Social Justice – Diversity & Wellbeing | Plenary: Bullying and Sexual Harassment in Law – How Should Regulators Respond?
The #MeToo movement has swept all sectors, including law. In 2019, the International Bar Association (IBA) published a major report, highlighting pervasive bullying and sexual harassment within the legal profession. These and other developments have prompted regulators across the world to reassess their role in preventing and responding to incidents. Some have commenced disciplinary proceedings against offending lawyers, others have created informal reporting models to encourage targets to speak up. This session will bring together various stakeholders to discuss why and how regulators of the legal profession can seek to address bullying and sexual harassment in law. It will also see the launch of a follow-up report of the IBA, based on a survey of regulators globally, focused on emerging regulatory trends and possible future initiatives..
- An understanding of how different regulators globally conceptualise their role in promoting positive behaviour within the profession and addressing bullying and sexual harassment;
- An update on recent regulatory initiatives in this space – disciplinary proceedings, research projects, innovative use of existing powers, revisions to rules and regulations etc;
- A summary of the IBA’s research, which has surveyed regulators on this topic and produced a ‘food for thought’ guide; and
- An opportunity to discuss this emerging, topical issue with peers and experts.
- Kieran Pender – Senior Legal Advisor, International Bar Association (United Kingdom)
- Gail L. Gatchalian QC – Partner, Pink Larkin (Canada)
- Fiona McLeay – Victorian Legal Services Commissioner (Canada)
- Juliet Oliver – General Counsel, Solicitors Regulation Authority (United Kingdom)
- Gregory Vijayendran SC – President, Law Society of Singapore and Partner, Rajah & Tann (Singapore)