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 sent a joint letter to Chinese authorities on the situation of lawyer Jiang Tianyong. This lawyer was convicted in August 2017 on charges of “inciting subversion of state power”. Prior to his release scheduled for February 2019, the Law Society and others call on the Chinese authorities to respect Jiang Tianyong’s right to return to his home or leave the country freely, as well as cease harassment and surveillance of him, his family and his colleagues.
The Law Society sent a joint letter to Chinese authorities on the situation of lawyer Wang Quanzhang. This lawyer was convicted and sentenced on charges of “subversion of state power” to four years and six months imprisonment, as well as banned from exercising his political rights and carrying out his profession. His previous arbitrary arrest, enforced disappearance, prolonged pre-trial detention, lack of a public trial, lack of access to a legal representative of his own choosing, ...
The Law Society joins the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), international organisations, and law societies and bar associations from 15 European countries in a joint statement on the situation of lawyers in Turkey. This statement was issued on 5 April 2019, which is Lawyers’ Day in Turkey. The letter can be found on the right hand-side of this webpage.
The letter can be found on the right hand-side of this webpage.
The Law Society of England & Wales raised its concern over the murder and assination of lawyers in a letter to the the President of the Republic of the Philippines
The letter can be found on the right hand-side of this page.
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.