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31 Iulie 2009

Newsletter IBA - Iulie 2009

Welcome to E-news - July 2009

Nominations for the 2010 elections

The IBA Nominations Committee has now issued the first call for nominations of candidates as either an IBA, Division or BIC Officer for the 2010 elections. Further notices will follow and nominations can be received from now until the closing deadline of 19 March 2010.

If you are interested, the following documents can be downloaded from the IBA website:

  • First call for nomination of candidates for 2010 elections
  • Nominations form for the 2010 elections
  • Rules for nominations (approved May 2005).

If you have any questions please contact

IBA Task Force on the Financial Crisis to contribute to global dialogue

With a view to contributing to the search for efficient and lasting solutions to the problems confronting the world's financial markets and those who depend on the resumption of an efficient and appropriate global market system, the IBA has set up a Task Force on the Financial Crisis. The group comprises leading legal practitioners and academics focusing on financial regulation.

Please click here to read the Task Force mission statement, view the list of its members, and to access useful links regarding the crisis.

IBA website discussion forums project

In the run up to the Madrid conference, the IBA will be establishing several discussion forums for its members. These will be hosted on committee spaces on the IBA website and, in the first instance, will be accessible only by members of each committee once they have signed in. First to establish its own forum will be the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee, with the Trade and Customs Law Committee, and the Young Lawyers' Committee, among others, to follow shortly. There will be an opportunity to discuss this initiative at the Website and Publications Officers' meeting at the Madrid Conference with a view to extending it to all IBA committees.

In the meantime, should any committee members wish to start their own discussion forum, please contact IBA head of editorial content, James Lewis, at or head of production, web and design, Tim Licence, at

Madrid 2009 update

With almost 3,600 legal professionals representing 114 international jurisdictions already registered to attend this year's IBA Annual Conference, Madrid 2009 looks set to rival the last two annual events in Buenos Aires and Singapore in terms of attendance. It is certainly upholding the school of thought that dictates networking, legal education and the sharing/discussing of best practice become even more vital to the modern legal practitioner in uncertain times.
In addition to the wealth of substantive working sessions taking place through out the week, the various committees and sections of the IBA have also put together a fantastic programme of committee social functions. These functions have been arranged by specialist committees to enable members and other interested delegates to meet in a relaxed atmosphere. 

Those already registered for the conference can now purchase tickets for the social functions via the 'MY IBA' area of the IBA website, or by downloading the Committee Social Function registration form and returning it to the IBA office.

Full information and access to both options can be found on the social programme page of the Madrid 2009 mini-site.

For those wishing to attend, but who are not yet registered for the conference, it is advisable to ensure you do so before Monday 24 August in order to ensure your details appear in the list of participants. The final date for pre-registration is Wednesday 23 September.

IBAHRI continues to monitor actions in Sri Lanka

Following the release of the IBA Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) report on Sri Lanka in May, and the subsequent debates on the rule of law in Sri Lanka, the IBAHRI continues to monitor events as they take place. On 9 July, the IBAHRI released a press statement welcoming the new Sri Lankan Chief Justice's commitment to strengthen the rule of law. This statement referred to the opinions voiced by the new Chief Justice in a BBC interview, in which he stated his intentions to reform the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) and strengthen the rule of law.

Click here to read the press statement.

On 14 July, however, the IBAHRI expressed alarm at the online publication of an article entitled Traitors in black coats flocked together? on the website of the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence, Public Security, Law and Order.  The article implies that lawyers defending the Sunday Leader newspaper in a defamation and connected contempt of court case brought by the Ministry of Defence are 'unpatriotic' and 'traitors of the nation'. The article also includes photographs of the lawyers concerned. The IBAHRI report, Justice in Retreat, expressed serious concern at the publication of similar material by the Ministry of Defence in the article Who are the Human Rights Violators? which impl! ies that certain named lawyers representing terrorism suspects are themselves connected with terrorist activity. The delegation was assured this article would be removed, but it remains on the site.

Click here to read the press statement.

IBA Legal Practice Division awards scholarships to attend Annual Conference

Scholarships pictureThis year the sections and committees of the IBA Legal Practice Division have awarded scholarships to 15 young lawyers to attend the IBA Annual Conference in Madrid in October.

The scholarship award includes free registration and a contribution towards travel and accommodation costs while attending the conference. Scholars will also be awarded two years' free membership of the IBA and a free registration to either the next IBA Annual Conference or a specialist conference of one of the committees within the awarding section in 2010.


Zimbabwe Supreme Court trial observation

On 25 June 2009, the hearing of Jestina Mukoko and other political abductees took place before the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe. The IBAHRI sent a trial observer to monitor the proceedings in the context of international fair trial standards. The applicants in the case had complained that their constitutional rights were infringed by their abduction, lengthy unlawful detention, treatment during detention (including torture) and the State's failure to take appropriate action against those responsible while at the same time vigorously pursuing criminal charges against the abductees. The relief sought before the Supreme Court was a permanent stay of proceedings against the abductees in order to enforce their constitutionally protected rights. The court has reserved judgment.

The IBAHRI continues to monitor events in Zimbabwe, and on 16 July 2009 released a news statement urging Zimbabwe to ensure the legitimacy of the constitution-making process.

Click here to read the press statement.

IBA Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration now available in more languages

The Arbitration Committee's Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration may be downloaded for free at the IBA website, with new languages now available. The Guidelines are now available in English, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portugese, Russian and Spanish.

The committee's dedication to providing translations of IBA guidelines continues with its most recent translation: the Italian version of the IBA Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration. The preparation of the Italian translation was undertaken with the assistance of the Milano Chamber of Arbitration, Professor Chiara Giovannucci Orlandi, the members of the Bocconi University team of the XIV edition of the Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Professor Luca Radicati di Brozolo and Alexis Mourre.


Bhutan scoping mission for a new bar

In June, the IBAHRI undertook a scoping mission with respect to assisting the Office of the Attorney General in Bhutan in setting up a bar association, drawing on experience the IBAHRI experience in Afghanistan. During a visit from the Attorney General to London in June 2009, and IBAHRI Deputy Director Phillip Tahminjis' trip to Bhutan in July, discussions have taken place and a report written to initiate further progress.

Updates on the work of the IBAHRI in Bhutan can be found here.

IBA Membership

New Member newsletter April 2009Help us increase our network. If you know of anyone who would benefit from membership of the IBA please download our updated New Member Newsletter and e-mail them a copy. As a part of the membership benefits it should be noted that the majority of our conferences have both a member and non-member fee. If your colleague wishes to attend a conference they can save money by signing up and the getting the discounted fee.

If you have yet to renew for 2009 we urge you to do so. The current economic situation has underlined the need for a global perspective. The IBA recognises this need and our numerous publications, networking opportunities and comprehensive set of specialist conferences are designed to support our position as the global voice of the legal profession. You can alter and pay your current membership invoice in the 'My IBA' section of our website.

Please feel free to use this opportunity to give us feedback by sending us your thoughts to


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