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IBA appointment

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Cite as: Jan/Feb 2015 89 (1/2) LIJ, p.12

On 1 January, Minter Ellison partner Peter Bartlett became assistant treasurer of the International Bar Association (IBA).

It is a two-year appointment, at the end of which Mr Bartlett is in line to become treasurer of one of the largest professional membership bodies in the world.

The IBA has more than 100,000 members, including 55,000 individuals, law firms and 206 bar associations and law societies (including the LIV and the Law Council of Australia). It has 140 specialist committees and organises 35 specialist conferences a year.

“It is the voice of the global legal profession,” Mr Bartlett said, adding he was also on the IBA’s management board, council, audit committee and risk management committee. Australian lawyers Margery Nicoll (LCA) and Stephen Macliver (Sparke Helmore) are also IBA executives.

“It’s recognition of Australia’s position in the international legal community, and also recognition of our contribution to the IBA.”

Mr Bartlett heads the media and communication practice at Minter Ellison and is a former chairman of the firm. He is a former chair of the LIV Litigation Section and the LIV Defamation Committee.

The IBA annual conference was held in Tokyo in 2014. It was attended by 6300 delegates from 130 countries. A highlight for Mr Bartlett was meeting 82-year-old Japanese Emperor Akihito who, with Empress Michiko and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, opened the conference.

“I was among 20 people selected to meet the Emperor and have eight minutes talking to him. It was a fascinating experience. We talked about the differences between Melbourne and Sydney and the relationship between Australia and Japan.”

Last held in Melbourne in 1989, the IBA annual conference will be in Vienna this year, Washington DC in 2016 and Sydney in 2017. “We are hoping for a great turnout at the Sydney conference. It will be an important opportunity for Australian lawyers.”

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