IAPL: UK: Protect China’s lawyers – England and Wales body

The legislative and regulatory framework of lawyers working in the People’s Republic of China challenges their independence and legitimate activities, the Law Society of England and Wales warned today.

The Law Society has raised its concerns with the United Nations (UN) as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the human-rights records of all UN member states that take place every four to five years.

The society said: “Since the last UN review of China under the UPR, it is reported that changes to the legislative and regulatory framework may be being used to interfere with the independence of the legal profession and the ability of lawyers to conduct their work and represent their clients effectively.

“We are concerned over claims that the Administrative Measures for the Practice of Law by Lawyers is being used to prevent lawyers from conducting their legitimate professional services.

“For example, there are reports that lawyers have faced sanctions when challenging the lawfulness of court proceedings, publicising accusations that their client’s rights have been violated, or criticising the government’s treatment of lawyers.”

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UK: Protect China’s lawyers – England and Wales body