The International Bar Association (IBA) – the global voice of the legal profession – is the leading organisation for international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. Established in 1947, before long after the creation of the United Nations, it was born out of the conviction that an organisation made up of the world's bar associations could contribute to global stability and peace through the management of justice. In the following 70 years from its creation, the organisation has progressed as of an association included exclusively of bar associations and law societies, to one that incorporates individual international lawyers and entire law firms. The present membership is passed more than 80,000 individual international lawyers from most of the world’s leading law firms and a number of 190 bar associations and law societies across more than 170 countries.
The IBA has remarkable expertise in providing assistance to the global legal community, and through its global membership it impacts the development of international law reform and outlines the future of the legal profession throughout the world
There are mainly two divisions in IBA that is, the Legal Practice Division and the Public and Professional Interest Division – the IBA consist all practice areas and professional interests, providing members with access to leading experts and latest information.
The IBA allows an interchange of information and understanding among its members as to laws, practices and professional duties connecting to the practice of business law around the globe through the various committees of the divisions,
The IBA’s Bar Issues Commission delivers an invaluable forum for IBA member organisations to talk over all matters concerning to law at an international level. Representatives from Bar Associations sit on the IBA Council which is the ruling body of the IBA.
The IBA Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) works across the Association to promote look after and apply human rights under a just rule of law, and to keep the independence of the judiciary and the legal profession worldwide.
The aim of the Legal Practice Division is to develop an exchange of information and views among its members as to laws, practices and professional responsibilities relating to the practice of law all over the world; to enable communication among its members; to deliver the opportunity to all its members to be active in the division through its sections, committees, fora and other groupings; and to take on such related projects as may be permitted from time to time by the division’s council.
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