Strategies, programs and activities

To achieve our mission, vision and goals, we support lawyers at risk across the world and raise awareness of the importance of the independent functioning of lawyers for the protection of the rule of law and human rights.

Supporting Lawyers

We provide individual and structural support to lawyers and lawyers’ associations through three programs: Defend, Empower and Implement.

We defend individual lawyers at risk globally to end, mitigate, or prevent reprisals against them for doing their jobs and ensure accountability where such reprisals occur.

We’ll do so by:

  • Providing tailor-made support to individual lawyers at risk, guided by the lawyers concerned or their representatives.
  • Monitoring and highlighting violations of lawyers’ rights.
  • Conducting advocacy on targeted impunity cases.
  • Building networks and alliances to act in coordination and solidarity.


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.


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.

Raising Awareness

We promote the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers to inform lawyers, other stakeholders and the public about the important role of lawyers in the protection of the rule of law and human rights and fundamental freedoms and enhance the understanding thereof.

We’ll do so by:

  • Organizing seminars, workshops, roundtable discussions, and side-events;
  • Publishing articles and speaking at public conferences;
  • Engaging in professional ethical training of young lawyers;
  • Disseminating information on the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers.

Read more in our Policy Plan 2018-2021.