Today, the Law Society of England & Wales, the Bar Human Rights Committee of England & Wales, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, Fair Trials, the Defence Extradition Lawyer’s Forum, and the International Forum of Extradition Specialists issued joint observations on the human rights implications of the proposed amendments to the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters legislation.
On Monday, the Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox signed a continuity Free Trade Agreement with Korea that will allow English and Welsh solicitors to continue to practise in Korea. This is welcome relief for the profession and more specifically for the four U.K. firms established there under an EU licence to be able to remain in Seoul post-Brexit.
The Law Society has signed an open letter to the Chief Executive of Hong Kong on proposed changes to Hong Kong’s extradition laws.
Make sure you save the date and book your place for this year’s Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) International Weekend, which will take place between 27 September and 29 September 2019 in London.
Welcoming remarks at the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC) Annual Conference were made by the Law Society President, Christina Blacklaws, who highlighted the importance of safeguarding the rule of law as a way of building robust justice systems and securing the independence of the legal profession and the judiciary.
On 30 April 2019, the Law Society’s international human rights adviser, Dr. Marina Brilman, gave evidence to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee on the rule of law and human rights in South America.
Building legal connections between the UK and Latin America
Commonwealth Law Conference 2019 – Opportunity to help build a classroom
The Law Society has joined a submission to four UN Special Rapporteurs on the arbitrary detention and long-term imprisonment of 18 lawyers, in violation of their right to a fair trial and right to freedom of expression. The submission was signed by 24 representatives of law societies, bar associations, and international organisations. To read the full submission please click the file on the right hand side of this page.
The Ukrainian Bar Association is holding its ninth international arbitration conference on 13 September 2019.