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Korea: Women lawyers lag behind male counterparts in senior roles in the profession

The IBA Legal Policy & Research Unit has released the Republic of Korea Results Report hat looks into gender disparity at senior levels of the legal profession in Korea.

Released on Apr 14, 2024

IBA wins at UK’s Women & Diversity in Law Awards

The IBA has won the Women & Diversity in Law Awards’ Gender Equality Initiative of the Year Award for its 50:50 by 2030

Released on Apr 10, 2024

IBAHRI at the 55th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council: takeaways

With the conclusion of the 55th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, held from 26 February – 5 April 2024, the IBAHRI reflects on the key discussions and outcomes of the session, the side events held and the resolutions passed.

Released on Apr 9, 2024

Hong Kong: the IBAHRI is profoundly concerned about the Safeguarding National Security Law and the implications for the legal profession

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has expressed profound concern about the Hong Kong Safeguarding National Security Law (SNS Law) that came into force on 23 March 2024

Released on Mar 25, 2024

New Publication: The Gender Apartheid Inquiry Report into the situation of women and girls in Afghanistan and Iran

The Gender Apartheid Inquiry (the Inquiry), convened by the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), has published a new report titled SHATTERING WOMEN’S RIGHTS, SHATTERING LIVES: Parliamentary Ad-Hoc Inquiry Into The Situation Of Women And Girls In Afghanistan And Iran. The report was launched in the United Kingdom Parliament on 4 March 2024.

Released on Mar 22, 2024

Afghanistan: IBAHRI condemns public executions

The IBAHRI without reservation condemns the public executions by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Released on Mar 20, 2024

IBAHRI Director Baroness Helena Kennedy KC appointed to The Order of the Thistle by King Charles III

The Director of the IBAHRI, Baroness Helena Kennedy of the Shaws, KC, has been appointed Lady of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle by King Charles III.

Released on Mar 18, 2024

New Climate Registry to be launched by IBA LPRU

Released on Mar 14, 2024

The IBA Professional Wellbeing Commission launches International Guidelines for Wellbeing in Legal Education

The IBA Professional Wellbeing Commission has announced the launch of its International Guidelines for Wellbeing in Legal Education - a comprehensive resource designed to promote wellbeing in the lawyers of the future.

Released on Mar 13, 2024

IBA President launches Ten Directives to Break the Glass Ceiling

The IBA President, Almudena Arpón de Mendívil Aldama, has introduced the Ten Directives to Break the Glass Ceiling to mark International Women’s Day 2024.

Released on Mar 8, 2024

Marking the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

On the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the IBA and the IBAHRI pay tribute to Ukraine’s display of commitment to law and justice.

Released on Mar 1, 2024

Zimbabwe: IBAHRI and L4L call for greater protections for human rights lawyers

The IBAHRI and Lawyers for Lawyers (L4L) have welcomed the decision of the Zimbabwean authorities to drop charges brought against two human rights lawyers, Douglas Coltart and Tapiwa Muchineripi.

Released on Feb 26, 2024

IBAHRI concerned about the arbitrary arrest and detention of Palestinian human rights lawyer Diala Ayesh

IBAHRI expresses concerns about the arrest of Palestinian lawyer Diala Ayesh, known for her advocacy in the legal and human rights domain, emphasizing fair trial guarantees and freedom of expression.

Released on Feb 23, 2024

IBAHRI reiterates its call to halt possible extradition of Julian Assange and uphold media freedoms

IBAHRI urges dropping charges against Assange, defending freedom of expression, information, and media in democratic societies.

Released on Feb 22, 2024

IBAHRI sends open letter to Belarusian authorities to end incommunicado detention of lawyer Maksim Znak

The IBAHRI has expressed concern over the incommunicado detention of lawyer Maksim Znak and called for its termination in an open letter to Belarusian authorities.

Released on Feb 21, 2024

IBAHRI joins global condemnation of Russia’s authorities as death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny announced

The IBAHRI condemns the role Russia’s authorities may have had in the death of Russian opposition figure, Alexei Navalny – former lawyer and the most prominent critic of the regime – in prison while serving a thirty year sentence.

Released on Feb 17, 2024

The IBAHRI commends Pakistan’s landmark ruling in marital rape case

The IBAHRI commends Pakistan for legal reform which enhances the rights of women within marriage and criminalises sexual violations without consent.

Released on Feb 15, 2024

Turkey: IBAHRI and TALI release report documenting mass imprisonment of lawyers

The IBAHRI and The Arrested Lawyers Initiative have released a detailed report highlighting the declining independence of the legal profession and bar associations in Turkey.

Released on Feb 13, 2024

Afghanistan and Iran put under the microscope in new Gender Apartheid Inquiry

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has convened the Gender Apartheid Inquiry – a new British Parliamentary ad-hoc inquiry into whether the systematic oppression of women and girls in Afghanistan and Iran constitutes gender apartheid.

Released on Jan 31, 2024

USA: IBAHRI calls on Alabama to halt untested execution by nitrogen hypoxia

The IBAHRI has called for the planned execution of Kenneth Eugene Smith to be stopped. It is scheduled for Thursday 25 January 2024 in Alabama, United States.

Released on Jan 24, 2024

IBAHRI and partners condemn the harassment of human rights lawyer Aleksey Ladin

On 24 January 2024, the International Day of the Endangered Lawyer, human rights defender and lawyer Aleksey Ladin will face a disciplinary hearing by the Council of the Tyumen Regional Bar Association.

Released on Jan 22, 2024

In memoriam - Stephen Denyer (1955 - 2024)

The IBA mourns the loss of Stephen Denyer who sadly passed away on 14 January 2024.

Released on Jan 19, 2024

On International Day of the Endangered Lawyer, IBAHRI and partners to host event

Wednesday 24 January marks the International Day of the Endangered Lawyer. The purpose of the Day is to call attention to threatened human rights lawyers in a single designated country. For 2024 the focus is on Iran.

Released on Jan 18, 2024

IBA calls on law professionals to participate in brief anti-corruption survey

To help the IBA protect the rule of law, the Legal Policy & Research Unit is asking all law professionals to complete a brief survey.

Released on Jan 18, 2024

Israel: IBAHRI welcomes Supreme Court decision

The IBAHRI supports the decision of the Israeli Supreme Court to denounce the plans of the Israeli government to overthrow the judiciary with legislation introduced last year.

Released on Jan 11, 2024

IBAHRI condemns the conviction of Bangladeshi Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus

The IBAHRI denounces the conviction of Muhammad Yunus, who has been sentenced to six months in prison for labour law violations ¬– a crime that he did not commit.

Released on Jan 10, 2024

Nepal: IBA, in collaboration with DLA Piper’s New Perimeter, releases a case study on women lawyers and training initiatives

A new report on a training programme for women in Nepal’s legal profession has been released by the IBA and New Perimeter – the nonprofit affiliate of law firm DLA Piper, an IBA Group member, focused on global pro bono.

Released on Jan 4, 2024

The Human Rights Institute of the IBA condemns the indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks on Gaza and reiterates the call for an immediate ceasefire

After closely monitoring the war unfolding in Gaza, in November 2023 the IBAHRI issued a statement calling for an immediate ceasefire.

Released on Dec 22, 2023

IBA redoubles call for increased State cooperation for the International Criminal Court as Rome Statute commemorated

As December 2023 marks the end of the Rome Statute’s 25th anniversary, amid much global turbulence, the International Bar Association intensifies its call for greater support by states for the International Criminal Court, founded in 1998 following the adoption of the Statute by 120 countries.

Released on Dec 22, 2023

Chile: IBA releases latest report in series on gender equality in the law

The latest research on gender inequality in the global legal profession to be released by the IBA Legal Policy & Research Unit centres on Chile.

Released on Dec 20, 2023