• World Bar Conference 2018
  •    29 - 31 March 2018
  • Stellenbosch, South Africa

About ICAB

The International Council of Advocates and Barristers (ICAB) is the forum for members of independent referral bars around the world.…

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Our Venues

Conference Venue: Stias, Stellenbosch  | Welcome Reception Venue:  Sasol Art Museum, Stellenbosch  | Gala Dinner Venue: Allee Bleue, Franschhoek |

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Whether you’re interested in staying in a historic Cape Dutch and Victorian villa, the oldest hotel in South Africa, or…

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Programme Schedule

  • 17h00 – 20h00


    Venue: SASOL Art Museum (52 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch)
    17h00 – 20h00 Drinks reception for delegates and partners
    18h30 Short welcome address: Vuyani Ngalwana SC (Chair, General Council of the Bar of South Africa)
  • 08h00 – 16h30
    Venue: Wallenberg Centre / Stias (10 Marais Street, Stellenbosch)
    08h00 – 09h15 Registration
    09h15 – 09h30 Welcome
    09h30 – 10h00 Keynote Address: Chief Justice of South Africa, Mogoeng Mogoeng
    10h00 – 11h00 Constitutional Democracy in South Africa: How has it fared after 25 years?

    • Thuli Madonsela, previous Public Protector of South Africa (SA)
    • Thandeka Gqubule (SA)
    • Wim Trengove SC (SA)

    Craig Watt-Pringle SC (SA) (Chair)

    11h00 – 11h30 Morning coffee
    11h30 – 13h00 Choosing the Judges: The Controversy Continues

    • Lord Neuberger, Past President of the Supreme Court (E&W)
    • Liam McCollum QC (NI)
    • Calum MacNeill QC (Scot)

    Justice David Barniville (RI) (Chair)

    13h00 – 14h00 Lunch
    14h00 – 15h15 Separation of Powers: Can Judges (and umbuds) overreach?  A comparison of experiences.

    • Justice Malcolm Wallis (SA)
    • Justice Adrian Colton (NI)

    Gordon Jackson QC (Scot) (Chair)

    15h15 – 15h45 Afternoon tea
    15h45 – 16h30 Will Rexit follow Brexit? Is there an African case for leaving the Treaty of Rome?

    • Murdo MacLeod QC (Scot)
    • Judge Dennis Davis (SA)

    Justice Glenn Martin (Aus) (Chair)

  • 09h30 – late
    Venue: Wallenberg Centre / Stias (10 Marais Street, Stellenbosch)
    09h30 – 10h15 Regulation of the Bars: An international report card

    • Russell Coleman SC (HK)
    • Greg Harpur SC (SC)
    10h15 – 11h00 Race and gender transformation of the Bar and Bench: Is an all-black Bar the answer?

    • Vuyani Ngalwana SC (SA)
    • Tembeka Ngcukaitobi (SA)

    Moss Mphaga SC (SA) (Chair)

    11h00 – 11h30 Morning coffee
    11h30 – 12h00 Race and gender transformation of the Bar and Bench: The gender battle – political correctness, or a necessary assault on male privilege?

    • Justice Sharise Weiner (SA)
    • Ishmael Semenya SC (SA)

    Sara Moorhead SC (RI) (Chair)

    12h00 – 13h00 The corrosion of attorney/client privilege: How real is the threat?

    • Lord Neuberger, Past President of the Supreme Court (E&W)
    • Andrew Walker QC (E&W)
    • Mark Mulholland QC (NI)

    Paul McGarry SC (RI) (Chair)

    13h00 – 14h00 Lunch
    14h00 – 14h45 ADR: Developments over the past few years

    • Patrick Lane SC (SA)
    • Esi Schimming-Chase SC (Nm)
    14h45 – 15h30 Is IT the last frontier for Bar and Bench?

    • Ron Paschke (SA)
    • Clive Elliott QC (NZ)

    Hugh Mohan SC (RI) (Chair)

    15h30 – 15h45 Closure
    15h30 – 16h00 Afternoon tea
    19h30 – late Gala dinner at Alle Bleue

    • Complimentary transport will be provided between Stellenbosch and Allee Bleue. The buses will depart from Wallenberg Centre/Stias at 19h00 and return between 22:30 and 23:00
  • IATC Conference


    Should you wish to remain in Stellenbosch after attending the World Bar Conference, the IATC ConferenceLegal Reasoning and Written Advocacy – will be held at the same venue (Stias) on Monday 2 April and Tuesday 3 April 2018.