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  • Amicus for Constitutional Court - Turkey

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

  • The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Pro Bono Lawyers Panel

    The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Pro Bono Lawyers Panel 

  • UK Universal Periodic Review 2017

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

  • Joint Letter to Chinese Authorities

    On the occasion of the anniversary of the arrest and detention of human rights lawyers and defenders in China, which started on 9 July 2015 (the “709 crackdown”), a joint letter to the Chinese authorities was co-signed. 

  • Access to justice for children: international challenges and good practices - 11th July 2016

    Access to justice is crucial for guaranteeing children’s right and protection but legal systems and the social environment often make it difficult for children to obtain redress for rights violations. 

  • 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.

  • Oral Statement before the UN Human Rights Council

    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.

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    Graham Turnbull Lecture

    On 21 April 2016, David Anderson QC, Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, delivered the lecture ‘Terrorism and the Law’ at the Law Society for the Graham Turnbull awards.

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    Human rights update now available for April 2016

    To read our April 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

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    Chinese lawyer shortlisted for freedom of speech award

    The case of Chinese lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, convicted last December of ‘creating disturbances’, will be highlighted next week at the UK’s premier free speech awards.