On 31 January 2018, Dina Meza, the celebrated independent journalist and human rights defender, founder of PEN-Honduras, recipient of the 2007 special Amnesty International UK prize for journalists at risk, and the 2014 Oxfam/Novib PEN International Freedom of Expression prize, visited the Law Society.
The Law Society of England and Wales organised a seminar on the Day of the Endangered Lawyer, focusing on challenges faced by the legal profession in Egypt.
From 22-24 November 2017, the Law Society organised a visit to the United Kingdom by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Mr Diego García-Sayán
Read our October 2017 Human Rights Update, for more information on the Law Society’s submission to the UPR of Cameroon, the upcoming event with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers and an update on the Law Society’s intervention letters.
The Law Society of England & Wales has submitted information regarding the human rights situation in Cameroon for the UN Human Rights Council’s 30th session in May 2018. See the full text of the submission attached.
17 May 2017, The Law Society of England and Wales
The Law Society published today its trial observation report on the hearing that took place on 27 April 2017 at the Military Tribunal in Yaoundé, in the case of Nkongho Felix Agbor Balla, Fontem Neba, and others.
The Law Society, together with Lawyers Rights Watch Canada and Lawyers for Lawyers, sent a report on the review of the implementation of recommendations with respect to the rule of law and the role of human rights defenders accepted by Vietnam during the UPR in 2014.
Read our blog on the UN side event that the Law Society and Lawyers for Lawyers organised at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on 16 March 2017.
On 15 March 2017, the Law Society participated in an NGO meeting with the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights.
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
The Law Society submitted a brief to the Administrative Supreme Court of Colombia (Consejo de Estado) in domestic proceedings brought by local NGO Dejusticia.
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.
To mark Human Rights day, the Law Society’s Lawyers at Risk programme organised an international seminar on 7 December 2016, to discuss how best to support and improve the safety of lawyers and human rights defenders who are suffering reprisals as a result of their work.
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.
In November 2011, mass arrests of Kurdish and Turkish lawyers took place in raids executed simultaneously in many Turkish cities and provinces.
Report of the 5th International Caravana of Jurists in Colombia
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.
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).
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.
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
Read our evidence submitted for a joint shadow report with the British Institute for Human Rights
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 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 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 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.
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.
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 HumanRightsUpdate@lawsociety.org.uk
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.
To read our January 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 HumanRightsUpdate@lawsociety.org.uk
My name is Tony Fisher and I am delighted to have been appointed as chair of the Human Rights Committee at the Law Society for a three year term from January 2016. The committee is responsible for managing and developing the human rights work of the Society both at home and internationally. The focus of our work domestically in 2016 will continue to be on legislation which affects domestic human rights and in particular any new Bill of Rights introduced ...
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?’
Lawyers play a vital role upholding human rights, so governments must ensure they can perform their duties without harassment
The Law Society is deeply shocked and saddened by news of the murder of Kurdish human rights lawyer Tahir Elci on 28 November 2015.
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)
President of the Law Society Jonathan Smithers has written to the Turkish minister of justice to express his concerns over the arrest of prominent human rights lawyer and president of the Diyarbakir Bar Association Tahir Elçi.
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 promotes the rule of law, which includes compliance with international human rights and humanitarian law. We strongly condemn the attack on 29 October 2015 on Camp Liberty, Iraq, as a repeated violation of fundamental human rights.
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.