The International Bar Association
(IBA), with support from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has launched a
‘Anti-Corruption Strategy for the Legal Profession’.
The global project aims to raise
awareness among legal professionals of existing international anti-corruption
instruments and equip lawyers with the necessary tools and knowledge to
identify, address and resolve potential threats to the integrity of the legal
profession caused by corruption.
Commenting on the initiative IBA
President Fernando Peláez-Pier stated,” Private legal practitioners are a
missing piece in the structure of the global fight against corruption. I am
therefore delighted that the IBA is joining forces with the most prominent international
organisations in the field, the OECD and UNODC, who have expressed their
support for this IBA initiative.”
The project consists
of three main activities: Based on its own research the IBA will produce a
global report on the risks and threats of corruption in the legal profession.
In addition the IBA will conduct a series of in-country training sessions for
senior-level private practitioners and organise sessions at various IBA
conferences around the world to analyse developments and further advance the