Statement on the possible reinstatement of the death penalty in Turkey
The right to life is guaranteed by all major international and regional human rights treaties. The European Court of Human Rights has interpreted the right to life as “an inalienable attribute of human beings” and a “supreme value in the international hierarchy of human rights”.
The undersigned organisations believe that the abolition of the death penalty contributes to the fostering and (...)
CCBE CONFERENCE: INNOVATION & FUTURE OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION
INNOVATION & FUTURE OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION
Friday 21 October, Paris
CCBE-INFO - SPECIAL EDITION MIGRATION
FBE present in Colombia when history is made
President Yves Oschinsky and Vice President Sara Chandler meet with the EU delegation in Bogota during the FBE participation in the Colombia Caravana. Toghether with Artur Wierzbicki, President of the Human Rights & Freedom Commission, all three were present when history was made and the 60 years of conflict were ended with the signing of the Peace Aord between the Colombian Government (...)
Assises de la Méditerranée - Marrakech - ASSISES POSTPONED - DATES TO BE DETERMINED
Assises de la Méditerranée
International Organizations Issue Statement of Concern Regarding Turkey’s Post-coup Crackdown
JOINT STATEMENT International Organizations Issue Statement of Concern Regarding Turkey’s Post-coup Crackdown
The undersigned are profoundly concerned by the complete and utter disregard for the rule of law, democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms in Turkey, in the aftermath of the failed coup and the state of emergency which was recently declared.
The ongoing attack on institutions (...)
CCBE-INFO - N°52
Editorial: Transparency and Professional Secrecy - CCBE Recommendations on the protection of client confidentiality - Free Movement of Lawyers Guide - Meeting between INTERPOL and the CCBE - e-justice Conference of the Netherlands Presidency - 125th CCBE Plenary Session in Lyon on 20 May 2016 - Annual Report on Implementation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights - Project of the month: (...)
INTERMEDIATE MEETING & 25th Anniversary Celebration - London, 09-11 November 2017
Save the dates : 9 to 11 November 2017 FBE Intermediate Congress and 25th Anniversary Celebration
Where: London, in the heart of Westminster and the City of London
Theme for the scientific programme: "The role of lawyers in protecting the planet"
Discussions on: • Legal and social responsibility in relation to the environment • Are environmental laws sufficient to meet the 21st Century (...)
A message from the president
Votre Fédération des Barreaux d’Europe se réunit dans la très belle ville de Luxembourg, cité européenne par excellence, dont le barreau s’est récemment jumelé avec ceux de Strasbourg et de Bruxelles, en marge du congrès général tenu en mai 2016 à Strasbourg, formant ainsi le cœur européen des barreaux.
La minutie avec laquelle le barreau de Luxembourg prépare le congrès de la Fédération, depuis de nombreux (...)
PROTECTION OF CONFIDENTIALITY IN EUROPE
The mutual policy of exchange between bar associations of the member countries of the Council of Europe, a policy which has been in place for 22 years, is the formula for success of the European Bars Federation (FBE).
It is incumbent upon the bar associations to apply amendments in the exercising of their profession and to assist in implementing European directives. This is of particular (...)
MIGRATION OF TAX DATA
The financial crisis of Western democracies is producing largely unfamiliar effects. Worldwide, data protection and privacy protection are virtually nothing but mere theory when it comes to taxes and finances.
Global initiatives driven by the OECD, G8 and G20 states are being thoroughly and extensively implemented in the European Union.
Did you know that the Foreign Account Tax Compliance (...)
THE FBE WILL KEEP ITS PRESENCE ON THE TRIAL AGAINST THE ISTANBUL BAR THROUGH THE TURKISH-SPEAKING OBSERVER BANU KURTULAN
On January 7th 2014, Banu Kurtulan, an Austrian Lawyer of Turkish origin, was sent as official representative of the FBE to observe the course of the hearing against Ümit Kocasakal, President of the Istanbul Bar, and nine members of its Board.
At the same time, a press release was sent to the European press regarding her commission, which was widely distributed.
The fact of her being one of (...)
THE EUROPEAN BARS FEDERATION WILL CLOSELY WATCH THE TRIAL of 7 January 2014 AGAINST LAWYERS OF THE ISTANBUL BAR ASSOCIATION
THE EUROPEAN BARS FEDERATION WILL CLOSELY WATCH THE TRIAL of 7 January 2014 AGAINST LAWYERS OF THE ISTANBUL BAR ASSOCIATION
• Mr. Ümit Kocasakal, President of the Istanbul Bar Association and nine Board members are being prosecuted for their fight to guarantee the right of defense in Turkey
• The European Bars Federation (FBE), representing 250 European Bars with more than 800.000 European (...)
The Governmental Committee of the European Social Charter authorizes the FBE to lodge collective complaints against alleged violations of the European Social Charter
While the European Convention on Human Rights guarantees what are referred to as civil and political rights (freedom of religion, freedom of association, right to a fair trial, etc.), the function of the European Social Charter is to guarantee social rights (housing, health, education, employment, etc.). Signed in Turin in 1961, the Charter has undergone numerous revisions.
An additional (...)
The FBE supports the Istanbul Bar Association
The President and nine board members of the Istanbul Bar Association were charged with attempt to influence members of the judiciary, after intervening in the Balyoz trial in April 2012. This highly controversial trial aimed to establish whether or not some soldiers of the Turkish army attempted a putsch against the government. After two years of trial, 326 soldiers were found guilty of (...)
THE FBE SUPPORTS THE SPANISH ADVOCACY BY CALLING FOR THE ABOLITION OF THE LAW ON LEGAL COSTS BY THE SPANISH GOVERNMENT
The FBE President, Lutz Simon, sends a letter of complaint to the Minister of Justice, the Prime Minister, the President of the Constitutional Court and the King of Spain. The high amount of the legal costs prevent the access to Justice to the majority of the citizens. The enactment of the Law on Legal Costs on 20th November 2012 has mobilized the Spanish Advocacy, which considers that the (...)
FBE Interview : Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe
Thorbjorn Jagland 1) What are the reasons that led you to take the post of Secretary General of the Council of Europe?
The Council of Europe has the longest history of all existing cooperating European organisations. It remains one of the most important government agencies in Europe and plays a unique role in safeguarding the rights of individual citizens by defending democracy, the rule (...)
Europe’s Lawyers demand that the Rule of Law be re-established in Romania
Europe’s Lawyers demand that the Rule of Law be re-established in Romania A letter of «strong condemnation» has been sent by the European Bars Federation to the Romanian Prime Minister, Victor Ponta
The organisation representing European Lawyers has asked the Romanian Government to re-establish the Rule of Law: one of the fundamental founding principles of the European Union. The European Bars (...)
FBE-Interview : Martin SCHULZ, President of the European Parliament
1. Quelles sont les raisons qui vous ont amené à prendre la fonction de Président du Parlement Européen?
Both because of my family experience and because of where I was born, I realised early in my life the necessity, the strength and the beauty of the European ideal. My interest in Europe was not motivated simply by the effort to avoid the replication of the fratricide history of the first half (...)
Opening Ceremony of the 20 th. Anniversary of the FBE
Human rights action - BELARUS
This is the letter I have sent to the President of Belarus, expressing the great indignation of our Federation for the unacceptable condition of the Belarusian Colleagues engaged in the defense of Human Rights, often harassed and also disbarred for reasons alien to their professional activity.
At the same time, I have supported, on behalf of the FBE, an amicus brief in respect (...)
Declaration of Wroclaw on death penalty
Death penalty Declaration by the European Bars Federation (FBE)
The General Assembly of the FBE, celebrated on the occasion of its Intermediate Meeting in Wroclaw, on 24th September 2011,
“The FBE reaffirms our opposition to the death penalty, expresses indignation and grave concern about the case of Troy Davis, who was executed in the USA State of Georgia on the 21st September (...)
FBE-Inteview : Jean-Paul COSTA, The President of the European Court of Human Rights
Jean-Paul COSTA 1. What reasons led you to accept the position of President of the European Court of Human Rights?
Jean-Paul COSTA : I have been a passionate defender and supporter of public freedoms and human rights all my life. This dates back to my law and political science studies and I must mention the influence of two outstanding teachers: Professor Jean Rivero and the State (...)
New members : l’Ordre des Avocats Fribourgeois
Le canton de Fribourg est l’un des 26 cantons suisses, situé à la frontière des langues française et allemande. Il s’agit d’un canton bilingue à majorité francophone d’environ 280’000 habitants. La capital de canton, Fribourg, possède une université bilingue dans laquelle la Faculté de droit est très importante, puisque comptant plus de 2’000 étudiants. Ces dernières décennies, le canton a connu un (...)
New members : UNIONE TRIVENETA DEI CONSIGLI DEGLI ORDINI DEGLI AVVOCATI
L’Unione Triveneta dei Consigli dell’Ordine degli Avvocati nasce a Belluno nell’anno 1982 tra i Consigli dell’Ordine di Bassano del Grappa - Belluno - Bolzano - Gorizia - Padova - Pordenone - Rovereto - Rovigo - Tolmezzo - Trento - Treviso - Trieste - Udine - Venezia - Verona e Vicenza.
L’Unione ha sede in Venezia, Piazzale Roma - Fondamenta S. Chiara n° 494 ed i Consigli degli Ordini partecipano (...)
New members : Warsaw Regional Bar of Legal Advisors
Warsaw Regional Bar of Legal Advisors
Mr Michał Stępniewski President The Regional Bar of Legal Advisors in Warsaw
One of 19 in Poland, the biggest Regional Bar of Legal Advisors (“OIRP”), gathering 6332 of legal advisors that running the training courses for 3849 registered trainees.
Territorial area of activity: Its range covers Warsaw and ex-capital voivodeship.
Tasks of the OIRP: (...)
New members - The Consiglio Nazionale Forense
The Consiglio Nazionale Forense (National Bar Council or CNF) is the public institution representing lawyers in Italy.
Royal Legislative Decree No. 1578 of 27 November and Royal Decree No. 37 of 22 January 1934 establish the C.N.F. under Italian Law and define its structure and functions.
Pursuant to the applicable legislative provisions, the C.N.F. is based in Rome and has it seat by the (...)
An own General directorate for Viviane Reding, the commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship.
The BRAK informs through a press release that as of 2nd of July, there will be an own General directorate for Viviane Reding, the commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship.
The resolution adopted by the General Assembly of the FBE has, through the parallel or rather earlier efforts of the BRAK, already been fulfilled.
See “Presseerklärung” of the BRAK (...)
Controversy around the issue of CD German taxpayers: by their respective national federations, the German and Swiss lawyers are warning.
The Deutsche Anwaltverein (DAV) and the Schweizerische Anwaltsverband (SAV) condem in a joint declaration the intention of the German Government to purchase from a thief a CD-ROM with stolen data of banking clients suspected of tax evasion.
Even if the goal, to prohibit tax evasion is legitimate, this does not justify that a government may put himself on the same level as the thief. (...)
New member Bars - Bar of Carpentras, France
carpentras Historique du Barreau de Carpentras
CARPENTRAS et son Comté appartenaient au Comtes de Provence, puis de Toulouse, dont le dernier céda au XIIIè siècle à l’Eglise romaine le Comté Venaissin, qui deviendra le Comtat Venaissin ; Etat du Pape jusqu’en 1791, date à laquelle il sera rattaché à la FRANCE. Ce ne sera qu’à partir de cette date que les lois françaises s’appliqueront et que le Barreau (...)
New member Bars - Conseil National des Barreaux (CNB)
The Conseil National des Barreaux is the French organisation that represents all lawyers; meanwhile each lawyer is individually called to one of the 181 local bars.
In addition to its function of representing the profession, the Conseil National des Barreaux has specific legal responsibilities.
The Conseil National des Barreaux represents the profession at an international and national (...)