Rule of law

Fighting for justice: Day of the Endangered Lawyer 2021

Lawyers around the globe face harassment, prosecution, imprisonment, violence and even murder for representing their clients and upholding the rule of law, the Law Society of England and Wales said ahead of the Day of the Endangered Lawyer, which falls on 24 January.

Law Society president David Greene said: “We honour the courage and commitment of lawyers around the world who continue to do their job and fight for justice – despite the considerable risk to themselves and those around them.

“The rule of law is essential to preserve democratic values, fundamental freedoms and good governance and having an independent legal profession underpins political, social, and economic stability.

“Lawyers must be allowed to carry out their professional duties without interference and should never be identified with their clients or clients' causes.

“The Law Society stands in solidarity with legal professionals around the world. We will continue to work to support them and to ensure the survival of strong, vibrant justice systems of which they are an essential part everywhere.”

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