International Bar Association
the global voice of the legal profession
The International Bar Association (IBA), established in 1947, is the world’s leading organisation of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. The IBA influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the legal profession throughout the world. It has a membership of over 30,000 individual lawyers and more than 195 bar associations and law societies spanning all continents. It has considerable expertise in providing assistance to the global legal community as well as being a source of distinguished legal commentators for international news outlets.
Grouped into two divisions – the Legal Practice Division and the Public and Professional Interest Division
the IBA covers all practice areas and professional interests, providing members with access to leading experts
and up-to-date information. Through the various committees of the divisions, the IBA enables an interchange of information and views among its members as to laws, practices and professional responsibilities relating to the practice of business law around the globe.
Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee overview The aims of the committee are to develop and exchange knowledge of employment and industrial relations law and practice. Members support each other through the provision of innovative ideas and practical assistance on day to day issues. In addition, through its journal and through presentations, the committee ensures the dissemination of up-to-date law and practice in this highly important business area
Discrimination Law Committee overview The committee is concerned with discrimination and gender equality issues which arise in the profession and under the general law. The committee members are made up of private practitioners, academics and in-house counsel who assist in the promotion of discrimination and gender equality issues. Many of these professionals are members of leading law firms or corporations and have often had professional and practical experience of discrimination and equal opportunity issues.
A significant part of the committee’s work is concerned with discrimination and promotional issues in the profession. For example, following work of the committee, the IBA at its 1998 conference in Vancouver adopted a formal resolution on non-discrimination in legal practice.
The committee produces a newsletter twice each year with at least one copy coinciding with that year’s conference. The newsletter chronicles developments in the discrimination field and publication is dependent upon contributions from members of the committee and other members of the IBA.
Asia Pacific Regional Forum overview In addition to offering an unrivalled opportunity to establish contact among lawyers within and outside the region, and with acknowledged experts on different areas of law, specialist Forum activities provide an unparalleled opportunity to keep abreast of legal business developments in the region. Members also benefit from excellent working relations with national bars, the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and LAWASIA.
Contact information: International Bar Association 10th Floor, 1 Stephen Street London W1T 1AT, United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0)20 7691 6868 Fax: +44 (0)20 7691 6544 www.ibanet.org