HDIM 2019: A closed session for representatives of Bar Associations

The ICJ in cooperation with a number of other leading international NGOs has organised a discussion on key challenges and opportunities for the legal profession in a number of CIS countries. The discussion aimed to share the experience of bar associations in achieving greater independence from the governmental authorities and any other undue influences.

The participants have shared their legislation and practices, specific challenges and lessons learned in taking steps to achieve institutional sustainability and independence to date, and opportunities for the legal profession, domestically and in coordination with other associations and international NGOs, to raise awareness and build legal and practical framework to enable a stronger institutional capacity and independent functioning. In addition, the ICJ, ABA, IBA, Lawyers for Lawyers, representatives of bar associations and legal experts have discussed what steps should be taken to support these efforts.