The Law Society, the IBA Human Rights Institute and the Bar Human Rights Committee co-organised a UN side event at the Palais des Nations in Geneva to discuss the challenges that the Turkish legal profession has been facing since the failed coup in July 2016. 

The event took place on 21 June 2018 at h. 15-16 in Room XXV at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Speakers to the event are:

Ozlem Zingil, Turkish lawyer, presented experiences and obstacles faced by lawyers in Turkey in performing their legitimate professional work. 

Massimo Frigo, Senior Legal Adviser of the ICJ, discussed the impact of the state of emergency on the rule of law and Turkey’s derogations from its international human rights obligations.

Tony Fisher, Chair of the Law Society’s Human Rights Committee, spoke about the judgements of the European Court of Human Rights in relation tocases received involving Turkey. 

Stephen Cragg QC provided insights on the trial observations tool in Turkish cases. 

The side event will be chaired by Natacha Bracq, Programme Lawyer of the IBA’s Human Rights Institute. The event was co-sponsored by Lawyers for Lawyers, the Union Internationale des Avocats and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada.  

Please find a link to the video of the various presentations: 

Please also find attached a leaflet with the invitation to the UN side event together with the bios of the panelists.