Victoria Cromwell

Paul McConnell

Academic and Professional Development Committee

The Academic and Professional Development Committee was founded as a networking entity to facilitate dialogue and exchange of information on research, contacts, sabbatical posts and fellowships.

About the Committee

The Academic and Professional Development Committee acts as a link between law schools, professional development professionals, practising lawyers and the IBA.

Our mission is to contribute to the following objectives:

  • improving the quality of lawyers around the world;
  • making the practice of law fit for the modern world; and
  • making the legal profession an attractive one for the world's most talented students.

Our members speak regularly at law schools, both to academics and students, with a particular emphasis on the preparation of students for international legal practice. We also support IBA programmes to develop local Bars around the world.

At the IBA annual conferences, we bring together academics, professional development experts and practising lawyers from across the IBA community and more widely to address issues affecting the education and training of lawyers in both legal and business skills. We are also involved in original research into related topics.

The committee publishes a regular newsletter to members and posts articles and information on its website.

Forthcoming conferences and webinars View All Conferences


2023: an intelligent learning odyssey

This article explores the potential implications of AI tools on education and on the legal profession, including the various approaches that educators and legal institutions can take to optimise a responsible use of AI technology while minimising its limitations.

Released on Nov 20, 2023

The legal jabuticaba

The Brazilian legal system possesses unique features, one notable characteristic being the practice of attorney's fees being payable by the losing party to the prevailing party's lawyers (honorários de sucumbência) in litigation and, sometimes, in arbitration. This article explores the criteria for granting honorários de sucumbência in civil proceedings, as outlined in the Brazilian Code of Civil Procedure.

Released on Jun 20, 2023

Battle of forms under Dutch law: How do you know which general terms and conditions apply?

This article explains how Dutch law, international law and German law, respectively, determine which law applies if both parties use their general terms and conditions: the so-called 'battle of forms'.

Released on Mar 03, 2023

Rule against reflective loss: A comparative analysis of English and Dutch law

The rule against reflective loss has been formulated and applied in case law to date in both England and Wales, and the Netherlands. The suggestion that the rule is driven by an intention to avoid double recovery has been rejected in England and Wales, pursuant to the recent Supreme Court judgment in Marex. The avoidance of double recovery is, however, one of the considerations upon which the rule is based in the Netherlands. While there are currently no exceptions to the rule in England and Wales, there is an exception under Dutch law, essentially, where the wrongdoer has breached a specific duty of care owed to the shareholder.

Released on Dec 19, 2022

Projects and reports

Developing a Blueprint for Global Legal Education

The IBA and Law Schools Global League (LSGL) have launched an ambitious project that aims to identify the key drivers that shape global legal education, the consequent emerging responses and whether these responses can sufficiently address the challenges confronting legal professionals all over the world. Some of the drivers examined include: globalisation, technology, and changes to regulatory frameworks. IE Law School has been designated as the coordinator of the research project.


Supporting IBA initiatives on ethics and professionalism

This committee project will promote web-based networks providing resources relating to:

  • teaching legal ethics and promoting professionalism in legal education;
  • practical legal training;
  • continuing professional development, increasing the awareness of and implementation of IBA initiatives and comparable resources worldwide;
  • the IBA anti-corruption and anti-money laundering initiatives as well as comparable initiatives worldwide; and
  • the IBA initiatives on principles of conduct for the legal profession, linking them with professional conduct codes in jurisdictions around the world.

Subcommittees and other groups

The Academic and Professional Development Committee also coordinates the activities of the following subcommittees/working groups.

  • Academic and Professional Development Committee Advisory Board