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Lawyers at Risk

The Lawyers at Risk programme aims to raise awareness of the risks and challenges associated with being a lawyer and the importance of the independence of the legal profession, as well as to foster professional solidarity with colleagues abroad.

The Law Society makes use of its ECOSOC consultative status with the United Nations to make submissions to UN treaty bodies, UN Human Rights Council and UN Special Rapporteurs. We collaborate with a network of NGOs, international institutions, State agencies, and Bar associations for advocacy and follow-up on interventions and submissions. All interventions and follow-up actions are included in the Law Society's Intervention Tracker. This tracker compiles the data and allows for analyses regarding, for example, regional trends of intimidation and the identification of places where the independence of the legal profession is particularly threatened.

The work of the Lawyers at Risk programme is supported by the International Action Team (IAT), a volunteer group that consists of practising solicitors, barristers, and law students.

Five Associations of lawyers issue an Open Letter to Turkish authorities in support of Turkish lawyers on the Day of the Lawyer in Turkey

5 April 2018

The Law Society of England and Wales, the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (BHRC), the International Association of Lawyers (UIA), the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), and the Bar Council of England and Wales have sent an open letter to Turkish authorities raising concerns over the rising number of cases of human rights violations against lawyers in Turkey.

The Law Society's submission to the Universal Periodic Review of China

4 April 2018

The Law Society submitted a shadow report to the UPR of China, highlighting cases of arbitrary and prolonged arrest and detention of lawyers and human rights defenders in the country. 

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Annual Meeting of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights with NGOs in Geneva

27 March 2018

On 9th March, the Law Society attended the annual meeting of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad Al-Hussain, with NGOs at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

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The Law Society celebrates the work of Egyptian HRDs and Lawyers on the Day of the Endangered Lawyer

22 February 2018

In January 2018, to mark the Day of the Endangered Lawyer*, the Law Society organised a series of meetings that culminated with a seminar at the Law Society, which focused on the challenges to the rule of law and the legal profession in Egypt.

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Celebrated Independent Journalist and Honduran Human Rights Defender, Dina Meza, visits the Law Society

2 February 2018By Lizzette Robleto de Howarth

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.

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The Law Society Visit by UN Special Rapporteur on Independence of Judges and Lawyers

11 December 2017

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

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Turkey’s Coup and the European Court of Human Rights

13 March 2018

On 5 March 2018, the Law Society’s Chair of the Human Rights Committee, Tony Fisher, participated in a conference organised jointly with the German Bar Association, Lawyers for Lawyers, the Observatoire International Des Avocats and ELDH in Berlin. 

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Interview with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers

27 March 2017

Diego García-Sayán speaks about the importance of the independence of the legal profession.

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Interview with Khalid Baghirov (Azerbaijan)

27 March 2017

Khalid Baghirov speaks about the obstacles faced by human rights lawyers in Azerbaijan.

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Your contacts are Marina Brilman and Roberta Taveri

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International Human Rights Policy Adviser (maternity leave)

Email Marina Brilman

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International Human Rights Policy Adviser (maternity cover)

Email Roberta Taveri

What is the International Action Team?

No webinar or training is required, other than the IAT training taking place once a year. Please note that we are currently not able to admit law students, or students in other areas of study, to the International Action Team. Unfortunately, we are also not able to respond to requests for career advice.

For more info contact Roberta Taveri