We collaborated with the International Bar Association on a new toolkit designed for use by lawyers at risk. In 2019 we gave detailed feedback on the toolkit and its implementation, as well as an assessment of regional trends concerning both threats faced by lawyers and most effective responses initiated.

In recent years the UK legal profession has come under fire from all angles; attacked by the government and the media as out of touch and ill-at-ease with the concerns of everyday people. Being a lawyer is by no means easy in this country, but looking overseas puts things somewhat into perspective. We work in eight countries where being a human rights lawyer means daily attacks, threats and intimidation. We may struggle to precisely define the ‘rule of law’ in a varied and changing world, but the freedom of lawyers to return home to their families without being murdered is surely the first step.