornton, a lawyer, in 1971. They have three daughters, Kate, Laura and Alice and eight grand-children.

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Tuesday 26 October (1000 - 1100)

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In this session, we will discuss:

•    Some key figures about the actual state of foreign investments in the MENA region
•    A comparative overview of major Arab investment laws in the region: developments, trends and practical examples
•    Comparing investment laws in the MENA region with Europe and the USA
•    Case studies in a selection of MENA jurisdictions: Egypt, Morocco, KSA, UAE
•    Utilisation of investment vehicles in jurisdictions that offer a treaty network protection – Netherlands, Luxembourg...
•    Are Arab Sovereign Funds still key stakeholders in foreign investments in the region?
•    The Interplay between Inter-Arab Investment Treaties and International Investment Agreements involving the MENA region
•    The Arab Investment Court: prospects and challenges.


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Tuesday 26 October (1100 - 1145)

Arab Regional Forum (Lead)

Tuesday 26 October (1200 - 1300)

Young Lawyers' Committee (Lead)
IBA Legal Policy & Research Unit

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This session will cover:

  • the recent survey undertaken by the Young Lawyers' Committee;
  • address how to ensure continuity of the firm by understanding younger lawyer needs; 
  • the new normal: challenges and opportunities. Turning adversity into an opportunity; and
  • the use of technology, artificial intelligence etc as key tools shaping the future of the legal profession.

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Tuesday 26 October (1300 - 1345)

Young Lawyers' Committee (Lead)

Tuesday 26 October (1400 - 1500)

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In 2015, the United Nations unanimously adopted The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which sets out "a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future."  At the core of this initiative are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which "recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests."

At the same time, the business world has been challenged to integrate value creation for society along with their own financial and shareholder objectives by balancing financial considerations with wider social, economic, environmental and governance factors, collectively described by the term "ESG".  There is increasing recognition that rule of law, respect for property rights and access to a skilled, healthy and stable pool of talent, for example, all affect the ability of businesses to operate.    

Lawyers, their firms and the profession as a whole have roles to play in the SDG/ESG arena, not only as advisors but as employers and businesses in their own right, and clients and communities expect the profession to respond with not only with advice, but increasingly with action. Firms are increasingly working with others to tackle systemic issues that present business and human risks – such as corruption and climate change – and co-creating codes of conduct and standards.  Also, clients, be it small, medium or large companies or public institutions, more and more choose suppliers and advisory services based on their alignment with, and contribution to, the SDGs and ESG.  Law firms, bars and law societies will need to answer to these new developments and make their contributions.

The IBA is developing a new project to stimulate and identify cross-divisional projects to support the 17 SDGs.   No part of the IBA membership is outside the scope of these goals or this project.  This initiative is an opportunity for the IBA to become a Global Partner to deliver the SDGs and at the same time to assist the legal profession to make a tangible contribution to ESG goals.  

The IBA Section on Public and Professional Interest will present a showcase session on the growing importance, and convergence, of the UN SDGs and the private sector concepts embodied in ESG, and the implications of both for the global legal profession.

This session will set out the background to the SDGs and ESG and provide details for practitioners to understand and react to the new demands, challenges and opportunities they present.  

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Tuesday 26 October (1500 - 1545)

Section on Public and Professional Interest (Lead)

Tuesday 26 October (1600 - 1700)

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This session is now cancelled as Jennifer Newstead has withdrawn her participation

Jennifer G. Newstead is Facebook’s Chief Legal Officer, overseeing all global legal and corporate governance matters on behalf of the company. Prior to joining Facebook in 2019, Jennifer served in senior roles in government, most recently as the Senate-confirmed Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State, advising on all issues of domestic and international law affecting the conduct of U.S foreign relations. Previously, she served as General Counsel of the White House Office of Management and Budget, and as a Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. In the private sector, Jennifer spent twelve years as a partner in a global law firm, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, advising technology, media, and financial services firms on litigation and regulatory matters. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1991 and from Yale Law School in 1994. Jennifer clerked for Justice Stephen Breyer of the United States Supreme Court and Judge Laurence Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She previously served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center.

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Tuesday 26 October (1800 - 1900)

Presidential Task Force on Mental Health and Wellbeing (Lead)
IBA Legal Policy & Research Unit

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In 2020 the IBA undertook the legal community’s first global survey of lawyer wellbeing, receiving responses from over 3000 lawyers and 100 legal institutions, including bar associations, law societies, and law firms. 
 
Now, one year on, the IBA’s Wellbeing Taskforce is launching its report of the results. After engagement with academics, law firm managers, bar leaders, and lawyers on the ‘front line’, one thing has become clear: the wellbeing crisis in law is a problem that has its root causes in the way law is practiced and justice administered globally, among all stakeholders in the legal profession.
 
This session will cover the various systemic issues affecting the wellbeing of lawyers around the world, including:

the unsustainable “arms race” in newly-qualified lawyers’ salaries, which is increasingly showing signs of no longer being enough to recruit or retain talent;   
the connected issue of the profession’s reluctance to sign up to basic working time directives, consider alternatives to the billable hour model, or push back against unrealistic case schedules set by the courts;

  • the near total absence of proper wellbeing training for those in managerial positions, or indeed any form of managerial training;
  • problems surrounding bullying and harassment in all branches of the profession;
  • increased pressure from clients and courts; and
  • the absence of any formal regulation on many of these issues. 
  • Yet speaking out about these problems is only half the battle; the profession as a whole must acknowledge the issue, and change the paradigm, so that meaningful and effective long-term solutions that address the causes can be implemented.

In recognition of this, the IBA’s Wellbeing Taskforce will also use this session to introduce a new set of IBA Wellbeing ‘Principles’: statements of universal application, designed to assist and guide all members of the legal profession as they look to engage with these and other issues raised by the crisis in lawyer wellbeing identified by the global survey. 
  
Please join us as we tackle these issues, and launch these principles, the first designed for the global legal profession.

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Tuesday 26 October (1900 - 1945)

IBA Legal Policy & Research Unit (Lead)
Presidential Task Force on Mental Health and Wellbeing (Lead)

Wednesday 27 October (0800 - 0900)

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The Moscow Bar Association has recently developed an Automated Information System. It is a unique electronic platform serving primarily, but not only for appointment of public defence cases to the members of the Moscow Bar. Implementing this system has put an end to a long-standing problem of bypassing the standard procedure by lawyers executing orders of investigative authorities.

By sharing and organising information online, courts, investigation authorities, the bar association and lawyers themselves can provide more quality for less time and ensure fairness in assigning public defence cases.

Being the only bar association in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) with such an experience, in this session we would like to share it and discuss sensitive disciplinary matters connected with implementing modern technologies in everyday life of lawyers, including the role of bar associations in making the case for change.

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Wednesday 27 October (1000 - 1100)

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Are you being recognised as a compelling leader and the go-to expert in your field? Do you get results from networking online and offline? Do you know how to connect to the right people? Do you nurture your relationships on a regular basis? Do you struggle with getting your relationships to help you to grow your business? Do you have trouble with standing out and building your personal brand? 

If any of these questions resonate with you, then you’re not alone. A number of lawyers struggle with how to build their personal brand to stand out, as well as to use relationships and networking in a way that is intentional and actually helps propel them forward, increase income, get more referrals or get better clients. We now see an interesting change in the business development of the legal market. This change is based on the broad, direct access many clients have nowadays to lawyers globally. 

This is a practical and interactive presentation by one of the global leading authorities for personal branding for professionals, attorney-at-law, bestselling author & business mentor Itzik Amiel. Itzik will show you how to cultivate a powerful professional reputation and network of connections (externally and internally) that enable you to persuade others and obtain buy-in more easily for your best ideas. You will learn how to 

  • communicate your brand effectively to others; 
  • establish and cultivate your reputation over time; 
  • increase your influence within and outside your organisation; and 
  • ensure others understand your true leadership abilities. 

There is no doubt that the lawyers who best adapt their strategies to these market conditions and execute the well-defined strategies will make the most progress in maturing the growth evolution for your future-proof legal firm or career in the coming years. 

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