Human Rights

Joint intervention letter on Turkey

The Law Society of England and Wales sent a joint letter with various law societies and bar councils on the case of the dismissal of 227 judges and prosecutors in Turkey and the detention of Judge Aydin Sefa Akay.

Detention of the human rights defenders Esham Kossak and Ahmed Al Musheikhis in Saudi Arabia

The Law Society of England and Wales is concerned about the detention of two human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia.

Disappearance of the human rights defender Samar Abbas in Pakistan

The Law Society of England and Wales sent an intervention letter on the case of disappearance of the human rights defender Samar Abbas in Pakistan. 

Cameroon: Detention / Military tribunal ruling on civilians

The Law Society is concerned about the arrest and detention of Mr. Nkongho Felix Agbor Balla, Mr. Fontem Aforteka’A Neba, Mr Paul Ayah Abine and Mr. Mancho Bibixy, and others, about possible violations of their right to freedom of expression, association, peaceful assembly, and physical integrity, as well as their right to a fair trial.

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Obstacles of the legal profession - TurkeyVideo

8 March 2017Updated: 9 March 2017

Ayse Bingöl Demir, a Turkish lawyer, provides an overview of the challenges faced by members of the legal profession in Turkey, before and after the coup attempt that took place in July 2016.

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Obstacles of the legal profession - GuatemalaVideo

8 March 2017

Ramon Cadena Ramila, a lawyer in Guatemala, describes the main obstacles faced by members of the legal profession in Guatemala. 

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Business and Human Rights: An OverviewVideo

9 February 2017

Human Rights Committee Chair Tony Fisher discusses the principles underpinning Business and Human Rights and their implications for practitioners.

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Enter our Human Rights essay competition now

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Each year law students, trainee solicitors, pupil barristers and junior lawyers are invited to enter the Law Society's annual Graham Turnbull essay competition.

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UN Side Event "The Independence of the Legal Profession"

On 16th March 2017, the Law Society of England and Wales, in partnership with Lawyers for Lawyers, is organising a UN side event at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

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