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The Toolkit for Lawyers at Risk17 was released on January 24, 2020 by the
International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute in partnership with
LRWC, the Bar Human Rights Committee in the United Kingdom, the
Human Rights House Foundation, and Lawyers for Lawyers in the Netherlands.
The Toolkit consists of three modules accompanied by a legal digest
and was produced to enable wider use of international human rights law to
ensure the professional independence and safety of lawyers.
LRWC’s forthcoming manual, The Right to Counsel: A Guide to International
Law Rights to Legal Assistance and Representation, sets out the international
law provisions that guarantee this right.18 In 2020, CanLII published
two of LRWC’s publications, Attacking Defenders19 and the 2017 book The
Right to Dissent.20 LRWC publications are for public use and are available for
download free of charge from LRWC’s website.
New LRWC Webinar Series on UN Human Rights Treaties and Mechanisms
In December 2020, LRWC launched plans for a series of free webinars on
international human rights law for LRWC members, volunteers and others.
CPD credits in British Columbia were approved for the first webinar, an
overview of the UN human rights system, on December 10, 2020, International
Human Rights Day.21 Subsequent webinars are planned in 2021 featuring
core UN human rights treaties and instruments on civil, political,
economic, social and cultural rights, including the UN Declaration on Human
Rights Defenders,22 the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers23 and the UN
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.24 The purpose of the webinars
is to enable LRWC volunteers and other lawyers, law students and defenders
to engage effectively in international human rights advocacy.
LRWC has held Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and
Social Council since 2005. LRWC is run by volunteers and funded by membership
fees and private donations.25 Canadian lawyers are particularly welcome
to join LRWC’s pro bono team of advocates.
1. Global Witness, “Global Witness Records the Highest
Number of Land and Environmental Activists
Murdered in One Year – With the Link to Accelerating
Climate Change of Increasing Concern” (29 July
2020), online: Global Witness <www.global
2. UN General Assembly, Universal Declaration of
Human Rights, GA Res 217A (III), UN Doc A/810 at
71 (1948), online: <www.un.org/en/documents/
udhr/index.shtml> UDHR, Preamble (“whereas a
common understanding of these rights and freedoms
is of the greatest importance for the full realization of
4. UN General Assembly, United Nations Declaration
on Human Rights Education and Training, A/RES/
66/137, 19 December 2011, online: Office of the
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights <www.
5. Ibid, Preamble.
6. LRWC, The Right to Know Our Rights: International
Law Obligations to Ensure International Human
Rights Education and Training (Vancouver: LRWC,
2012), online: LRWC <www.lrwc.org/ws/wp-con