IBA International Principles on Social Media Conduct for the Legal Profession

The purpose of this statement of principles is to assist bar associations and attorney regulatory bodies around the world to promote social media1 conduct within the legal profession that conforms to relevant rules of professional responsibility as well as considerations of civility. These considerations are significant because social media provides a platform for legal professionals to promote the administration of justice, by engaging the public in legal practice and debate. It offers access to a vast audience and resources such as real-time legal updates and the ability to discuss these with legal practitioners internationally. These are qualities that show that social media can also be misused giving rise to conduct capable of eliciting disciplinary concerns as well. Social media should be used at all times in a manner that is consistent with the lawyer’s obligations under the rules of professional responsibility, as well as broader considerations of the administration of justice.

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