Lawyers for Lawyers

What we do

In many countries, lawyers are threatened, opposed and prosecuted in connection to their work. Lawyers for Lawyers promotes and protects the independence of the legal profession by supporting lawyers worldwide who, in the exercise of their profession, face reprisals, improper government interference or unnecessary restrictions.

In order to achieve our mission and objectives, we use two strategic pillars: 1 – Support: We offer individual and structural support to lawyers and lawyers’ organizations through three programs: Defend, Empower and Influence, and 2 – Awareness: We create awareness among lawyers and other stakeholders on the crucial role that lawyers play in the proper functioning of the rule of law and the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Support

Defendwe generate (international) attention and advocate for individual cases of lawyers under threat.
Empowerwe empower lawyers and lawyers’ associations to fulfil their role in upholding human rights and freedoms.
Influencewe advocate for laws, policies and practices that provide or reinforce effective protections for the independent functioning and safety of lawyers.

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Awareness

We create awareness among lawyers and other stakeholders about the crucial role that lawyers play in the proper functioning of the rule of law and the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms. We base ourselves on the Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers of the United Nations. We do this for example by organizing workshops and seminars.

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Activities

We undertake various activities within the framework of our programs. For example, we write letters to the authorities of the lawyer’s country of origin, we organize social media campaigns, make statements and publish press releases or speak to governments, international institutions and bar associations. We also monitor the violations of the professional immunities and privileges of lawyers, including through trial observations and fact finding missions.

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Support us!

Lawyers for Lawyers mostly depends on the efforts of lawyer-volunteers and we are completely dependent on donations. Without your support we cannot continue to support lawyers at risk from all over the world. Find out how you can help us as a volunteer or support us financially.

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