Joint oral statements before the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture

21 March 2018

Within the framework of the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council, the Law Society of England and Wales joined two oral statements before the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture.

Turkey’s Coup and the European Court of Human Rights

21 March 2018

On 5th March 2018, the Law Society of England and Wales co-sponsored a conference in Berlin on the approach taken by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in relation to cases emerging from Turkey since the attempted coup in July 2016.

Don’t let Brexit jeopardise UK’s valuable services sector

21 March 2018

Professional services accounted for approximately 7.8% of UK GDP in 2016 – the latest figures – yet the EU trade deal with Canada (The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)), widely touted as the model for the UK post Brexit, does not provide a comprehensive framework for them. CETA has been given increasing attention following Michel Barnier’s publication of CETA as the ‘one available option’ given the UK government’s red lines on policy going forward.

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Brussels Agenda - February 2018

27 February 2018

This month it’s Fundamental Rights February and our articles will be focussed on this theme. We have viewpoint articles from Patrick Henry, Chair of the CCBE Human Rights Committee, Italian NGO ‘Hands off Cain’ and Cris McCurley, Partner at Ben Hoare Bell LLP and member of The Law Society’s Access to Justice Committee. They have contributed articles on the CCBE Human Rights Award, Italian Moratorium on Executions and Developments in Legal Aid for victims of domestic abuse. 

Brussels Agenda - January 2018

7 February 2018

After a relaxing winter break, we are kick starting 2018 with an edition on the topical issue of free movement. 

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It’s ‘Fundamental Rights February!’ – this month we focus on the theme of ‘Fundamental Rights,’ with a variety of contributions from external authors as well as our office which focus on certain Articles contained within the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (the ‘Charter’).

Going back to basics for a moment to look at the Charter and understand its significance for EU citizens. The Charter brings together various rights, (civil, political, economic and social) of everyone living in the EU. It was introduced to bring consistency and clarity to the rights established at different times and in different ways in individual EU Member States. The Charter became legally binding on EU Member States when the Treaty of Lisbon entered into force in December 2009. It has been hugely important in upholding human rights within EU law and in achieving consistency across member states.

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