The International Bar Association (IBA) is currently holding its annual conference; virtually, of course. The conference, which runs from 2nd-27th November, is featuring a variety of speakers, including human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and Dr Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, among many others.

The president of the English Law Society, David Greene, delivering a keynote speech at the conference, focused on the dangers to the rule of law, particularly in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic. He said that the risk to the rule of law was “greater now than ever”. Of course, the unexpected pandemic has caused governments to adopt measures in response very quickly. Mr Greene highlighted the dangers of this, saying, “As with any rushed decision-making, things can go wrong.”

Mr Greene emphasised the importance of strong legal systems and that the legal profession “sometimes neglects to make a strong economic and social case for the rule of law.”

If you are an international law student, you should consider becoming a student member of the International Bar Association. It offers many learning opportunities, as well as offering internships to postgraduate law students and newly qualified lawyers.

As their website says:

Interns at the London office work closely with the Human Rights Institute, Legal Policy and Research Unit, or Executive Director. Human rights interns have completed research projects on Islamic law, the independence of the judiciary, the death penalty and terrorism, covering countries such as Darfur, DRC, Egypt and Zimbabwe. Interns have worked on trial observations, intervention letters and developments in international criminal law.

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