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International Bar Association (IBA)

Please visit the International Bar Association's webpage for extensive information about the IBA and all of its various activities around the world.

  • Formed in 1947 in New York with 34 bar associations, inspired by the United Nations and with the aim of supporting the establishment of law and administration of justice worldwide.
  • Current membership of over 80,000 individual lawyers and 190 bar associations and law societies from across the globe.
  • Has offices in London, Sao Paolo, Seoul, Washington DC and The Hague

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.
  • To support 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, in particular developing bars.
  • Support of human rights for lawyers worldwide.

The International Bar Association has gained recognition as the global representative of the legal profession. The IBA has an unrivalled position which ensures that it has a platform to respond to, and influence, global decision-making and policy. The IBA believes absolutely in the fundamental right of the world's citizens to have disputes heard and determined by an independent judiciary, and for judges and lawyers to practise freely and without interference.

Among the key objectives to which the IBA is firmly committed are:

  • Protection of the Rule of Law.
  • Development of international law reform.
  • International legal issues affecting the profession - its status, development and future - and ensuring multinational awareness of these issues.
  • Provision to all lawyers - regardless of their field of practice - of professional development and network-building opportunities.

The IBA is split into two Divisions - the Legal Practice Division (LPD) and the Public and Professional Interest Division (PPID).

The Legal Practice Division consists of over 50 specialist committees and fora which cover all areas of practice and regional interests. Committees with common interests work together under Sections.

The Public and Professional Interest Division covers the public and professional interest activities of the legal profession throughout the world. These activities are organised in groupings called constituents. The division also focuses on the activities and interests of the Association's Member Organisations through its Bar Issues Commission.

The IBA Human Rights Institute works across the Association on human rights and rule of law issues.

For further information on the International Bar Association please visit the IBA website, write to, or contact us via mail, telephone or fax.

London office:
International Bar Association
4th Floor, 10 St Bride Street
London, EC4A 4AD
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 7842 0090
Fax: +44 (0)20 7842 0091
Office hours: 09:00 - 17:30 GMT, Monday to Friday


North America Office:
International Bar Association
1667 K Street NW,  Suite 1230,
Washington, DC 20006
United States of America
Tel: +1 (202) 827-3385
Fax: +1 (202) 733-5657

Latin America office:
International Bar Association
Rua Helena, 170 - cjs 141-142
04552-050 Sao Paulo/SP
Tel: +55 (11) 30441456
Fax: +55 (11) 30440803
Office hours: 09:00 - 18:30 BRT, Monday to Friday

Asia office:
International Bar Association
7F, Press Center, 25,
Taepyeongro1-ga, Jung-gu
Seoul, 100-750
South Korea
Tel: +82 2 6279 8100
Fax: +82 2 6279 8101


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