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  • UK Universal Periodic Review 2017

    Read our evidence submitted for a joint shadow report with the British Institute for Human Rights 

  • Trial observation: report on the trial of Kurdish Lawyers

    For the last two years the Human Rights Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales have, along with lawyers from a number of other countries in the EU and the US,  been observing the trial of 45 mainly Kurdish lawyers who have been on trial in Istanbul, Turkey. Read the latest report from the hearing of 13th November 2014 - see attached.

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    Trial Observation report: Turkish Lawyers Trial

    Report of hearing at  Çaglayan Justice Palace 13th November 2014.

  • The Law Society expressed concern regarding the treatment of lawyers in Iran

    The Law Society is concerned with the treatment of Abdolfattah Soltani, Hootan Dolati and Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, currently held at Evin Prison, Tehran, particularly following the reported violence in Section 350 on 17 April, 2014.

  • The Graham Turnbull Human Rights Travel Award

    The Graham Turnbull Human Rights Travel Award was launched in June 2014. It consists of a grant of £500 to be awarded for travel in relation to human rights related activities, such as trial observation, field research, or to support the work of human rights lawyers abroad.

  • The European Court of Human Rights and international criminal law

    Session 6: The European Court of Human Rights and international criminal law

  • South Africa’s Constitutional Democracy at Twenty - Problems and Perils

    The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and the Law Society are delighted to host Justice Edwin Cameron who has been a Judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa since 2009 and who chaired Wits’ governing council between 1998 and 2008. He was and remains the only person occupying high office in Africa to state publicly that he is living with HIV/AIDS. He is renowned for his stance on HIV/AIDS as much as for his eminence as a judge of the highest court.

  • Slavery in Europe: Law Society joins others in letter to Telegraph

    SIR - Modern-day slavery and human trafficking are urgent challenges facing Britain, with several thousand people trapped in slavery now. According to the International Labour Organisation, modern slavery is an illicit trade worth at least $150 billion (£96 billion) per year that exploits 21 million people globally.

  • Sign up now for the International Human Rights Practice series 2015

    The course will focus on the latest developments and emerging issues in European and international human rights practice: themes and systems, law and practice. It has been devised as a collaboration between Middlesex University School of Law, Matrix Chambers and The Law Society.

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    Raising awareness of human rights through collaboration

    The Law Society, along with Berwin Leighton Paisner and Birmingham Law School, is today launching a ‘Human Rights in Collaboration’ initiative, designed to encourage law firms to discuss and promote human rights.

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