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International Bar Association Conference in Bucharest, Romania – May 22-23

The International Bar Association (IBA) Bar Issues Commission gears up for the highly anticipated 17th Annual Bar Leaders’ Conference, set to take place on May 22-23, 2024, at the JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel in Bucharest, Romania. This premier event serves as a global platform for bar leaders to convene, address critical issues impacting the legal profession, and chart a course for the future.

17th Annual Bar Leaders’ Conference Topics: Tackling Pressing Concerns and Advancing the Legal Profession

The conference agenda promises insightful discussions on various topics central to the legal landscape. A key theme will be the role of bar associations during a year marked by numerous national elections worldwide. Experts will explore how these organizations can effectively navigate the political landscape and advocate for important issues while maintaining neutrality.

Another topic sure to spark conversation is the rise of generative AI and its potential impact on the legal field. The conference will explore the disruptions and opportunities this technology presents, equipping bar leaders with strategies to prepare for a rapidly evolving legal landscape.

Furthermore, the program delves into the ever-changing dynamics of bar association governance. Leaders will gain valuable insights into emerging trends and acquire best practices to ensure their organizations’ effective and adaptable management.

The conference will not shy away from addressing the pressing issue of climate change. Leaders will explore bar associations’ crucial role in promoting sustainable practices and advocating for environmental action.

International Bar Association IBA: A Unique Platform for Collaboration and Shared Knowledge

The International Bar Association (IBA) is a unique platform that fosters collaboration and shared knowledge across the global legal community. This international association brings legal professionals worldwide, creating a space for exchanging ideas, best practices, and expertise.

Our profession, through a global association such as the IBA, has a great opportunity as well as the responsibility of assuming a leading role in upholding the rule of law, democracy, and human rights across the world and thus having a positive impact on society.

Almudena Arpón de Mendívil Aldama, President IBA

The Romanian lawyers also see the IBA as a platform for collaboration at the international level between lawyers worldwide, as Alexandru Paun, a senior member of the Bucharest Bar Association Council, acknowledges:

Bar leaders face a complex and demanding role. The Bar Leaders’ Conference provides a unique platform for leaders to share experiences, insights, and best practices with their global counterparts. This collaborative exchange of knowledge is essential for navigating the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the legal profession.

Alexandru Paun, senior member of the Bucharest Bar Association Council

Unveiling the Past, Shaping the Future

The conference offers a valuable opportunity for current attendees and those who missed the previous edition in Helsinki. Reports and photos from the highly successful 2023 conference can be accessed in the latest issue of BIC News, serving as a rich resource for bar leaders worldwide.

The 17th Annual Bar Leaders’ Conference promises to be a cornerstone for shaping the legal profession’s future. Registration details are available on the IBA website, encouraging bar leaders to seize this exceptional opportunity for connection, learning, and collective action.

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