The MOU calls for collaboration on issues involving human trafficking, the globalization of the legal profession and funding for judicial systems. The legal associations also agreed to advocate against governments that “utilize their countries’ democratic institutions to destabilize and undermine the very existence of those institutions and independence of its Judiciary.”
“This agreement signals the ABA’s commitment to work internationally to represent the legal profession,” said ABA President Laurel G. Bellows. “The ABA is proud to be a founding member of the IABA and to work with them to solve problems across the Americas.”
“The enduring strength of the rule of law transcends geographic and territorial barriers because justice is a universal human aspiration,” said Bellows.
The ABA-IABA MOU is available here.
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