European Convention on the Profession of Lawyer:
A guarantee for the proper administration of justice and the respect of the Rule of Law
About the Convention
The CCBE supports the Council of Europe’s ongoing work on the drafting of a Convention on the profession of lawyer. The purpose of the Convention is to strengthen the Rule of Law and, in so doing, the protection of lawyers whose work is fundamental to the administration of justice and the protection of fundamental rights. Indeed, attacks on the role of lawyers have increased in recent years. Harassment, threats, imprisonment, surveillance, enforced disappearances and murders of lawyers continue to occur in many Council of Europe States, and are even on the rise in some of them. A new instrument is now needed to ensure the effective protection of the profession of lawyer, whose mission is crucial for access to justice and the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, in particular the rights of the defence and the guarantees of a fair trial.
The CCBE has set up a working group specifically dedicated to this issue.
News article about the interventions of Christophe Poirel, Director of Human Rights of the Council of Europe, and Christoph Henrichs, Vice-Chair of the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ)
Links to relevant documents:
Documents relating to the European Convention on the Profession of Lawyer
Council of Europe documents
24/11/2021: Programme and Budget 2022-2025 and Terms of Reference of its Intergovernmental Structures including the CDCJ under which a new Committee of Expert on the Protection of Lawyers (CJ-AV) will operates and which task will be to Draft legal instrument aiming at strengthening the protection of the profession of lawyer and the right to practice the profession without prejudice or restraint, which sets out a comprehensive set of minimum standards applicable to a lawyer’s right to freely exercise their professional activities and ensure protection and independence of the profession, and may include establishing a mechanism entrusted with the implementation of the standards by member States or giving guidance on their application
31/03/2021: Committee of Ministers' decision adopting the Study on the feasibility of a new, binding or non-binding, European legal instrument on the profession of lawyer as well as the draft terms of reference of a subordinate committee of experts tasked with drawing up a draft European legal instrument on the profession of lawyer
15/03/2021: Report of the 95th meeting of the European committee on legal co-operation (CDCJ) containing Draft Terms of Reference for a Committee of Experts tasked with drawing up a draft European legal instrument on the profession of lawyer
23/10/2020: Resolution 2348 (2020) and Recommendation 2188 (2020) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE): Ensuring effective protection of the profession of lawyer: call for a legally-binding instrument
15/12/2017: Report from the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on the case for drafting a European convention on the profession of lawyer
Documents relating to the Profession of Lawyer in general