Bringing Together the World’s Bar Associations

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 on 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 our main objective is to commit to the defence of lawyers and the protection of their rights to practice law.

Join us…


• 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 about 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, ICB and the Council of Europe), providing 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.
• Continuing legal education through seminars and conferences that offer international training courses on current topics to the host bar association and its members.

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


The work of 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 and dialogue among professional bodies. The IBLS encourages development and progress in professional policies relating to the profession’s key principles.              
✓For example, discussions on the preparation of a world ethics code or the fight against breaches of professional secrecy.

Cases involving the independence of the profession throughout the world
These are handled by the UIA-Institute for the Rule of Law (UIAIROL), which seeks to defend the rule of law, respect for human rights and the rights of defense, as well as freedom to practice law, the independence of lawyers and their institutions, and the protection of professional secrecy.
✓For example, a mission to act as a conciliator between the Serbian Bar and the Serbian government.

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 United Nations on international law and to meet experts in various fields from around the world.
✓For example, the 2016 session on migration, the rule of law, and atrocity crimes, the 2017 session on the Refugees’ crisis, and the 2018 session on Modern day Slavery.

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

There are many advantages that a UIA membership can bring to you and your association.

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.