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International Bar Association

Website: http://www.ibanet.org/

Category: Law

Year of Foundation: 1946

Location of Foundation: New York, USA

Location of Headquarters: New York, USA

Brief Description: The International Bar Association describes itself as 'the world’s leading organisation of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies' (source: www.ibanet.org; accessed 9 April 2010).

Founding Rationales:

At the Conference of Representatives of National Bar Associations held in New York in October 1946, Willis Smith, President of the American Bar Association stated: 'It will be a notable objective for this conference and the organization which we hope will grow out of this conference that we keep the law supreme in our various nations, and thus keep tyrrany from the earth.' Edgar Turlington, Chairman of the Section of International and Comparative Law of the American Bar Association 'stated that the primary purpose of the association was to back the establishment of law and the administration of justice by law throughout the world; to promote the principles and aims of the United Nations.'

Source: R. N. Anderson, 'Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the I.B.A.', International Bar Journal, 3/1 (May 1972), pp. 6, 7.

Evolution of Membership:

International Bar Association Membership Chart

Sources: http://www.ibanet.org/About_the_IBA/About_the_IBA.aspx; http://www.ibanet.org/About_the_IBA/Key_milestones.aspx (accessed 9 April 2010).