IBAHRI congratulates Diego García-Sayán on his appointment as UN Special Rapporteur

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) congratulates Diego García-Sayán on his appointment to the post of United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers.

IBAHRI Co-Chair, Ambassador (ret.) Hans Corell commented: ‘The role of Special Rapporteur is a vital one, which plays a key part in protecting and advocating for the legal profession around the world. As an organisation committed to the independence of judges and lawyers for the protection of human rights, the IBAHRI is very much in line with the aims and objectives of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur and we hope to be able to support the work of Mr García-Sayán to meet these important aims. On behalf of the IBAHRI, I congratulate Mr Diego García-Sayán on his appointment as UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers.’

IBAHRI Co-Chair, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC said: ‘Around the world the legal profession faces growing threats to its independence and safety. It is of paramount importance that we continue to protect this independence, because a robust legal profession is crucial to ensure access to justice for those whose rights are being curtailed and for the protection of human rights internationally.’ She added: ‘As Mr García-Sayán begins his mandate, we would encourage continued collaboration and consultation between the office of the Special Rapporteur and non-governmental organisations and the global legal profession in order to identify key priorities and objectives. Such collaboration will be key to ensuring the realisation of Sustainable Development Goal 16: to provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions.’

Mr García-Sayán has extensive experience as a former Minister for Justice and Minister for Foreign Affairs in Peru in the early 2000s. He was also President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights from 2010 to 2012 and is currently a judge in this court. He was appointed to the role of UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers on Monday 5 December by the UN Human Rights Council.



Notes to the Editor

  1. The International Bar Association (IBA), established in 1947, is the world’s leading organisation of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. Through its global membership of individual lawyers, law firms, bar associations and law societies it influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the legal profession throughout the world.

    The IBA’s administrative office is in London, United Kingdom. Regional offices are located in: São Paulo, Brazil; Seoul, South Korea; and Washington, DC, United States, while the International Bar Association’s International Criminal Court and International Criminal Law Programme (ICC & ICL) is managed from an office in The Hague, the Netherlands.

    The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), an autonomous and financially independent entity, works to promote, protect and enforce human rights under a just rule of law, and to preserve the independence of the judiciary and the legal profession worldwide.


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