01 Iulie 2011
IBA Annual Conference 2011. Dubai 31 October - 4 November
As the President of the IBA it is an honour for me to cordially invite you to the International Bar Association's 2011 Annual Conference in Dubai, the very first to be held in the Middle East.
It is especially pleasing, and important, that we are in the Middle East this year, at such an exciting time of change and opportunity for the region, giving all our delegates the opportunity to gain real insights into the changing relationships between the region and the wider world. I have no doubt that our vast network of legal professionals from all over the world will have a wonderful experience here in the United Arab Emirates.
We will be honoured to welcome Nobel laureate, seasoned diplomat and international lawyer, Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei as this year's Opening Ceremony Keynote Speaker. Dr. ElBaradei emerged as a high-profile opposition figure in the Egyptian protests that culminated in Hosni Mubarak's resignation. He continues to be a voice for change in Egypt's march toward democracy, calling for open dialogue, transparent legal standards and respect for human rights.
Open to both members and non-members of the IBA, this year's event will feature - as always - a wide array of substantive sessions, workshops and panels, addressing issues ranging from arbitration to M&A law, from human rights to the ethics of the legal profession, and offering up to 25 CPD/CLE hours.
This year's event also sees four outstanding showcase sessions: the IBA showcase session will focus on how new media is affecting government control of information, a highly topical subject for the region right now; the Legal Practice Division showcase will address the availability of the attorney-client privilege for in-house legal professionals; the Public and Professional Interest Division showcase will discuss the independence of the judiciary and the Human Rights Institute showcase programme will examine recent political events in the Middle East region and their implications on human rights.
The now annual Rule of Law Symposium, held on Friday 4 November, will once again proffer a variety of high-profile speakers and its theme at the Dubai conference will be the issue of financial growth at the expense of the rule of law and democracy.
Networking and business development
Not only an excellent opportunity for professional and personal development, IBA conferences offer unparalleled international networking and business development opportunities. Last year's annual event was attended by more than 4,500 delegates and guests from over 3,000 organisations, businesses, law firms and legal service providers representing 118 different international jurisdictions.
The social programme
In addition to the substantive programme, Dubai 2011 promises all attendees and their guests an unforgettable opportunity to take in the sights, sounds and diversity of Dubai. Beginning with the traditional Opening Ceremony at the DICEC and Welcome Party at the Al Sahra, and ending with the spectacular Closing Party at the Madinat Jumeirah, the week of the conference will see up to 100 dinners, receptions and functions take place in venues all across Dubai and beyond. Preliminary social programme details can be found on pages 75-77 of the programme brochure, with full committee function details being released later in 2011 to all members and delegates.
Further information on recommended accommodation and tours in the area during the week of the conference can be found in the Tours and Accommodation Brochure.
I urge those of you who are not already members of the IBA to join now. Not only does it mean a discounted registration fee for the annual conference as well as for the countless specialist conferences the Association holds throughout the year, but there truly is no better 'family' in terms of mutual professional development and networking opportunities. We also need your support to continue all our good work in the areas of human rights and the rule of law around the world. I feel very strongly that we must all work together to bring about peace and a safer, happier world for the people of the world via the tools and skills that our chosen profession has given us.
I look forward to welcoming you in Dubai.
Akira Kawamura President, International Bar Association
President, International Bar Association