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Chile: La IBA publica el último informe sobre igualdad de género en el sector legal

La última investigación sobre la desigualdad de género en la profesión legal global, realizada por la Legal Policy & Research Unit (LPRU) de la International Bar Association (IBA), se centra en Chile.

Released on Dec 20, 2023

eyeWitness to Atrocities and partners highlight new evidence of reported coercive policies and practices in relation to health care in Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine

A new case study jointly published this week by eyeWitness to Atrocities, founded by the International Bar Association (IBA), and partners highlights reports of less visible attacks inflicted on civilian populations and health care professionals in Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine.

Released on Dec 20, 2023

Former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, joins eyeWitness to Atrocities’ Board of Trustees

eyeWitness to Atrocities (eyeWitness), founded by the International Bar Association (IBA), has announced that Fatou Bensouda, the immediate past Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, has joined its Board of Trustees. Ms Bensouda is recognised for her exceptional contributions to international justice.

Released on Dec 18, 2023

IBAHRI marks International Human Rights Day with joint statement urging China to respect rights of lawyers

As the world marks International Human Rights Day this week, The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, The 29 Principles, Hong Kong Watch, The Rights Practice, Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada, Lawyers for Lawyers, Free Tibet and Tibetan Community in Britain, urge the People’s Republic of China (‘China’) to take urgent action to ensure respect for human rights and observe the rule of law.

Released on Dec 14, 2023

eyeWitness to Atrocities appoints two renowned international law experts as Counsellors to the Board

eyeWitness to Atrocities has appointed distinguished international law experts, David J Scheffer and David Tolbert, as Counsellors to its Board of Trustees.

Released on Dec 13, 2023

IBAHRI commemorates 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and reaffirms commitment to upholding human dignity

As the world marks the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) stands firm in its dedication to championing human rights and fostering a global culture of dignity, equality and justice for all.

Released on Dec 11, 2023

IBA announces publication of updated guidance on business and human rights for lawyers

The IBA Business and Human Rights Committee and the Legal Policy & Research Unit have announced the release of the 2023 Updated IBA Guidance Note on Business and Human Rights: The role of lawyers in the changing landscape

Released on Dec 1, 2023

IBA and BIICL launch new report exploring the global implementation of non-punishment principle for human trafficking victims

The IBA Legal Policy & Research Unit, in collaboration with the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, has released a new report examining human trafficking and the application of the non-punishment principle.

Released on Nov 30, 2023

Pakistan: The IBA and IBAHRI express concern over the deportation of Afghan refugees

The IBA and the IBAHRI have expressed profound concern over the Government of Pakistan’s instruction for all Afghan refugees to leave the country by 1 November 2023

Released on Nov 29, 2023

IBA, IBAHRI and UBA announce international conference on justice and accountability for the war in Ukraine

The IBA, IBAHRI and the Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA) are proud to announce the International Conference on Justice and Accountability for the War in Ukraine, taking place on 27 and 28 November 2023 in Brussels, Belgium.

Released on Nov 27, 2023

The Netherlands: IBA releases latest report on gender disparity in the legal profession

A new report from the IBA, with a focus on the Netherlands, is the fifth in a series on gender disparity at senior levels across the global legal profession.

Released on Nov 22, 2023

IBA introduces Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit to assist law firms in their D&I endeavours

The IBA has launched its Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Toolkit – a set of free, comprehensive guidelines designed to help law firms embed the core principles of diversity and inclusion into their organisations.

Released on Nov 20, 2023

Closing soon, registration for the 2024 IBA ICC Moot Court Competition

The annual International Bar Association (IBA) International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot Court Competition is open for registrations for the 2024 edition, taking place from 31 May – 7 June 2024 in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Released on Nov 14, 2023

Law associations to hold half day event at COP28 on 8 December 2023

The event will take place on Friday 8 December 2023 from 1400–1800 and will focus on the role that legal professionals and organisations play in addressing the key international challenges posed by climate change.

Released on Nov 14, 2023

La International Bar Association (IBA) manifiesta su grave preocupación sobre la posible erosión del estado de derecho en España

El partido socialista español (PSOE) alcanzó un acuerdo con el partido catalán Junts (el “Acuerdo”) el pasado 9 de noviembre

Released on Nov 13, 2023

The IBA expresses serious concerns about a potential erosion of the rule of law in Spain

The Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) reached an agreement (the ‘Agreement’) with the Catalonian party, Junts, on 9 November. The Agreement includes provisions which, if enforced, would seriously erode the rule of law in Spain.

Released on Nov 13, 2023

IBA Annual Award winners announced at the 2023 Annual Conference in Paris

The 2023 IBA awardees were announced on Thursday 2 November during the SPPI breakfast at the IBA Annual Conference 2023 in Paris, France.

Released on Nov 10, 2023

IBAHRI, bar associations and international lawyers’ organisations call for protection of lawyers in Iran

The IBAHRI, together with several international lawyers’ organisations, has released a joint statement to express solidarity with human rights lawyers in Iran, Nazanin Salari, Mahmoud Taravat-Ruy, and Masoud Ahmadian.

Released on Nov 9, 2023

Raphael Lorenzo Aguiling Pangalangan of The Philippines wins 2023 IBA Outstanding Young Lawyer Award

Human rights lawyer Raphael Lorenzo Aguiling Pangalangan of the Republic of the Philippines is the recipient of the 2023 IBA Annual Outstanding Young Lawyer Award.

Released on Nov 8, 2023

Argentina: Maria Fernanda Mierez receives 2023 IBA Pro Bono Award

The recipient of the IBA Pro Bono Award for 2023 has been announced as María Fernanda Mierez, Partner at Argentinian law firm Beccar Varela.

Released on Nov 6, 2023

Singapore: Ravi Madasamy receives IBA Human Rights Award 2023

Lawyer Ravi Madasamy has received the 2023 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Human Rights for his extraordinary dedication to defending human rights, and the abolition of the death penalty in the Republic of Singapore.

Released on Nov 2, 2023

Israel/Gaza: IBAHRI calls for adherence to international law

In the aftermath of the atrocities that took place on 7 October 2023, the President of the International Bar Association issued a statement in condemnation of Hamas’s atrocity crimes.

Released on Nov 2, 2023

Russia: IBAHRI condemns arrests of Alexey Navalny’s lawyers and calls for their immediate release

The IBAHRI condemns the arrests of Vadim Kobzev, Alexey Liptser and Igor Sergunin, lawyers representing Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny, and calls for their immediate release and for all charges against them to be dropped.

Released on Oct 18, 2023

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 condemns Hamas attacks on Israel which represent a clear violation of human rights and humanitarian law and urges for a just solution to be achieved between Israel and Palestine

The International Bar Association (IBA) strongly condemns the heinous attacks on Israel by the militant group Hamas. These indiscriminate and targeted atrocities against Israeli citizens contravene an unequivocal, non-derogable prohibition under international law.

Released on Oct 11, 2023

Ukraine: IBAHRI Director Baroness Helena Kennedy to co-chair task force on deported children

Baroness Helena Kennedy KC, Director of the IBAHRI, is announced by Andriy Yermak, Head of the Ukraine President's Office, as Co-Chair of Bring Kids Back UA – a high-level group of experts focused on returning forcefully deported children to Ukraine.

Released on Oct 4, 2023

Pour la première fois, l’IBA publie un agenda juridique identifiant les principaux points d’inquiétude de la profession

L’IBA a publié l’Agenda juridique de l’IBA (l’Agenda), un document qui identifie les défis les plus urgents auxquels feront face les juristes au cours des cinq prochaines années (2023-2028) et inclura l’engagement de l’IBA à assurer le leadership sur les questions évoquées.

Released on Oct 3, 2023

Zimbabwe: IBAHRI issues joint statement condemning arrest of human rights lawyers

The IBAHRI and Lawyers for Lawyers (L4L) have issued a joint statement condemning the arrest of Zimbabwean human rights lawyers Douglas Coltart and Tapiwa Muchineripi and calling for authorities to drop all charges against them.

Released on Oct 3, 2023

La IBA publica por primera vez una agenda jurídica que identifica las preocupaciones más acuciantes de la profesión

La IBA ha publicado La Agenda Legal de la IBA, un documento que identifica los desafíos más apremiantes que enfrentará la profesión jurídica durante los próximos cinco años (2023-2028) e incluye el compromiso de la IBA de brindar liderazgo intelectual sobre las cuestiones planteadas.

Released on Sep 28, 2023

IBA publishes for the first time a legal agenda identifying profession’s most pressing concerns

The IBA has published The IBA Legal Agenda – a document that identifies the most pressing challenges facing the legal profession over the next five years (2023-2028) and includes commitment by the IBA to provide thought leadership on the issues raised.

Released on Sep 28, 2023