IBA: 43% of lawyers bullied and 25% sexually harassed

Grace Ormsby for Lawyers Weekly writes:

Preliminary results from the International Bar Association’s research into bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession have indicated a global phenomenon of bullying and harassment among lawyers.

Over 5,000 lawyers from 120 jurisdictions have responded to the survey so far, showing that approximately one in two females and one in three males have been bullied (43 percent of respondents).

43 percent of victims said they had experienced bullying in the last year.

Of the same respondents, 25 percent of lawyers say they have been sexually harassed, with figures highlighting this has affected approximately one in three female lawyers and one in 15 males.

Sydney Law School’s challis chair of international law, Professor Ben Saul, said he is not surprised by the IBA’s preliminary findings.

He said “in many countries, the culture of the legal profession tends to bring out the worst in some people – adversarialism, competitiveness, ambition, “alpha” type personalities, long working hours and over tiredness, financial pressures and business risks, lack of work/life balance, and sub-optimal inter-personal skills.”



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