Webinar discussion on the United Nations Guidelines for Lawyers in Support of Peaceful Assemblies
25 February 2022
On 24 January, the President took part in a webinar discussion on the United Nations Guidelines for Lawyers in Support of Peaceful Assemblies, scheduled to mark the International Day of the Endangered Lawyer.
The event was organised by the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Assembly and Association, Geneva Bar Association, United States Permanent Mission in Geneva and the International Commission of Jurists.
Developed principally by the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Assembly and Association, the Guidelines for Lawyers in Support of Peaceful Assemblies provide a set of key principles on the role of lawyers in upholding the rights to freedom of assembly and association, as well as a non-exhaustive list of practical recommendations for lawyers, aimed at supporting them in their work facilitating access to justice in the context of peaceful assemblies.
Following a keynote address by Phillip Riblett (Legal Advisor to the United States Mission to the UN), the distinguished panel comprised:
- Clément N. Voule, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Assembly and Association and Researcher, Geneva Academy;
- Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Director, IBAHRI;
- Dennis Kwok, Former Member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong (Legal), and Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, Ash Centre; and
- Alejandro Lanz, Co-Director of Temblores, Colombia.
Through the Law Council’s relationship with the IBA, the Division arranged for the President to be afforded the floor to make an intervention following the panel discussion. The President’s intervention noted the significant role of bar associations and law societies to adapt, implement and promote these Guidelines in our jurisdiction, and to support colleagues in other jurisdictions working to uphold the right to freedom of assembly and association. The President’s statement is available here.
The full webinar is available on here.