The Law Society believes that action against modern slavery should be further strengthened.
Rights contained in provisions of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (the Charter), which have equivalent UN treaty rights, and which do not already form part of domestic UK law, should be brought into UK law, and be explicitly protected. Some Charter rights, for example relating to children and older people, have no equivalent protection in UK law at a constitutional level, such as those protected in the Human Rights Act. Substantive rights currently protected ...
This evidence highlights some of the human rights deficiencies in the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill. As it currently stands, the Bill provides broad powers to ministers, and the ability to make substantial changes to the regulatory regime and scope of serious criminal offences through secondary legislation. This opens up the possibility of infringements to the rights of sanctioned persons to due process and access to justice.
Our submission focuses on questions included in the call for evidence on legal independence and access to resources.
In December 2016 the Ministry of Defence (MoD) published a consultation, ‘Better Combat Compensation’, that included proposals to change the processes for awarding compensation for injuries and deaths in comba
Read our evidence submitted for a joint shadow report with the British Institute for Human Rights
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.
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.
Human Rights Policy Adviser Sarah Smith outlines the range of human rights activity carried out at the Law Society, and explains how you can get involved.
The topic of the event will be: ‘A most radical recommendation? Should interception warrants be judicially authorised or does there need to be democratic accountability?’
We are holding a suite of activities on the 10 December to mark international human rights day and you are warmly invited to join us at any or all of the events. Please see below for details:
Our updates include news about the Law Society’s human rights activities, volunteering and job opportunities, events and training. To read our December update please see attached document. If you would like to receive our free updates please email HumanRightsUpdate@lawsociety.org.uk
Our updates include news about the Law Society’s human rights activities, volunteering and job opportunities, events and training.
Winner Philip Leach, European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (Middlesex University)
To mark international Human Rights Day and to coincide with European Lawyers Day on 10 December the Law Society of England and Wales and the Bar Council will be holding a joint seminar on Freedom of Expression.
David Anderson QC, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, will be the guest judge for the annual Graham Turnbull Competition.
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.
To read our October update please see 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 HumanRightsUpdate@lawsociety.org.uk
Date: 19/10/2015, 17:00 - 20:00 Venue: law Society, London
To read our September update please see 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 HumanRightsUpdate@lawsociety.org.uk
The Law Society is holding a workshop on Monday 12 October in Birmingham 12:00 – 14:00 at De Vere Venues Colmore Gate, 5th & 7th Floor, Colmore Gate Colmore Row to hear about emerging developments in the area of business and human rights, and changing expectations of law firms.
The Law Society is holding a workshop on 13 October in Bristol to hear about emerging developments in the area of business and human rights, and changing expectations of law firms.
The Graham Turnbull Memorial Fund (GTMF), a UK registered charity (Number 1082393), is governed by a Board of Trustees, who oversee the strategy of the charity and ensure compliance with UK charity regulations. All trustees are unpaid volunteers. The Board meets at least three times a year, including the Graham Turnbull Essay Competition Awards Ceremony and the Annual General Meeting.
This debate (recorded on 5 May 2015) discussed questions such as:
This category celebrates excellence and outstanding achievement in Human Rights in the year that marks the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta. We are looking for a solicitor whose sheer determination and dedication has made an exceptional contribution to the promotion, protection and advancement of human rights. This can be either through long term activity or from a ...
There are three areas of specific interest to the Law Society covered in the Queen’s speech: the British Bill of Rights, the Europe Union Referendum Bill and the Investigatory Powers Bill.
Please find attached our Graham Turnbull Essay Competition (GTEC) brochure for 2015.The brochure contains the winning and runner up essay and the summary of the other 4 shortlisted candidates.
Former Attorney General Dominic Grieve, who has judged the Human Rights Essay Competition, will be announcing the winner and giving a short speech at this evening’s prestigious Graham Turnbull Lecture at the Law Society.
The right to communicate with your lawyer without fear of your computer being bugged or your messages intercepted by the security and intelligence services is basic to the functioning of the justice system and the rule of law.
Session 6: The European Court of Human Rights and international criminal law
The Law Society is proud to announce that in the same year as the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta Human Rights Lawyer of the Year has been introduced as a new category in this year’s Excellence Awards. The values enshrined in the Magna Carta remain as valuable today as they have ever been. Justice, fairness, equality and legitimacy remain central to a strong, democratic legal system. They are lasting values, ...
The full article as published by the legal magazine Juriste International can be found attached. The article explains why business and human rights are becoming increasingly relevant to lawyers.
Session 4: Gender and Human Rights: The successes and challenges confronting the international legal framework
When: 16/04/2015 18:30 - 20:30
The Law Society has raised concerns regarding the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill 2014-2015 ahead of its second reading in the House of Lords on Tuesday 13 January.
To read our January update please see attached document.
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.
Each of us in this room is probably wearing at least one garment tainted by being manufactured, at least in part, using slavery. Whether as a result of the use of forced child labour in the cotton harvests of Uzbekistan, or as a result of the enslavement of Dalit girls and young women in the spinning mills of Tamil Nadu in India, or some other aspect of forced labour, including child slavery, in the weaving, cutting, stitching or finishing of the garments ...
Please find below some materials from our human rights conference on business and human rights. More to follow so please keep checking! Keynote Speech: (recording to follow)
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.
The term “slavery” is not an arbitrary one. Over the years it has been codified in international law and to a somewhat lesser extent in national law. The key instruments in international law are the 1926 Slavery Convention, by the 1930 Forced Labour Convention, the 1956 Supplementary Convention on Slavery, the 2000 Palermo Protocol on trafficking, and the 2014 Forced Labour Protocol.
The Law Society would like to say a big thank you to all of the firms that have already held events as well as those who have yet to hold events as part of Human Rights Week. A huge thank you to everyone who attended, joined the debate and celebrated human rights. Events have ranged from discussions on education in South Africa and the 800th Magna Carta Anniversary, to a film screening of Contagion and the Law Society’s own Annual Human Rights Conference.
The following letter appeared in theTelegraph on human rights day 2014. Letters: The legacy of the Magna Carta
Report of hearing at Çaglayan Justice Palace 13th November 2014.
To read our December update please see 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 email@example.com
This is the country that wrote Magna Carta…
To read our November update please see 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Law Society has expressed concern over Malaysia’s continuing use of the 1948 Sedition Act. The act, which was made law during the British colonial era, criminalises speech uttered ‘to excite disaffection’ against the government. The act has been used to intimidate and silence political opponents including lawyers.