IBA Annual Conference Miami 2022

30 Oct - 4 Nov 2022

Rooms 203-205, Level 2

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SUSTAINABILITY FOCUS SPPI Showcase: connecting the business of law and the rule of law – the IBA and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Thursday 3 November (0930 - 1230)

Rooms 203-205, Level 2
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Section on Public and Professional Interest (Lead)


SustainabilityFocusRuleOfLawAt the 2021 IBA Global Showcase, Sanda Ojiambo, the CEO and Executive Director of the UN Global Compact sent a clear message to the international legal community: “We cannot deliver on the UN Sustainable Development Goals without peace, justice and strong institutions”. Although the legal profession has a role to play in the effective implementation of most, if not all, of the 17 UN SDGs, and their translation into ESG activity, UN SDG 16 covering "Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” lies at the heart of the IBA’s mission. The business of law is not possible without the Rule of Law, which in its turn requires peace, justice and strong institutions.

This showcase session, presented by the IBA Section on Public and Professional Interest, will focus on how UN SDG #16 provides a golden thread that runs through much of the IBA’s activity. The session will be interactive and innovative, aiming to:

  • pool the ideas relating to SDGs and ESGs discussed at other conference sessions held earlier in the week, and connect them to “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions”; and 
  • crowdsource the core content to ensure the IBA is actively collating key work on SDGs and ESG and sharing knowledge with members and others.

By drawing directly and immediately on the activities of IBA committees, sections and regional fora, we will build up a portrait of how the legal profession is contributing to UN SDG 16.

If you want to less talk and more action this is the session to be at! Contact us if you would like your IBA session or other committee activities to be part of this.

SUSTAINABILITY FOCUS sessions marked as such are part of the IBA Annual Conference 2022 sustainability focus on Tuesday and Thursday, grouping sessions discussing different aspects of ESG and sustainability across the different legal fields.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Alison Hook Hook Tangaza, London, England; SPPI Council Member

Keynote Speakers

Margaret Williams SDG 16+ Pathfinders Project Lead, NYU, New York, New York, USA


Zulon Begum CM Murray, London, England; Programme Co-Officer, Alternative and New Law Business Structures Committee
Hon Justice Mark Livesey President Court of Appeal , Adelaide, South Australia, Australia; Communications Officer, Judges' Forum
Sebastian Ramos Ferrere, Montevideo, Uruguay; Co-Chair, Academic and Professional Development Committee
Dominika Stepinska-Duch TVN S.A., Warsaw, Poland; Co-Vice Chair , Women Lawyers' Committee
Mark Woods Law Council of Australia, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; Member, Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee Advisory Board