International Online Conference
Attorneys at Risk: Voice of the Community
may 29, 2021
10:00 am - 2:00 pm (CET)
ZOOM

International Online Conference
Attorneys at Risk: Voice of the Community
may 29, 2021
10:00 am - 2:00 pm (CET)
ZOOM
International Online Conference
Attorneys at Risk: Voice of the Community
may 29, 2021
10:00 am - 2:00 pm (CET)
ZOOM
International Online Conference
Attorneys at Risk: Voice of the Community
may 29, 2021
10:00 am - 2:00 pm (CET)
ZOOM
About the conference
At the end of 2020, the 'Voice of Attorney' (Golos advokata) project organized conferences on violations of professional rights and prosecution of attorneys in Russia and Belarus. Attendees from Russia, Belarus, and ten other countries discussed the challenges of the profession. Developments in 2021 proved that the topic has not only kept its perceived urgency but has become even more acute. The rights of attorneys working on high-profile cases are violated, as are the rights of the defenders of clients whose names do not get media attention. These violations happen daily. They take place both in Russia and other former Soviet countries.

On May 29, the 'Voice of Attorney' in partnership with the Committee for the Bar Protection, Team 29, ICJ, and Lawyers for Lawyers will host an international online conference on the challenges and threats faced by Russian attorneys.

We will talk about the most pressing and aggravated issues of the past months with the invited experts: Russian lawyers and representatives of international human rights organizations. We will talk about what the legal community can do in response to violations of attorneys' professional rights and illegal prosecution by the law-enforcement authorities.

An invited expert from Belarus will talk about how the situation of attorneys' rights in their country has changed compared to November 2020.
Discussion items:
1
Problems of attorneys who are denied access to their clients in 2021
2
Non-disclosure of preliminary investigation data and violation of attorney-client privilege as methods of pressure on attorneys
3
National and international mechanisms for the protection of attorneys' professional rights
4
Problems of the bar and violations of attorneys' professional rights in the Republic of Belarus: developments over the past six months
Conference participants will have an opportunity to share their experience and find support. We will discuss how attorneys can protect not only their clients but also themselves under prosecution pressure. Violations voiced by the participants will comprise the report of the Committee for the Bar Protection.
Place
online, Zoom
Time
May 29, 2021
10:00 am — 2:00 pm (CET)
Format
conference, followed by a discussion in a closed Telegram chat
Language
Russian with simultaneous interpretation into English
Speakers
Irina
Biryukova
Attorney-at-law, Moscow Region, Public Verdict Foundation
Russia
Alexander
Brester
Adviser at the Khoroshev & Partners Law Firm, Senior Lawyer and Head of Training Programs at the Institute of Law and Public Policy.
Moderator
Elena
Kriven
Editor-in-chief, "Advokatskaya Ulitsa"
Russia
Dmitry
Laevsky
Attorney-at-law, Managing partner at Laevsky & Partners, member of the Minsk Bar Association
Belarus
Alexandr
Meleshko
Attorney-at-law, Head of the Human Rights Commission of the Council of the St. Petersburg Bar Chamber
Russia
Yana
Nepovinnova
Attorney-at-law, St. Petersburg, Anatoly Sobchak Baltic Bar Association
Russia
Ilya
Novikov
Attorney-at-law, Moscow
Russia
Leonid
Solovyov
Attorney-at-law, Agora Human Rights Group, Moscow,
Russia
Andrey
Fedorkov
Attorney-at-law, Member of the Human Rights Commission of the Council of the St. Petersburg Bar Chamber, representative of the Committee for the Protection of Attorneys
Russia
Temur
Shakirov
Senior Legal Adviser, International Commission of Jurists
ICJ expert
The conference program is being developed and will appear on the website soon
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