Business & Human Rights-IBA Bar Leaders Conference

Date: May 21st2015
Place: Prague (Czech Republic)

The Fernando Pombo Foundation participated in May in the «Bar Leaders Conference» conference of the IBA that this year was organized under the title Controversy, credibility and a crisis. All in a day’s work for a Bar Association?.

The Foundation has been counselling the Spanish Bar Association, as part of the IBA’s Business and Human Rights Working Group. This working group has drafted two guides of recommendations about Business and Human Rights, one for bar associations and other for law firms. The first one is intended to encourage bar associations worldwide to improve the understanding and the relevance among local lawyers of the new United Nations framework to businesses and human rights and, specifically, the implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

The Foundation took part in the round table: Credibility: The role of bar associations in business and human rights, together with several representatives of other bar associations and experts. In this forum, the Foundation was able to share its knowledge and experience acquired through its program «Business and Human Rights: the rol of the legal profession»

Table’s program/agenda: Credibility: The role of bar associations in business and human rights.

Session Co-Chairs

  • Deborah Enix-Ross Debevoise & Plimpton, New York, USA; Officer, Bar Issues Commission.
  • Isabel Jimenez, Spanish Bar Association, Madrid, Spain; Officer, Bar Issues Commission


  • Eduardo Calderón, President of the Bar Association of Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica.
  • Duncan McConnel, President of the Law Council of Australia, Canberra, Australia.
  • Carmen Pombo, Fernando Pombo Foundation, Madrid, Spain.
  • Deirdre Sauls, Law Society of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia; Officer, Bar Issues Commission.
  • Dominique Borde, Ordre des avocats de Paris, Paris, France.

Closing Remarks: Margery Nicoll, Law Council of Australia, Canberra, Australia, Chair, Bar Issues Commission.