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2015 European Lawyers Day:

Freedom of Speech

European Lawyers Day on the theme of Freedom of Speech will take place throughout Europe on 10 December 2015, in conjunction with World Human Rights Day.

European Lawyers Day celebrates the common values of lawyers and their role in civil society in promoting the rule of law, as well as lawyers’ common values and contribution to the justice system.

In 2014, the CCBE introduced the idea of coordinating an annual Europe-wide event that would encourage its member bars and law societies to organise national and local activities based around a central theme to promote the rule of law, and a lawyer’s role in upholding its legal principles, to citizens. Click here for more information on European Lawyers’ Day 2014.

This year’s theme is Freedom of Speech, and refers to all forms of expression. It is particularly important at a time of clashing liberties – the most obvious in this year of the Charlie Hebdo murders in Paris being between freedom of speech and the right not to be insulted or discriminated against. This is also relevant with regards to lawyers’ own freedom of speech, for instance in speaking about cases in which they are involved, or in being involved generally in civil society.

European Lawyers Day programmes and activities are organised by national and local bars, or any person or group working with a national or local bar (bar members, courts, law schools and students, youth groups, and community organisations) that would like to educate the public on the crucial role of the rule of law and the legal process in protecting citizens’ rights.Each member bar and law society is asked to encourage its members to organise events, publish educational material and/or conduct other programmes that promote citizens’ awareness of the European Lawyers Day theme.

This page is intended to assist Bars and Law Societies at the European, national and local level in their preparations for European Lawyers Day 2014. More information and material will be published in the coming months. Please do not hesitate to contact Madeleine Kelleher ( with any questions or comments.

We look forward to following your events and to celebrating a memorable European Lawyers Day 2015!

Interview with CCBE President Maria Ślązak

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