January 11, 2018
The CCBE has been working since last year on the issue of a European Convention on the profession of lawyer. This work was initiated following a motion signed by several members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), inviting the Committee of Ministers to initiate work on the drafting of a European Convention on the profession of lawyer.
The CCBE supports this work and considers that such an instrument is needed in order to respond to the attacks against the role of lawyers which have grown over the recent years (see full CCBE position EN FR).
The report drafted by the rapporteur of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights was adopted unanimously on 12 December 2017 and underlines the need for such a Convention (see adopted report EN FR).
The next step will be for the PACE to vote on the draft recommendation adopted by the Committee, which requests the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers to draft and adopt such a convention.
The CCBE will hold a Side Event on 24 January (1-2 pm) in Strasbourg, in conjunction with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) session
The main objective of this Side Event entitled “Threatened lawyers: the end of the Rule of Law in Europe?” is to convince PACE members of the need for a European Convention on the profession of lawyer.
The CCBE Side Event will highlight the increasing attacks on lawyers in Council of Europe States with concrete testimonies from lawyers, who have themselves been victims of human rights violations. The CCBE will also explain why a European Convention on the profession of lawyer is needed in order to counter those attacks, and allow lawyers to play their essential role as actors in the system of justice and to contribute to protecting the Rule of Law.
Please see attached the programme and a brief summary entitled “Why a European Convention on the profession of lawyer is needed”.
If you wish to participate in the Side Event, please let me know by 16 January, at the latest in order to establish your access badges to the Council of Europe building – registrations after this date will not be accepted by the Council of Europe.
Please note that the number of external participants (i.e. non parliamentarians) is limited to 30.
Please also note that the Side Event will be in English (with interpretation in Russian).
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Final programme CCBE Side Event 24 01 2018
EN-Why a European Convention on the profession of lawyer is needed
FR-Why a European Convention on the profession of lawyer is needed – FR