The annual gathering of the International Bar Association meeting in Seoul took place last week (22 – 27 September 2019). It was an excellent conference. Many meetings, many interesting sessions during the conference and the football game on Thursday which is now part of the IBA’s tradition.
One of the prevailing themes of the conference was the rule of law in an increasingly interconnected world. The rule of law should be a cornerstone of any functioning democracy. It’s hard to imagine the world without rule of law: no independent media, no freedom to assembly and peaceful protest, no freedom to think individual ideas, no independent judiciary or legal profession. Lawyers have a key responsibility to safeguard these values.
Everyone interested in the advancement of the cause of justice around the world could find the latest in-depth report produced by the International Bar Association’s Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee providing a well-researched and articulated analysis of the cost benefit of Legal Aid as a tool for justice. The report was launched last week at the IBA Conference in Seoul and has broken new ground by creating a truly global analysis which allows meaningful international comparisons to be made.
One of the most interesting sessions during the conference was the law firm management session on the relevance of legal directories to law firms and especially General Counsel covering many issues that GCs look for when engaging law firms on a cross border basis. The session was presided by Paul Marmor of Sherrards Solicitors and attended, inter alia, by Melissa Davis of MD Communications, David Burgess of the Legal 500 (Legalese) and Stephen Denyer of The Law Society of England and Wales. It was a truly stellar cast.
The conference was an outstanding event that gathered top lawyers from around the globe. The next IBA Annual Conference will take place in Miami next year and we are very much looking forward to it.

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