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Wij helpen collega-advocaten wereldwijd met kennis en expertise. Zo geven we trainingen in internationaal recht. Advocaten die steun zoeken, verbinden we met betrokken collega’s in Nederland. Ook gaan we op fact finding missions: reizen om met eigen ogen de situatie ter plekke in kaart te brengen.

Wij versterken advocaten en ordes van advocaten in hun rol van het beschermen van mensenrechten en fundamentele vrijheden.

Dit doen wij door:

  • Het delen van best practices op gebied van kernwaardes die ten grondslag liggen aan een onafhankelijke advocatuur.
  • Het aanbieden van interactieve training sessies en materialen over internationale mensen rechten en internationale en regionale mechanismes ter bescherming van mensenrechten.
  • Het ontwikkelen van hulpmiddelen zoals de Lawyers for Lawyers database of the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers.
  • Het faciliteren van mogelijkheden voor uitwisselingen tussen internationale netwerken van advocaten, ordes van advocaten en andere belangenorganisaties.

Lawyers for Lawyers Award

The Lawyers for Lawyers Award is awarded to a lawyer or group of lawyers who work to promote the rule of law and human rights in an exceptional way and are threatened because of their work. The Lawyers for Lawyers Award is presented bi-annually, most recently in May 2019 to lawyer Selçuk Kozağaçlı from Turkey.

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Training and twinning

Lawyers for Lawyers can provide interactive training sessions and resource materials on international human rights law and international, including regional, mechanisms for the protection of human rights. We furthermore connect lawyers from the Netherlands with colleague lawyers from abroad, in ‘twinning’ projects.

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Toolkit for Lawyers at Risk

Looking for a helpful resource? The Toolkit for Lawyers at Risk is a unique tool aimed at facilitating the efforts of those seeking to protect lawyers at risk – that is, attacked for performing their professional duties and representing their clients’ interests – as well as to support and assist the targeted legal profession in their struggle. The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) developed the Toolkit in cooperation with Lawyers for Lawyers and other human rights organisations.

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