The right choice

Dianna Kempe QC has been reinstated as secretary general of the International Bar Association after something of a to-do when she was challenged for the position.

The IBA Council's overwhelming vote in her favour coincides with a groundswell of support for the woman who, had she lost, would have been out of the running for president.

While the current president is from a third-world country, the success of women in the IBA has been less in evidence.

On this occasion, it was right that Kempe got the vote. We are waiting for the day when the IBA gets a woman president. This vote at least ensures that it does not slip backwards.