IBA Annual Conference Sydney 2017

8 Oct - 13 Oct 2017

Room C3.3, Convention Centre, Level 3

Session information

BIC Showcase: the balance between migration, international security, rule of law and terrorism - what bar associations can do to facilitate this conversation

Wednesday 11 October (1430 - 1730)

Room C3.3, Convention Centre, Level 3


Bar Issues Commission (Lead)


There are numerous experts who say that both the US presidential election and the UK Brexit referendum were decided on the question of migration. There are also important elections (France, Germany, etc) in which the same topic is in the focus. What role could and should bar associations play to help the members of society to distinguish between facts and myths? Could bar associations simply ignore the security concerns of the citizens based on the traditional defence of human rights? How could bar associations help to find the balance in the public dialogue? The panellists will discuss their own experiences and try, together with the audience, to find some advice for future public discussions.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Deborah Enix-Ross Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York, New York, USA; BIC Vice Chair, Bar Issues Commission
Péter Köves Lakatos Köves and Partners, Budapest, Hungary; BIC Chair


Hilarie Bass Bass Institute for Diversity and Inclusion, Miami, Florida, USA; IBA Council MemberAmerican Bar Association
Eytan Epstein Israel Bar Association, Tel Aviv, Israel; IBA Council Member, The Israel Bar Association
Robert Khan The Law Society of England and Wales, London, England
Fiona McLeod AO KC Victorian Bar, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; President / Chairperson, Member Organisations
Fernando Pelaez-Pier LexLatin, Miami, Florida, USA; Honorary Life Member of IBA Council and Association
Claudia Seibel BIC Officer