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The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) advocates for lawyers and judges who are arbitrarily harassed, intimidated or arrested as a result of carrying out their professional duties. The IBAHRI will also intervene when it feels that human rights or the rule of law are under threat.

Annual Jurists Conference

From 20–24 November 2018, International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) collaborated with the Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists, International Commission of Jurists, the International Development and Legal Organization, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) to hold the Annual Jurists Conference.

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UN Programme

The IBAHRI United Nations (UN) Programme launched in 2014, with the aim of informing and fostering lawyers’ engagement in UN mechanisms and strengthening the dialogue between states and the legal community on human rights. UN human rights mechanisms provide tools to promote international standards, which protect the legal profession’s ability to safeguard the rule of law.

The UN Programme pursues the following objectives:

  • Strengthening the international legal framework protecting the legal profession by providing expert support to UN human rights mechanisms;
  • Raising awareness about UN standards on the role of judges, lawyers and prosecutors, the independence of the judiciary and the situation of legal professionals at country level; and
  • Fostering the involvement of lawyers in UN human rights mechanisms by training lawyers and building the capacity of bar associations

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Intervention Letters

When the IBAHRI receives reliable information about threats to individuals working in the legal sector, intervention letters are sent to the relevant authorities.

Where possible, we follow the progress of such situations either with the national bar association, the individual themselves or through media and web-based research.

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Please note that letters are private and we will not be able to share the original text.

Amicus Curiae Briefs

Amicus curiae briefs are submitted to the courts in cases which are of interest to the IBAHRI, particularly those that threaten the independence of the legal profession and the rule of law.

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News releases

If the IBAHRI feels that human rights, the independence of judges and lawyers or the rule of law are under threat, and considers a public statement to be the best course of action, it will speak out and advocate for the protection of human rights.

For further information please contact the International Bar Association press office:

Romana St. Matthew - Daniel
Press Office

International Bar Association
4th Floor, 10 St Bride Street,
London EC4A 4AD

Mobile: +44 (0)7940 731 915
Direct Line: +44 (0)20 7842 0094
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IBAHRI news releases