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Report Presentation With the UN Special Rapporteur on the In

Report from the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers: 
“Lawyers At Risk: Interference in the Free and Independent Exercise of the Legal Profession” 

Thursday, September 8, 2022  | Program 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Reception 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
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Program Fee:
Free for Members and Non-Lawyers | $15 Non-Member Attorneys
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On June 20th, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Mr. Diego García-Sayán presented his report to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. In his report, the Special Rapporteur addressed the importance of protecting persons who practice law, since the free exercise of the legal profession is an indispensable element of the judicial guarantees that ensure a fair trial and the protection of human rights. Existing international and regional standards aim to protect the legal profession.  But the report expresses concern about the global increase in practices that undermine, limit, restrict and hinder the practice of law. This is especially true for lawyers whose activities are focused on the fight against corruption, the defense of human rights or the protection of groups in vulnerable situations. In his report, the Special Rapporteur identifies trends and patterns of interference in and attacks on the legal profession. The report stresses that persons who practice law play a fundamental role in the consolidation of the rule of law and the protection of human rights. States have a duty to guarantee that these persons can exercise their profession without undue restrictions. Join us for a panel discussion to reflect on these challenges faced by the legal profession worldwide.  The Special Rapporteur will outline recommendations to member states of the United Nations on how to protect persons practicing law. 

Opening Remarks:
Andrea E. Ostheimer,  KAS Representative before the United Nations, New York Office 
Christopher M. W. Pioch, Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP

Diego García-Sayán , UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers 
Baroness Helena Kennedy QC,  Director, International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute 
Nicholas Opiyo, Executive Director, Chapter Four, Uganda 
Laurent Pettiti, Avocat au Barreau de Paris , Ancien Membre du Conseil National des Barreaux – Ancien Membre du Conseil de l’Ordre 

Dr. Mónica Castillejos-Aragón, Program Manager / Rule of Law, KAS New York Office 

Closing Remarks: 
William A. Wilson III, Member, Task Force on the Independence of Lawyers and Judges, New York City Bar Association 

Sponsoring Committee:
Independence of Lawyers and Judges Task Force, Christopher M.W. Pioch, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Committees:
Foreign and Comparative Law, Richard H. Langan, II, Chair
International Human Rights, Ramya Jawahar Kudekallu, Chair
Inter-American Affairs, Jessenia Vazcones-Yagual, Chair
United Nations, Sophia Murashkovsky, Ervin Nina, and Catherine Van Kampen, Co-Chairs 

Co-Sponsoring Organizations:
Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, Alexander Papachristou, Executive Director
KAS Office to the United Nations - New York

Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP

New York City Bar 42 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036

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