Programme – The Modern Bar Association Conference



Modern Bar Association Conference

Warsaw, 17th of June 2021 

10:00 CEST

Online event (only)


Conference Program

(may be subject to a change – please check the conference website for possible updates)

10:00 – 11:00
Online welcome tea


11:00 – 11:15
Conference Opening

Włodzimierz Chróścik – President of the Polish Bar Association

Monika Całkiewicz – President of the Warsaw Bar Association



Session I

Bar Association, Covid Pandemic and Post-Covid Time

Chair: Magdalena Bartosiewicz, Member of the Council, President of International Cooperation and Human Rights Committee, the Warsaw Bar Association

11:15 – 11:35

Ludmila Glembotzky Goya of International Relations Commission, the Bilbao-Biscay Bar Association

COVID-19 & Bilbao-Biscay Bar Association


11:35 – 11:55

Konstantin Dobrynin, State Secretary of the Russian Federation Bar Association

Law profession in a post-covid time


11:55 – 12:15

Dr Paweł Kowalski, Member of the International Cooperation Committee, the Warsaw Bar Association

Impact of Covid-19 on legal profession? Threats and opportunities



Francesco Dialti – Member of the International Relations Committee, the Milan Bar Association

Lawyers helping Lawyers: Coworking and Patronato during the Pandemic


12:35 – 12:50

Questions, Answers & Experience Sharing


12:50 – 13:00

Coffee break



Session II

Profession, Bar Association and Modern Challenges

Chair: Katarzyna Barańska, International Cooperation and Human Rights Committee, the Warsaw Bar Association

13:00 – 13:20

Rezarta Abdiu, Director of Professional Training Department in the Albanian Chamber of Advocacy

Legal aid granted by the State and the role of lawyers/Bar in securing standards of legal aid – Albanian  experience special focus on legal aid to juveniles


13:20 – 13:40

Paul Sharma, President of the Westminster and Holborn Law Society, London

Equality of Arms for Lawyers


13:40 – 14:00

Joanna Wisła-Płonka, Chairwoman of the EU Lawyers Committee, The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE)

Supporting the profession – members of a Modern Bar Association


14:00 – 14:20

Vitalii Vlasiuk, Chairman of the International Committee, the Ukrainian National Bar Association

Advocacy in Ukraine: the core stories for the last year


14:20 – 14:35

Questions, Answers & Experience Sharing


14:35 – 14:50

Coffee break



Session III

IT Focus

Chair: Sylwia Kołodziej, International Cooperation and Human Rights Committee, the Warsaw Bar Association 

14:50 – 15:10

Anca Daniela Baciu, Member of the Council, the Cluj Bar Association

Cluj Bar Association – challenges in the age of digitalisation


15:10 – 15:30

Calin Iuga, Member of the Council, the Cluj Bar Association

The role of the Bar Association in the challenges that technology brings to the legal profession regarding client privilege



Mengü Gökçe, the Ankara Bar Association

Turnkish National Legal Net (UYAP)



Dr. Andras Szecskay, Vice-President of the Hungarian Bar Association

Dr. Peter S. Szabó, Vice-President of the Budapest Bar Association

„Stay tuned!“ mandatory legal education in Hungary to keep pace with rapid legislation and IT improvements to make the bar more user friendly




Questions, Answers & Experience Sharing



Session IV

The Landscape – Open Session

16:25 – 16:55

Bar Association Publishing (books, magazines and others – for lawyers, trainees, general public) and Other Issues

Chair: prof. Mariusz Maciejewski, Member of the Council, the Warsaw Bar Association


During this interactive session we will be doing an overview of certain activities of the Bar Associations. Every year we will take a look at differend areas of Bars’ operations. After a short introduction the session will be open to all participants for short speeches presenting developments and achievements in the field. If participants identify any other important issues – this is the session during which they may be presented and commented.

We hope to identify common grounds, new ideas and opportunities and also prospects for future cooperation.


16:55 – 17:00

Closing of the conference


17:00 – 18:30  Afternoon online tea