Diversity and Inclusion Council

Attracting the most able and committed lawyers from all backgrounds across the globe is essential for the IBA to maintain and strengthen its status as the world’s leading organisation of legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies.

In recognition of this, the IBA is committed to promoting diversity, equality, respect and inclusion consistent with not only the wealth of studies that demonstrate the advantages of diversity within organisations, but also the fulfilment of human rights and the principles of justice, integrity, equity and the pursuit of excellence upon which  the profession is founded.

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Why diversity matters to the IBA

Dignity equally attached to all persons is the cornerstone upon which the rule of law is built. The IBA’s commitment to the independence of the legal profession in the pursuit of the rule of law is directed ultimately to the constant support of dignity equally shared by all.

The IBA will strive to promote diversity, equality and inclusion within IBA operations, across its membership and more broadly within the legal profession. The intention is to preserve and bolster its position as the world’s preeminent organisation of lawyers, to create a fair and just organisation, and to establish a culture of inclusion and support for the benefit of all members and their clients.

The IBA wants to eliminate discrimination and bias – including discrimination on the grounds of gender, age, culture, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, socioeconomic standing, gender identity or sexual orientation – and to support and promote the full and equal participation of all persons within the IBA and its membership.