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Advocates in Defense of Advocates: Protection of Lawyers Facing Governmental Suppression and Interference
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. Program | 8:15 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - Cocktail Reception
Program Fee: Free for City Bar Members | Free for NYSBA International Section Members and Global Law Week Attendees | $30 for Non-Members

NYSBA International Section Members and Global Law Week Attendees, please click here to register.

NY CLE Credit: 2.0 Professional Practice

The program will discuss a disturbing legal trend where lawyers face increasing pressure from their own governments to not engage in representing certain categories of people. Typically, governments will engage in retaliatory conduct such as harassment, disbarment, surveillance, and even detention, torture, and extrajudicial killing to prevent lawyers from performing their basic functions. The program panelists will discuss relevant international legal standards aimed at protecting lawyers and judges. Panelists from Europe will discuss how the EU facilitates protections to lawyers within and without the EU. Panelists will also discuss their organizations' work representing lawyers and ongoing challenges they face during the course of that representation. Examples of existing laws which target lawyers will be provided and discussed.

Teng Biao, U.S. Asia Law Institute, New York University
Martin Flaherty, Leitner Family Professor of Law, Fordham University, and Visiting Professor of Law, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
Etienne Lesage, Lesage Avocats, Paris Bar, and Observatory for Lawyers in Danger
Maria Segimon, General Council, Spanish Bars (Consejo General de la Abogacía Española)

Felice Gaer, Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights, Vice-Chairperson of the Committee against Torture.*

*The material being discussed by Ms. Gaer reflects her own, individual, thoughts and is not to be construed as an official statement by the Committee against Torture.

Sponsoring Association Committee:
Task Force for the Independence of Lawyers and Judges, William A. Wilson III, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Association Committees:
Council on International Affairs, Martin S. Flaherty, Chair
European Affairs Committee, Victor P. Muskin, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Organizations:
NYSBA International Section
New York State Bar Association’s International Section, William H. Schrag, Chair

Global Law Week, Neil A. Quartaro, Chair

Wilson Williams LLC
Wilson Williams LLC

Boies Schiller Flexner LLP
Boies Schiller Flexner LLP


42 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036


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