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The CCBE Human Rights Award

The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) today granted its 2015 Human Rights Award to Mr Intigam Aliyev, an Azerbaijani human rights lawyer and due to the recent crackdowns on human rights lawyers in China, decided to grant a second award to the Chinese law firm, Fengrui.

European Parliament approves new EU rules to ensure that the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty in criminal proceedings is respected

The CCBE is pleased that the European Parliament has approved new EU rules to ensure that the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty in criminal proceedings is respected. 

Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe Appoints New Presidency

Michel Benichou is the new President of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), the representative organisation for more than one million lawyers from 45 countries.

Dutch court upholds lower court ruling banning surveillance of lawyers’ communications after successful CCBE intervention

On 27 October 2015, a Dutch Court of Appeal upheld The Hague District court’s ruling in the Prakken d’Oliveira case which ordered the Dutch State to stop all surveillance of lawyers’ communications until it provided for independent oversight.

The CCBE has intervened before the French Constitutional Council to defend the confidentiality of communications between lawyers and their clients

The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) has submitted comments as part of the review of the bill on intelligence, and made several suggestions to bring the law into compliance with the right to privacy and the right to legal advice.