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 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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22 July 2021

The Hague Young Bar Association raises €8000 for Lawyers for Lawyers

The Hague Young Bar Association has raised €8000 for Lawyers for Lawyers through their ”Hapweg” auction and additional donations. On 16 July 2021, the The Hague Young Bar Association organized a barbecue and auction to raise money for Lawyers for

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21 July 2021

Report: Lawyers Under Threat – Increasing Suppression of the Legal Profession in Belarus

Belarus

Lawyers for Lawyers, the American Bar Association Center for Human Rights (ABA CHR), and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) have launched the joint report “Lawyers Under Threat: Increasing Suppression of the Legal Profession in Belarus.” The report

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20 July 2021

Mahienour El-Massry released from prison

Egypt

Lawyers for Lawyers welcomes the news that Mahienour El-Massry, a prominent human rights lawyer from Egypt, has been released from prison. On 22 September 2019, Mahienour el-Massry was arrested in front the State Security Prosecution office in Cairo, where she

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19 July 2021

Concerns about access to the legal profession and increasing disbarments of lawyers in Turkey

Turkey

In a joint statement, Lawyers for Lawyers, AIJA – International Association of Young Lawyers, the Institute for the Rule of Law of the International Association of Lawyers (UIA-IROL), the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada,

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