On 8-10 November 2022 AEA-EAL President Maria Ślązak participated in the 3rd meeting of the Committee of Experts on the Protection of Lawyers (CJ-AV) – a consultative working party of the Council of Europe composed of 15 representatives of Member States, representatives of several international bodies such as Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, European Court of Human Rights, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights and United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers.
Observer members of the Committee are, among others, representatives of international lawyers’ organisations, including the European Association of Lawyers (AEA-EAL). Our Association has actively participated in discussions and works on future legal instruments protecting lawyers’ rights since 2017.
Participants concentrated on reviewing the initial proposal of the text of the legal instrument aimed at strengthening the protection of the legal profession and the right to practice without prejudice or restriction, including monitoring and implementation procedures.
Works will be continued now by the Secretariat and Rapporteur. Experts and observers will meet again next year.