Judicial independence is critical to the functioning of any democracy. A free society exists only if governed by the rule of law.
The CCBE and the Deutscher Anwaltverein (DAV) have launched their joint European Lawyers in Lesvos project, aimed at providing legal assistance to migrants requiring international protection.
The CCBE has once again written to denounce the crackdown on lawyers in China.
Saturday 9 July 2016 marked the one-year anniversary of the so-called “709 crackdown” which began with the detention of rights lawyer Wang Yu and her family, and led onto hundreds of lawyers, law firm staff, and family members being subject to intimidation, interrogation, detention as criminal suspects, and forced disappearances.
CCBE publishes recommendations on the protection of client confidentiality within the context of surveillance activities
On 20 May 2016, at its Plenary Session in Lyon, the CCBE published its recommendations on the protection of client confidentiality within the context of surveillance activities. These recommendations aim not only to protect and ensure the fundamental principles of professional secrecy and legal professional privilege, but more importantly to protect citizens’ rights and the rule of law.
At the CCBE Standing Committee on 18 March, the CCBE and the ABA ROLI signed a Memorandum of Understanding marking cooperation between the two organisations in the area of migration.