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European Convention on the Profession of Lawyer/UK: The value of a strong and independent legal profession

March 2018

Protecting endangered lawyers and the rule of law: Andrew Walker QC underlines the growing concerns and global initiatives

The entrance to the home of the Paris Bar is dominated by a map of the world.

A spider’s web of lines links all too many countries to short biographical cards that surround it. Each card identifies a lawyer who has suffered from some form of persecution – even death – simply for doing his or her job: defending the rights of others. It is a firm statement of intent by one of the largest Bars in Europe to stand together with our fellow lawyers, wherever they are under threat. It is a stark reminder, too, of how widespread and serious are the threats faced by lawyers in very many parts of the world.

I am reminded of that Parisian map as I reflect on some of our own initiatives as I write this month’s column. The Day of the Endangered Lawyer is a recent idea, designed to draw attention to what seems to be a growing concern. This year, we joined lawyers across Europe in calling on the Egyptian authorities to take a series of steps to uphold the rule of law and to protect lawyers from arrest, detention and prosecution.

The experience in Europe has inspired another initiative: the proposal for a European Convention on the Profession of Lawyer. We have thrown our weight behind this, and are lobbying for the necessary government support in the Council of Europe. Such support is far from guaranteed. I regret to say that of the 18 UK members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, only four voted on the proposal, and only three of them were in favour.

While the main impetus for this may be experience in other countries, we would be foolish to take our own position for granted. To give just one example: the Bar Council has expended considerable time and energy over the last few years in arguing for legal professional privilege to be given explicit protection in a number of Acts passed by our own Parliament, not always successfully. We and others will be pressing for a convention to include protection for legal professional privilege, as well as for the independence of lawyers and their professional bodies. Protection enshrined in an international treaty would be a valuable addition to our armoury.

https://www.counselmagazine.co.uk/articles/the-value-of-strong-and-independent-legal-profession

http://assembly.coe.int/nw/xml/XRef/Xref-XML2HTML-EN.asp?fileid=24466&lang=en

http://communities.lawsociety.org.uk/international/regions/europe/pace-calls-for-a-european-convention-on-the-profession-of-lawyer/5064010.fullarticle

http://humanrightshouse.org/Articles/22956.html

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Egypt/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: SOLIDARITY WITH LAWYERS AT RISK

January 24, 2018

British Council

On the 8th international Day of the Endangered Lawyer, the Bar Council and the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (BHRC) together with lawyers’ organisations in Europe and around the world, stand in solidarity with those lawyers in Egypt who face persecution in furtherance of the protection of the rule of law. This is also the day to remember lawyers at risk across the world.

For the protection these lawyers afford to others, they are often watched, tracked, falsely prosecuted, deprived of their liberty, or even killed. Each of those instances is a serious threat not only to those lawyers, but to the meaningful protection of the rights they seek to defend.

Egypt

For 2018, the Day of the Endangered Lawyer is focused on Egypt, in light of widespread credible reports  from human rights organisations that Egyptian authorities are “rapidly taking concrete steps to shut down the last critical voices in the country’s human rights community.”

Since 2013, fundamental human rights, including the right to a fair trial and freedom of expression and assembly, have been diminished on an ongoing basis by broad security legislation. In the last two years, there has been an increase in the number of arrests of lawyers who provide counsel and representation to human rights defenders, many of whom face extended pre-trial detention without a reasoned decision for refusing conditional release. There are widespread reports from international organisations that those in detention are at risk of torture and degrading treatment.

Kirsty Brimelow QC, Chair of BHRC, said:

http://www.barcouncil.org.uk/media-centre/news-and-press-releases/2018/january/solidarity-with-lawyers-at-risk/

https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/comment-and-opinion/council-of-europe-more-protection-ahead-for-lawyers/5064636.article

http://communities.lawsociety.org.uk/human-rights/news-and-events/the-law-society-celebrates-the-work-of-egyptian-hrds-and-lawyers-on-the-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer/5064259.article

http://www.iadllaw.org/2018/01/nupl-attack-on-lawyers-anywhere-is-an-attack-on-lawyers-everywhere/

https://www.ibanet.org/Article/NewDetail.aspx?ArticleUid=33739fd3-43dd-420a-8b88-474915fabfb7

http://www.hollandcondon.ie/world-day-endangered-lawyer-celebrate-heroes/

http://www.niagaralaw.ca/the-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer/

https://www.lawlibrary.ie/News/The-Council-of-The-Bar-of-Ireland-denounces-the-mi.aspx

https://www.lawcareers.net/Information/News/Law-organisations-call-for-end-to-persecution-of-lawyers-in-Egypt-26012018

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/shadow_over_egypt

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05y8pvw

http://etudebatkayudi.com/24-janvier-2018-8e-journee-de-lavocat-danger-manifestez-soutien-aux-avocats-egyptiens/ (FRANCAIS)

http://www.icab.es/?go=eaf9d1a0ec5f1dc58757ad6cffdacedb1a58854a600312cccabe27fca69cffc337d55782188395e58ef1ac8cc02e56546968d89db4130f0d2156b6d608f41cd8 (ESPANOL)

http://www.advokatbladet.no/2018/01/trusler-mot-advokater-i-egypt-markeres-i-dag/ (NORWEGIAN)

https://fagpressenytt.no/artikkel/trusler-mot-advokater-i-egypt-markeres-i-dag (NORWEGIAN)

http://acddh.cat/2018/01/dia-de-ladvocat-amenacat-egipte/ (CATALON)

http://kirp.pl/24-stycznia-dzien-zagrozonego-prawnika-egipt/ (POLISH)

http://www.dsa.gr/%CE%BD%CE%AD%CE%B1/%CE%B4%CF%81%CE%B1%CF%83%CF%84%CE%B7%CF%81%CE%B9%CF%8C%CF%84%CE%B7%CF%84%CE%B5%CF%82-idhae/%CE%B7-%CE%B7%CE%BC%CE%AD%CF%81%CE%B1-%CE%B4%CE%B9%CE%BA%CE%B7%CE%B3%CF%8C%CF%81%CE%BF%CF%85-%CF%83%CE%B5-%CE%BA%CE%AF%CE%BD%CE%B4%CF%85%CE%BD%CE%BF-%CE%B3%CE%B9%CE%B1-%CF%84%CE%BF-%CE%AD%CF%84%CE%BF%CF%82-2018-%CE%B7-%CE%BA%CE%B1%CF%84%CE%AC%CF%83%CF%84%CE%B1%CF%83%CE%B7-%CF%84%CF%89%CE%BD-%CE%B4%CE%B9%CE%BA%CE%B1%CE%B9%CF%89%CE%BC%CE%AC%CF%84%CF%89%CE%BD-%CF%84 (GREEK)

http://www.coolloud.org.tw/node/90140 (CHINESE)

Egypt/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: SCC honorary chairman appointed to CRCICA board

February 9, 2018

ALB

LIFE AFTER REVOLUTION

One aspect of the changing market for legal services relates to relations between government and civil society groups and lawyers, showing.  Egypt is not without its problems, particularly for lawyers practicing in Egypt.

Some Egyptian lawyers have been denied the rights to a fair trial and freedom of expression and assembly because of broad security legislation passed since 2013, as well as facing travel bans and prosecution for carrying out their professional duties, in support of human rights.

On 24 January 2018, the International Day of the Endangered Lawyer, which focuses on the rule of law issues in the legal profession internationally, was dedicated to Egypt. The American Bar Association (ABA) and both the English and Welsh legal representative bodies, as well as a consortium of international lawyers, spoke out, calling for the role of lawyers and the rule of law to be respected in the country.

In a statement released local time, ABA president Hillary Bass said that lawyers should be able “to work without intimidation, harassment or improper interference and to ensure that they are adequately safeguarded when their security is threatened”, citing United Nations principles justifying such protection. Those taking comfort from Franke’s appointment will hope that Egypt addresses those concerns, as well as promoting its ability to resolve those of investors.

https://www.africanlawbusiness.com/news/7941-scc-honorary-chairman-appointed-to-crcica-board

 

Egypt/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Madrid 24 de enero 2018

8/2/18

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¡Imágenes del Día del Abogado Amenazado, celebrado en más de 35 países!

Y es que mañana tenemos reunión en Francia los miembros de la Asociación Europea de Abogados Demócratas (AED), organizadora de esta jornada, y de la que ALA forma parte.

¿Y qué es AED? Pues la integramos numerosas asociaciones de abogados y abogadas de toda Europa, incluyendo Turquía, con el objetivo de hacer acciones conjuntas y que nuestra voz sea más escuchada.

Si quieres saber más sobre nuestros proyectos, ideas, seminarios… únete a Avocats Européens Démocrates o visítanos en http://www.aeud.org/

 

(Asociación Libre de Abogadas y Abogados Facebook)

Egypt/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Canada January 24, 2018

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The Day of the Endangered Lawyer, marked on 24 January of each year, is a time to reflect on the personal and professional safety of lawyers around the world, who face mounting persecution, prosecution, arbitrary detention, threats, torture, assaults and death in reprisal for their work to protect rights and secure justice. Each year, the Day of the Endangered Lawyer focuses on the plight of lawyers in a particular country. The focus in 2018 was on Egypt. A total of thirty-three cities participated in the events this year, including Paris, Mumbai, Milan and Taipei.

LRWC co-hosted three events across Canada to discuss the issues to honour our legal colleagues in Egypt and to call on authorities to respect and protect advocacy rights and ensure freedom from “intimidation, hindrance, harassment or improper interference”, their personal and professional safety and remedies for violations.  The first event was a panel discussion in Halifax in partnership with the CBA-NS Constitutional & Human Rights Law Section and the Dalhousie University International Law Society. A panel discussion was held at the University of Victoria’sfaculty of law, organized by LRWC, in partnership with student club LEVEL. Justice. Ragia Omran (by video from Cairo), prominent lawyer and human rights activist in Egypt, 2017 recipient of the prestigious Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law, spoke about the repressive regime in Egypt, the challenges and obstacles she continues to face from the Egyptian authorities. She implored LRWC members, as her legal colleagues, to please keep the people of Egypt, especially the human rights advocates and lawyers, on our radar and in our thoughts. Dr. Martin Bunton, Professor at the University of Victoria History Faculty, spoke about the history of the 2011 Arab Uprisings with a focus on Egypt, highlighting how this has affected human rights. M.T., law graduate from Turkey and Convention refugee to Canada, spoke about his experience as a law graduate in Turkey, and about the arrests and detention of lawyers and judges in Turkey following the 2016 attempted military coup. Renée Mulligan, LRWC Director and Megan Presnail, LWRC Myanmar Monitor, moderated the panel.

In Toronto the Day of the Endangered Lawyer was marked on 31 January with a sold-out event at the Law Society of Ontario sponsored by LRWC, the Law Society of Ontario and Human Rights Watch. Farida Deif of HRW interviewed Mr. Adel, an Egyptian human rights lawyer now living in Canada who was able to share both professional and personal perspectives on the decline of the rule of law and the persecution of lawyers for political purposes under the guise of state security and anti-terrorism. Their discussion was followed by a reception where Gavin Magrath and Cindy Song represented LRWC, discussing work on behalf of human rights defenders and Ms. Song’s personal experiences as a Chinese-trained lawyer. More information on the Day of the Endangered Lawyer can be found here.

https://www.lrwc.org/lrwc-newsletter-december-2017-january-2017-edition/

Egypt/Day of the Endangered Lawyer/USA: The International Day of the Endangered Lawyer

January 24, 2018

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On 24 January of each year, legal associations and international human rights organizations around the globe observe The International Day of the Endangered Lawyer. Each year, the occasion highlights not only the general issues internationally, but also a specific country of concern. This year, that country is Egypt.

Below, please find a variety of documents about the day and its history.

http://dayoftheendangeredlawyer.eu/

http://www.eldh.eu/events/event/day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-2017-255/

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/blog/2018/1/24/annual-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-dedicated-to-egypt

http://www.lawsocietygazette.ca/news/law-society-marks-the-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer/

Judge Delissa Ridgway, FBA ILS Board Member and Senior Counselor, was instrumental in coordinating a program with the New York City Bar: https://services.nycbar.org/iMIS/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=IND012418

Leaders in the legal community have issued the following statements in support of this day of observance:

http://www.fedbar.org/Sections/International-Law-Section/The-International-Day-of-the-Endangered-Lawyer.aspx

https://legalworld.wolterskluwer.be/fr/nouvelles/domaine/droit-en-general/8eme-journee-de-l-avocat-en-danger-en-egypte-et-ailleurs/ (FRANCAIS)

http://avocats.be/sites/default/files/22.01.2018%20-%20Communiqu%C3%A9%20de%20presse%20-%20Journ%C3%A9e%20de%20l%27avocat%20en%20danger.pdf (FRANCAIS)

Egypt/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Victoria Canada January 24, 2018

January 27,  2018

As part of the global 2018 Day of the Endangered Lawyer activities on January 24th, a panel discussion was held at the University of Victoria’s faculty of law, organized by LRWC, in partnership with student club LEVEL. Justice. Ragia Omran (by video from Cairo), prominent lawyer and human rights activist in Egypt, 2017 recipient of the prestigious Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law, spoke about the repressive regime in Egypt, the challenges and obstacles she continues to face from the Egyptian authorities. She implored LRWC members, as her legal colleagues, to please keep the people of Egypt, especially the human rights advocates and lawyers, on our radar and in our thoughts. Dr. Martin Bunton, Professor at the University of Victoria History Faculty, spoke about the history of the 2011 Arab Uprisings with a focus on Egypt, highlighting how this has affected human rights. M.T., law graduate from Turkey and Convention refugee to Canada, spoke about his experience as a law graduate in Turkey, and about the arrests and detention of lawyers and judges in Turkey following the 2016 attempted military coup. Renée Mulligan, LRWC Director and Megan Presnail, LWRC Myanmar Monitor, moderated the panel.

https://www.lrwc.org/canada-egypt-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-recap-event/

http://dayoftheendangeredlawyer.eu/