Us Too? Update: how is the legal profession responding to bullying and sexual harassment?

Wednesday 10th of June 2020 01:00 PM BST

In May 2019, the International Bar Association (IBA) Legal Policy & Research Unit and Acritas published a landmark report, Us Too? Bullying and Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession. Drawing on a global survey of 7,000 legal professionals from across 135 countries, the report highlighted chronic levels of inappropriate behaviour in legal workplaces, significant under-reporting of incidents and insufficient action from employers and other stakeholders.

A year on, is progress being made? What are legal workplaces, regulators and representative bodies doing to improve professional culture and better respond to misconduct? What needs to be done? And what does Covid-19 mean for efforts to promote diversity and inclusion within the profession?

Report author Kieran Pender will share insights from the IBA’s unprecedented Us Too? campaign, which included events in over 30 cities across six continents alongside engagement with more than 100 law firms and dozens of other stakeholders. A panel will then reflect on developments of the past 12 months and what we might expect in the years ahead.

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Kieran Pender | Senior Legal Advisor, Legal Policy & Research Unit, International Bar Association, London

Horacio Bernardes Neto | President, International Bar Association; Partner, Motta Fernandes Advogados, São Paulo

Sara Carnegie | Director of Legal Projects, International Bar Association, London

Pauline Wright | President, Law Council of Australia; Partner, P J Donnellan & Co, Gosford

Dee Sekar | Diversity & Inclusion Director, Chambers and Partners, London

Sarah Gregory | Inclusion & Diversity Partner, Baker McKenzie, London

Jeroen Ouwehand | Global Senior Partner, Clifford Chance, Amsterdam

Bárbara V. Ramperti | Partner, Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal, Buenos Aires

Gregory Vijayendran SC | President, Law Society of Singapore; Partner, Rajah & Tann, Singapore

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