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Human Rights Committee

This committee deals with, among other things, the selection procedure for the CCBE Human Rights Award as well as initiatives in support of endangered lawyers worldwide and cooperates with other lawyers’ organisations involved in this area through its network “Defense of the defenders”.


Permanent Delegation to the European Court of Human Rights

Focuses on the relations with the European Court of Human Rights. Has an annual meeting with the Court to discuss issues of common interest. Has developed a practical guide for lawyers in cooperation with the Court. Follows and gives input in the ongoing process to improve the efficiency of the European Court of Human Rights.


Defence of the defenders

Every day, lawyers are harassed, threatened, prosecuted, imprisoned or even murdered, simply for carrying out their professional activities. In recent years, these attacks have intensified around the world, including in Europe. 


Human Rights Award

Every year since 2007, the CCBE has granted a Human Rights Award. The objective of the CCBE is to honour distinguished lawyers/lawyers’ organisations that have demonstrated outstanding commitment and sacrifice to uphold fundamental values. It is an effective and useful tool to raise awareness of the core values of the legal profession. The Award is officially delivered to the winner by the CCBE President at the Plenary Session.