The International Bar Association (IBA)

Commercial property partner Dawn Carlisle is a member of this prestigious organisation, which aims to shape laws, practices and professional responsibilities at an international level.

Established in 1947 as ‘the global voice of the legal profession’, the IBA (International Bar Association) is the world’s leading organisation of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. It aims to influence the development of law reform and to shape the future of the legal profession at an international level.

The principal aims and objectives of the IBA, which it works to achieve through its divisions, committees and constituents, 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 the human rights of lawyers worldwide through its Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI).

Over 55,000 individual lawyers and more than 190 bar associations and law societies are members of the IBA, so this organisation can have a significant influence worldwide.

The IBA is at the forefront of knowledge dissemination and professional development:

  • It produces several publications and runs conferences and events in various parts of the world. One such event is their Annual Conference, which is the largest gathering of the international legal community in the world. It provides a rich environment for discussion, debate and learning, as well as the opportunity to generate new business and to network with like-minded professionals;

  • The IBA has over 70 different committees that members can join. Dawn Carlisle is part of the Real Estate Committee, which seeks to address the internationalization of real estate law through a global alliance of lawyers;

  • The IBA’s Bar Issues Commission provides a forum for IBA member organisations to discuss all matters relating to law at an international level;

  • Representatives from Bar Associations sit on the IBA Council, which is the governing body of the IBA.

Dawn Carlisle, a partner in the commercial property team, is an individual member of the IBA.

This membership strengthens our bond within the international community, and further enhances the services we provide to clients both in the UK and world-wide. Further details about these can be found at the following:

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