The International Bar Association has canceled its November annual conference, which was set to take place in Miami, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to an email sent out to IBA members.
The conference will instead be presented as a series of webinars, a common stand-in for educational events amid the pandemic. The 2021 conference in Paris has not been canceled, and the Miami conference has been rescheduled to the fall of 2022.
The cancellation was first reported by the Global Legal Post.
In an email sent to IBA members, obtained by Law.com, IBA President Horacio Bernardes Neto and IBA Executive Director Mark Ellis cast the pandemic as the “biggest challenge the Association has ever faced,” adding that the organization’s response will “define us.”
“Rest assured, we will weather this storm,” the email read. “The IBA’s strong financial reserves, dedicated and professional staff, and remarkable team of volunteers in leadership positions across the association, give us the foundation to continue our work.”