We advocate for laws, policies and practices that ensure protection for the independence and safety of lawyers

Influence

We advocate for a free and independent legal profession. You will find us regularly presenting at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, as well as actively seeking audiences with representatives of individual governments. In the Netherlands, we organise meetings for Dutch lawyers to make them aware of the difficulties being faced by their colleagues.

We advocate for laws, policies and practices that provide or reinforce effective protections for the independent functioning and safety of lawyers in accordance with internationally recognized laws and standards.

We’ll do so by:

  • Engaging with international bodies and their mechanisms to advocate for standards, resolutions and recommendations that strengthen the independence and safety of lawyers.
  • Lobbying governments to adopt, implement and enforce effective legal protections and change laws as necessary that encroach on the independence of lawyers.

Consultative status

Lawyers for Lawyers has been granted the special consultative status by the UN Economic and Social Council, also known as the ECOSOC status. The status gives us the right to participate in meetings of the Council, its functional commissions and other subsidiary bodies.

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Fact finding missions

Reports of missions in which independent experts present their findings about the information they have gathered and the research they have done into the facts about a particular situation or conflict, are valuable sources of information for the United Nations and other state institutions and organizations to be able to act.

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Influence news

28 November 2022

The Democratic Republic of the Congo: UPR mid-term report

Democratic Republic of Congo

In preparation of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 2024, Lawyers for Lawyers has written a mid-term report. In this report, we set out to what extent the DRC has implemented the recommendations

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10 November 2022

Defending the Rule of law in Türkiye – A PEN Norway and Lawyers for Lawyers event

Türkiye

Last Thursday, Lawyers for Lawyers and PEN Norway hosted an Event on Türkiye’s rule of law and the situation of lawyers in the country. With an enthusiastic audience, the event provided many interesting insights from first hand witnesses. On Thursday

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28 September 2022

Joint oral statement to Human Rights Council on Venezuela

Venezuela

On 26 September 2022, the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), The Law Society of England and Wales and Lawyers for Lawyers (L4L) delivered an oral statement on the situation of human rights defenders in Venezuela.  The statement was

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26 September 2022

Joint oral statement to Human Rights Council on Belarus

Belarus

On 23 September 2022, Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC), the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), The Law Society of England and Wales, the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe and Lawyers for Lawyers delivered an oral

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20 September 2022

Joint oral statement to Human Rights Council on Türkiye and China

On 19 September 2022, Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC), the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and Lawyers for Lawyers delivered an oral statement on the systematic pattern of arbitrary detention of lawyers in Türkiye and China. The statement

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2 September 2022

Advocacy charter the Philippines

Philippines

On 1 September 2022, Lawyers for Lawyers was present in Geneva to attend the pre-sessions for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) for The Philippines organized by UPR-Info. Lawyers for Lawyers discussed the findings of our UPR submissions with several country

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31 August 2022

Seventh Caravana Internacional de Juristas

At the invitation of Colombian lawyers and human rights defenders, the International Caravana of Jurists, an international fact-finding mission, visited Colombia from 21st until the 28th of August. During the mission, an international delegation of lawyers from all over the

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18 July 2022

UPR submission Sri Lanka

Sri-Lanka

On 14 July 2022, Lawyers for Lawyers submitted a  report for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Sri Lanka. The next UPR of Sri Lanka will take place in January 2023. The report highlights concerns regarding Sri Lanka’s compliance with

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