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  • The Law Society's amicus brief to the Administrative Supreme Court of Colombia

    21 February 2017 Updated: 21 February 2017

    The Law Society submitted a brief to the Administrative Supreme Court of Colombia (Consejo de Estado) in domestic proceedings brought by local NGO Dejusticia. 

  • Press Release: Day of the Endangered Lawyer

    24 January 2017

    On the Day of the Endangered Lawyer (24 January 2017), Robert Bourns, President of the Law Society of England and Wales, gave a speech in solidarity with all lawyers at risk in various jurisdictions.

  • CCBE 2016 Human Rights Awards

    8 December 2016

    The CCBE (Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe) granted its 2016 Human Rights Award to four Turkish lawyers: Ayse Bingöl Demir, Ayse Acinikli, Ramazan Demir and posthumously to Tahir Elçi. 

  • Trial of Turkish lawyers continues

    1 December 2016

    In November 2011, mass arrests of Kurdish and Turkish lawyers took place in raids executed simultaneously in many Turkish cities and provinces.

  • The Law Society supports CCBE statement on death penalty in Turkey

    13 October 2016

    The statement condemns attempts to reinstate the death penalty in Turkey and was co-signed by 36 law societies and Bar associations, including the Law Society and the Bar Council.

  • The Law Society participated in the 5th Colombian Caravana

    3 October 2016

    It is estimated that between January and August 2016 up to 35 human rights defenders were killed in Colombia according to statistics provided by the Colombian NGO Somos Defensores and the field office of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

  • "Nothing should undermine the independence of the legal profession"

    22 September 2016

    The Law Society states that “nothing should undermine the independence of the legal profession, the rule of law, and the separation of powers” in response to comments about legal cases brought by UK lawyers against UK troops over claims of abuse in Iraq.

  • Amicus for Constitutional Court - Turkey

    12 September 2016

    The Law Society of England and Wales (TLS) and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) submitted an Amicus Curiae brief to the Turkish Constitutional Court.

  • Human rights update now available for July 2016

    5 July 2016

    To read our July update please see the attached document. Our updates include news about the Law Society’s human rights activities, volunteering and job opportunities, events and training. If you would like to receive our free updates please email

  • Oral Statement before the UN Human Rights Council

    21 June 2016

    The Chairperson of the Human Rights Committee at The Law Society, Mr. Tony Fisher, endorsed an oral statement made before the United Nations Human Rights Council on the general findings of the regional consultation “Independence of the Legal Profession” regarding the situation of lawyers in Europe, Caucasu, Central Asia and the Balkans.