Report to the General Assembly on bar associations

On 17 October 2018, the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers presented his second report to the General Assembly, which focuses on the essential role that bar associations play in a democratic society to enable the free and independent exercise of the legal profession and to ensure access to justice and the protection of human rights, in particular due process and fair trial guarantees.

Statement of the Special Rapporteur: English | Spanish

In preparing the report, the Special Rapporteur called for contributions from States, bar associations and civil society. He requested information on the way the legal profession is organized and regulated at the national level; on the composition of bar associations and their relationships with other branches of power, in particular the executive branch and judiciary; on the role that bar associations play in the regulation of the legal profession; and on the criteria for admission to those associations.

The submissions to the report on bar associations are available.