International Association of Lawyers

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At present, through its collective members (bars, federations, and associations) and individual members, the International Association of Lawyers (UIA – Union Internationale des Avocats) brings together around two million lawyers from more than 120 countries.

The UIA is Open to all the world’s lawyers, both general practitioners and specialists. Its members also include legal professionals, judges, law students and teachers.

The UIA is a multilingual and multicultural organisationand is the only major international lawyers’ organisation to have adopted French, English and Spanish as its working languages.

The UIA’s membership has extensive expertise in legal matters, which means the UIA can initiate high-level legal debates within its technical commissions and working groups, as well as adopts resolutions on current problems faced by the legal profession throughout the world.

To promote professional excellence, the UIA offers seminars, training sessions and other events throughout the year in several countries, which are also accredited for continuing education purposes.

The UIA is committed to defending the cause of lawyers who may be pressured or threatened anywhere in the world, through its lobbying and advocacy activities.

The UIA is committed to its work and has enjoyed special consultative status with the United Nations and the Council of Europe since 1971, in its capacity as a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO).

It is represented at the main United Nations offices (New York, Geneva and Vienna). In addition, the UIA has a seat on the Consultative Council of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

The UIA has also monitored the work of the preparatory commission for the International Criminal Court since its inception. Today, it also attends the sessions of the Assembly of States Parties to the Statute of the Court. The UIA is a member of the Executive Council of the International Criminal Bar.

Why join the UIA

  1. Give an international dimension to the practice of your profession,
  2. Establish contacts and compare experiences with lawyers from more than 120 countries,
  3. Support the UIA’s Protection of the Lawyers and Human Rights initiatives,
  4. Receive updates on changes to the Law and their impact on the legal profession.



Practising lawyers, teachers of law, judges, legal professionals who are principally engaged in the practice of law and who hold suitable legal qualifications and law students who want to experience the legal profession across national boundaries in a multicultural environment in which no one country or culture dominates, can join the UIA

The UIA offers the firm memberships and the individual memberships.


Law firms are eligible for UIA membership; they must have a minimum of 5 partners.

The firm registers as a member, thereby simplifying accounting.

If you are interested in receiving further information about the firm membership and fees, please contact Noelia Alonso Morán at

You can also contact the UIA office by telephone at: +33 1 44 88 55 66.

View the UIA firm members.


We offer lawyers and other legal professionals different membership fees based on their country, as well as discounts for lawyers under 35. View the categories of countries classified according to the Human Development Index from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Register online now or download the membership form. For further information you can contact the UIA office by telephone at: +33 1 44 88 55 66 or by email at

Are you a law student?

The UIA invites you to become a UIA member as of now and to make your first international steps in a professional association that is built on a human scale and designed to foster interaction.

Download our brochure.

– Individual members= Lawyers whose primary professional activity is the practice of law.

– Associate individual members* = Other legal professionals who practise law as their primary occupation, law professors and magistrates.


National organisations (bar associations, law societies or others) and international legal associations which are broadly representative may become UIA collective members.

If you are interested in receiving further information about the collective membership and fees, please contact Noelia Alonso Morán at

You can also contact the UIA office by telephone at: +33 1 44 88 55 66.

International Association of Lawyers