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Thursday 23 May (0830 - 1730)

Thursday 23 May (0900 - 1030)

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As part of the IBA presidential task force on artificial intelligence, the Bar Issues Commission is tasked with reviewing the impact on regulatory and ethical rules regarding lawyers. Several jurisdictions have already issued guidelines and best practice commentaries relating to the professional conduct of lawyers. The panel will provide a cross section of comparative responses by bars and regulatory authorities to artificial intelligence, and feature speakers from across the spectrum of IBA entities involved with the task force. The session will be interactive so that attendees may also provide input on their bar activities.

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Bar Issues Commission (Lead)

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Thursday 23 May (1030 - 1130)

Thursday 23 May (1100 - 1230)

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Topics will include:

  1. Update on recent global developments concerning international trade in legal services 
  2. Legal ethics and the IBA’s Anti-Corruption Project: BIC perspectives 
  3. Wellbeing in the legal profession: the role of bars and law societies in tackling the crisis 
  4. How to improve bar and law society engagement with the work of the IBA 
  5. What should bars and law societies be doing about the Climate Crisis?
  6. Who speaks for the bar? Presidents, executive leadership, or its members? 

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Bar Issues Commission (Lead)

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Thursday 23 May (1230 - 1400)

Thursday 23 May (1400 - 1530)

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It is a bedrock democratic principle that the legal profession must be independent of the state. But what about the manner in which the legal profession and legal services are regulated? What exactly does it mean to be independent from the state and where does accountability lie? In places where “self-regulation” has been unchallenged for years, governments have taken a closer look and asked whether the governance models for the legal services sector ought to change. Policy drivers have included the need to address fair competition, effective and independent complaints handling and increased access to justice– all with a view to fostering public confidence in the system of regulation of the legal services sector. And so, the need for good governance and independence need to be balanced. Can they be, and if so, how? 
 
In this interactive session, we will hear from bar leaders in jurisdictions whose systems of governance have been or are in the process of being reviewed by the state and learn how they are dealing with change or the prospect of change. Bar leaders everywhere should take note as real or perceived threats to independence may also present opportunities to improve how bars and law societies do their work.
 

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Bar Issues Commission (Lead)

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Thursday 23 May (1530 - 1600)

Thursday 23 May (1600 - 1730)

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Topics will include:

  1. Update on recent global developments concerning international trade in legal services 
  2. Legal ethics and the IBA’s Anti-Corruption Project: BIC perspectives 
  3. Wellbeing in the legal profession: the role of bars and law societies in tackling the crisis 
  4. How to improve bar and law society engagement with the work of the IBA 
  5. What should bars and law societies be doing about the Climate Crisis?
  6. Who speaks for the bar? Presidents, executive leadership, or its members? 

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Bar Issues Commission (Lead)

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Thursday 23 May (1730 - 1745)

Thursday 23 May (1930 - 2200)

Bar Issues Commission (Lead)