Inter-American Bar Association (IABA)

Fédération interaméricaine des avocats
Federación Interamericana de Abogados (FIA)
Federação Interamericana de Advogados

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16 May 1940, Washington DC (USA), at 8th American Scientific Congress, by representatives of 44 professional organizations distributed among 17 nations of the Western Hemisphere; 1st Congress, 1941, Havana (Cuba). Constitution amended, 1956, Dallas TX (USA), at 9th Conference, to provide for individuals as members.


Provide a permanent forum for exchange of professional views and information for lawyers to promote the rule of law and protect democratic institutions in the Americas; establish and maintain relations among national and local organizations of lawyers in the region; advance the science of jurisprudence, particularly the study of comparative law; promote uniformity of laws; promote the rule of law and the administration of justice, encouraging establishment and maintenance of independent judicial systems in all countries of the Americas; preserve and defend human rights and liberties; guarantee to the peoples of the hemisphere the free exercise of their civil and political rights under democratic principles; uphold the honour of the legal profession; encourage cordial intercourse and fellowship among lawyers of the Americas.

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Organizes Conference (about every 18 months); regional seminars. Permanent Committees (19), serving as a forum for presentation of papers related to each committee's focus and reporting back to the Conference:

 • (I) Public and Private International Law;

 • (II) Constitutional Law;

 • (III) Administrative Law (includes: Labour Law, Municipal Law, Food and Drug Law);

 • (IV) Civil Law and Procedure;

 • (V) Business, Banking and Securities Law;

 • (VI) Criminal Law and Procedure;

 • (VII) Military Law;

 • (VIII) Development and Integration Law;

 • (IX) Legal Education;

 • (X) Fiscal Law;

 • (XI) Natural Resources and Environmental Protection;

 • (XII) Human Rights Law;

 • (XIII) Practice of Law;

 • (XIV) Labour Law and Social Security;

 • (XV) Intellectual and Industrial Property Law;

 • (XVI) Telecommunications, Science and Technology Law;

 • (XVII) Corporate and Institutional Counsel;

 • (XVIII) International Arbitration Law;

 • (XIX) Women's Rights.

Affiliated organizations (3):

 • Inter-American Academy of Comparative Law, set up 1941, Havana (Cuba), as a permanent adjunct IABA - Head Offices: Havana 1941-1963; Lima (Peru) 1963-1973; 1973 to present, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil);

 • Inter-American Bar Foundation, incorporated Apr 1957, under the laws of Pennsylvania (USA), as a companion organization of IABA;

 • Inter-American Copyright Institute (ICI), set up 1973, Rio de Janeiro, pursuant to a resolution adopted at XVIII Conference of IABA.


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Consultative Status

Special cooperative relations with: Organization of American States (OAS).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 4 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 9 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 45 countries
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Subjects *

  • Law
    • Lawyers

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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