Regional Leadership Conference for Bar Associations and Civil Society


On March 27, 2015, Bar Association leaders and Justice-sector Civil Society representatives from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Serbia will come together for a two-day regional leadership conference. Participants will discuss ways to enhance Bar Association services and strengthen the role of local Bar Association Chambers in advancing the rule of law – including potential project ideas for the Bar Associations in the region.

On March 28, Bar Association representatives will sign a Memorandum of Understanding to work together and support each other in strengthening Bar Association capacity and the independence of the legal profession. Also on March 28, key note speeches by William Hubbard, the President of the American Bar Association, and Maria Ślązak, the President of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe, will address how local Bar Association Chambers help establish the rule of law and how regional networks like BRRLN can support the rule of law in the Balkans.

The conference is organized by the Balkans Regional Rule of Law Network (BRRLN) Program, which promotes the rule of law by building mechanisms to allow Bar Associations as well as Justice-sector Civil Society organizations from member countries to collaborate and share knowledge and best practices. The Program is implemented by the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).


  • Friday, March 27, at 9 a.m.

    Opening of conference by the Director of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative Elizabeth Anderson, President of the Serbian Bar Association Dragoljub Đorđević, and Program Director of the Balkans Regional Rule of Law Initiative Elizabeth Givens.

  • Saturday, March 28, at 2 p.m.

    Remarks by President of the American Bar Association William Hubbard and President of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe Maria Ślązak.

  • Saturday, March 28, at 5 p.m.

    Signing of Memorandum of Understanding among Bar Associations from the Balkans region.

Accreditation required. To pre-register, please contact Katerina Nikolova. Onsite registration will begin at 08:30 a.m. on March 27. The full conference agenda is attached.

WHERE: Hotel Metropol Palace, Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra 126, Belgrade

CONTACT: Katerina Nikolova, American Bar Association, at +389 23110081 or