The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is the world's largest organisation serving the professional and business interests of attorneys who practice in the legal departments of corporations, associations and other private-sector organisations around the globe. ACC promotes the common interests of its members, provides resources to help save time, money and effort, contributes to their continuing education and provides a voice on issues of global importance. With more than 29,000 members in over 75 countries, employed by over 10,000 organisations, ACC's community connects its members to the people and resources necessary for both personal and professional growth. By in-house counsel, for in-house counsel.®
Established in 1878, the American Bar Association Section of International Law (ABA International) has over 24,000 members and is an integral part of the American Bar Association (ABA), which has more than 470,000 members.
Its members are high-level lawyers who live and work in more than 90 countries around the world. In addition to prominent lawyers in private US law firms, it also has 1,500 corporate counsel, more than 800 US lawyers practising abroad and more than 1,000 non-US lawyers.
The Section of International Law is the ABA's home for many of the world's leading international lawyers and serves as the ABA's forum for the discussion of current and emerging issues in international law. ABA International serves its members through a wide range of resources, from seasonal meetings to continuing legal education programmes, telemeetings, cutting-edge publications and smaller meetings and working discussions among its 60 specialised and regional committees.
Established in 1947, the IBA is the world's leading organisation of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. The IBA influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the legal profession throughout the world. It has a membership of 30,000 individual lawyers and more than 195 bar associations and law societies spanning all continents. It has considerable expertise in providing assistance to the global legal community.
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 organising conference held in Tokyo attended by more than 500 lawyers from countries within the region. Since then, it has grown to become a pre-eminent legal association in the region, with membership drawn from throughout the world. It currently has over 1,650 members from over 67 national jurisdictions worldwide.
The International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) is the only global association devoted to lawyers and in-house counsel aged 45 and under. Through a wide range of meetings, seminars, law courses and advocacy, it aims to promote professional cooperation and friendship among young career-building legal professionals on an international stage. The AIJA is the ideal association for anyone who is intrigued by issues on the cutting edge of international law, eager to belong to a network of thousands of career-building lawyers and in-house counsel, keen to participate in seminars run by multicultural and enthusiastic professionals and interested in debating the latest developments in law and business, globally.
ECLA is an international non-profit association and is the umbrella organisation for 19 company lawyers associations in Europe. Through its members, ECLA represents more than 20,000 company lawyers in 19 countries.
Membership is open to company lawyers associations only. While individuals are not members of ECLA directly, each company lawyer who is a member of a national company lawyer association can benefit from ECLA's activities as outlined in its programme. These include benefits such as conference discounts, legal education training and publications.
The Belgian Institute of Company Lawyers (IJE) was established in March 2000. In Belgium, only members of the IJE can carry the title of ‘company lawyer’; advice given by members of the IJE is confidential. The IJE guarantees the intellectual independence of company lawyers, organises training and collaborates with other legal professions both within and outside of Belgium.
MDA was founded in 2003 to promote the common interests of lawyers in Brazil. It has a board of directors with 63 members from different areas of practice, and a chief executive and two officers who manage its daily activities. MDA has also four special committees, including the In-house Counsel Committee. The In-house Counsel Committee was founded in 2010 as a forum for corporate counsel to share their experiences, further the development of the corporate counsel profession in Brazil and defend their common interests. It has members from both national and foreign companies.
The National Union of Jurisconsult Bulgaria (NUJB) was founded in 1990. It aims to help with the professional development of lawyers, improve legislation, research best practices in other jurisdictions and improve the professional qualifications of members. The NUJB has regional subsidiaries in nine of the biggest cities in the country and more than 250 members.
The CCCA provides a national forum for corporate counsel to advance the development of professional skills, the practice of law and their career as in-house counsel. The CCCA's over 9,200 national members represent over 1,850 companies and organisations in industries including banking and finance, energy, health, insurance, manufacturing, technology and communications.
The Croatian Association of Corporate Lawyers was founded in 2007 and has members from a broad range of companies, government bodies and other organisations.
The association aims to protect the interests of in-house lawyers in Croatia and to increase awarness of their role among the legal and business communities. It also organises workshops, debates and lectures by and for members and respected colleagues from other segments of the legal profession, and promotes networking and information sharing among its members. In order to provide continued legal education for its members, it also cooperates with a large number of law schools, associations and institutions.
The Company Lawyers Association of Estonia (CLAE) was founded as a separate section of the Estonian Lawyers Union in 2000. That same year, CLAE became a member of the European Company Lawyers Association. CLAE aims to strengthen the status of company lawyers in Estonia; enhance members’ knowledge of business law and develop their practical skills; and offer networking opportunities for corporate legal professionals. Under the auspices of the Estonian Lawyers Union, which represents the interests of more than 1,200 Estonian lawyers, CLAE is the voice of company lawyers, with 168 members as of January 2013.
The French Association of Corporate Counsel (AFJE) is the first professional organisation for in-house corporate counsel in France. Comprising more than 4,000 members from 1,200 companies (600 of whom are legal directors), the AFJE endeavours to serve as a platform for practitioners. The AFJE promotes the practice of corporate counsel and defends their interests. It organises regional debates and workshops on topical subjects, as well as more than 80 workshops/conferences per year within its framework of 16 legal area-focused commissions. It also produces a series of videos in order to help the profession to inspire, and to be better perceived and understood.
The ASDA was founded in 1978 and aims to secure and develop the interests of company lawyers, and to promote training in the fields of law which are of interest to them. To this end, the Company Lawyers' Section has been organising the Company Lawyers' Day for the past 15 years, establishing the traditional discussion forum for company lawyers in Germany. In addition to this major event, which takes place in the first week in November in Berlin each year, the section organises other events in Germany throughout the year. Under the auspices of the German Bar Association, which represents the interests of more than 65,000 German lawyers, the section is the voice of company lawyers in Germany. Please visit our website for more information.
The Hong Kong Corporate Counsel Association (HKCCA) was established in March 2003 as the pioneer association representing in-house lawyers in Hong Kong. The HKCCA provides an efficient and effective range of benefits and services for its members' professional development, including continuing legal education, a platform for networking and the exchange of ideas, information and experiences that are unique to the in-house role. It is Hong Kong's only association of in-house counsel run for in-house counsel, by in-house counsel. We pride ourselves in knowing what in-house counsel want to learn, to hear, to advocate and to participate in, and we believe we know how to organise activities to meet these needs.
The Indian Corporate Counsel Association exists to provide a common platform for its members to exchange views, discuss best practices and share knowledge, as well as to facilitate placements, networking and the exchange of experience. It also provides feedback to various governmental and regulatory authorities with a view to assisting in the ongoing process of reforms, as India’s regulatory framework continues to evolve
The ICCA was founded in 2004. Its main objectives are to increase awareness of the role of in-house legal counsel among the business and legal communities, and to strengthen communication between in-house legal counsel.
The ICCA is a reliable monthly forum for in-house counsel in Indonesia to share information, best practices, up-to-date legal knowledge and resources in order to enrich their professional ability and knowledge. The ICCA also organises annual events whose scope is broader in terms of participants and topics. The ICCA's executive board is elected by its members every two years.
The AIGI was founded in 1976 with the aim of promoting the role of business lawyers to the wider community. The AIGI currently has over 1,000 members representing public and private companies across a range of industries, as well as government departments.
The AIGI provides training and development for business lawyers. It fosters collaborative relationships with various public and private organisations for the dissemination of legal knowledge, and works with universities, institutions and associations to devise legal and economic courses, conferences and seminars. The AIGI also monitors compliance with codes of conduct and encourages the exchange of information, experiences and documentation among its members.
The Japan In-House Counsel Network (JICN) is a diverse and dynamic community of corporate legal professionals working in Japan. Its members give legal related advice to both large and small companies in a broad range of industries, including banking and finance, insurance, healthcare, manufacturing and technology. The JICN seeks to enhance the competency and professional development of its members through regular continuing education courses and skills training seminars. It also offers members opportunities to network and exchange ideas and information relevant to their work as corporate legal professional.
The Malaysian Corporate Counsel Association's (MCCA) vision is to be the premier organisation for the promotion and facilitation of networking, knowledge-sharing and continuing legal education for the corporate counsel community in Malaysia, and for the enhancement of the community's profile among the legal fraternity and the general public. The MCCA serves as a platform for corporate counsel working in Malaysia to express their challenges and mutually benefit from the experiences they share as members of a common profession. In so doing, MCCA strives to recognise and enhance the pivotal role played by corporate counsel in Malaysia's dynamic and multifarious corporate environment.
The ANADE aims to promote and facilitate the exchange of information, experience and knowledge between its members, and to enhance their academic and intellectual capabilities, by organising courses, roundtables, meetings and seminars.
ANADE has no political objectives and does not interfere in the internal relations between its members and law firms. It aims to bring together people within the legal field who share a clear commitment towards the practice of law, and to promote the further development of its members, helping them reach the highest professional standards.
Founded in June 2007, the Corporate Counsel Middle East Group (formerly the Dubai Corporate Counsel Group) is the first group of in-house counsel in the Middle East. Led by its 12-member Steering Committee, the CCME has more than 140 members and has established valuable partnerships with leading international and national law firms, executive search firms and publishers.
The CCME group was created by in-house counsel coming together to promote the in-house practice of law in the Gulf. In recent years, legal practice in the Gulf has become increasingly sophisticated, complex, fast-paced and dynamic. As a result, many internationally trained in-house lawyers (as well as many international law firms) have come to the region offering their expertise and legal services. Legal organisations, however, remain relatively new and undeveloped, and the CCME group hopes to be a part of the growth of the legal sector in this exciting, dynamic and fast-developing region.
The NGB promotes law and legal practice in business, and facilitates the meeting of members to undertake studies and exchange opinions.
The NBG has over 1,100 members, who are bound by rules of conduct. Together with the Universities of Leiden, Nijmegen, Rotterdam and Tilburg, it has established a course for the training of company lawyers which aims to deepen knowledge of business law and further the development of practical skills. The NGB also maintains close contacts with similar bodies throughout Europe.
The Corporate Counsel Section of the New York State Bar Association is comprised of more than 1,600 attorneys who serve as in-house counsel to corporations and other business entities, as well as attorneys in government and academic institutions. Members collaborate on activities that enhance the role of in-house corporate counsel as contributing members and leaders of their communities, the legal profession and the Bar Association, and provide a medium for cooperation, encouragement and assistance in the resolution of problems common to them and the legal profession.
CLANZ is a section of the New Zealand Law Society. CLANZ was established in 1987 to meet the needs of corporate and government lawyers, including information sharing and networking. It recognises the distinct interests and needs shared by lawyers providing professional services to their employers. CLANZ members are New Zealand lawyers working in corporate, government and other organisations, not in private practice. Approximately 1,800 lawyers qualify as members, from about 10,000 lawyers in New Zealand. The Executive Committee is elected by members at the annual conference.
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Section on Business Law (SBL) was founded in 2004. It aims to promote the delivery of qualitative business law services to the public and to guide, assist and organise enlightenment programmes for committees on business law and legislative bodies in the deliberation, drafting and enactment of legislation pertaining to commercial and business issues of the nation in general. The NBA SBL provides continuing legal education for section members and assists in the exchange of information and views between individual members and other likeminded bodies as to the laws, practices and procedures affecting the section locally and internationally.
Bedriftsjuristene was founded as a separate section of the Norwegian Association of Lawyers in 2010. It aims to secure and develop the interests of company lawyers, and to promote networking and seminars in the fields of law which are of interest to them. For several years, the Company Lawyers' Section has been organising its October seminar, establishing a traditional forum for company lawyers in Norway. Under the auspices of the Norwegian Association of Lawyers, which represents the interests of more than 15,000 Norwegian lawyers, the section is the voice of company lawyers in Norway. Bedriftsjuristene has over 1,200 members.
Instituto dos Advogados de Empresa (IAE) is part of the Portuguese Bar Association. Its main goal is the defence and representation of Portuguese company lawyers. In addition, the IAE identifies and clarifies the particularities of the company lawyer’s profession, drafts legal opinions for other bodies of the Portuguese Bar Association, and advises on specific concerns of company lawyers in the performance of their function within corporations.
The IAE also aims to promote the inclusion of company lawyers in activities of the Bar, provide continuous training to its members and to lawyers in general, and to offer support to the president of the Bar and the General Assembly of the Bar Association.
The SCCA represents some 480 corporate counsel from 200 different entities. To cater to this increasing pool of members, the SCCA now has a wide range of events and educational and professional development programmes.
The SCCA desires to foster a dynamic community of corporate counsel, which will give its members the chance to network and to share information and resources. It aims to raise the profile of the in-house lawyers' community in Singapore and provide platforms to establish views on issues that concern this community.
CLASA was formed in 1982 to promote the common interests of corporate lawyers in South Africa. It aims to improve and promote the proficiency and competency of its members and to encourage professional and ethical conduct. CLASA provides a forum for the exchange of views and mutual liaison on matters of common interest to corporate lawyers in South Africa, and liaises with representative national and international organisations in the interests of its members. CLASA has approximately 340 members.
The key objective of the ACL is to be, and to be recognised as, the primary professional association of corporate lawyers in Sri Lanka. It provides an effective range of benefits and services to advance its members' professional development and meet their individual needs. Its aim is to represent members before their constituent law bodies and other forums by providing a voice for corporate lawyers, as well as providing continued legal education for the benefit of members. It maintains legal knowledge through conferences, seminars and social events, and promotes corporate lawyers not only within the business and legal communities, but also to the general public. It also ensures proper management in the field of law and other connected fields.