A set of e-learning modules designed to combat bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession has been launched by the International Bar Association.
Produced in collaboration with The College of Law Australia, the modules are available for free to anyone within the legal profession – IBA membership is not a prerequisite.
They involve a combination of information, data, quizzes, videos, animations, and accounts from the 2019 Us Too? report on the prevalence of these types of behaviour in the profession. In addition to introductory and concluding modules, the training comprises four further modules that focus on:
- sexual harassment;
- exploring the role of individuals in driving positive change; and
- considering the importance of workplace action.
The aim is to reduce the prevalence of inappropriate behaviour within the legal profession, by guiding individuals and workplaces towards making positive cultural changes.
IBA Immediate Past President Horacio Bernardes Neto, who championed the Us Too? campaign during his presidency, commented: “The IBA is committed to ensuring that the legal profession is a safe, supportive and respectful environment for every member of it. The development of this training is another demonstration of that commitment. We must maintain momentum, and we hope legal workplaces across the globe deploy the training for their staff and that they find it practical and edifying.”