Scholarships for the IBA Annual Conference
This year various sections and committees of the IBA Legal Practice Division are again offering scholarships to young lawyers who wish to participate in the IBA Annual Conference, but who may have financial difficulties in doing so. Scholarships include free registration to the 2016 IBA Annual Conference in Washington, DC, a contribution towards travel costs to the c onference, and much more. Details of how to apply can be found at tinyurl.com/Scholarships-Washington-2016. The deadline for applications is Sunday 8th May.
2016 SEERIL Scholarship
The IBA section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law (SEERIL), along with its Academic Advisory Group (AAG), are pleased to announce the 2016 scholarship and research grant opportunity for students who wish to pursue advanced studies in energy and natural resources law. More information and details about this scholarship can be found at tinyurl.com/SEERIL-Scholarships-2016.
Call for nominations for LPD Council m ember positions
Elections for the IBA Legal Practice Division Council Members to serve from 1 st January, 2017 to 31 st December, 2020, will make place at the IBA Annual Conference in Washington, DC in September 2016. The rules and procedures for these elections, together with the nominations form and general information about IBA governance and management can be found at tinyurl.com/GovernanceIBA.
Inauguration of Myanmar's first national i ndependent l awyers' a ssociation
Nobel Peace Prize winner Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and IBA President David W Rivkin opened the inaugural meetings of the newly established Independent Lawyers' Association of Myanmar (ILAM) during a special ceremony in Naypitaw on 19 th January, 2016. The launch was hosted by the IBAHRI and the Parliamentary Committee on Rule of Law and Tranquility, and has been accomplished through an ongoing IBAHRI capacity-building programme.
ILAM is governed through a Central Committee of 120 lawyers elected from each state and region. This body is responsible for setting policies and procedures. A Central Executive Committee (CEC) made up of 30 members, has responsibility of implementing those protocols.
Aung San Suu Kyi commented: 'We hope that ILAM can take the lead in upholding professional standards and ethics among lawyers in Burma and ensure that they are able to make a major contribution to the country's progress. On behalf of the Parliamentary Committee, I express gratitude to the IBAHRI for guiding and supporting this initiative.'
During the inaugural meetings ILAM's first constitution was adopted, CEC office bearers were elected, and the Central Committee gave the CEC an initial mandate for ILAM's early years of operation. Under the leadership of ILAM's first President, Mr. Sein Win Chan, ILAM will focus on legal ethics, continuing legal education, law reform, membership and communications.