The Law Society’s Lawyers at Risk programme supports lawyers who are hindered in carrying out their professional duties through threats, intimidation, disciplinary measures, disappearance or murder. This support is provided through intervention letters sent to State authorities regarding specific cases, but also through structural work to improve lawyers’ safety. The Law Society, therefore, responds to individual cases of lawyers under threat, but also aims to address the structural causes that give rise to such threats. We submit amicus curiae briefs to domestic courts and international tribunals to achieve law reform and change practices that are detrimental to the effective functioning of the judicial system.
The Law Society of England & Wales, Lawyers for Lawyers and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Council have sent a letter to authorities in Tajikistan regarding its concern about the arrests and detentions of lawyers and human rights defenders.
The Law Society of England & Wales, Bar Council of England & Wales, Law Society of Scotland, Law Society of Northern Ireland, Bar of Ireland, and Law Society of Ireland have sent a letter to authorities in Guatemala on threats to the independence of the judiciary and rule of law in that country.
The Law Society, the Bar Council, BHRC, Lawyers for Lawyers and LRWC and sent a letter to President Rouhani to highlight the recent case of arrest of the Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh.
The Law Society of England and Wales sent an intervention letter to the President of India to raise awareness on the case of harassment against the human rights lawyer Rajat Kalsan.
The Law Society of England and Wales expressed its concern over the killing of the human rights defender Jeremy Barrios in Guatemala and the increasing unsafe environment for human rights defenders and lawyers in the country.
The Law Society expressed concern for two lawyers in India: Ms Gera and Ms Khandelwal. Read the intervention attached.
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.