Tajik bar associations and IBAHRI co-host major discussion on requirements for a new bar system

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Coinciding with the 92nd anniversary of the establishment of the first Tajik Bar Association (26 May) a major seminar bringing together 150 local, regional, and international key stakeholders will be held in Tajikistan to share expertise on best practices for bar associations and to discuss the requirements for a new bar system for the country. In partnership with the seven bar associations of Tajikistan, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), will host the event entitled Bar Associations’ Best Practices: A New Bar System for a Modern Society on Friday 23 May, from 0900–1200 at the Dushanbe Plaza, Tajikistan.

The Head of the Advisory Board of Tajik Lawyers, Naim Amirbekov, will deliver the Conference’s opening address to a wide range of rule of law stakeholders, including the local and regional advocate community, international organisations and high level state officials. His remarks will follow the opening ceremony which will include the Tajik National Anthem and the screening of a short film on the history of the Tajik Bar Association.

IBAHRI Co-Chair Baroness Helena Kennedy QC remarked, ‘At a time when a new law regulating the Tajik legal profession is about to be introduced, the IBAHRI conference will provide a platform for the country’s thriving legal profession, along with other key stakeholders, to identify recommendations for the future development of the country’s legal community.’ She added, ‘We are delighted that members of the Ministry of Justice will be in attendance, and that in the context of a changing environment for advocates in Tajikistan, the IBAHRI will have the opportunity to share its extensive experience in supporting bar associations and law societies across the world.

The half-day conference will comprise two working sessions on best practices for bar associations, focusing on the Tajik, regional and international contexts. Speakers (in alphabetical order) include:

  • Najibullo Azizi, Deputy President of the Afghan Independent Bar Association
  • Gulom Boboevich Boboev, Head of the Khatlon Collegium of Advocates
  • Nadia Hardman, Programme Lawyer at IBAHRI
  • Abdumanon Kholikov, First Deputy Head of the Minister of Justice of Tajikistan
  • Abduqodir Rahimov, Tajik Lawyer
  • Murtazo Shahbozi, Deputy Head of the Iran Bar Association
  • Mohira Usmonova, Head of the Sugd Collegium of Lawyers
  • Buzurgmehr Yorov, Head of the Sipar Collegium of Lawyers

The conference, to be followed by a lunch reception, is free to attend, but registration is required. To register attendance, email tajikbarlawyer@mail.ru or call +992 917 94 28 10 or +992 915 08 66 41.

Notes to the Editor

  1. The first Tajik Bar Association was founded on 26 May 1922.
  2. In December 2013, the IBAHRI published an Expert Opinion on the Draft Law of the Republic of Tajikistan on the Advocacy and the Bar. The Opinion welcomed the Tajik Government’s efforts to reform the law relating to the legal profession in Tajikistan, and provided recommendations to improve the current draft law on advocacy and the bar. In particular, the IBAHRI recommended the reconsideration of:a proposal to establish a Qualification Commission which would operate under Tajikistan’s Ministry of Justice and be responsible for regulating the legal profession, expressing concern that the relationship between the Ministry and the Commission is not clarified within the draft provisions and therefore leaves the legal profession vulnerable to executive interference; anda proposal to introduce a new Qualification Exam that would require all persons wishing to practice as a lawyer in Tajikistan to take the new exam. Those who had not attained ‘lawyer status’ through the law, would be required to re-qualify. The IBAHRI Expert Opinion found the decision to implement this via an overhaul of the entire legal body a disproportionate move which allows room for abuse of process.

    The IBAHRI Expert Opinion followed an IBAHRI visit to Dushanbe, Tajikistan in June 2013, prompted by a request from the local bars to engage in issues threatening the independence of the Tajik legal profession.

    Click here to download the IBAHRI Expert Opinion regarding the new Draft Law of the Republic of Tajikistan on Advocacy and the Bar – English language version.

    Click here to download the IBAHRI Expert Opinion regarding the new Draft Law of the Republic of Tajikistan on Advocacy and the Bar – Tajik language version.

    Click here to download the IBAHRI Expert Opinion regarding the new Draft Law of the Republic of Tajikistan on Advocacy and the Bar – Russian language version.
  3. 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. Regional offices are located in: São Paulo, Brazil; Seoul, South Korea; and Washington DC, US, while the International Bar Association’s International Criminal Court Programme (IBA ICC) is managed from an office in The Hague.

    The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) 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.

For further information please contact:
Kahramon Sanginov
Legal Specialist (Tajikistan)
International Bar Association

Email: kahramon.sanginov@int-bar.org
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