The legal profession has a problem. In 2018, the International Bar Association (IBA) and market research company Acritas conducted the largest-ever global survey on bullying and sexual harassment in the profession. Nearly 7,000 individuals from 135 countries responded to the survey, from across the spectrum of legal workplaces: law firms, in-house, barristers’ chambers, government and the judiciary.
The results provide empirical confirmation that bullying and sexual harassment are rife in the legal profession:
- Approximately one in two female respondents and one in three male respondents had been bullied in connection with their employment.
- One in three female respondents had been sexually harassed in a workplace context, as had one in 14 male respondents.
This report provides a succinct analysis of that data, to raise awareness about the nature, extent and impact of the problem and inform the development of solutions. It also outlines 10 recommendations for achieving positive change, and highlights steps the IBA will take to lead by example.
Lawyer and author Kieran Pender told Chambers “our event in Rome is the final stop on a global engagement campaign, that has seen us hold events and meet with over 100 law firms across 30 cities. As this phase of the project comes to an end, we are excited to begin work on the next phase – as the IBA and our many partners, including Chambers and Partners, work together to create a more diverse and inclusive profession.”
Please join the International Bar Association (IBA) and the Consiglio dell’Ordine degli Avvocati di Roma to discuss the results of the IBA’s landmark report Us Too? – Bullying and Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession.
The report details the findings of the largest-ever global survey on the prevalence, nature and impact of bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession, conducted by the IBA in 2018.
‘This important report is a clarion call for urgent action. I urge you to absorb its facts and findings and then make a difference.’
Julia Gillard, Former Prime Minister of Australia
The event will be opened by Chiomenti managing partner Filippo Modulo. Us Too? report author Kieran Pender (Senior Legal Advisor, IBA Legal Policy & Research Unit) will present the results of the report, and provide his observations from the subsequent global engagement campaign – which has seen the IBA hold events on these issues in 30 cities across six continents and engage with over 100 law firms.
A panel discussion will follow, featuring Professor Stefania Bariatti (University of Milan; Chair, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena) and Matteo Fusillo (Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners). The event will conclude with Q&A and remarks from Antonino Galletti, President of the Roman Bar Association.
The event will be held in Italian. Simultaneous translation will be provided.
Registration is free, but essential • Please note seating is limited.
To register, please email: email@example.com
ROME • 10 FEBRUARY 2020 • #IBAUsToo