Inter-American Bar Association

1211 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Suite 202
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 466-5944
Fax: (202) 466-5946


Number of Bar Association Members: 57
Associations located throughout the Americas and in Spain.
Number of Individual Bar Association Members: 1600
Membership Is: Required

Membership Inquiries Contact
Ms. Patricia de la Riva
Inter-American Bar Association
1211 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
Phone: (202) 466-5944
Fax: (202) 466-5946

Bar Profile:
Founded on May 16, l940 by a group of distinguished lawyers and jurists representing forty-four professional organizations and seventeen nations of the western hemisphere, the Inter-American Bar Association ("IABA") represents a permanent forum for the exchange of professional views and information for lawyers to promote the Rule of Law and protect the democratic institutions in the Americas.

Approximately every 12 months, the IABA holds an international conference in one of the countries of the Americas during which time special seminars on legal topics are presented and IABA Committees and Sections meet. These meetings serve as a forum for the presentation of papers and the consideration of issues and resolutions related to them. They facilitate networking and discussion of current issues of interest to lawyers of the Americas, their respective governments, and various international organizations.

In addition, social events are held which emphasize local culture and cuisine. The IABA also offers regional seminars, has an active Young Lawyers Section, and participates in international conferences and meetings sponsored by other international and national legal organizations.

Objectives and Purposes

  • To establish and maintain relations among organizations of lawyers, national and local in the Americas.
  • To provide a forum for the exchange of views.
  • To advance the science of jurisprudence; particularly the study of comparative law.
  • To promote the uniformity of laws.
  • To disseminate knowledge of the laws of the Americas.
  • To promote the Rule of Law and the administration of justice, encouraging the establishment and maintenance of independent judicial systems in all countries of the Americas.
  • To preserve and defend human rights and liberties.
  • To guarantee to the peoples of the hemisphere the free exercise of their civil and political rights under democratic principles.
  • To uphold the honor of the legal profession.
  • To encourage cordial relations and fellowship among the lawyers of the Americas.
  • To meet in conference on a regular basis to discuss matters of current interest to the profession and for other purposes.

Annual International Conference: Every 12 Months
Annual Mid-Year Council Meeting: Every 12 Months
Seminar Programmes: 1-3 Per year
Journal or Newsletter: IABA Newsletter - published quarterly - Editor: Louis G. Ferrand
Publications Available to Non Members: IABA Newsletter and the Inter-American Review of International and Comparative Law.

Practice Requirements
Individual attorney Members must be members of a bar association. Law Student members must have completed one full year of law school.

Current Officers & Leadership

Raul Lozano-Merino

First V.P.
Sergio Huidobro Corbett

Secretary General
Louis G. Ferrand

Jose a. Alvarez

Renaldy Gutierrez

General Reporter
Robert S. Barker