The European Bars Federation / Fédération des Barreaux d’Europe (FBE) was founded in Barcelona on 23 May 1992 as successor to the Conference of Major European Bars.
Its headquarters are in Strasbourg.
Membership in the FBE is open to all national and local Bars and to the Law Societies within the Council of Europe.
Today the FBE has 250 members Bars, representing more than 1,000,000 lawyers.
We promote the rule of law, the supremacy of the law, the independence of justice and the right to a fair trial.
We represent the defence of human rights in Europe and in the world.
We act when these principles are threatened in many jurisdictions.
The independence of justice is fundamental for a just society.
The FBE is organized with standing committees and ad hoc commissions. The former are dedicated to universal and basic aspects. The latter are dedicated to contingent or local needs.
All commissions work constantly to reach the fixed goal.
The FBE organizes two annual congresses, each time in a different European City.
These events offer unique opportunities to discuss common problems and share information and experiences.
The FBE is committed to providing international specialist legal training, including participation in congresses organized by member bar associations, law societies and other legal entities so as to reach a greater number of recipients.