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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.

CCBE wins case against the Dutch State on surveillance of lawyers

The District Court of The Hague has ruled that surveillance of lawyers by intelligence agencies constitutes an infringement of fundamental rights and orders the State to stop all surveillance of lawyers’ communications.

Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe takes mass surveillance to court

CCBE members voted to intervene in a pending case against the Dutch state in support of lawyers placed under surveillance by a government agency.

Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe Appoints New Secretary-General

Philip Buisseret is the new Secretary-General of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), the representative organisation for more than one million lawyers from forty-five countries.