Russian Federation: ICJ mission on the independence of the legal profession

From 18 to 22 May, the ICJ will carry out a mission to the Russian Federation to examine questions related to the independence and integrity of the legal profession, access to an independent lawyer and the right to an effective defence.

The mission will address the role of Bar Associations in protecting the independence of lawyers, as well as obstacles faced by individual lawyers in protecting the rights of their clients.

The ICJ mission, led by Wilder Tyler, the ICJ Secretary General, will hold meetings with leading Russian experts in the field.

The mission will also meet with the representatives of the Federal Chamber of Lawyers, government officials, and independent lawyers and will take part in two round table discussion with legal scholars and practicing lawyers.

A comprehensive report analyzing the main findings will follow the mission and will present recommendations for reform of law and practice in light of international law and standards on the role of lawyers.


Róisín Pillay, Director, Europe Programme, roisin.pillay(a)

Temur Shakirov, Legal Adviser, Europe Programme, temur.shakirov(a)

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