International Bar Association (IBA)

Association internationale du barreau

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17 Feb 1947, New York NY (USA), as a federation of national bar associations. Constitution modified: 1947; 1958; 1966; 1968; 1972; 1976; 1982; 1984; 1986; 1988; 1991; 2000; 2002; 2005; 2007; 2009; 2010; 2012; 2016. Restructured 24 Oct 2004, Auckland (New Zealand). Incorporated in the State of New York (USA), 2007. EU Transparency Register: 55828722666-53.


Support the independence of the judiciary, the right of lawyers to practise their profession without interference, and human rights of lawyers worldwide; establish and maintain permanent relations and exchanges among bar associations and law societies and individual member lawyers; discuss problems of professional organization and status; advance the science of jurisprudence in all its phases; promote uniformity and definition in appropriate fields of law by common study of practical legal problems; promote administration of justice under law among peoples of the world; promote legal aspects of the principles and aims of the United Nations in executing these objectives; cooperate with, and promote coordination among, international juridical organizations having similar purposes.

Future Events

2019 Seoul, Korea Rep – Annual Conference

Past Events(1)

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Organizes: national, regional and international conferences; seminars. Works through:

 • Legal Practice Division (LPD), with over 50 specialist committees covering all areas of practice, those with common interests working together under Sections;

 • Public and Professional Interest Division (PPID), covering activities of the legal profession, organized in Constituents, and also the activities and interests of member organizations;

 • Human Rights Institute (HRI), covering human rights and rule of law issues, including work with IBA Task Force on International Terrorism.


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Consultative Status

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (Special); United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (General Category); World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) (Permanent Observer Status); Council of Europe (CE) (Participatory Status).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 28 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 67 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 304 countries
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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



Last News Received

1. Jun 2018
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