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The key to the UIA’s future is its enthusiastic, proactive and dynamic young members.

Our origins

One of the UIA's key priorities is to attract more young lawyers and corporate counsels to join the organisation and become increasingly involved with its various committees, groups and initiatives.

To this end, the Young Lawyers’ and corporate counsels Network was founded in 2012 during the 56th UIA Congress held in Dresden. The subcommittee aims to provide support to young members and help young lawyers and corporate counsels fulfil their objectives, expand their networks and further their careers. The subcommittee also provides a forum in which young members can meet other members and become more involved in their chosen commissions and the running of the UIA.

Our goals

We will build upon the existing framework and increase the opportunities for young members to develop their skills and expand their professional networks through the UIA annual congresses, seminars and training programs. Young lawyers and corporate counsels also provide the UIA with fresh ideas and a connection to the future leaders of the legal industry.
The objectives of the NextGen Network are to identify, discuss and promote issues concerning young lawyers and corporate counsels around the world and within the organisation. We aim to achieve these objectives through communication with other UIA committees, so we can adequately promote activities and programs to young members and ensure that young lawyers are fully involved.

Our institutional role

The NextGen Network has an Executive Body chaired by President Isidro Niñerola Torres, Vice-president Thomas Rudkin  and Secretary Bérangère Diot.

The President of the NextGen Network is a member of the Executive Committee and the Governing Board, ensuring that the voices of young lawyers are heard at the highest level of the organisation.

He also participates in the UIA's Training Division, ensuring that suitable training programmes are offered and directed towards young lawyers.  
The NextGen Network also has a representative on the Editorial Board of the UIA's publication, Juriste International.

Our activities

The NextGen Network holds its annual session at the UIA's Annual Congress. We also organise well-attended social events, including football matches, lunches and happy hours. 

Our #UIAMentor Programme

If your career could use a boost and if you would like support from a more experienced lawyer, UIA offers a mentoring programme to benefit from the advice and network of a senior UIA member lawyer. Find out more on the #UIAMentor Programme page:

Isidro Niñerola Torres


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