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Co-Chair
Christine
Blaise-Engel

Co-Chair
Christopher
Owen

European Regional Forum

Since 2004, the European Regional Forum has been developing and strengthening the existence of the IBA within Europe by promoting its goals to both members and non-members, disseminating professional know-how, and assisting committees and other constituencies of the IBA.

About the Forum

The European Regional Forum was established in 1989 to provide a focus originally on the work undertaken by the IBA in developing the practice under changing legal systems of lawyers in Eastern and Central Europe. The forum was also intended to act as a channel for IBA communication with the bar associations of these local lawyers.

Since 2004 the forum has been developing and strengthening the existence of the IBA within the whole of Europe by promoting the goals of the IBA to members, non-members and others, disseminating professional know-how, and assisting the committees and other constituencies of the IBA to increase their presence in the different neighbouring regions of Europe, including parts of North Africa and the Middle East.

The goals of the forum include addressing current and long-term needs of professional organisations and individual members within the geographical reach of the forum, as well as increasing membership and participation in the IBA and integrating them within the organisation. The forum will also facilitate cross-border activity between lawyers and bars in different European countries. The forum has a particular focus on cross-disciplinary activities.

The forum seeks to facilitate relevant networking and information/experience sharing opportunities and encompasses the social and collegial interests of both members and potential members with other regional fora, the Corporate Counsel Forum and the Young Lawyers Committee and all LPD committees in general. 

At present the forum has 7700 members and its numbers continue to increase as it becomes one of the most integrated and dynamic fora of the IBA.

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European Regional Forum Council

The European Regional Forum Council members are the national representatives of the Forum. Their primary tasks are to implement the Forum business plan in consultation and cooperation with the officers.

Council members are the eyes and ears of the Forum in their country.

In particular they:

1.     initiate activities in their country (such as road shows or local seminars) or cross-border together with Council members in neighbouring countries. The business plan and website show further details and examples, both of past and of future events;

2.     contribute to the Forum website and the Forum Newsletter by posting national developments that can be regarded relevant for the Forum members in a larger context;

3.     maintain contacts with their national bar association, in order to enhance the relationship between the national bar association and the IBA; in practical terms this means i.e.

*that some form of involvement or support of the national bar associations is sought when organising an event, like publications in the magazines and newsletters issued by the bar association;

*that interaction with the national bar associations takes place to promote the IBA. This may either be directly or with the assistance and presence of one of the officers and/or senior IBA officers;

4.     provide practical assistance locally, when Forum activities are organised in their country;

5.     come up with ideas and suggestions that will improve the functioning of the Forum, and thereby increase visibility of the IBA in their country;

6.     assist the officers in executing specific elements from the Business Plan. 

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Subcommittees and other groups

The European Regional Forum also coordinates the activities of the following subcommittees/working groups.

  • European Regional Forum Advisory Board