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IBAHRI statements on Turkey and Poland at the 38th Session of the Human Rights Council IBAHRI statements on Turkey and Poland at the 38th Session of the Human Rights Council

On 25 June 2018, the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) delivered an oral statement at the 38th Session of the Human Rights Council on behalf of five other organisations to address the situation of the legal profession in Turkey and Poland.
The statement focused on the widespread human rights violations against lawyers in Turkey since the attempted coup in July 2016, and the ongoing ‘state-led campaign of intimidation and harassment’ against judges in Poland.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018 Thursday, 28 June 2018
4th IBA European Corporate and Private M&A Conference - Data protection in M&A transactions 4th IBA European Corporate and Private M&A Conference - Data protection in M&A transactions

Data protection is one of those legal issues which can be treated fundamentally differently between jurisdictions. M&A practitioners frequently lack the awareness or underestimate the risk of serious problems and disruptions in cross-border transactions that certain data protection issues can create. The panel will discuss the common problems and the latest trends in data protection in the context of M&A transactions.

Friday, 8 April 2016 Friday, 8 April 2016
Poland preliminary press release Poland preliminary press release

IBA HRI Poland press release

Tuesday, 10 June 2008 Wednesday, 21 January 2009
4th IBA European Corporate and Private M&A Conference - European private equity 4th IBA European Corporate and Private M&A Conference - European private equity

Some commentators say that private equity is ‘over the hill’, that its business model reached its peak. Given that the low-hanging fruit has gone, it will by definition lose out against strategic buyers and therefore decrease in importance in future. While this seems to be greatly exaggerated, it is true that private equity is facing its challenges these days.

Friday, 8 April 2016 Friday, 8 April 2016
4th IBA European Corporate and Private M&A Conference - Material adverse change in European M&A deals 4th IBA European Corporate and Private M&A Conference - Material adverse change in European M&A deals

Confucius said: ‘First, let’s define our terms’. This is particularly true with respect to the term ‘material adverse change’ or ‘MAC’. Everybody in M&A refers to it and uses it, sometimes rather light-heartedly. For when parties in an M&A transaction agree to apply a MAC, did they really reach consensus? Is there a universal definition of material adverse change?

Friday, 8 April 2016 Friday, 8 April 2016
4th IBA European Corporate and Private M&A Conference - How to prepare a target business for sale 4th IBA European Corporate and Private M&A Conference - How to prepare a target business for sale

It is a common truth that properly preparing the sale of a business is key to optimising the return. The discovery of unknown material risks during a sales process has often disproportionate negative effects on the sales price, and sometimes even the overall deal. From missing documentation to change-of-control provisions in key contracts, from carelessly drafted employment contracts to unpredictable tax risks, from inflexible financing terms and conditions to uncontrollable disputes.

Friday, 8 April 2016 Friday, 8 April 2016
Europe and Central Asia Europe and Central Asia

IBAHRI Work by regions Europe

Tuesday, 10 June 2008 Tuesday, 23 May 2017
Poland Poland

Details of the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI)'s activities in Poland, including fact-finding missions and trial observations.

Tuesday, 10 June 2008 Tuesday, 6 June 2017
Tajikistan Tajikistan

Details of IBAHRI activities in Tajikistan

Friday, 28 June 2013 Tuesday, 6 June 2017
State of emergency and attacks to the legal profession in Turkey State of emergency and attacks to the legal profession in Turkey

Thursday 21 June 2018 - watch event video here. Panelists shared their analysis on the impact of the state of emergency on the rule of law and the ongoing obstacles faced by the legal profession in Turkey since the failed coup in 2016. They also discussed Turkey’s derogations from its international and regional human rights obligations, as well as the response of regional and international human rights mechanisms to this situation.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018 Wednesday, 27 June 2018
5th Annual IBA Tax Conference - BEPS update 5th Annual IBA Tax Conference - BEPS update

BEPS update - Interest deductibility, Hybrids, Treaty shopping, Anti-avoidance, Beneficial interest, Intangibles, Digital economy, Automatic and group request exchange of information, Mandatory arbitration EU responses to BEPS (individual countries and EU Commission) US model Income Tax Treaty, Response to BEPS in South Africa, Permanent establishment

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 Tuesday, 23 February 2016
Georgia Georgia

Details of the IBAHRI's activities in Georgia

Thursday, 16 December 2010 Tuesday, 6 June 2017
4th IBA European Corporate and Private M&A Conference - Current legal developments in private M&A 4th IBA European Corporate and Private M&A Conference - Current legal developments in private M&A

Current legal developments in European private M&A
This session will discuss the latest trends and developments in private M&A deals in Europe. In particular, the panel will discuss the following:
• Shareholder rights’ initiative
• M&A insurance
• Vendor financing
• Inbound investments from Asia
• Deal terms

Thursday, 7 April 2016 Thursday, 7 April 2016
4th IBA European Corporate and Private M&A Conference - Incentivising managers in M&A transactions 4th IBA European Corporate and Private M&A Conference - Incentivising managers in M&A transactions

Over the last few years there’s been much focus on executive salaries which have been a dominant corporate governance issue. One possible feature of the variable compensation in an executive’s remuneration package is the less discussed ‘transaction bonus’. Other common features include such perks as the so-called ‘stay-on bonus’. What needs to be borne in mind when incentivising managers in M&A transactions?

Friday, 8 April 2016 Friday, 8 April 2016
Ukraine Ukraine

Details of IBAHRI's activities in Ukraine

Thursday, 16 December 2010 Tuesday, 6 June 2017
Armenia Armenia

Details of the IBAHRI's activity in Armenia.

Monday, 10 November 2008 Tuesday, 6 June 2017
Russia Russia

Details of the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institue (IBAHRI)'s activities in Russia, including a fact finding mission and trial observation.

Tuesday, 10 June 2008 Tuesday, 6 June 2017
4th IBA European Corporate and Private M&A Conference - M&A disputes: to litigate or to arbitrate 4th IBA European Corporate and Private M&A Conference - M&A disputes: to litigate or to arbitrate

M&A practitioners spend considerable time and energy in avoiding post-closing disputes. However, sometimes they seem unavoidable. In light of this awareness, we turn our attention to one of the contractual provisions, which are often negotiated at the end of a deal: the jurisdiction clause. What considerations are important in that context? Is litigation by definition seller-friendly?

Friday, 8 April 2016 Friday, 8 April 2016
Hungary Hungary

Monday, 10 September 2012 Tuesday, 6 June 2017
 Short film: Legal profession in peril - the case of Tajikistan (2018)  Short film: Legal profession in peril - the case of Tajikistan (2018)

In Tajikistan, the legal profession is struggling to fulfil the crucial role it is meant to play in ensuring access to justice for all. Today, lawyers in the country often face high risks of persecution, harassment and even severe sanctions, including imprisonment, for merely doing their job.
Moreover, 2016 legal bar reforms have drastically reduced the number of qualified lawyers in Tajikistan and this has led to a major negative impact on ensuring access to justice for all.

Friday, 5 October 2018 Friday, 5 October 2018
Serbia Serbia

Details of the IBAHRI's activities in Serbia.

Tuesday, 10 June 2008 Tuesday, 6 June 2017
Turkey Turkey

Details of the IBAHRI's activities in Turkey.

Tuesday, 10 June 2008 Friday, 29 June 2018
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan

Details of IBAHRI activities in Azerbaijan

Friday, 2 May 2014 Tuesday, 6 June 2017
4th IBA European Corporate and Private M&A Conference - M&A in the life science and pharmaceutical industry 4th IBA European Corporate and Private M&A Conference - M&A in the life science and pharmaceutical industry

The life science and pharmaceutical industry has been one of the most active M&A sectors in the last few years. The panel, consisting of experienced in-house and outside counsels, will identify and discuss the motivations behind the deals, the typical value drivers of target companies, the specific challenges M&A practitioners encounter in this sector and how to address them with state-of-the-art solutions.

Friday, 8 April 2016 Friday, 8 April 2016
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Details of the IBAHRI's activity in the UK.

Tuesday, 10 June 2008 Tuesday, 6 June 2017
Lawyers at risk meet UN Special Rapporteur in Belgrade Lawyers at risk meet UN Special Rapporteur in Belgrade

On 11-12 June 2016 the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute and Human Rights House Network (HRHN) brought together human rights lawyers from across Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) for a special consultation with Monica Pinto, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers. Bringing together 50 lawyers from 16 different countries in Central Asia, the Balkans, Europe, North and South Caucasus, the discussion centred on the dangers, threats and barriers that law...

Monday, 27 June 2016 Thursday, 27 October 2016
4th IBA European Corporate and Private M&A Conference - Pre-contractual issues in the M&A process 4th IBA European Corporate and Private M&A Conference - Pre-contractual issues in the M&A process

Before signing, the parties to an M&A transaction engage in diverse dealings and interactions. This phase is normally only partially governed by written agreements. In addition, general legal principles such as the duty to act in good faith govern this phase. What is allowed and what is illegal is often hard to ascertain, in particular in a cross-border context. Where does the freedom to contract (or not to contract) end and where does culpa in contrahendo start?

Friday, 8 April 2016 Friday, 8 April 2016
4th IBA European Corporate and Private M&A Conference - Keynote address 4th IBA European Corporate and Private M&A Conference - Keynote address

The strategic and private M&A market in Europe
François Henrot Partner, Rothschild, Paris

Thursday, 7 April 2016 Thursday, 7 April 2016
5th Annual IBA Tax Conference - UK diverted profits tax 5th Annual IBA Tax Conference - UK diverted profits tax

• Charges which may apply • Exceptions to charging provisions • Calculation mechanics and interaction with transfer pricing • EU law and tax treaty issues • BEPS interaction • Practical examples

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 Tuesday, 23 February 2016
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Russia: IBA Opposes Government Proposal to Increase its Power over Judicial Appointments  Russia: IBA Opposes Government Proposal to Increase its Power over Judicial Appointments

Russia: IBA Opposes Government Proposal to Increase its Power over Judicial Appointments

Thursday, 16 June 2005 Friday, 30 January 2009
IBA calls on Serbia’s authorities to protect human rights defenders from attacks  IBA calls on Serbia’s authorities to protect human rights defenders from attacks

IBA calls on Serbia’s authorities to protect human rights defenders from attacks

Thursday, 21 February 2008 Friday, 30 January 2009
IBAHRI express concern for safety of prominent human rights defenders in Serbia IBAHRI express concern for safety of prominent human rights defenders in Serbia

(21 February 2008) The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute has expressed grave concern for the safety of prominent human rights defenders in Serbia, following comments made by political party leaders inciting action against them.

Thursday, 21 February 2008 Monday, 28 January 2013
IBA Section on Business Law Joins Action in Europe to Reinstate Legal Privilege for In-House Counsel IBA Section on Business Law Joins Action in Europe to Reinstate Legal Privilege for In-House Counsel

The Section on Business Law (SBL) of the International Bar Association has filed with the Court of First Instance of the European Communities an application for leave to intervene in the case between Akzo Nobel Chemicals Ltd and Akcros Chemicals Ltd (Applicants)

Wednesday, 10 December 2003 Thursday, 29 January 2009
Rights of audience in Scotland Rights of audience in Scotland

A leading judge has drawn attention to problems concerning rights of audience and the role of solicitor advocates in Scotland’s supreme courts. (BIC E-news, March 2009)

Monday, 23 March 2009 Monday, 6 April 2009
Luxembourg: SICAR-Law Amended and Modified Luxembourg: SICAR-Law Amended and Modified

Luxembourg: SICAR-Law Amended and Modified

Tuesday, 21 April 2009 Friday, 5 June 2009
Euro on the brink - Scott Appleton Euro on the brink - Scott Appleton

Another bailout for Greece brings a reprieve, but the plight of Italy, Ireland and Portugal has the potential to push Europe and the global financial system further into turmoil. The consequences, should Spain catch the contagion, are unthinkable.

Friday, 29 July 2011 Wednesday, 3 August 2011
UK's debt reaches £1 trillion UK's debt reaches £1 trillion

Europe has endured the pain of layoffs, wage cuts and tax increases designed to bring government debt under control. But far from falling, debt burdens are rising fastest in European countries that have enacted the most draconian austerity programs, according to The Associated Press’ Global Economy Tracker, which monitors the performance of 30 major economies.

Friday, 16 March 2012 Friday, 16 March 2012
Webcast interview and Q&A with Chris Saul, Senior Partner, Slaughter and May - film Webcast interview and Q&A with Chris Saul, Senior Partner, Slaughter and May - film

In March 2012, the IBA conducted a webcast interview and Q&A with Chris Saul, Senior Partner at Magic Circle law firm Slaughter and May. Saul has spent 35 years at the firm which is regularly recognised as the most profitable in the City. The firm frequently advises the most sought-after clients in the corporate and banking spheres, as well as the Treasury.

Friday, 30 March 2012 Monday, 19 May 2014
Poland fact-finding mission, 2007 Poland fact-finding mission, 2007

The IBAHRI, in conjunction with the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) coordinated a high-level delegation visit to Poland in September 2007 to investigate allegations of a range of legislative encroachments into the independence of the judiciary and the legal profession.

Friday, 30 November 2007 Friday, 27 April 2012
Poland fact-finding misson, 2008 Poland fact-finding misson, 2008

In June 2008, the IBAHRI and CCBE conducted a follow-up visit to Poland to assess progress in implementing the recommendations made in its November 2007 report.

Tuesday, 30 September 2008 Friday, 27 April 2012
Poland trial observation, 2009 Poland trial observation, 2009

In November 2009, the IBAHRI conducted a trial observation for the case of Judge Miroslaw Wyrzykowski, a Judge of the Polish Constitutional Tribunal on trial for omitting certain information from an affidavit required under the Lustration Act.

Monday, 30 November 2009 Friday, 27 April 2012
The Khodorkovsky Trial Observation Report, 2011 The Khodorkovsky Trial Observation Report, 2011

On 20 September 2011 the IBAHRI released an extensive report on the trial of Mikhail Khodorkovsky. The IBAHRI is the only organisation who had a full-time observer based in Moscow attending all sessions from 2009-2011.

Friday, 4 May 2012 Friday, 4 May 2012
Russia fact-finding mission, 2005 Russia fact-finding mission, 2005

In April 2005, the IBAHRI sent a high level delegation to Russia following a proposal by the Russian Government to increase its power over judicial appointments. In June 2005 the IBAHRI released a report detailing its findings and conclusions.

Thursday, 30 June 2005 Friday, 4 May 2012
Hungary – Threat to the independence of the judiciary and rule of law of concern to IBAHRI  Hungary – Threat to the independence of the judiciary and rule of law of concern to IBAHRI

News release: 10 September 2012 - In a report published today – Courting Controversy: the Impact of the Recent Reforms on the Independence of the Judiciary and the Rule of Law in Hungary– the IBAHRI calls on the Government of Hungary to respect the decision of the country’s Constitutional Court and to repeal the new legislative provisions that lowered the mandatory age of retirement for judges to 62 years, forcing the immediate retirement of more than 270 justices.

Monday, 10 September 2012 Thursday, 1 November 2012
Hungary fact-finding mission, 2012 Hungary fact-finding mission, 2012

The IBAHRI undertook a fact-finding mission to Hungary in March 2012 to assess the state of the rule of law in the country, with a focus on independence of the judiciary and the legal profession. A report detailing the mission's findings and recommendations was subsequently released.

Friday, 23 March 2012 Wednesday, 2 July 2014
Armenia training, 2008 Armenia training, 2008

IBAHRI training for trainee judges on international fair trial standards; the administration of justice during states of emergencies; approaches to judicial reasoning and judgement making.

Friday, 26 October 2012 Monday, 5 September 2016
United Kingdom, amicus brief, 2005 United Kingdom, amicus brief, 2005

The IBAHRI, the Commonwealth Lawyers Association and the International Commission of Jurists made submissions to the UK House of Lords concerning the admissibility in UK proceedings of evidence obtained in torture.

Wednesday, 26 October 2005 Wednesday, 2 April 2014
Parliamentary training, 2010 - 2011 Parliamentary training, 2010 - 2011

Since becoming part of The Westminster Consortium (TWC) in 2009, the IBAHRI has committed to run courses focusing on the role of parliaments in upholding the rule of law and the implementation of constitutional and human rights obligations.

Monday, 28 November 2011 Wednesday, 28 November 2012
Georgia fact-finding mission, 2012 Georgia fact-finding mission, 2012

In April 2012 the IBAHRI undertook a fact-finding mission to Georgia to investigate the challenges and opportunities for the legal profession in strengthening the rule of law in Georgia.

Monday, 25 June 2012 Tuesday, 3 June 2014
Continued reform required to strengthen the rule of law in Georgia new IBAHRI report states Continued reform required to strengthen the rule of law in Georgia new IBAHRI report states

News release: 3 December 2013 - In a report released today, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has urged the new Georgian government to put justice sector reform at the heart of its agenda and take action to promote the independence of the legal profession and strengthen the rule of law in Georgia.

Monday, 3 December 2012 Tuesday, 25 June 2013
Continued reform required to strengthen the rule of law in Georgia new IBAHRI report states - Georgian language version Continued reform required to strengthen the rule of law in Georgia new IBAHRI report states - Georgian language version

News release: 3 December 2013 [Georgia language version) - In a report released today, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has urged the new Georgian government to put justice sector reform at the heart of its agenda and take action to promote the independence of the legal profession and strengthen the rule of law in Georgia. - Georgian language version

Monday, 3 December 2012 Tuesday, 25 June 2013
Serbia, advice on proposed legislation, 2003 Serbia, advice on proposed legislation, 2003

In 2003, the IBAHRI was asked by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and with the agreement of the Serbian Ministry of Justice, to review the Draft Law on Organisation and Jurisdiction of Government Authorities in Prosecuting Persons Guilty of War Crimes.

Tuesday, 28 January 2003 Monday, 28 January 2013
Turkey combating torture training, 2004 Turkey combating torture training, 2004

The IBAHRI received funding from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to run a series of workshops to promote the manual 'Combating Torture: A Manual for Judges and Prosecutors' in Ankara in 2004.

Wednesday, 28 January 2004 Monday, 28 January 2013
Ukraine parliamentary strengthening, 2010-2012 Ukraine parliamentary strengthening, 2010-2012

In December 2012 seclected chapters of the IBAHRI/ TWC Handbook on human rights and parliaments were translated into Ukranian and launched in conjuntion with the Ukraininan Parliament's Committee for Human Rights, National Minorities and Interethnic Relations.

Monday, 28 January 2013 Monday, 28 January 2013
IBAHRI expresses concern over the posthumous trial of Sergei Magnitsky, Russia   IBAHRI expresses concern over the posthumous trial of Sergei Magnitsky, Russia

Statement: 18 March 2013 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) expresses concern over the posthumous reopening of criminal proceedings against Sergei Magnitsky, raising several procedural issues.

Monday, 18 March 2013 Tuesday, 2 July 2013
Hungarian Constitutional Court restrictions of great concern to IBAHRI Hungarian Constitutional Court restrictions of great concern to IBAHRI

News release: 22 March 2013 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) is deeply concerned by the Hungarian Parliament’s adoption of a Fourth Amendment to the Hungarian Fundamental Law (the Constitution) that further limits the authority of the Constitutional Court.

Friday, 22 March 2013 Monday, 25 March 2013
Tajikistan scoping mission, Expert Opinon, 2013 Tajikistan scoping mission, Expert Opinon, 2013

In June 2013 the IBAHRI undertook a scoping mission to examine the capacity of the Tajik National Bar Association and to assess the scope for IBAHRI technical assistance and capacity building support.

Friday, 28 June 2013 Monday, 10 March 2014
European Union: can Croatia practice the club’s rules?  European Union: can Croatia practice the club’s rules?

Friday, 19 July 2013 Friday, 19 July 2013
IBAHRI analyses Tajikistan’s draft law reform for the legal profession and publishes recommendations IBAHRI analyses Tajikistan’s draft law reform for the legal profession and publishes recommendations

News release: 12 December 2013 - In an Expert Opinion published today, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) welcomes the Tajik Government’s efforts to reform the law relating to the legal profession, and provides recommendations to improve the current draft law on advocacy and the bar.

Thursday, 12 December 2013 Wednesday, 22 January 2014
IBAHRI welcomes Khodorkovsky pardon after unfair trial IBAHRI welcomes Khodorkovsky pardon after unfair trial

News release: 20 December 2013 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) welcomes the pardon of Mikhail Khodorkovsky in light of its 2011 trial observation report, which found that proceedings did not meet international fair trial standards. Further, the IBAHRI calls for the immediate release of his business partner, Platon Lebedev.

Friday, 20 December 2013 Friday, 20 December 2013
IBA welcomes repeal of Ukraine's anti-protest laws and calls for release of arrested peaceful protesters  IBA welcomes repeal of Ukraine's anti-protest laws and calls for release of arrested peaceful protesters

News release: 29 January 2014 - The Ukrainian Government’s recent adoption of a series of ‘anti-protest’ laws severely restricting freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, and undermining the protection of human rights has been of deep concern to the body representing the global legal profession, the International Bar Association (IBA).

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 Wednesday, 29 January 2014
Panel discussion - Azerbaijan: Freedom of expression on trial,  2 May 2014 Panel discussion - Azerbaijan: Freedom of expression on trial, 2 May 2014

On 2 May 2014, the IBAHRI held a panel event on fair trial rights in freedom of expression cases in Azerbaijan. The event took place in Baku, Azerbaijan and marked the launch of the IBAHRI fact-finding report Azerbaijan: Freedom of Expression on Trial.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 Monday, 16 June 2014
New IBAHRI report urges Azerbaijani Government to uphold fair trial rights in freedom of expression cases New IBAHRI report urges Azerbaijani Government to uphold fair trial rights in freedom of expression cases

News release: 1 May 2014 - In a report released today, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) urges the Azerbaijani Government to uphold fair trial rights in freedom of expression cases. Specifically, the IBAHRI calls on the government to take active steps to establish effective mechanisms, consistent with international standards, to protect journalists.

Thursday, 1 May 2014 Monday, 16 June 2014
Film - Azerbaijan: Freedom of expression on trial Film - Azerbaijan: Freedom of expression on trial

In a report released in May 2014, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) urged the Azerbaijani Government to uphold fair trial rights in freedom of expression cases.

This short film gives a summary of the report, its findings and recommendations, with contributions from the delegates who visited Azerbaijan on the fact-finding mission of December 2013.

Thursday, 1 May 2014 Monday, 16 June 2014
Annulment of controversial provisions in Turkey’s judicial reform law, welcomed by IBAHRI  Annulment of controversial provisions in Turkey’s judicial reform law, welcomed by IBAHRI

News release: 25 April 2014 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) welcomes the recent decision by the Constitutional Court of Turkey to overturn controversial provisions of a judicial reform law enacted earlier this year tightening government control of the judiciary and consequently violating the principle of the separation of powers.

Friday, 25 April 2014 Friday, 25 April 2014
Turkey Trial Observation, the 'KCK lawyers', 2012 - ongoing   Turkey Trial Observation, the 'KCK lawyers', 2012 - ongoing

In 2013 the IBAHRI continued its trial observation of a large body of Turkish lawyers who are accused of being members
of the unlawful organisation Kurdish Communities Union (KCK), said to be the political wing of the proscribed terrorist
organisation, the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). The charges against the lawyers stem from their involvement with
the case of imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan...

Saturday, 12 May 2012 Monday, 12 May 2014
Turkey Trial Observation, Members of the Istanbul Bar Association, 2013 - 2014 Turkey Trial Observation, Members of the Istanbul Bar Association, 2013 - 2014

The IBAHRI observed the trial of ten Turkish lawyers who are board members of the Istanbul Bar Association, including Umit Kocasakal, President of the Istanbul Bar Association. The lawyers have been charged due to their involvement in the ‘Operation Sledgehammer’ military coup case. The ten lawyers represented the defendants in this case in April 2012, after the original defence counsel abstained from a hearing in protest at the perceived lack of adherence to fair trial processes...

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 Friday, 1 May 2015
Tajik bar associations and IBAHRI co-host major discussion on requirements for a new bar system  Tajik bar associations and IBAHRI co-host major discussion on requirements for a new bar system

News release - 22 May 2014: 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.

Thursday, 22 May 2014 Wednesday, 4 June 2014
M&A focus: Pfizer’s abortive AstraZeneca bid sparks renewed debate  M&A focus: Pfizer’s abortive AstraZeneca bid sparks renewed debate

US pharma company Pfizer’s bid for AstraZeneca has raised some familiar concerns over the rights and wrongs of takeover deals.

Back in 2011 workers at Cadbury’s Somerdale plant in south west England felt cheated when its new owner, US-based food giant Kraft, announced the plant’s closure. Kraft had pledged to keep the plant open when completing a £11.7bn ($19.5bn) acquisition of Cadbury the previous year.

Thursday, 29 May 2014 Monday, 2 June 2014
Azerbaijan fact-finding, 2013 Azerbaijan fact-finding, 2013

The IBAHRI undertook a fact-finding mission to Azerbaijan in December 2013, to assess the extent to which fair trial rights are adhered to during so called 'freedom of expression' cases. The mission report and short film,, detailing findings and recommendations, were launched at a panel event in Baku, Azerbaijan in May 2014.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014 Friday, 29 August 2014
Europe’s telecoms companies seek relaxation of EU competition rules Europe’s telecoms companies seek relaxation of EU competition rules

In-House Perspective July 2014, Europe’s telecoms companies seek relaxation of EU competition rules
Across Europe, telecoms firms are waiting with bated breath for the European Commission’s verdict on Telefónica Germany’s bid to acquire Dutch company KPN’s German subsidiary, E-Plus. The verdict is due to be issued in July. Many believe that if regulators approve the deal, it could open the floodgates for a wave of consolidation in the sector

Friday, 20 June 2014 Friday, 11 July 2014
Malaysia Airlines victims deserve due process not rush to apportion blame Malaysia Airlines victims deserve due process not rush to apportion blame

Following the tragic Malaysia Airlines crash in eastern Ukraine on 17 July, in which 298 people died, there were swift moves to apportion blame. The West claimed the flight was shot down by Russian-backed rebels, while Russia asserted that Kiev was responsible. Largely absent from this inflammatory rhetoric has been reference to the rule of law.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 Friday, 3 October 2014
IBAHRI calls on the Council of Europe to take urgent action against Azerbaijan IBAHRI calls on the Council of Europe to take urgent action against Azerbaijan

News release:15 August 2014 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls on the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers to take immediate measures to address the disturbing trend of arresting members of Azerbaijan’s civil society. Specifically, the IBAHRI urges the Secretary General to convoke an urgent session of the Committee in order to discuss the situation and to draft a resolution condemning the recent arrests.

Friday, 15 August 2014 Monday, 18 August 2014
BNP Paribas sanctions case highlights US power over international deals  BNP Paribas sanctions case highlights US power over international deals

At the start of July 2014, France’s largest bank BNP Paribas agreed to pay $9bn to settle with US prosecutors over accusations of sanctions violations. The bank also agreed to plead guilty to two criminal charges of violating United States sanctions against trade with Cuba, Iran and Sudan between 2005 and 2012. It pledged to dismiss and not re-employ 13 individuals associated with these violations and accepted that, from the beginning of 2015, it would not be able to clear certain transactions in US dollar

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 Friday, 20 February 2015
Azerbaijan, joint-intervention, August 2014 Azerbaijan, joint-intervention, August 2014

On 28 August 2014, the IBAHRI, the Open Society Justice Initiative, Amnesty International, the Media Legal Defence Initiative, and Human Rights Watch issued a joint letter to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, expressing grave concern over the ongoing crackdown on human rights defenders in Azerbaijan. The joint letter urged a robust Council of Europe response to the escalating situation.

Monday, 1 September 2014 Monday, 1 September 2014
Sentencing of prominent human rights lawyer in Tajikistan of concern to IBAHRI Sentencing of prominent human rights lawyer in Tajikistan of concern to IBAHRI

News Release: Thursday, 29 January 2015. The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) is concerned by the sentencing of Shukrat Kudratov, a high profile human rights lawyer, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. He was found guilty on charges of fraud and bribery and sentenced to nine years of imprisonment by Dushanbe City Court on 13 January 2015.

Thursday, 29 January 2015 Wednesday, 28 January 2015
IBAHRI calls on Azerbaijan court not to disbar defence lawyer Khalid Bagirov IBAHRI calls on Azerbaijan court not to disbar defence lawyer Khalid Bagirov

News Release: Friday, January 2015. The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls on Azerbaijan’s Nizami District Court not to disbar criminal defence lawyer Khalid Bagirov, and to ensure that the hearing, scheduled for 2 February 2015, respects his right to a fair trial as enshrined in Article 6 of the European Convention of Human Rights, to which Azerbaijan is party.

Friday, 30 January 2015 Wednesday, 11 February 2015
IBAHRI calls on Azerbaijan court not to disbar defence lawyer Khalid Bagirov (Azerbaijani) IBAHRI calls on Azerbaijan court not to disbar defence lawyer Khalid Bagirov (Azerbaijani)

News Release: Friday, January 2015. The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls on Azerbaijan’s Nizami District Court not to disbar criminal defence lawyer Khalid Bagirov, and to ensure that the hearing, scheduled for 2 February 2015, respects his right to a fair trial as enshrined in Article 6 of the European Convention of Human Rights, to which Azerbaijan is party.

Friday, 30 January 2015 Wednesday, 11 February 2015
IBAHRI urgently calls on Azerbaijani Government to review sentencing of human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev IBAHRI urgently calls on Azerbaijani Government to review sentencing of human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev

News release: Wednesday 6 May 2015. The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) strongly condemns the sentencing of Azerbaijani human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev and calls on the Government of Azerbaijan to review it as a matter of urgency.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015 Wednesday, 6 May 2015
Open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron and Justice Secretary Michael Gove from the IBAHRI Open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron and Justice Secretary Michael Gove from the IBAHRI

The International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute has penned an open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron and Justice Secretary Michael Gove of the United Kingdom asking that the new government continue to respect and adhere to universally accepted human rights and to work with European partners to reform the European Court of Human Rights, rather than break any formal link with this institution.

Thursday, 14 May 2015 Friday, 15 May 2015
IBAHRI calls on Azerbaijani court to overturn disbarment of defence lawyer Khalid Bagirov IBAHRI calls on Azerbaijani court to overturn disbarment of defence lawyer Khalid Bagirov

News Release: Tuesday 4 August 2015. The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls on Azerbaijan’s Baku Court of Appeal to revoke the Nizami District Court’s decision of 10 July 2015 to disbar the prominent human rights lawyer Khalid Bagirov from legal practice.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015 Tuesday, 11 August 2015
Hungary Fact-Finding Report Launch Hungary Fact-Finding Report Launch

Following a fact-finding mission to Hungary in March 2012, the IBAHRI made a series of recommendations to the Hungarian government, urging reform to reinforce judicial independence and the democratic checks and balances found to be weakened under the new legal order.

Friday, 4 December 2015 Wednesday, 9 December 2015
Judicial independence and rule of law in Hungary still under threat, according to new IBAHRI report  Judicial independence and rule of law in Hungary still under threat, according to new IBAHRI report

News Release: Thursday 10 December 2015. In a report released today, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) expresses concern that, following the significant legislative reform implemented during Hungary’s incumbent government’s first term in office, rule of law guarantees remain weakened.

Thursday, 10 December 2015 Wednesday, 3 February 2016
Magyarországon még mindig veszélyben az igazságszolgáltatás függetlensége és a jogrend, állítja az új IBAHRI jelentés Magyarországon még mindig veszélyben az igazságszolgáltatás függetlensége és a jogrend, állítja az új IBAHRI jelentés

Sajtóközlemény: 2015. december 10. csütörtök. Egy ma Magyarországon kiadott jelentésben a International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute [Nemzetközi Ügyvédi Kamara Emberi Jogi Intézete, IBAHRI] aggodalmát fejezi ki, hogy a Magyarország hatalmon lévo kormányának elso hivatali ideje alatt megvalósított jelentos jogalkotási reformok következtében a jogállami garanciák továbbra is gyenge lábon állnak.

Thursday, 10 December 2015 Monday, 14 December 2015
Release of human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev not enough, says IBAHRI Release of human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev not enough, says IBAHRI

News Release: Friday 01 April 2016. The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) welcomes the release of prominent human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev from prison. The Azerbaijan’s Supreme Court also decided on 28 March 2016, to convert the sentence from seven-and-a-half years’ imprisonment to a five-year suspended sentence. However, the criminal convictions remain, under conditional release. The IBAHRI calls on Azerbaijan’s authorities to drop all charges against him.

Friday, 1 April 2016 Friday, 1 April 2016
IBAHRI condemns mass removal of judges following attempted coup in Turkey IBAHRI condemns mass removal of judges following attempted coup in Turkey

News Release: Wednesday 20 July 2016. The International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) is extremely concerned by the sudden dismissal of more than 2,500 judges and prosecutors in Turkey, following an attempted coup d'état in the country on Friday 15 July. The IBAHRI calls on Turkey to respect its international obligations, avoid undue mass targeting of state institutions such as the judiciary, and ensure that a transparent investigation is carried out to identify those responsible...

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 Thursday, 1 September 2016
IBAHRI Annual Review 2016 IBAHRI Annual Review 2016

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has launched its 2016 Annual Review. Human rights have come under attack in 2016, demonstrating that the work of the IBAHRI is as important as ever. Since its establishment in 1995, the IBAHRI has endeavoured to defend fundamental human rights through the promotion and protection of the independence of the legal profession, and by providing members of the global legal community the tools needed to do the same.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017 Monday, 10 July 2017
IBAHRI calls for UN inquiry into alleged human rights violations of Chechen men IBAHRI calls for UN inquiry into alleged human rights violations of Chechen men

News Release: Friday 19 May 2017. The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has called upon the members of the United Nations Committee against Torture (UNCAT) to instigate an inquiry into claims that 100 men have been detained and tortured in a secret prison in Chechnya on account of their real or suspected sexual orientation. Three of the detainees are reported to have been killed.

Friday, 19 May 2017 Monday, 22 May 2017
IBAHRI oral statement on Poland to the at the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council IBAHRI oral statement on Poland to the at the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council

On 22 September 2017, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) delivered an oral statement to the 36th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council as part of the Universal Periodic Review on Poland.

Friday, 22 September 2017 Monday, 25 September 2017
IBAHRI oral statement on South Africa to the at the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council IBAHRI oral statement on South Africa to the at the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council

On 25 September 2017, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) delivered an oral statement to the 36th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council as part of the Universal Periodic Review on South Africa.

Friday, 22 September 2017 Monday, 25 September 2017
IBAHRI calls on Azerbaijan Bar Association to reinstate human rights lawyer immediately IBAHRI calls on Azerbaijan Bar Association to reinstate human rights lawyer immediately

News Release: Thursday 23 November 2017. The International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls on the Bar Association of the Republic of Azerbaijan to reinstate human rights lawyer Yalchin Imanov immediately and cancel all disciplinary proceedings against him. Mr Imanov was disbarred on Monday 20 November, seemingly as a direct consequence of carrying out his professional duties.

Thursday, 23 November 2017 Thursday, 23 November 2017
IBAHRI and other lawyers' associations issue open letter to Turkish authorities to mark Day of the Lawyer in Turkey IBAHRI and other lawyers' associations issue open letter to Turkish authorities to mark Day of the Lawyer in Turkey

The Bar Council of England and Wales, the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (BHRC), the International Association of Lawyers (UIA), the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), and the Law Society of England and Wales have sent an open letter to Turkish authorities raising concerns over the rising number of cases of human rights violations against lawyers in Turkey.

Thursday, 5 April 2018 Thursday, 5 April 2018
IBAHRI statements on Turkey and Poland at the 38th Session of the Human Rights Council IBAHRI statements on Turkey and Poland at the 38th Session of the Human Rights Council

On 25 June 2018, the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) delivered an oral statement at the 38th Session of the Human Rights Council on behalf of five other organisations to address the situation of the legal profession in Turkey and Poland.
The statement focused on the widespread human rights violations against lawyers in Turkey since the attempted coup in July 2016, and the ongoing ‘state-led campaign of intimidation and harassment’ against judges in Poland.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018 Wednesday, 27 June 2018
Joint statement on the situation of Mustafa Aydin Joint statement on the situation of Mustafa Aydin

June 2018: The International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute, in partnership with five organisations, released a joint statement on the situation of Mustafa Aydin, a lawyer from Istanbul. Mr Aydin was arrested on 16 August 2016 and was in pre-trial detention for almost two years. He was charged with being a member of an armed terrorist organisation for legally representing a police officer investigating accusations of bribery and money laundering against members of the AKP.

Friday, 29 June 2018 Friday, 29 June 2018
Challenges to the Independence of the Legal Profession under the State of Emergency in Turkey - Advocacy Factsheet Challenges to the Independence of the Legal Profession under the State of Emergency in Turkey - Advocacy Factsheet

From 18 - 22 June 2018, the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and the Law Society of England and Wales hosted a delegation of Turkish Lawyers during the 38th session of the Human Rights Council. The week’s activities included a training on UN Human Rights Mechanisms, several meetings with UN representatives, NGOs and State missions, as well as a side event on the situation of the legal profession in Turkey.

Friday, 6 July 2018 Friday, 6 July 2018
Joint submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers on the Legal Profession in Turkey Joint submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers on the Legal Profession in Turkey

On 18 September 2018, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), in collaboration with the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales and the Law Society of England and Wales, presented a joint submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers on international law breaches concerning the independence of the legal profession in Turkey.

Thursday, 27 September 2018 Monday, 15 October 2018
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Poland - Press release (French) Poland - Press release (French)

Tuesday, 10 June 2008 Tuesday, 10 June 2008
Justice under Siege: a report on the rule of law in Poland, Nov 2007 Justice under Siege: a report on the rule of law in Poland, Nov 2007

Justice under Siege: a report on the rule of law in Poland

Tuesday, 10 June 2008 Monday, 9 March 2009
Poland - report (Polish) Poland - report (Polish)

Tuesday, 10 June 2008 Tuesday, 10 June 2008
Striving for Judicial Independence: A Report into Proposed Changes to the Judiciary in Russia (Russian), June 2005 Striving for Judicial Independence: A Report into Proposed Changes to the Judiciary in Russia (Russian), June 2005

Wednesday, 11 June 2008 Tuesday, 10 March 2009
Striving for Judicial Independence: A Report into Proposed Changes to the Judiciary in Russia, June 2005 Striving for Judicial Independence: A Report into Proposed Changes to the Judiciary in Russia, June 2005

Striving for Judicial Independence: A Report into Proposed Changes to the Judiciary in Russia

Wednesday, 11 June 2008 Tuesday, 10 March 2009
Analysis of the Republic of Serbia's Proposed Law on the Prosecution of War Crimes Analysis of the Republic of Serbia's Proposed Law on the Prosecution of War Crimes

Wednesday, 11 June 2008 Tuesday, 10 March 2009
UK - Amicus Curiae UK - Amicus Curiae

Wednesday, 11 June 2008 Tuesday, 10 March 2009
Separation of powers Poland (Polish), November 2007 Separation of powers Poland (Polish), November 2007

Wednesday, 2 July 2008 Friday, 24 April 2009
Separation of powers Poland (French), November 2007 Separation of powers Poland (French), November 2007

Wednesday, 2 July 2008 Friday, 24 April 2009
Regulation of the Provision of Legal Services in Northern Ireland, July 2007 Regulation of the Provision of Legal Services in Northern Ireland, July 2007

Friday, 11 July 2008 Tuesday, 5 May 2009
Regulation Scotland - Overview of the policy objectives of the Act, Jan 2007 Regulation Scotland - Overview of the policy objectives of the Act, Jan 2007

Friday, 11 July 2008 Tuesday, 5 May 2009
Review of the Regulatory Framework for Legal Services in England and Wales - Peter Williamson's Comments Review of the Regulatory Framework for Legal Services in England and Wales - Peter Williamson's Comments

Friday, 11 July 2008 Tuesday, 5 May 2009
Poland Executive Summary - Follow up report to justice under siege Poland (Polish), Sept 2008 Poland Executive Summary - Follow up report to justice under siege Poland (Polish), Sept 2008

Monday, 15 September 2008 Wednesday, 6 May 2009
Follow up report to justice under siege Poland, Sept 2008 Follow up report to justice under siege Poland, Sept 2008

A report on the rule of law in Poland

Monday, 15 September 2008 Wednesday, 6 May 2009