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Bar Association of India

About the Bar Association of India

The Bar Association of India is Federation of the Supreme Court, High Court, District Court and other local Bar Associations, Law Societies in India and the Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF), cumulatively representing as a voluntary body almost the entire legal profession, apart from having a distinguished individual membership.

The genesis of the Association lies in the recommendations of a Committee formed to constitute an All India Bar following a resolution passed during the All India Law Conference organized by the Indian Law Institute. This recommendation was preceded by a detailed questionnaire being sent by the ILI under the initiative of then Chief Justice of India as the President ILI, which revealed a countrywide desire for formation of such a body.

Pursuant to these resolutions a draft of the Constitution of the Association was prepared and circulated to the members of the Bar all over the country for their advice and suggestions. These suggestions were considered at a meeting of the Organization Committee of the Association which passed and adopted the Constitution of the Association in the light of the suggestions receives by it and the first executive committee of its Constituted on 8th August 1959. Thereafter the Association was registered under the Societies Registration Act on 25th September, 1959”.

The Bar Association of India was inaugurated on April 2, 1960 by Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the President of India, at a gathering of lawyers who had come from all parts of India in the Main Hall of Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. Amongst those who spoke at the inaugural were then Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, the Chief Justice of India, Shri B.P. Sinha and Shri M.C. Setalvad, Attorney General of India, who was also the first President of the Bar Association of India.

The Bar Association of India has always been at the forefront of introducing new ideas and instilling a culure of inquiry, debate and discussions on the issues vital to the Indian Legal profession, Justice delivery mechanism and maintaining and promoting the Rule of Law by organizing on regular basis seminars, workshops, national and international conferences. The Association is also credited with having successfully organized mega conferences as a host organization for the International Bar Association, Commonwealth Lawyers Association, the Union International Des Avocats (UIA), Law Asia and the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and has recently with China, was co-initiater and founder of BRICS Legal Forum.

Invariably it is the who’s who of the Indian legal profession formed the Executive Committee of the Association. Some of the office bearers of the Association achieved the distinction of holding the highest office of President of various International bodies. Among the present office bearers/Members of Advisory Board, Mr. R.K.P. Shankardass has been a President of the International Bar Association, Mr. K.K. Venugopal has been president of the UIA and Mr. Fali S Nariman and Mr. Anil Divan have been the past presidents of LawAsia. Late Mr. G.L. Sanghi, a Vice President of the Association, also was a distinguished President of LawAsia. Mr. Prashant Kumar, Executive Vice President, will take over as next President of Lawasia in November 2015 in Sydney.


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Fall 2017 issue of India Law News

Read the Fall 2017 issue of India Law News published by the India Committee of the ABA Section of International Law


Article - The Incomprehensible Lawyer

Article by Mr. Jyoti Sagar, The Incomprehensible Lawyer (Part I)
The Incomprehensible Lawyer (first part) has been authored by our esteemed colleague Jyoti Sagar published by Bar & Bench. The emphasis is on good legal writing. I am sure you will find it intellectually stimulating and of practical relevance.
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The Bar Association of India is Federation of the Supreme Court, High Court, District Court and other local Bar Associations, Law Societies in India and the Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF), cumulatively representing as a voluntary body almost the entire legal profession, apart from having a distinguished individual membership.


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