Session details

IBA Annual Conference Sydney 2017

8 Oct - 13 Oct 2017

Room C4.6, Convention Centre, Level 4

Session information

Constitutions in flux: what is the bar association’s role?
Room C4.6, Convention Centre, Level 4


Bar Issues Commission (Lead)


Constitutional law was once a sleepy backwater, but popular movements, globalisation and increasing recognition of national and ethnic identity are finding expression in calls for constitutional change across the globe. As a result, constitutional law is now a very popular topic! Constitutional issues such as the independence of regions or national groupings from larger states, popular movements and referendums and revision of written constitutions to promote democratic values or undermine them, are the topics of debate the world over. This session brings together constitutionalists from around the world, bar leaders and lawyers who have made public law key to their practices, to discuss what bar associations can do to uphold the rule of law, maintain proper constitutional values and contribute to the promotion of freedom and security.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Michael Clancy OBE The Law Society of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland; Chair Constitution and Governance Committee
Claudio Visco Macchi di Cellere Gangemi, Rome, Italy; IBA Secretary-General


Professor Megan Davis UNSW Law, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Deborah Enix-Ross Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York, USA; BIC Vice Chair
Saroj Ghimire LL.M. Nepal Bar Association, Kathmandu, Nepal; Bar Executive Officer, Permanent Liaison Officers
Lorna Jack The Law Society of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland; IBA Council MemberLaw Society of Scotland
Professor Thandabantu Nhlapo University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
Isaac Okero Law Society of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya; President / Chairperson, Member Organisations