Our Story

The Inter-American Bar Association (IABA) is a permanent forum for the exchange of ideas amongst legal professionals and scholars in the Western Hemisphere. In the years leading to World War II, it became apparent to a growing number of jurists of the importance of promoting the Rule of Law and democratic institutions in the face of the political challenges to those ideas. On May 16, 1940, the Inter-American Bar Association was founded to meet this need. Since its founding the challenges facing the legal community have changed—what has not changed is our underlying goal of promoting the Rule of Law. Naturally, the IABA has evolved with the times and today is actively engaged in the conversations important to the legal community of the 21stcentury.

The D.C. Chapter (IABA-DC) is an important part of the greater IABA community. Located in Washington D.C., where the IABA is headquartered, IABA-DC is uniquely positioned to engage the law firms, international organizations, government organizations, and the non-profit community in the conversations most pressing to legal professionals and scholars in our hemisphere. IABA-DC events and publications draw on the diverse experiences of the international legal community located in D.C. to participate in the exchange of ideas on what citizenship will mean in the Western Hemisphere in the 21st century.

We hope you join us in these conversations. Our website and social media presence are vehicles to incorporate new voices in these important conversations. We encourage you to continue to visit our website and engage with our publications. In addition to our own institutional publications, we have reached out to experts in various practice areas to discuss timely topics in their fields with hemispheric implications.

We encourage you to lend your voice to the conversation. If you are interested in making a contribution on an important topic for our hemisphere in your practice area, please email us at c.andregrover@gmail.com so we can work together to bring your perspectives and voice to bear.

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