IBA Washington DC office to open
11 Jun, 2013
Yesterday (10th June) the International Bar Association (IBA) announced that it is to open a regional office in Washington DC, United States of America, with Michael Maya as its Director.
The IBA’s President, Michael Reynolds (pictured), said: “The opening of the IBA North America Office represents a particularly significant development in the continued expansion of the IBA. We are very excited by it and by the appointment of Michael Maya as its director.’ He continued, ‘This latest addition to IBA regional and specialist offices further demonstrates our commitment to our global membership and to the international legal profession more broadly. Core objectives of the IBA are promoting, advancing and fostering respect for the rule of law globally and developing harmonisation of law across borders. All are areas about which Michael Maya is passionate. And so this represents a perfect dovetailing of the organisation and the individual.”
Commenting on his appointment Michael Maya said: “The IBA is one of the most respected legal organisations in the world, one that I have admired from afar for years. Naturally, I am very excited and honoured to join a dynamic organisation whose mission I believe in. The opening of an office to further serve IBA members in the US and Canada, says a great deal about the importance the IBA places on this region, the legal profession within it, and the various institutions, such as the United Nations, that have an impact on issues of central importance to the IBA, such as fostering respect for the rule of law.’ He added, ‘I am especially looking forward to the IBA’s Annual Conference in Boston beginning October 6, when I will have a chance to meet individuals not only from North America but throughout the world who are leaders in their field and yet continue to devote their time, pro bono, to making the IBA the organisation it is today.”
Before assuming the position as Director of the IBA North America Office, Mr Maya spent almost two decades working with lawyers, judges, bar associations, human rights groups and other civil society organisations to promote the rule of law around the world. A considerable portion of his career has been spent with the American Bar Association, most recently as Deputy Director of the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) in Washington, DC, and in various roles at a predecessor entity, the ABA’s Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (ABA CEELI). Mr Maya played a central role in creating ABA ROLI and helped oversee its programmes in more than 60 countries, including the following countries in sub-Saharan Africa: the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia, Burundi, Nigeria, Cameroon, Liberia and Mali. At ABA CEELI, Mr Maya held a number of positions, including as its Tashkent-based representative in Uzbekistan; the Moscow-based director of its Russia programme; the Washington DC-based director of programmes in 12 former Soviet Republics, and later as its Deputy Director. He also advised the World Justice Project on a variety of matters, including the creation of its Rule of Law Index. After graduating from law school, Mr Maya practiced law in New York City in the field of commercial litigation. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a JD from Cornell University.
Dr Mark Ellis, IBA Executive Director commented: “The opening of the IBA North America Office fulfils a long-term strategic goal of the Association and augments regional offices in Asia, Europe, and South America. The appointment of Michael Maya as its Director ensures that the purpose of the office will be fully realised. Through his considerable range of experience, expertise, collaborative approach, and proximity to key global organisations based in the US, he will be well-positioned to develop and strengthen programmes and links between the IBA and entities such as the United Nations and the World Bank where our agendas converge.”