Bringing Together the World’s Bar Associations

Several Key Events are held for Bar Associations and Member Organisations Each Year.

Next event : May 09, 2023

The UIA – together with other lawyers’ organisations such as the CCBE – actively participates as an observer in the work undertaken by the Council of Europe's Committee of Experts on the Protection of Lawyers (CJ-AV) towards drafting an international convention aimed at strengthening the protection of the legal profession and the right to practice the profession without prejudice or restraint.
In this Forum, we will have the opportunity to hear about this international convention of the Council of Europe and hold a discussion on its various aspects.

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  • Welcome speech - Urquiola DE PALACIO, UIA President, Spain

Guest Speakers:

  • Georges-Albert DAL, Former President of the Brussels Bar, President of the Think Tank on the Professional Rules, Belgium


  • Joachim BILE-AKA, 1st Vice President of the International Bar Leaders' Senate, Côte d’Ivoire


  • Alfonso PEREZ-CUELLAR MARTINEZ, 2nd Vice President of the International Bar Leaders‘ Senate, Mexico
Several Key Events are held for Bar Associations and Member Organisations Each Year.


Pro bono law services have never been more needed and our Bar Associations have never had a greater opportunity to help fill that need. In helping to fill the need for pro bono work, Bar Associations can simultaneously help many younger attorneys gain valuable hands-on experience working directly with clients, appearing in court and so on.

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UIA Event for Bar Leaders



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UIA Open Forum for Bar Leaders

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The International Bar Leaders Senate (IBLS)

This is one of the rare places where bar leaders can meet to facilitate the progress of law at the international level. The IBLS encourages development and progress in professional policies relating to the profession’s key principles, including discussion on the preparation of a world ethics code and the fight against breaches of professional secrecy.               

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UIA Bar Leaders’ Briefing at the United Nations

These are unique opportunities to meet colleagues and representatives of international associations in an iconic venue. These summits permit bar leaders to keep up to date with current debates at the United Nations on international law and to meet experts in various fields from around the world. Recent events included the 2016 session on migration, the Rule of Law, and atrocity crimes; the 2017 session on the refugee crisis; and the 2018 session on modern day slavery.

2017 UIA Bar Leaders' Briefing at the UN Headquarters in Geneva 

International report on Professional Secrecy and Legal Privilege

November 2019


The UIA facilitates the sharing of experiences among bar associations and lawyers’ organisations from around the world to contribute to the development of law at the international level.


Bar associations within our organisation are able to contribute to the establishment of an international legal order based upon the principle of justice between nations. We also help our members understand the challenges that the legal profession is facing at an international level and the organisation of professional governing bodies. One of the UIA's main objectives is to commit to the defence of lawyers and the protection of their rights to practice law.

Bar Associations join the UIA :
  • To build and maintain a network of relationships by meeting colleagues from other bar associations and lawyers’ organisations throughout the world.
  • To get involved in actions that defend human rights, lawyers and the Rule of Law.
  • To support bar associations of young or struggling democracies in countries where the legal system is under pressure.
  • To be aware of actions taken by member bar associations that are published by the UIA and its communication resources throughout the world.
  • To connect with international bodies, such as the UN, ICC, ICCBA and the Council of Europe, to provide a genuine opportunity for bar associations to make their voices heard on the international legal scene.
  • To contribute to legal publications, resolutions and charters addressing international legal issues.
  • To obtain Continuing Legal Education through seminars and conferences that offer international training courses on current topics to the host bar association and its members.


UIA Task Force for Collective Members

Joachim Bile-Aka – 1st Vice President of the International Bar Leaders' Senate.
Alfonso Pérez-Cuellar Martínez – 2d Vice President of the International Bar Leaders' Senate.

Rosa Isabel Peña Sastre – Co Director Collective Members
Murray Levin- Co Director Collective Members
Nadine Dossou-Sakponou - Deputy Director Collective Members


There are many advantages that a UIA membership has to offer.

If you are interested in receiving further information about the collective membership and fees, please contact Noelia Alonso Morán at

You can also contact the UIA office by telephone at: +33 1 44 88 55 66.