ECOSOC status

Lawyers for Lawyers

Consultative status

Lawyers for Lawyers was granted 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.
About Lawyers for Lawyers’ special consultative UN 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. We can also engage in the Human Rights Council’s (HRC) sessions. This enables us to effectively address human rights compliance issues and violations of the Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers.

Read more about the Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers

What does the consultative status embody?

The UN Economic and Social Council gives the ECOSOC status to NGOs that are able to make a valuable contribution to the council. Thanks to the ECOSOC status, we have the right to:

  • enter United Nations premises;
  • attend meetings, international conferences and events;
  • submit oral and written statements during these sessions;
  • organize so-called side events in UN buildings, which we use to address specific human rights issues with member state representatives and more.
How do we utilize our ECOSOC status?

Thanks to the ECOSOC or special consultative status, we have the right to engage in HRC meetings and more. This helps us in our mission to stand up for  lawyers who are threatened and hindered in their work. The status helps us to lobby with relevant bodies for the right conditions for lawyers to be able to perform their job independently. It also gives us the possibility to directly contact heads of state and other government officials from member states that don’t fully comply with the Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers – as well as from other member states that monitor human rights violations.

UN - activities

6 oktober 2022

Joint oral statement to the Human Rights Council on the Philippines

Philippines

Lawyers for Lawyers (L4L), the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC), Karaptan and the Law Society of England and Wales delivered an oral statement on the situation of lawyers in the Philippines. The statement

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5 oktober 2022

Joint Oral Statement at the OSCE Warsaw Human Dimension Conference on Belarus

Belarus

Lawyers for Lawyers (L4L), the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), European Lawyers (CCBE) and Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights delivered an oral statement on the situation of lawyers in  Belarus. The statement was

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21 september 2022

Joint oral statement to Human Rights Council on Thailand and China

On 20 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 widespread pattern of enforced disappearances including of lawyers and human rights defenders in

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4 juli 2022

Joint oral statement to Human Rights Committee on Hong Kong

China

On 4 July, Lawyers for Lawyers and The 29 Principles delivered an oral statement on Hong Kong, China during the 135th session of the Human Rights Committee. During the session, the Committee reviewed Hong Kong’s compliance with its international human rights

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1 juli 2022

Oral statement Uganda UPR outcome

Uganda

On 1 July 2022, Lawyers for Lawyers delivered an oral statement during the 50th Session of the UN Human Rights Council. During this session, the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Outcome Report of Uganda was adopted. Lawyers for Lawyers had already

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1 juli 2022

Joint oral statement Venezuela UPR outcome

Venezuela

On 1 July 2022, Lawyers for Lawyers and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) delivered an oral statement during the 50th Session of the UN Human Rights Council. During this session, the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Outcome Report

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1 juli 2022

Joint oral statement Zimbabwe UPR outcome

Zimbabwe

On 1 July 2022, Lawyers for Lawyers and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) delivered an oral statement during the 50th Session of the UN Human Rights Council. During this session, the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Outcome Report

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28 juni 2022

Joint oral statement to Human Rights Council on Belarus

Belarus

On 28 June, Lawyers for Lawyers, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada delivered an oral statement on Belarus during the interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus.

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