World Bar Conference 2024

Belfast & Dublin

World Bar Conference 2024

The International Council of Advocates and Barristers (ICAB) is excited to announce the 2024 World Bar Conference, bringing together practitioners from across the Common Law world.

About this Event

2024 World Bar Conference | Global Challenges & how the Independent Referral Bars can respond.

15th – 17th May | Belfast & Dublin, Ireland

Limited Capacity | Reserve Early


The 2024 World Bar Conference takes place against the backdrop of immense global challenges – all experienced   on local levels; and giving rise to distinct regional responses.  

The application of Artificial Intelligence, Climate Change and stability of the Rule of Law across the world are just some of the key themes to be considered by a selection of thought leaders and legal experts practising at the Independent Referral Bar.   The fundamental question then arises, what value do barristers and advocates bring in the face of such challenges? And, can our shared legal and ethical compass guide us through these periods of change?

Jointly hosted by The Bar of Ireland and The Bar of Northern Ireland, the World Bar Conference 2024 will take place across the charming city of Belfast and vibrant city of Dublin from the 15th to 17th May, concluding in a gala dinner, held at Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin.

Members of the Australian Bar are urged to book early, for what will be a fantastic professional development opportunity as well as valuable occasion to strengthen and renew relationships across the participating Bars.

Topics under consideration include:

  • Navigating the Crossroads: Cancel Culture, Free Speech, and the Right to Offend
  • Law in the Era of Climate Crisis: Unearthing the Legal Challenges
  • Rule of Law Under Fire: Existing in an Age of Conflict
  • Humanity on the Move: Legal Frontiers in Migration and Human Rights
  • AI Unleashed: Tomorrow's Legal Landscape and the New Normal?
  • An Independent Bar & an Independent Judiciary: Perspectives from Chief Justices in ICAB Jurisdictions

Keynote speakers, and panel discussion will feature subject matters expert, judiciary and leading counsel.   Contributors will figure from across the common law jurisdictions; and feature a Judicial Panel, as well as a Law Officers Panel (Attorney Generals & Advocate Generals)

Registration is now open and places are limited; so members are urged to book early.  Where possible, do notify of your registration, so that we have an understanding of the delegation from the Australian Bar.

Website for full details & registration|

Hashtag | #worldbar2024

Conference Queries |



Evening Welcome Reception
Royal Courts of Justice, Belfast city centre

Conference (9.15am to 4.30pm)
Titanic Hotel, Belfast

Transport will be provided from Belfast to Dublin.

Traditional Irish Night & Drinks Reception (8pm) 
The Sheds, Distillery Building, Dublin city centre
FRI 17 MAY 2024 | DUBLIN
Conference (9.15am to 4.30am)
 Dublin Castle, Dublin city centre

Gala Dinner (7pm)
Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin city centre

Event Details


15 May 2024 - 17 May 2024


Belfast & Dublin


3 days