Rule of law

Seminar: Nasrin Sotoudeh film panel, 4 December

Nasrin Sotoudeh is renowned worldwide for her work as a lawyer in Iran. She has represented women’s rights defenders, religious minorities, and minors sentenced with the death penalty.

Iranian authorities have tried to prevent her from carrying out her professional duties as a lawyer.

Poster: Floating World Pictures presents Nasrin

Nasrin has had her licence to practise revoked and has been arrested and imprisoned on multiple occasions.

In 2018, she was sentenced to 33 years' imprisonment and 148 lashes, which caused an international outcry.

She has been in prison now for almost two and a half years and was on hunger strike for five weeks demanding the release of political prisoners at risk of COVID-19 infection.

Nasrin was recently granted medical leave and was under house arrest. On 1 December 2020, Nasrin was sent back to Qarchak prison.

The documentary Nasrin celebrates her work, her courage and her relentless fight for justice in Iran.

We hosted an online seminar on 4 December 2020 to celebrate the film's release.


  • Reza Khandan (Nasrin's husband)
  • Jeff Kaufman (director of Nasrin) and Marcia Ross (producer)
  • Hossein Ahmadiniaz (Iranian lawyer)
  • Baroness Helena Kennedy QC (Director, IBA Human Rights Institute)

Moderated by Dr Marina Brilman, international human rights adviser, Law Society of England and Wales.


International Bar Association Human Rights InstituteThis Law Society – IBAHRI event was co-sponsored by:

  • Abogacía Española – Consejo General
  • Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE)
  • Paris Bar
  • Conseil national des barreaux (CNB)
  • International Observatory for Lawyers in Danger
  • Lawyers for Lawyers
  • UIA-IROL (Institute for the Rule of Law of the International Association of Lawyers)
  • Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada
  • Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales
  • Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights

See the film

Nasrin premiered online in the UK at the Global Health Film Festival, 1 to 6 December 2020. 

Watch the Nasrin film

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