The Republic of Kosovo has become a full member of the International Bar Association through its new local affiliate, the Kosovo Chamber of Attorneys at Law.
Mark Ellis, the Executive Director of the IBA, said that the Kosovo Chamber of Attorneys at Law was accepted after an extensive debate over the issue of whether Kosovo is eligible for membership, since according to the IBA Constitution, only states are allowed membership. After a thorough debate and analysis, IBA experts reached the conclusion that the Republic of Kosovo fulfills the requirements of the IBA Constitution.
This membership creates the mechanism for the IBA’s involvement in offering help to the Republic of Kosovo's judicial system and especially for the newly-created Constitutional Court.
The IBA was established in 1947 and is the world’s leading organization of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. The IBA influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the legal profession throughout the world. It has a membership of 30,000 individual lawyers and more than 195 bar associations and law societies spanning all continents.