International Bar Association 2012 Annual Conference, Dublin 30 Sept - 5 Oct.

Dear Colleague,


As President of the IBA it is an honour for me to invite you to the International Bar Association's 2012 Annual Conference in Dublin. The city has a great deal of history to explore, fabulous culture and folklore and for those taking in more of Ireland, amazing landscapes to enjoy. You can be sure of a very warm welcome to this city and a wide-ranging conference programme tackling the key issues facing our profession today.



The programme

Open to both members and non-members of the IBA, this year's event will feature over 180 substantive sessions, workshops and panels, addressing issues ranging from arbitration to M&A law, from human rights to the ethics of the legal profession.


In addition to offering attendees up to 25 CPD/CLE hours, the world leading programme offers unparalleled international networking and business development opportunities. Last year's Annual Conference was attended by more than 5,000 attendees and guests from over 3,000 organisations, businesses, law firms and legal service providers representing 132 different jurisdictions.


Amongst the 800 plus distinguished speakers and panellists expected, currently confirmed speakers include:

• Mary Robinson, the first woman President of Ireland and formerly the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
• Patricia O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the Legal Counsel at the United Nations
• Juan E Méndez, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
• Bernard Kouchner, Former French Minister of Foreign and European Affairs and co-founder and former President of the Médecins Sans Frontières.

                                   DOWNLOAD THE FULL PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME HERE

The social programme

In addition to the substantive programme, Dublin 2012 promises all attendees and their guests an unforgettable opportunity to take in the sights, sounds and diversity of Dublin. Kicking off with the traditional Opening Ceremony and Welcome Party at the Royal Dublin Society, and ending with the spectacular Closing Party at the Guinness Storehouse, the week of the conference will see up to 100 dinners, receptions and gatherings take place in venues all across Dublin and beyond. Preliminary social programme details can be found on pages 77-79 of the Programme, with full committee function details being released later in 2012 to all members and delegates.

Accommodation and Tours

Further information on recommended accommodation, tours and excursions in the area during the week of the conference can be found in the Accommodation, Tours and Excursions Brochure.

                                    VISIT THE IBA ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2012 WEBSITE


Join the global voice of the legal profession

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.

I very much hope to see you in Dublin, and would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to register early to ensure you can experience all the IBA and Dublin has to offer.


Akira Kawamura

President, International Bar Association.