key milestones

1934

43 national bar associations/law societies established

1945

Tentative Draft Constitution for an International Bar Association

1946

Draft Constitution forwarded to the head of the national capital city bar association of each country in the world in which one was known to exist. Meeting (led by the ABA) held in New York on 8 and 9 October 1946 to discuss formal terms of the Constitution. Associations to become effective upon five eligible national associations filing acceptances of the constitution. 'The primary purpose of the Association [is] to back the establishment of law and the administration of justice by law throughout the world; to promote the principles and aims of the United Nations'

1947

First meeting of the Committee for the organisation of the International Bar Association. Inaugural meeting of the IBA held at the House of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York on 17 and 18 February 1947. Adoption of Constitution of the IBA and inauguration of the House of Deputies, President, Vice Presidents and Executive Council. First meeting of the Executive Council under the new Constitution held on 6 March 1947. Council establishes headquarters in New York. First international conference - New York (19 – 22 October 1947) First elected Chairman – Mr George Maurice Morris (US)

1948

2nd IBA Biennial Conference (The Hague)