In its role as a dual membership organisation, comprising 16,000 individual lawyers and over 190 Bar Associations and Law Societies, the International Bar Association (IBA) influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the legal profession. Its Member Organisations cover all continents and include the American Bar Association, the German Federal Bar, the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, the Law Society of Zimbabwe and the Mexican Bar Association.
Grouped into two Divisions «the Legal Practice Division and the Public and Professional Interest Division» the Association covers all practice areas and professional interests. It provides members access to leading experts and up-to-date information as well as top-level professional development and network-building opportunities through high quality publications and world-class Conferences. The IBA Human Rights Institute works through the Association, helping 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.
The principal aims and objectives of the IBA are:
  • To promote an exchange of information between legal associations worldwide;
  • To support the independence of the judiciary and the right of lawyers to practise their profession without interference;
  • Support of human rights for lawyers worldwide through its Human Rights Institute.
The IBA works towards these objectives through three main areas of activity:
  • Services for individual lawyer members through its Divisions, Committees and Constituents;
  • Support for activities of Bar Associations and in particular, developing bars;
  • Support of human rights for lawyers worldwide.
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