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Iran: New Regulations on Lawyers Suspended After Bar Associations Object

(Sept. 10, 2009) The Bar Associations of Tehran and of all provincial cities in Iran unanimously and strenuously objected to new regulations recently recommended by the Judiciary. These regulations authorize the Judiciary to extend or suspend the permits of practicing lawyers. The Bar Associations Union, reflecting the opposition of the Bar Associations, demanded that the […]

Cambodia; United Nations: Threats to Lawyers Raise Concerns

(July 7, 2009) On July 1, 2009, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Leandro Despouy, expressed concern about a restrictive atmosphere affecting how lawyers represent clients in Cambodia. Some attorneys have themselves faced criminal charges in the course of representing their clients. Despouy explained his concern, stating that to “be […]

Peru: Public Defender Service

(June 30, 2009) On May 13, 2009, President Alan Garcia Perez of Peru signed the Law on the Public Defender Service that regulates the purpose, principles, functions, types and conditions, and organization of the service, as well as access to it. The purpose of the Service is to assure the right to defense through financial […]

South Korea: Foreign Legal Consultants Law

(May 1, 2009) The Foreign Legal Consultants Law was promulgated in South Korea on March 25, 2009 (Act No. 9524). Under the Law, foreign legal professionals certified in countries with free trade agreements with South Korea or in World Trade Organization treaty countries, who have a minimum three years of experience, can transact business in […]

Cameroon: Legal Aid Law

(Apr. 28, 2009) It was reported on April 21, 2009, that Cameroonian President Paul Biya had enacted a new law on legal aid. This law stipulates the conditions under which legal aid may be provided and establishes commissions with a mandate to examine and process legal aid applications. The law allows individuals who cannot afford […]

Ireland: Language Requirements for Barristers Changed

(Feb. 17, 2009) Prior to 2008, in order to become a barrister in Ireland, a person had to pass an examination to prove that he or she was “competent” in the Irish language. (Legal Practioners (Qualification) Act, 1929 (Act No. 16/1929 (Ir.), http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/1929/en/act/pub/0016/index.html (last visited Feb. 9, 2009)). Although Irish (which is often referred to […]

Qatar: Expansion of Rights to Practice Law Recommended

(Feb. 13, 2009) On January 27, 2009, Qatar's Shura Council, an appointed body that evaluates proposed legislation, reviewed new amendments to article 4 of Law 23-2006 on the right to practice law. Under the current version of article 4, the Department of State Cases in the Ministry of Justice is the only government entity that […]

Brazil: Violation of an Attorney’;s Rights Will Soon Be Criminalized

(July 2, 2008) On May 20, 2008, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved a proposal for a law that defines the crime of infringement of an attorney's rights and prerogatives. According to Marcus Vinícius, a member of the federal section of the Brazilian Bar Association (Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil), when the proposal is finally […]

Rwanda: First Legal Practice Institute

(June 2, 2008) On May 11, 2008, Rwanda's first center for the development of law, the National Institute of Legal Practice and Development, was launched. Prime Minister Bernard Makuza, who officiated at the opening ceremony, stated that the Institute's establishment conformed to the government's aim to reinforce the implementation of judicial reforms, which began in […]

Vietnam: National Lawyers’ Organization

(Apr. 2, 2008) A prime ministerial decision of January 16, 2008, approved a plan for the establishment of a national lawyers' organization in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRV) and of a steering committee for the SRV's first national lawyers' congress. The Vietnam Lawyers Federation (VLF), which will have legal person status, is a member […]