Nominations for the International Bar Association, IBA, award for outstanding contribution by a legal practitioner to human rights are now open.
The professional body disclosed this on its website earlier in the week.
Each year, the IBA presents an award to an outstanding lawyer in the world of human rights law.
IBA was established in 1947. It prides itself as the world’s leading organisation of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies.
The IBA influences the development of international law and shapes the future of the legal profession throughout the world. It has a membership of over more than 80,000 individual lawyers and 195 bar associations and law societies spanning all continents.
Dedication to human rights
The IBA has always been dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights and the independence of the legal profession under rule of law.
The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, IBAHRI, was established in 1995 under the honorary presidency of Nelson Mandela. The IBAHRI is an independent entity within the Public and Professional Interest Division, PPID, of the IBA. The Section on Public and Professional Interest, SPPI, sits within the PPID and within that entity, there is also a Human Rights Committee.
The award will be made to a legal practitioner—whether in private practice, public interest, employment as a legal adviser, academia, bar leadership or other regulation of the profession —who, through personal endeavour in the course of such practice, is deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to the promotion, protection and advancement of the human rights of all, or any group of, people, particularly with respect to their right to live in a fair and just society under the rule of law.
A New York based corporation providing computer-assisted legal research, LexisNexis is honoured to sponsor this year’s award and hopes the winner will accept the Award in person during the IBA’s Annual Conference.
LexisNexis sponsorship provides a contribution to the awardee’s attendance.
Last year’s winner of the IBA award was Mr Adeola Oyinlade, Nigeria.
The candidate stood out due to his commitment to informing the public about their rights, which the judging panel noted as, together with representing clients, a core aspect of the legal profession.