IBA Annual Conference Seoul 2019

22 Sep - 27 Sep 2019

Room 301, Floor 3

Session information

Rule of Law Symposium: best practices to address the persecution of lawyers and judges and threats to the independence of the legal profession - what we can do
Room 301, Floor 3


Rule of Law Forum (Lead)
Human Rights Law Committee
IBA's Human Rights Institute
Judges' Forum
Professional Ethics Committee


This final session explores a range of responses to incidents of persecution of the legal profession by the IBA, and also by other bar associations, governments, NGOs, and the United Nations. What has worked to address these challenges and what has not? Is it possible to develop a set of best practices to counter such persecution and intimidation? This session also reviews past and on-going IBA initiatives to promote the rule of law and support the legal profession, as well as considering any new initiatives that the IBA can undertake to support persecuted lawyers and judges in countries where their independence is threatened.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Carmen Pombo Fernando Pombo Foundation, Madrid, Spain; Co-Chair, Rule of Law Forum


Simon Davis Clifford Chance LLP, London, England; President / ChairpersonLaw Society of England and Wales
Erik Hammerstein Bureau Brandeis, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Baroness Helena Kennedy KC IBA Human Rights Institute, London, England
Martin Šolc Kocian Solc Balastik advokatni kancelar sro, Prague, Czech Republic; Chair, Standing Committee Chairs