UIA – International Association of Lawyers



As a global and multi-cultural organization, the International Association of Lawyers facilitates both professional development and the international exchange of information and ideas, promotes the Rule of Law, defends the independence and freedom of lawyers and legal institutions worldwide, and emphasizes friendship, collegiality, and networking among members.

The UIA created the Institute for the Rule of Law (UIA-IROL) to promote the Rule of Law, and address essential human rights issues. Enjoying special consultative status with the United Nations and the Council of Europe since 1971, in its capacity as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), the UIA is represented at the main United Nations offices (New York, Geneva and Vienna).

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To promote professional excellence, the UIA offers seminars, training courses, an annual congress, and many other events throughout the year in interesting venues.


The UIA is open to all the world’s lawyers, both general practitioners and specialists. The UIA is the only multi-lingual and multi-culturals major international lawyers’ organization.

For just €50 as a student, Join the UIA and…

  • Grow your business through global contacts
  • Benefit from preferential prices for our events
  • Interact with leading professionals
  • Defend the independence and freedom of lawyers worldwide
  • Get access to online resources only available to members

“The UIA presents the highest-level standards of education and networking among lawyers around the world. I am very satisfied with collaboration both with the lawyers I met within UIA and with the staff of UIA. I am very satisfied with the Management of Law Firms Committee and the way they organised the panels.” – UIA member

“Excellent organisation, contents, panels! As a first timer I was very pleased to be able to participate in the Congress.” – Joana Whyte, Lisbon, Portugal

“At UIA seminars, it is common at the end for all the participants to pose for a photograph. When I look at my UIA photographs, I remember how much I learned, and how much I loved interacting with fabulous lawyers in interesting places.”
Barbara J. Gislason, Minneapolis, MN, USA