Bar Association action in defence of the rule of law

The International Bar Association’s Bar Issues Commission (BIC) promotes, protects and enforces the role of an independent legal profession in the interest of its 200 bar association members worldwide and is committed to promoting and defending the principles of the IBA’s Rule of Law resolution.

The BIC works in partnership with the IBA Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), and will motivate its members to take appropriate actions on the reports and findings of IBAHRI fact-finding delegations and interventions.

Actions taken by bar associations in support of the BIC’s principles can be found following the links below.

  • Letter to Fiji Law Society
    February 2021: The BIC Chair sent a letter to the President of the Fiji Law Society to express the BIC’s concerns relating to the rule of law and ensuring fair and transparent procedures in legislating new bills in Fiji.
  • Letter to Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Santa Cruz, Bolivia
    April 2019: The BIC Chair sent a letter to the President of the Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Santa Cruz to express the BIC’s concern regarding certain matters relating to the independence of the legal profession in Bolivia and to extend our support to his organisation´s efforts to uphold the respect for the legal profession, the promotion and respect for independence of the legal profession.