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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.

UN Submission on Turkey – International Law Breaches regarding the Independence of the Legal Profession

27 September 2018

On 18 September 2018, the Law Society – together with the Bar Human Rights Committee and the IBA Human Rights Institute – submitted a report to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers.  

UN Geneva Peace Week

17 September 2018

The Law Society and Transparency International join forces to highlight the role of judges and lawyers in tackling corruption and building peaceful societies

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The Law Society, IBAHRI and BHRC advocate on behalf of Turkish lawyers during the UN 38th HRC session in Geneva

23 August 2018

On 18-27 June, during the UN 38th Human Rights Council session in Geneva, the Law Society, the IBA’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), and the Bar Human Rights Committee collaborated on a series of actions to highlight the situation of the legal profession in Turkey.  

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Press release on the proposed reform of the Supreme Court in Poland

29 June 2018

The Law Society of England and Wales expresses its concerns over the upcoming reform of the Polish Supreme Court that would curtail the rule of law in the country. 

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Launch of ILAC Guatemala Judicial Assessment Report

15 October 2018

Tuesday 6 November, 17:30-21:00, The Law Society, Chancery Lane


UN Side Event “State of emergency and attacks to the legal profession in Turkey"

8 June 2018

21 June 2018, h. 15-16, Room XXV Palais des Nations

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Roundtable with the Luis Guillermo Perez Casas, prominent human rights lawyer from CCAJAR in Colombia

10 May 2018

On 23 April 2018, the Law Society hosted a roundtable with the renowned Colombian human rights lawyer Luis Guillermo Perez Casas.

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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 contact is Marina Brilman

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International Human Rights Policy Adviser

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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