We empower lawyers and associations to fulfil their role in upholding human rights.

Empower

We connect lawyers with their peers in the Netherlands, and further support our colleagues worldwide by sharing knowledge and expertise, including providing training on international law mechanisms. Fact-finding missions enable us to bear witness first-hand to the situations our colleagues are facing, and advocate for change on the basis of our findings.

We empower lawyers and associations of lawyers to fulfil their role in upholding human rights and fundamental freedoms.

We’ll do so by:

  • Sharing best practices on core values and ethics underpinning the legal profession
  • Providing interactive training sessions and resource materials on international human rights law and international, including regional, mechanisms for the protection of human rights.
  • Developing tools, including the Lawyers for Lawyers database of the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers.
  • Facilitating access to and opportunities for exchange between international networks of lawyers, associations of lawyers and other stakeholders.

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 November 2021 to lawyers Liudmila Kazak and Maksim Znak from Belarus.

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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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27 February 2024

Statement on the arrest and detention of Palestinian human rights lawyer Diala Ayesh

Occupied Palestinian Territory

Lawyers for Lawyers (L4L) expresses grave concern regarding the recent arrest and detention of Diala Ayesh following her arbitrary arrest on January 17 2024. Diala Ayesh is a dedicated Palestinian human rights lawyer known for her advocacy on behalf of

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26 February 2024

Joint statement calling for greater protections for human rights lawyers in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

In a joint statement, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and Lawyers for Lawyers (L4L) have welcomed the decision of the Zimbabwean authorities to drop charges brought against two human rights lawyers, Douglas Coltart and Tapiwa Muchineripi. This

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21 February 2024

Adil Meléndez Márquez Loses Security Detail Following Prestigious Award Win

Colombia

On January 23, 2024, Colombian lawyer Adil José Meléndez Marquez was honored with the Sir Henry Brooke Award by the Alliance for Lawyers at Risk, following a nomination from Lawyers for Lawyers. This prestigious accolade recognizes legal practitioners or human

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20 February 2024

Vacature Relatiemanager

Vacature relatiemanager  Lawyers for Lawyers zet zich in voor een vrije en onafhankelijke advocatuur. Waar dan ook ter wereld. Ze verbinden advocaten in Nederland met vakgenoten die bedreigd of vervolgd worden vanwege hun werk. Waar de rechten en vrijheid van

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16 February 2024

Letter to the authorities of Pakistan on the situation and trial of lawyer Imaan Zainab Mazari-Hazir

Pakistan

Lawyers for Lawyers has recently sent a letter to the Pakistan authorities in support of the defense and release of Imaan Zainab Mazari-Hazir, a renowned Pakistan human rights lawyer. Today, Friday 16 February 2024, marks the start of the trial

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12 February 2024

International Fair Trial Day 2023 and call for nominations for the Ebru Timtik Award

The right to a fair trial has long been recognised by the international community as a fundamental human right. Without a fair trial, every individual risks becoming the victim of a miscarriage of justice, either as an innocent suspect wrongly

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7 February 2024

Report on Belarus: The Crisis of the Legal Profession Continued Repressions 2022 – 2023

Belarus

In cooperation with the American Bar Association (ABA) and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), the Center for Constitutionalism and Human Rights, Right to Defense, and Lawyers for Lawyers have prepared this report to summarize the ongoing worrying

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31 January 2024

Lawyers for Lawyers’ Letter Supporting Arnon Nampa’s Defense and Bail Application to the Criminal Court

Thailand

Lawyers for Lawyers has recently sent a letter to the Thai Criminal Court in support of the defense and bail application of Arnon Nampa, a renowned Thai human rights lawyer. The letter outlines the deep concerns regarding Nampa’s conviction, highlighting

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