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


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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6 June 2023

Statement on the Situation of Venezuelan Human Rights Lawyer Venus Faddoul

Lawyers for Lawyers (L4L) remains deeply concerned about the deteriorating human rights situation in Venezuela. Venezuelan lawyers continue to be persecuted by various means such as threats, harassment, prosecution, and surveillance simply for performing their professional duties. The threats and

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5 June 2023

Statement on the Conviction of Human Rights Laywer Vladimir Prokhorov

Vladimir Prokhorov, a Russian human rights lawyer known for defending Putin’s opponents, has fled the Russian Federation in May 2023 after being threatened in the courtroom. Mr Prokhorov had publicly made statements about the closed trial of his friend and

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5 June 2023

Vacancy student-internship

On average 8 hours/wk, from 4 September 2023 Do you want to make a difference for endangered lawyers standing up for the rights of others? Do you want to learn how an NGO works and build a network with lawyers

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2 June 2023

Submission to UN Human Rights Committee – Republic of Uganda

During its 138th session, from 26 June to 28 July 2023, the Human Rights Committee will consider the 2th periodic report submitted by the Republic of Uganda and adopt concluding observations that will assist Uganda in the implementation of the

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1 June 2023

International Fair Trial Day Event on 14 June 2023


Lawyers for Lawyers is happy to share the program for the event on 14 June 2023 for the third International Fair Trial Day. The focus country of this year’s International Fair Trial Day is Mexico. Time: 10:00 – 18:00 CST

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26 May 2023

Lawyers’ Day in Tajikistan


Today is “Lawyers’ Day” in Tajikistan, when lawyers celebrate the establishment of the first Bar Association.The situation of lawyers in Tajikistan remains concerning and, on what should be a day of celebration, Lawyers for Lawyers would like to pay attention

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26 May 2023

Statement on the conviction of Human Rights Lawyer Mikhail Benyash

Russian Federation

Mikhail Benyash is a human rights and defence lawyer working in the Krasnodar region in Russia. Mikhail has advised protesters for over a decade and most recently he represented anti-war protesters and soldiers who do not want to fight in

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25 May 2023

Concerns over detention of lawyers, journalists, politicians, and artists in Türkiye


It has been exactly one month since the Turkish police carried out raids across 21 provinces in the country, resulting in the detention of numerous lawyers, journalists, politicians, and artists. Lawyers for Lawyers continues to be concerned over this matter.

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