International Bar Association (IBA) is the foremost organisation for international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies, with 80,000 individual members spanning 170 countries. Established in 1947, shortly after the creation of the United Nations, it was born out of the conviction that an organisation made up of the world’s bar associations could contribute to global stability and peace through the administration of justice. In the ensuing 70 years since its creation, the organisation has evolved, from an association comprised exclusively of bar associations and law societies, to one that incorporates individual international lawyers and entire law firms. The IBA has considerable expertise in providing assistance to the global legal community, and through its global membership it influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the legal profession throughout the world.
Mr.Tomislav Šunjka is a former Regional representative for Europe of the IBA Anti-Corruption Committee, former representative for Serbia and Balkan of the IBA Anti-Corruption Committee and current Senior Vice chair of the IBA Asset Recovery Subcommittee of the IBA Anti-Corruption Committee.
The IBA Anti-Corruption Committee provides an international forum for private and public-sector practitioners to meet and discuss anti-corruption laws, compliance practices, enforcement trends and asset recovery issues. It facilitates the sharing of best practice and the regular communication of legal and other developments, including new legislation, case-law, prosecution guidance and government policy, as well as developments in civil society, the private sector and international organizations. Committee members have the opportunity to assist one another in understanding transnational corruption, share domestic legal expertise and extend their professional experience internationally. The committee’s regular conferences and newsletters allow members to stay abreast of developments in this fast-moving area and form a better understanding of the anti-corruption standards and practices in different countries. The committee wishes in particular to assist practitioners in areas where anti-corruption laws and procedures are relatively under-developed or under-enforced.
The membership in the IBA and activities resulted in number of important projects, of which some are:
- Corruption and Money Laundering in International Arbitration – A Toolkit for Arbitrators, Basel Institute on Governance Project
- IBA’s Judicial Integrity Initiative (JII)
- IBA Anti-Corruption Committee – Library of local Anti-Corruption Legislation
- IBA Anti-Corruption Report – Structured Settlements for Corruption Offences: Towards Global Standards
- IBA Global Survey on the Role and standing of corruption victims in criminal proceedings
- IBA Submission to Australian Attorney General’s Department on Considerations of a Deferred Prosecution Agreement Scheme in Australia, May 2016