2024 World Bar Conference

The Bar of Ireland and the Bar of Northern Ireland are hosting the 2024 World Bar Conference in Belfast and Dublin. This will be the first time that the conference has been hosted on the island of Ireland since 2008 and this is only the second time that a conference like this has been hosted in Ireland. This biannual conference attracts up to 250 international delegates from the major common law jurisdictions including Australia, Scotland, England & Wales, South Africa, Hong Kong, New Zealand and other guest jurisdictions.

Please note: This conference is intended for practising barristers.

Conference Schedule:


Evening Welcome Reception Royal Courts of Justice, Belfast city centre


Conference (9.15am to 4.30pm) Titanic Hotel, Belfast

Transport will be provided from Belfast to Dublin.

Traditional Irish Music & Drinks Reception (8pm)  The Sheds, Distillery Building, Dublin city centre FRI 17 MAY | DUBLIN

Conference (9.15am to 4.30am) Dublin Castle, Dublin city centre

Black Tie Gala Dinner (7pm) Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin city centre

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Venue capacities are limited to a maximum of 250 people and tickets are available on a first come, first served basis.

Accessibility Requirements: At the Bar of Ireland and the Bar of Northern Ireland, we wish for our events to be as welcoming, accessible and inclusive for all. Please provide us if comfortable with any accessibility related considerations so that we can endeavour to ensure a barrier free experience during the event. Email events@lawlibrary.ie to discuss your needs.


Additional Information

The International Council of Advocates and Barristers (ICAB) is the forum for members of independent referral bars around the world. The maintenance of an independent referral Bar represents one of the cornerstones of any functioning democracy and legal system. Our members have a unique specialism and expertise in legal advocacy and work, without fear or favour, to champion the rule of law and the administration of justice.

Every two years, the International Council of Advocates and Barristers organises an international legal conference in different cities worldwide. This, the World Bar Conference (WBC), is the only event which brings together members of the independent referral Bar from around the world for three days of debate and discussion on issues and topics of relevance. Visit the ICAB website for more information.