Should lawyers speak out on the rule of law?

Lawyers at Washington Dulles airport

Many in the global legal profession are concerned that recent words and actions by President Donald Trump in the United States – including the highly controversial travel ban, attacks on the judiciary and plans to scrap legal aid funding – are undermining the principles of international law.

So do lawyers have an obligation to speak out about upholding the rule of law and set an example of respect, civility and integrity?

In this podcast, the IBA asks Tim Powers, Managing Partner of US law firm Haynes and Boone, the President of the New York City Bar Association, John Kiernan, and IBA President, Martin Šolc, for their views.