Governance / Organisational Structure


  • The WLA’s main bodies determine the association’s goals, adopt the rules that govern it and ensure compliance with the WLA’s principles.

  • World Governing Council

    The World Governing Council is the association’s sovereign body. It decides, defines and adopts  the association’s strategy, the association’s budget, operating regulations and the resolutions.  It is made up of one representative from each regional chapter, plus 5 representatives from various groups and 4 representations of the founders of WLA.

    The Council meets at the level of permanent representatives to WLA and decisions are taken by consensus. WLA’s meetings are chaired by the WLA Secretary-General. The Council meets once a year to discuss key issues and set priorities for WLA work. The work mandated by the Council is carried out by the WLA Secretariat.

    Executive Management Board

    The Executive Management is the WLA’s senior Management Team. It supervises the implementation of the decisions made by the World Governing Council, as well as the smooth running of the association. The Senior Management Team is responsible for managing WLA’s programs, budgets, other activities and human and financial resources of their respective Sectors in accordance with agreed work plans, and ensure delivery of results in line with the Organization’s strategic goals

    The Executive Management is appointed by the World Governing Council. The executive management consists of Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer/Deputy Executive Director, and other directors of various regions, specialisms, practices and subjects.


    Krishan Kakkar heads the WLA Secretariat as the Executive Director and will be assisted by one or more Deputy Secretaries-General. Mr Kakkar also chairs the Council, providing the link between regional chapters and the Secretariat.

    The Secretariat is made up of a very small staff strength who support the activities of WLA and its regional chapters, and carry out the work in response to priorities decided by the WLA World Governing Council. The staff includes economists, lawyers, management and technology graduates and other professionals. WLA staff members work at various WLA centres (managed by the regional chapters) in several countries having a back office in India for a cost effective business and knowledge process management.

    Regional Governing Boards

    The WLA is represented throughout the world by the Regional governing boards led by the Regional Leaders. They help the association to expand the WLA’s presence in their country or region and to liaise with the members in their area and the WLA’s Management. The regional governing board consists of min 7 and max 12 board members.

    There are about 100 regional chapters in the making. Any member of WLA in good standing can self nominate or can be nominated by other WLA members for the position of regional chapter leader.  The elected Regional Chapter Leaders select the president/ Chair , vice-president / vice chair and other designations within the regional governing board.

    Network Board of Directors

    Network Board of directors are the governing board of WLA International Networks. The board is represented by one representative from each chapter worldwide. All the board members collectively elect designated chair, vice chair and other designations within the board.

    WLA networks are the global associations of professionals and organisations divided by practice and other important subjects or issues.


    – Individual members

    Lawyers whose primary professional activity is the practice of law, Judges and magistrates etc.

    – Associate individual members

    Other professionals who are directly or indirectly associated with the profession of law

    – Collective members

    Bars, lawyers’ associations, organisations, and federations directly or indirectly associated with the profession of law.

  • Governance

  • Bylaws and Code

    The bylaws and standing rules will tell you why WLA does things the way it does. You can find out everything you ever wanted to know about WLA–and probably more.

    Strategic Priorities

    The WLA strategic plan provides goals and objectives to guide the association over the next three years. The current strategic plan was approved by the WLA in December 2013 and will expire in December 2016.

    Standing Committees

    WLA will have standing committees to help the WLA Board of Directors implement various aspects of the strategic plan and other association business. Five committees are staffed by volunteer WLA members and two are staffed by board members.