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Ethics and Anti-Corruption

The International Bar Association has announced that it has embarked on a project to examine the professional role of lawyers as ethical gatekeepers within wider society and to help clarify the ethical responsibilities and obligations of lawyers when providing legal services. The new project is designed to be a proactive effort, seeking ways to engage in meaningful dialogue with those criticising the profession, while also explaining the dangers behind any undermining of the core values of the legal profession.

The Gatekeepers Project, led by the IBA’s Legal Policy & Research Unit (LPRU), will commence with a consultative exercise across the IBA membership, to invite input from bar associations, law societies, law firms and individual practitioners.

IBA launches new anti-corruption in the legal profession survey

To raise awareness among legal professionals of the legal measures available to combat corruption, the IBA invites you to share your views on the risks and threats posed by corruption (including foreign bribery) to the legal profession in your jurisdiction.

This questionnaire is being undertaken as part of Phase 2 of the IBA Anti-Corruption Strategy for the Legal Profession, a project developed by the IBA’s Legal Policy & Research Unit (LPRU) and the IBA Anti-Corruption Committee, with input from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Responses to this questionnaire are considered confidential and therefore individual responses will not be released, shared or published. Questionnaire results will be reported in aggregate data sets.

Any questions and issues can be directed to the IBA Legal Projects Director, Sara Carnegie and Legal Manager, Dr George Artley.

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Released on Mar 05, 2024

IBA launches global anti-corruption survey

The IBA Anti-Corruption Committee and the IBA Legal Policy and Research Unit (LPRU), with input from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), have announced the launch of a new anti-corruption survey to gather data on the existence and effectiveness of anti-corruption and anti-money laundering legislation at a global level.

Released on Oct 17, 2023

IBA launches new project examining the role of lawyers as ethical gatekeepers

The International Bar Association (IBA) has announced that it has embarked on a project to examine the professional role of lawyers as ethical gatekeepers within wider society and to help clarify the ethical responsibilities and obligations of lawyers when providing legal services. The new project is designed to be a proactive effort, seeking ways to engage in meaningful dialogue with those criticising the profession, while also elucidating the dangers behind any undermining of its core values.

Released on Jun 02, 2022