Co-Chair
Stephen Macliver

Co-Chair
Joanna Weller

Rule of Law Forum

The Rule of Law Forum was formed in early 2007, following the very successful Rule of Law Symposium in Chicago, 2006, organised jointly by the IBA and the American Bar Association. It is an entity within the IBA's Section on Public and Professional Interest.

About the Forum

The Forum's purpose is to encourage and assist the membership of the IBA, both member organisations and individual members, to respond on a continuous basis to the call of the IBA Council, at the end of its Resolution passed in Prague in September 2005, 'to speak out in support of the Rule of Law within their respective communities'.

The full text of that Resolution can be found in the introduction to the commentary thereon prepared by the Forum. This was adopted by the IBA Council at its meeting during the Annual Conference in Madrid. Related documents can be found below.

Introduction

The Rule of Law Forum was formed in early 2007, following the very successful Rule of Law Symposium in Chicago, organised jointly by the International Bar Association and the American Bar Association, immediately before the Annual Conference in September 2006. Formerly called the Rule of Law Action Group, it is an entity within the Section on Public and Professional Interest (SPPI).

Purpose

The Forum's purpose is to encourage and assist the membership of the Association, both member organisations and individual members, to respond on a continuous basis to the call of the Council, at the end of its Resolution passed in Prague in September 2005, 'to speak out in support of the Rule of Law within their respective communities'. The full text of that Resolution can be found in the introduction to the commentary thereon prepared by the Forum (see 'Documents').

Officers and membership

The activities of the Forum are the responsibility of its Co-Chairs, each of whom serves for a term of two years and is appointed by the Chair of PPID.

The Forum also has a number of Vice-Chairs, who are also appointed by the Chair of PPID. Their responsibility is to respond, if they can, to requests for assistance from the Co-Chairs. See full officer details

Because the Forum works across the Association as a whole, it does not have members like other committees of LPD and PPID. However, the Co-Chairs maintain a circulation list of those who have expressed interest in its activities in order to keep them regularly informed about those activities. Anyone who wishes to be included in this circulation list should contact the IBA.

Furthermore, all committees and other entities of LPD and PPID have been invited to appoint a 'Liaison member' to the Forum. The responsibility of each liaison member is (i) to keep the Co-Chairs of the Forum and the officers of his/her appointing committee fully informed about the activities and planned activities of each relevant to the other, and (ii) to ensure that the Rule of Law is in the forefront of the considerations of the officers of his/her appointing committee whenever the activities of that committee are being planned.

Activities

The Forum's principal activity has been to organise a Rule of Law Symposium in conjunction with the Annual Conference. Very successful symposia have been organised since the IBA Annual Conference in Chicago in 2006.

The Forum also organised an equally successful Symposium in Moscow in June 2007 in conjunction with the Moscow City Chamber of Advocates, the Federal Chamber of Lawyers of the Russian Federation and the International Union (Commonwealth) of Advocates. The speeches delivered at this Symposium have been published in a booklet entitled 'The World Rule of Law Movement and Russian Legal Reform'.

The Forum stands willing to assist any committee or other entity of LPD or PPID in preparing and/or presenting a session about or related to the Rule of Law in any conference, seminar or other event being organised by that committee. It has so far cooperated with the Bar Issues Commission in presenting sessions at the annual Bar Leaders Conference and with the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee at its specialised seminar.

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Podcast: Poverty and the rule of law

Carmen Pombo, IBA Poverty and Social Development Committee Advisory Board Member and Co-Chair of the Rule of Law Forum, talks to Ian McDougall, Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the LexisNexis, Legal & Professional division of RELX Group, about the relationship between poverty and the rule of law.

Released on Nov 11, 2019

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Preserving a Free Society series

Subcommittees and other groups

The Rule of Law Forum also coordinates the activities of the following subcommittees/working groups.

  • Rule of Law Forum Advisory Board