UIA Young Lawyers’ Network

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

Our origins

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

To this end, the Young Lawyers’ Network was founded during the 56th Congress held in Dresden in 2012. The Subcommittee aims to provide support to young members and help young lawyers 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.
The key to the UIA’s future is its young members and we find them to be extremely enthusiastic, proactive and dynamic.

Our goals

We would like to build upon the existing framework and increase the opportunities for young members to develop their skills and expand their professional networks through attendance at the UIA annual congresses, seminars and training programs, whilst also providing the UIA with fresh ideas and a link to the future leaders of the legal industry.
The objectives of the Young Lawyers' Subcommittee are to identify, discuss and promote issues concerning young lawyers around the world and within the organisation. We aim to achieve this by means of fluid communications with the other UIA Committees, so that we can adequately promote their activities and programs to young members and ensure that young lawyers are fully involved, for example, by recommending them as speakers.

Our institutional role

The Young Lawyers' Network, which is similar in make-up to the other UIA Committees, has an executive body chaired by a President - Ángel Sánchez Freire, a Vice-president - Flora Harragin and a Secretary - Joana Alves Cardoso. 
The President of the Young Lawyers' Network is also a member of the Executive Committee and the Governing Board and so can ensure that the voice of the young lawyers is heard at the highest level of the organisation.
The President of the Young Lawyers' Network also participates in the UIA's Training Division and so can ensure that suitable training programmes are offered to and directed at young lawyers.  He is also a member of the jury of the International Jacques Leroy Prize for Business and Human Rights.
The Young Lawyers' Network also has a representative on the editorial board of the UIA's publication, Juriste International.

Our activities

The Young Lawyers' Network holds its annual session at the UIA's Annual Congress. We also organise social events, which are always well attended and great fun (e.g. a football match, lunch, drinks, etc.).