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Poland: European Commission combats threats to judicial independence to protect core values Poland: European Commission combats threats to judicial independence to protect core values

On 2 July 2018, the European Commission (EC) launched fresh infringement proceedings against Poland regarding a new law aimed at, the EC says, ‘undermining judicial independence’.
The law lowers the retirement age of Supreme Court judges from 70 to 65 and will see approximately one-third of justices forced to leave. The implications are profound.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 Wednesday, 11 July 2018
Insolvency and Restructuring International - March 2018 Insolvency and Restructuring International - March 2018

Insolvency and Restructuring International - March 2018.

Monday, 9 July 2018 Thursday, 12 July 2018
Challenges to the Independence of the Legal Profession under the State of Emergency in Turkey - Advocacy Factsheet Challenges to the Independence of the Legal Profession under the State of Emergency in Turkey - Advocacy Factsheet

From 18 - 22 June 2018, the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and the Law Society of England and Wales hosted a delegation of Turkish Lawyers during the 38th session of the Human Rights Council. The week’s activities included a training on UN Human Rights Mechanisms, several meetings with UN representatives, NGOs and State missions, as well as a side event on the situation of the legal profession in Turkey.

Friday, 6 July 2018 Friday, 6 July 2018
Latin America: Glimmers of progress amidst fears of backsliding on reproductive rights Latin America: Glimmers of progress amidst fears of backsliding on reproductive rights

In June, the lower house of Argentina’s Congress voted to legalise abortion in the country in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, marking a major step forward for reproductive rights in Latin America.
The bill is awaiting a vote in the Senate to be held on August 8, but has already been hailed as a milestone in a region that has some of the world’s most stringent abortion laws. This was highlighted in 2016 when the Zika virus and suspected risks to unborn babies prompted calls for the laws to be relaxed.

Thursday, 5 July 2018 Friday, 6 July 2018
Brexit: UK introduces new sanctions regime amidst heightened diplomatic tensions Brexit: UK introduces new sanctions regime amidst heightened diplomatic tensions

The March 2019 Brexit negotiation deadline gets ever closer and, after hours of fierce debate in the UK Parliament, the European Union Withdrawal Bill was finally enacted on 26 June. But the passing of the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill on 23 May is likely to have a more immediate impact on the City of London as the UK faces international diplomatic pressure to adopt a more combative approach, particularly towards Russia.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018 Monday, 9 July 2018
IBAHRI calls on Poland’s government to stop persecution of judges and respect democratic norms IBAHRI calls on Poland’s government to stop persecution of judges and respect democratic norms

Amid recent reports of intimidation and hate campaigns led by the ruling Law and Justice party against Poland’s judges, as well as the forthcoming forced retirement of up to 40 per cent of judges – expected to take effect from 3 July 2018 – the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemns the actions of the government of the Republic of Poland and calls for an end to the persecution of judges. Further, the IBAHRI calls for adherence to the rule of law and respect for human right

Tuesday, 3 July 2018 Thursday, 5 July 2018
Unsung heroes of the legal profession to be recognised with new IBA Jurist Award Unsung heroes of the legal profession to be recognised with new IBA Jurist Award

A new International Bar Association (IBA) award, the IBA Jurist Award, is to celebrate the ‘unsung heroes’ of the legal profession: jurists who exemplify personal sacrifice and commitment to justice. Nominees can include, for example, lawyers undertaking cases pro bono in the pursuit of justice or judges who rule appropriately on landmark cases despite systemic or societal pressures.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018 Wednesday, 4 July 2018
Joint statement on the situation of Mustafa Aydin Joint statement on the situation of Mustafa Aydin

June 2018: The International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute, in partnership with five organisations, released a joint statement on the situation of Mustafa Aydin, a lawyer from Istanbul. Mr Aydin was arrested on 16 August 2016 and was in pre-trial detention for almost two years. He was charged with being a member of an armed terrorist organisation for legally representing a police officer investigating accusations of bribery and money laundering against members of the AKP.

Friday, 29 June 2018 Friday, 29 June 2018
Guantanamo Bay: remaining detainees face ‘perpetual detention disconnected from legitimate purpose' Guantanamo Bay: remaining detainees face ‘perpetual detention disconnected from legitimate purpose'

For all of the criticism he received over Guantanamo Bay, President George W. Bush released 532 of its 780 orange-clad inmates. And, while President Obama’s Guantanamo policy satisfied no one, he did try desperately to empty the place, leaving only 41 symbols of America’s historical attempt to evade legal constraints in the so called ‘war on terror’.

Thursday, 28 June 2018 Thursday, 5 July 2018
IBAHRI wzywa polski rzad do zaprzestania przesladowania sedziów i respektowania norm demokratycznych IBAHRI wzywa polski rzad do zaprzestania przesladowania sedziów i respektowania norm demokratycznych

W zwiazku z ostatnimi doniesieniami o kampaniach nienawisci i zastraszania prowadzonych przez partie rzadzaca Prawo i Sprawiedliwosc przeciwko polskim sedziom, a takze w zwiazku z majacym wkrótce nastapic przymusowym odejsciem na emeryture do 40 proc. sedziów - planowanym na 3 lipca 2018 r. - International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute – IBAHRI (Instytut Praw Czlowieka Miedzynarodowego Stowarzyszenia Prawników) potepia dzialania rzadu Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej i wzywa do zaprzestania przesladowa

Thursday, 28 June 2018 Tuesday, 3 July 2018
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