International Bar Association President visits Auckland

ADLS President Joanna Pidgeon, Vice President Marie Dyhrberg QC and CEO Sue Keppel recently met with the President of the International Bar Association (IBA), Martin Solc and Deputy Executive Director, Tim Hughes.

Mr Solc and Mr Hughes were in Auckland following a visit to Sydney to confirm arrangements for the annual IBA Conference to be held there in the week of 8 to 13 October 2017.

The previous Conference was held in Washington DC with over 6,000 attendees. This year’s conference will have over 200 sessions, culminating in the impressive Rule of Law symposium. The Conference includes internationally distinguished speakers from within the profession, and international academic, commercial and government perspectives.

A wide range of issues will be covered including those arising from protectionism, migration, international security, global trade and the potential impact of these on the rule of law. Some slots are still available for speakers and the IBA welcomes any interest in this opportunity from New Zealand.

Mr Solc extends a warm invitation to the Conference to interested people from New Zealand, especially as it will probably be a long time before the full conference is held in our vicinity again (the next Conference will be in Rome, from 7 to 12 October 2018).

The IBA is keen to work with ADLS to disseminate information for the Conference. Information on the programme and registration is available on www.ibanet.org/Conferences/Sydney2017.aspx. Early bird bookings close on 21 July 2017.

In addition to the Conference, the meeting with Mr Solc and Mr Hughes included interesting discussion on the importance of lawyers as a profession being able to discuss significant issues and the impact of these on the rule of law.

Taking just one example, that of current populism and the rule of law, Mr Solc and Mr Hughes reflected on what this means for lawyers in terms of the importance of being able to discuss this as a profession and to advise their wider communities on key issues and actions that are recommended.

Mr Solc is a founding partner of Kocian Solc Balastic, an independent Czech law firm focusing on mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, company law, privatisation, securities and capital markets. His tenure as President of the IBA is for the calendar years of 2017 and 2018.

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