“The Rise of Authoritarianism – Lawyers Upholding the Rule of Law” – International Human Rights Day seminar 2019

Recent years have seen a rise in authoritarianism, also in Europe. This has negative consequences for the rule of law and independence of the legal profession. For example, in Poland legislation was introduced that erodes judicial independence. At the same time, the Court of Justice of the European Union has emphasised the importance of judicial independence in recent judgments and - in the framework of the Council of Europe - a European Convention on the Profession of Lawyer is being proposed. This seminar explores how the rise of authoritarianism affects legal practitioners, as well as some initiatives of legal practitioners and others to counter attacks on the legal profession.

Welcome: Stephanie Boyce, Deputy Vice-President, Law Society

  • Mikołaj Pietrzak (Dean, Warsaw Bar Association)
  • Thomas Markert (Director, Venice Commission, Council of Europe)
  • Ronan McCrea (Professor of Constitutional and European Law, University College London)
  • Sue Willman (Chair Human Rights Committee, Law Society)

Moderator: Dr. Marina Brilman (international human rights adviser, Law Society)

Thursday 12 December 2019, 18.30 - 20.30

The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London

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