The IPBA Membership Committee is committed to supporting all IPBA members, as well as welcoming new members from any jurisdiction around the world.
Contact the Committee leaders below with any inquiries regarding membership.
What is the IPBA?
The Inter-Pacific Bar Association ("IPBA") is an international association of business and commercial lawyers who live in, or otherwise have a strong interest in, the Asia-Pacific region. It was established in April 1991 at an inaugural conference held in Tokyo attended by more than 500 lawyers from the Asia-Pacific region.
Why You Should Join the IPBA
Asia is the fastest growing region in the world, covering 30% of the world's land mass, yet with 60% of the world's population. In the last decade, China's average GDP growth was 10.5% per year. India averaged over 7% growth a year, while South Korea averaged more than 4% a year in the same decade. If you want to expand your legal business, you need to be engaged with people throughout Asia.
The IPBA has over 1,200 members in more than 65 jurisdictions worldwide and a track record of 24 years of successful annual conferences around the world. With 23 specialist committees to choose from, the IPBA has representatives in the entire spectrum of business and commercial legal work. We are a close-knit organization so you will always be able to make new friends, whether in the same area of law across the world or from your own neighborhood across different practice areas.
Taking place in a different city every year, the highlight of the IPBA calendar is undoubtedly the Annual General Meeting and Conference. With 600 to 1000 delegates, the conferences are small enough so that everyone can enjoy the events and sessions without feeling like just part of a crowd.
Apart from the Annual Conference, the IPBA sponsors other regional events, including an annual Asia M&A conference in Hong Kong, events in Paris, and a Construction Industry event in Hong Kong. The IPBA leadership also organize annual local and regional seminars, and some jurisdiction members organize golf tournaments so that local members keep in touch throughout the year.
As part of a well-respected organization, IPBA members are frequently offered generous discounts at events organized by other associations and entities throughout the Asia-Pacific. You can be assured that events carrying the IPBA name have the same high quality as IPBA events. Check out calendar of events for more information.
As a member, you will also appear in the IPBA online Membership Directory and the annual printed Membership Directory. Both are important reference sources for potential referrals among IPBA members (and now also potential referrals through APEC, as noted below). Also as a member, you are eligible to be considered as a speaker at the Annual Conference and locally organized IPBA events, and may submit substantive papers that will be considered for publication in the IPBA Journal, a professional publication issued quarterly.
Recognizing the importance of the role of corporate counsel in Asia-Pacific legal affairs, the IPBA has taken the steps to further welcome the participation of in-house corporate counsel as members, speakers, and conference participants. In light of company budgetary constraints, the IPBA has reduced both membership fees and the Annual Meeting and Conference registration fees for corporate counsel, to make it easier to participate in IPBA activities.
In 2010, the IPBA and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation ("APEC") forum concluded a memorandum to bring both organizations closer together to help promote trade and cross-border investment in the Asia-Pacific. The first act in this new are of cooperation is for the IPBA members' directory to be made available to all APEC officials as well as private parties who are interested in finding legal resources within the Asia-Pacific region. In addition, the first joint session between APEC and the IPBA was held at the 2011 Kyoto/Osaka Annual Conference, and at every conference since then.
Membership in the Association is open to all qualified lawyers who are in good standing and who live in, or who are interested in, the Asia-Pacific region.
Three-year Term Membership
Annual dues are payable in Japanese Yen, and cover the period of one year starting from January 1 and ending on December 31. Those who join the Association on or before August 31 will be registered as a member for the current year. Those who join the Association on or after September 1 will be registered as a member for the rest of the current year and for the following year.
Selection of membership category is up to each individual, but birthdate is required to register for the Young Lawyer category. If the membership category is not specified in the registration form, standard annual dues will be charged by the Secretariat.
In order to encourage Corporate Counsel to join the IPBA, a Corporate Counsel membership category, with special membership dues, was established in 2010. This category is for in-house counsel who are employed by a company that is not a law firm. This category does not include those involved in academics, judges, or those employed by a law firm.
There will be no refund of dues for cancellation of all membership categories during the effective term, nor will other persons be allowed to take over the membership for the remaining period.
Corporate Associate Membership is open to corporations that are not in the legal profession.
A Corporate Associate may designate one employee ("Associate Member"), who may take part in any Annual Conference, committee or other programmes with the same rights and privileges as a Member, except that the Associate Member has no voting rights at Annual or Special Meetings, and may not assume the position of Council Member or Chairperson of a Committee. Corporate Associate members and the representative are listed in the membership directory.
A Corporate Associate may have any number of its employees attend any activities of the Association at the member rates.
Annual Dues for Corporate Associates JPY50,000
Contact the IPBA Secretariat if you would like to know more about this membership category, or would like to apply.
We will soon be accepting membership renewals for the membership year 2021. Members whose membership expires on December 31, 2020 will receive an e-mail reminder to pay dues for 2021.
All IPBA members can find out the expiration date of their own membership in their profile in the "My IPBA" section of this web site. Or, contact the IPBA Secretariat.