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.
As part of the Women in Leadership in Law project, the men’s roundtables have ensured that we are engaging with all the profession on this issue.
The Law Society is once again a ‘global contributor’ to the World Bank’s flagship Doing Business report.
Thursday, 30 May 2019, 14:00-16:00, 113 Chancery Lane, London, UK
On Thursday 25 and Friday 26 April 2019, Lizzette Robleto de Howarth and Lauren Thornton undertook the first Law Society mission to Croatia.
Following on from our successful English Law Summit last year, the Law Society in partnership with the Bar Council of England and Wales, organised a second English Law Summit in Nur-Sultan. Read all about it.
On 3 April 2019, our panel of experts discussed the economy, political and legal system; legal and regulatory framework; and current business opportunities in the Philippines – outlining a number of new initiatives aimed at facilitating trade and investment between the UK and the region.
Capitalising on its ECOSOC status* and led by President Christina Blacklaws, the Law Society sent its first delegation to the 63rd UN-Commission on the Status of Women** (UN-CSW) that took place in New York. Lizzette Robleto de Howarth (International Programmes Manager) and Stephanie Brown (International Policy Assistant for Africa, Middle East and the Americas) also attended on behalf of the Law Society. A great deal of preparation went into ensuring that we had a high profile ...
The Law Society sent a joint letter to Chinese authorities on the situation of lawyer Wang Quanzhang. This lawyer was convicted and sentenced on charges of “subversion of state power” to four years and six months imprisonment, as well as banned from exercising his political rights and carrying out his profession. His previous arbitrary arrest, enforced disappearance, prolonged pre-trial detention, lack of a public trial, lack of access to a legal representative of his own choosing, ...
In March 2019, Iranian lawyer and human rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh was sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes. The Law Society have issued an intervention letter calling for her immediate release.
3rd cycle UPR review of Egypt