International Bar Association
1 Stephen Street
London W1T 1AT
Phone: +44 (0)20 7691 6868
Fax: +44 (0)20 7691 6544
The International Bar Association
(IBA), established in 1947, is the world's leading organisation of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. Its membership includes over 40,000 lawyers and almost 200 bar associations and law societies spanning every continent. The IBA influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the legal profession throughout the world.
Grouped into two divisions - the Legal Practice Division
and the Public and Professional Interest Division
- the IBA offers its members access to leading experts and up-to-date information across all areas of legal practice and professional interest. Through a network of specialised committees, the IBA enables an exchange of information and opinions regarding laws, practices and professional responsibilities pertaining to the practice of law globally. High-quality publications and world-class conferences further provide unrivalled professional development and networking opportunities for legal practitioners and professional associates.
The IBA's Bar Issues Commission
provides a forum for IBA member bar associations and law societies to discuss any matter relating to law at an international level.
The IBA's Human Rights Institute
works to promote, protect and enforce human rights under a just Rule of Law, and to preserve the independence of the judiciary and the legal profession worldwide.
In partnership with the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa
, the IBA created the Southern Africa Litigation Centre
, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, to promote human rights and the Rule of Law in Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The IBA was instrumental in establishing the International Legal Assistance Consortium
in Stockholm, Sweden. This global consortium of non-governmental organisations provides technical legal assistance to post-conflict countries.