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