The focus of the 2019 Day of the Endangered Lawyer is on Turkey, because of the widespread arrests, detentions and dismissals of members of the legal profession in the country.
Held on January 24th of each year, since 2010, the Day of the Endangered Lawyer provides a time to reflect on the personal and professional safety of lawyers around the world facing mounting persecution, prosecution, arbitrary detention, threats, torture, assaults and death as a consequence of carrying out their professional duties.
In honour of the Day of the Endangered Lawyer, and to demonstrate support for harassed, silenced, pressured, threatened, persecuted, tortured, disappeared and/or murdered legal professionals in Turkey (and also beyond), the Law Society and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) will hold a seminar focusing on the circumstances facing lawyers in Turkey. Topics to be discussed include: the enactment of emergency decree laws; the lack of admissibility of Turkish cases before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR); specifics of litigating Turkish cases before the ECtHR; and trial observation in Turkey.
“(…) the Turkish government has been increasingly interfering with and exercising undue influence over the legal profession using adverse constitutional and legislative reforms together with systematic attacks against judges, prosecutors, lawyers and other legal professionals (…).”
- Joint Submission to the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, 2018
(applicant’s lawyer in Loizidou v. Turkey and other ECtHR cases)
(Chair, Law Society Human Rights Committee)
(Programme Lawyer, IBAHRI)