European Lawyers Day – 25 October 2020 – Continuity of justice and respect of human rights in times of pandemic

European Lawyers’ Day (ELD) is a day that highlights the essential role that lawyers plays as actors in the judicial system and their contribution to the protection of the rule of law. ELD has been celebrated since 2014. Lawyers
defend the rule of law by acting against unlawful situations and defending citizens’ rights. The rule of law is, together with human rights, a cornerstone of European democracy.

ICLR 2020 Virtual Conference, 26 – 30 October, 2020

This year’s ICLR 2020 registration entitles you to a week-long virtual experience, with the ability to participate in eighteen substantive sessions and a number of fun and educational networking opportunities. We have a phenomenal line-up of international speakers that will not disappoint. View the ICLR 2020 website for all the meeting details, including the session information and speaker bios, and to register.

Congreso Virtual UIA del 28 de Octubre al 30 de Octubre de 2020

La UIA le lleva por el mundo del derecho durante tres días: ¡un viaje instructivo y enriquecedor que no debe perderse!

Conéctese con la comunidad jurídica mundial, desarrolle su red y consolide su conocimiento sobre cuestiones jurídicas actuales, ¡todo sin salir de su hogar u oficina, en cualquier lugar del mundo!

Nuestro congreso virtual tendrá lugar en línea los días 28, 29 y 30 de octubre, en varias salas de conferencias virtuales que reemplazarán – y superarán – nuestro centro de convenciones habitual.

 

LO QUE LE ESPERA

• Paneles de discusión en vivo y consejos prácticos de expertos en todos los ámbitos del derecho
• Ceremonias de inauguración y de clausura
• Eventos sociales, reuniones y oportunidades de networking
• Acceso a las sesiones a través de vídeo bajo demanda durante y después del Congreso

 

UNA EXPERIENCIA VIRTUAL EMOCIONANTE

¡La UIA tendrá su propio centro de congresos virtual! La plataforma del congreso es ideal para presentaciones formales y conversaciones informales entre colegas gracias a una variedad de tecnologías: webinars, grupos de discusión y chat interactivo. Los patrocinadores del congreso estarán disponibles para interactuar directamente con los participantes en la zona de exposición virtual. Su maletín virtual le permitirá guardar toda la información y los recursos que le hayan resultado interesantes en un espacio de fácil acceso.

Para la programación en vivo del Congreso Virtual UIA 2020, todos los horarios se indican en hora de Europa Central – CET (París). ¿Algunos eventos no son adecuados para su zona horaria? ¡Ningún problema! Aunque el contenido se transmitirá en vivo, todas las sesiones serán también grabadas y estarán disponibles a los participantes para que no se pierdan nada, independientemente de su ubicación.

REMINDER TO THE BAR MEMBERS – FBE MEDIATION COMMISSION

Dear President, Dear Colleague,

I am contacting you as President of the Mediation Commission of the European Bars Federation (FBE) in relation with the research being carried out from the Barcelona Bar Association since 2018. This work consisted of a comparison of different laws and mediation regulations that exist within the different Members of the FBE.

We would like to thank the Bars who, within the framework of this project, sent us the legislation in mediation. With all the information that was gathered, analyzed and synthesized, we are planning on proceeding with the second phase of the project. However, in order to fully complete the research, collaboration from your Bar is essential.

The ultimate objectives are to produce a comprehensive report that provides a holistic view of the mediation in Europe, the main challenges facing it and possible solutions.

With these aims in mind, we have prepared a questionnaire, which you will find attached to the present email. This questionnaire is structured into three sections, with the intention of collecting concrete and concise information in order to complete this second phase of the project.

We would be grateful if your Bar could kindly cooperate in answering this questionnaire before July 31st, 2020, so that we can begin working on the final report to be presented on the occasion of our General Congress to be held in Paris next 1-2 October.

We sincerely look forward to your responses.

Thank you very much for your collaboration.

With kind regards.

Mª Eugènia Gay
President

La Federación de los Colegios de Abogados de Europa propone que los Colegios de Europa realicen un minuto de silencio en honor a nuestra compañera Ebru Timtik, el próximo 7 de septiembre, a las 12.00 h

Tras la muerte de la Abogada Ebru Timtik detenida en Turquía y la hospitalización en estado crítico de nuestro compañero Nasrin SOTOUDEH en Irán, la Federación de los Colegios de Abogados de Europa propone que los Colegios de Europa realicen un minuto de silencio en honor a nuestra compañera, el próximo 7 de septiembre, a las 12.00 h.

Se adjunta el texto que podrá leer al inicio.

Ciertamente, este acto expresará la solidaridad de todos los Colegios de Abogados europeos por la defensa de la libertad y la independencia de los Abogados.

No dude en hablar de ello con la prensa.

Ayer falleció Ebru Timtik…

Ayer falleció Ebru Timtik.

No es una muerte como las otras.

Murió para defender el derecho a defender a los prisioneros ante un tribunal, y para defenderlos siguiendo las garantías también previstas por el CEDH.

Murió sin poder ser asistida y sin poder ser acompañada de sus seres queridos.

Su batalla de hoy es la de todos los Abogados de Europa, especialmente por la seguridad de su compañero Aytac Unsal.

La Comisión de Derechos Humanos de la FBE también velará por las condiciones de este compañero aún encarcelado e insta a todas las Instituciones europeas e internacionales que intercedan ante el Gobierno turco para que se encuentre una solución positiva.

Open letter to the Secretary Genral of the United Nations and to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, in support of Dr Denis MUKWEGE, Nobel Peace Prize winner

The European Bars Federation (FBE) supports Dr Denis MUKWEGE, Nobel Peace Prize winner whose life is threatened and has sent, together with other national and international organizations, an open letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations and to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Lawyers on hunger strike near death

The undersigned organisations have been following recent developments in the cases of human rights lawyers Ebru Timtik and Aytaç Ünsal, who have been on hunger strike since February 2020. On 5 April 2020, the Turkish Day of the Lawyer, Timtik and Ünsal announced that they would persist in their hunger strike even if it leads to their deaths. Their health is deteriorating quickly, and they are now being held in hospital.

Background

Ebru Timtik and Aytaç Ünsal are part of a group of eighteen lawyers who have been convicted and sentenced to long-term imprisonment. They are all members of the Progressive Lawyers Association (Çağdaş Hukukçular Derneği, ÇHD) and People’s Law Office (Halkın Hukuk Bürosu), known for their representation of clients who are considered opponents of the Turkish government. In a profoundly unfair trial, these lawyers have been sentenced to many years of imprisonment for alleged terrorist- related offences. Ebru Timtik has been sentenced to 13 years and 6 months and Aytaç Ünsal to 10 years and 6 months, both for membership of a terrorist organisation.

From the beginning of their trial, many incidents occurred that raised concerns about the impartiality and independence of the proceedings. For instance, the judges who initially ordered the release of the lawyers from pre-trial detention were removed from the case, and the released lawyers were re-arrested; some witnesses’ identities were kept anonymous and they testified remotely by video link system (SEGBIS), not in person, which prevented their identity or free will to testify from being verified. It also prevented the defence from being able to effectively examine the witnesses. In addition, the charged lawyers were frequently interrupted or escorted out of the courtroom during the hearings. After challenging the Chief Justice on the grounds of lack of impartiality, the lawyers’ requests for recusal of the bench were repeatedly rejected by the court, and their unjust treatment continued.

On 20 March 2019, the judgement was delivered. An appeal to the Istanbul Regional Court of Appeal was rejected in October 2019. A further appeal before the Supreme Court is pending.

Hunger strike

Ebru Timtik and Aytaç Ünsal are on hunger strike to strengthen their demand for fair trials and the administration of justice in Turkey.  Turkey is bound to uphold the right to a fair trial according to a   number of international treaties of which Turkey is a signatory, including Article 6 of the European Convention of Human Rights and Article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Timtik and Ünsal are demanding that these obligations are observed not only for themselves, but also for all others who are on trial or in prison without having their fair trial rights respected.

Their wish is to ensure that the Turkish authorities observe the rule of law in Turkey. We support them unequivocally in these demands and objectives and aim to ensure that the world is aware of their plight. We urge the Turkish authorities to address these demands without delay, starting by giving the detained lawyers in this case the opportunity to await the outcome of their current appeal in freedom. We also urge the Supreme Court to conclude the appeal of 18 lawyers with due consideration being given to the serious violations by the lower court of the lawyers’ rights to a fair trial and the protections to which they are entitled as lawyers.

We are gravely concerned for the safety of Timtik and Ünsal and urge that the Turkish government act quickly to ensure their rights.   

 

 This statement was endorsed by:

The Foundation day of the Endangered Lawyer

The Dutch League for Human Rights 

Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe

European Bars Federation (FBE)

European Bars Federation Human Rights Commission

Avocat.e.s Européennes Démocrates / European Democratic Lawyers

The Defence of the Defence Commission of the Barcelona Bar Association

International Association of Democratic Lawyers

Lyon Bar Association

Asociación Americana de Juristas

Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada

The International Legal Intervention Group

Confederation of Lawyers of Asia and the Pacific
Nepal Lawyers Association

European Criminal Bar Association

Norwegian Bar Association

European Association of Lawyers

National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers

The Hellenic Union of Progressive Lawyers. 

European Association of Lawyers for Democracy & World Human Rights

Arab Lawyers Association

Defense Sans Frontiere-Avocats Solidaires (DSF-AS)

Osservatorio UCPI Avvocati Minacciati

Rotterdam Bar Association