Welcome to CCBE | About | What we offer


The CCBE provides opportunities for bars and law societies to work together, exchange information, ask for support or data, and share expertise. It regularly shares best practices and information with its international partners of lawyers’ organisations around the world, particularly on matters regarding the effect of globalisation of the legal profession. 

The CCBE also works with other organisations of justice and professional associations on matters of common interest.




The CCBE provides information on important developments in the area of legal services both at policy and practical level by monitoring European legislation, strategies and policy developments. Through its close relationships with the European institutions, the CCBE is able to influence regulatory framework of the legal profession and legislation in a number of areas of substantive law, such as criminal law and company law. Through its long dealings with the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights, it is regularly consulted about procedural changes in these courts which are then shared through practical guides.




The CCBE undertakes projects (for example e-CODEX, TRAINAC, Find-a-Lawyer, European Arrest Warrant, etc.)  aimed at developing systems of use to all European lawyers, and ensuring that the development of justice programmes includes the concerns and needs of lawyers. In 2016, the CCBE created with the Deutscher AnwaltVerein (DAV), the European Lawyers in Lesvos project which sends lawyers to Greece to provide pro bono legal assistance to individuals seeking international protection.




The CCBE regularly organises and participates in events designed to offer expertise and discussion on topics of interest to the legal profession.




The CCBE publishes practical guides, statistics, studies and position papers which offer recommendations and best practices on legislation and the legal profession. It also issues a monthly newsletter on topical events, legislation, and research affecting the legal profession.





  • Provides assistance to national advocacy campaigns when European objectives or policies are involved.

  • Intervenes, when necessary, in court cases which concern core principles of the profession at European level.

  • Manages the Defence of the Defenders network which provides support for Human Rights lawyers around the world.




The CCBE identity card identifies the card holder as an admitted lawyer in one of the EU Member States.  The card facilitates access to courts, prisons and institutions. It is also recognised by the European Court of Justice and the General Court.

More information about the card can be found here.